TWO Horsham squash players have returned from the Australian Masters titles in Canberra as national champions.
Christine Chapple and Cass Doyle teamed up with Melbourne player Steve Caust to represent Victoria and took the title in their division of the Australian Masters Squash Championships.
The trio defeated a NSW team in the final round to claim victory and remain undefeated for the tournament.
Playing at number three, Doyle kicked off the final round with a straight sets victory over her opponent.
Then Chapple, playing at number two, sealed the title with an incredible come-from-behind win.
Down 3-8 in the fourth set, Chapple saved five match points to eventually take the set and then powered home in the fifth to allow the celebrations to begin.
For Chapple, the title was made extra sweet because it was her eighth attempt at the annual championships.
“The team won every match,” she said.
“We got off to a flying start against Tasmania and then we never looked back.
“It felt really good to finally break through. We had some really tough games.
“The tournament is supposed to be relaxed and friendly but once the games get going it becomes highly competitive.
“The closer it got to the title, the more aggressive our opponents seemed to become but I guess that’s understandable when you’re representing your state.”
Chapple praised her team-mates on their efforts.
“Cass was amazing. It was her first national tournament and she never dropped a set for the entire week,” she said.
More than 800 players competed at the championships, including 100 Victorians.
Women must be aged over 30 to compete in masters tournaments, while men must be over 35.