The Yass High School boys squash team has become the South Coast Regional Champions for the second year running progressing to the top 16 in New South Wales.

Squash is a fast and fit sport played as either a one-on-one (singles) or two-on-two (doubles) match.

Yass squash players – Hayden Smith, Denver Field, Tobey Smith, and Parker Nash – travelled to the Dapto Leagues Squash Club on May 20 to play round one and two of the South Coast knockouts.

Traditionally the game is played on a four-walled court using squash racquets and a small rubber ball. Each rally starts with one player serving the ball to their opponent and it must hit between the middle and top line on the front wall before landing in the opposition’s quarter.

Although the ball must hit the front wall after each shot, it can hit other walls before or after and the opponent must hit the ball before the second bounce. All court walls can be used after the serve is hit and players can volley and hit the ball before it bounces on the floor.

Each squash match is the best of five games and each game goes to either 11 or 15 points. Similar to tennis the player who wins the rally scores the point and if players get to 10 all or 14 all in a game then they must win by two clear points.

In round one, the boys played Nowra High School and all Yass players won their singles matches 3 – nil.

They then progressed to round two against Bomaderry High School and once again all the boys won their matches 3 – nil and played extremely well.

Special congratulations are also due for Hay- den, Denver and Tobey who were all selected for the South Coast team. This month they will go up against squash teams from across the state including Sydney North, Western, Riverina, North West, Sydney West, and North Coast.

Brianna O’Rourke