Ratcliffe squashes rivals

March 13, 2018

Shepparton’s Chris Haines was crowned division B champion at the Goulburn Valley Junior Age squash tournament held in town at the weekend, where locals featured prominently in the final results.

Shepparton's Tom Haines showed plenty of class in division A.

Shepparton's Ben Ratcliffe was the best junior in town on Sunday, winning the division A title.

Corio's Ben Jacimovic is set on where he wants to place the ball.

Hawthorn's Philip Gerontzos makes do with limited space to send a ball back.

Hawthorn's Spencer Gerontzos covers plenty of ground.

Rising star Ben Ratcliffe has taken out the Goulburn Valley Junior Age tournament after impressing on his home courts.

Fresh off winning the gold level event at the Tasmanian Junior Open Tournament, there were plenty of expectations on Ratcliffe to fare well at home.

He lived up to all of them, taking out the division A title, with individuals’ rankings counting towards Victorian championships.

Ratcliffe, 18, has a bright future ahead of him having already represented Victoria.

But he was not the only home talent to proudly represent the GV Squash and Racquetball Club, with Tom Haines finishing fourth in the top tier.

Tom’s brother Chris was also potent in division B as he moved past all of his opposition to be crowned champion.

Ratcliffe and Chris Haines defeated a plethora of talent to receive their silverware, with 39 of the best Victorian players — as well as two South Australians — contesting the competition that forms part of the Victorian Grand Prix Junior Squash Tournament Circuit.

GV Squash and Racquetball Club president Christian Lecompte was pleased with the amount of talent on show on Sunday.

‘‘It’s above what we’ve had in the past, we had a bigger turnout that what we’ve had previously when a part of the Squash Victoria junior tour,’’ he said.

‘‘Plenty of people there came from all over the state, from Leeton, Wangaratta, Albury, Wodonga and Melbourne.

‘‘It was a good result for three of our juniors participated and were highly ranked.’’

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