Australia is through to the main draw of the Men’s World Junior Team Championship after finishing second in Group B.
Beginning their day against Kuwait, Oscar, Greg and Dylan all won their matches to give Australia a 3-0 win that saw them continue their undefeated streak.
Up next was No.2 seeds England, who had also been undefeated until this point. Oscar and Dylan both returned to the court for this match and were joined by Queensland’s Luke Eyles.
Taking to the court first was Oscar as he came up against Finnlay Withington, who had won a silver medal in the men’s singles event earlier in the week. The dual Australian Junior Open and Australian Junior Championships winner didn’t make it an easy match for Withington as they battled it out over three games. While the English player would draw first blood, winning 3-0 (11-9 11-6 11-9), Australia’s players would only continue to push the English team.
It was a slow start to Match 2, as Luke Eyles went down to Jonah Bryant in the opening game. However, game two saw both players going for the win as they threw every hit they had in their repertoire to get the advantage. In the end, Bryant won out before also taking the third game for a 3-0 (11-5 16-14 11-6) victory and securing another point for England.
Dylan came out swinging in Match three, pushing Franklyn Smith all the way in the first game. The English player was able to settle into the game more in the second, giving himself a 2-0 lead. Dylan continued to give it his all on court but Smith proved to be too strong in the end, winning 3-0 (12-10 1106 11-9) to give England the overall win.
Australia will now face India on Friday 19 August at 4pm (Perth time) on Squash Club “Le Reve” – 5.
The full schedule and results can be found here.
Matches will be streamed across two different platforms: