Squash doubles on the rise


THE Port Moresby Racquets Club hosted its inaugural Port Moresby Squash Doubles tournament last weekend (Nov 18-20), signalling the re-emergence of this once-popular sport in the country.
Participants for the tournament travelled to Port Moresby from Lae, Mt Hagen and Cairns, Australia.
In all, 50 doubles matches were played throughout the weekend on the club’s two doubles squash courts.
The event’s four event categories were: A grade – men’s, mixed; B-grade – men’s, mixed.
The A grade men’s event was won by Cairns-based duo Lokes Brooksbank and Robin Morove who teamed up to beat Port Moresby’s Schubert Maketu and Kerry Walsh.
In the A grade mixed event, it was Robin Morove and sister Stephanie Morove who overcame Cairns-based mother and son team Imong and Lokes Brooksbank in the final.
In the B grade men’s event, Alfredo Fabila and John Alarcos took on Marcel Schroder and Ian Kaiulo.
Kaiulo, who was brought in after Schroder’s original partner withdrew from the tournament proved to be a great match for Schroder.
The pair beat Fabila and Alarcos in the final.
In the B grade mixed event, the combined talents of Jenny Matane and Eddie Mera proved too much for their opponents Vera Tere and Ian Kaiulo. Tournament organiser Merlyn Alarcos-Kriebisch thanked Brian Bell for sponsoring the event.
Given the success of the tournament, Alarcos was hopeful interest in squash would continue to grow.
PNG has a strong track record when it comes to winning squash doubles events. In the 2015 Pacific Games, it was an all-PNG grand final in the mixed doubles event.
Madako Suari Jr and Lynette Vai teamed up to take on Eli Webb and Robin Morove.
Suari and Vai took home the gold while Webb and Morove won the silver. Webb and Vai also teamed up in the women’s doubles event to win the bronze medal.
In the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa, another successful pairing in Naluge Guy and Madako Suari teamed up to win the silver medal in the mixed doubles event that year.

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