Locals triumph in state squash
ADAM Walton and Matthew Muller surprised even themselves at the Queensland Open Squash Tournament in Rockhampton last weekend as they both took out their respective divisions.
Walton, aged 30, went through the mens' A grade division undefeated, while 21-year-old Muller proved too strong for his opponents to win the Premier division.
Both players play social squash at Fitness Venue Whitsundays and initially entered the tournament for a bit of fun.
After not competing in a serious competition for more than 15 years, Walton said that he was overwhelmed with the result.
“I was stoked,” he said.
“We just come and have a hit here for fun, so it was good.
“It was really inspiring.”
Muller also expressed his thrill of success after his victory.
“I played quite well so I'm pretty happy with it,” he said.
Muller has also had an absence from serious tournaments for the past 12 months.
But prior to this, he was regarded as one of the best squash players in the country for his age and was even named as the best under-15 squash player in Australia in 2004.
He even travelled around Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia as part of the Australian Junior Team in 2005-06.
“I was never going to do it professionally but I trained all the time,” he said.
“This result just shows that I haven't completely lost my touch.”
After having such great success at the Queensland Open, both players now have a desire to compete in future competitions.
“We might start training up a bit and go in a few more tournaments now,” Muller said.