Melton Secondary College girls have outplayed the competition to snatch up their fourth state secondary squash championship title in a row.
The intermediate year 10 girls’ team of Abby, Ebony and Alannah won five matches to take the title with only one point scored against them throughout the recent tournament.
College sports co-ordinator and coach Gerard Darcy said the winning streak had been years in the making.
“Starting about four years ago, we knew that we had a state champion junior player in grade 6 that was about to move up,” he said.
“With that in mind, we trained up a couple of girls in year 7, who were tennis players, to play squash so that there would be a team ready to go for when that third player arrived. They haven’t stopped winning since.”
He said that the team, sponsored by Squash Logic in Melton, took mentorship from former international squash player Karen Cagliarni, who is a teacher at the school.
“It’s a sport that’s dying a little bit and we are trying to promote it,” Mr Darcy said.
“We’re aiming for six straight championships titles with this group of girls.”
The Melton Secondary College senior girls as well as the intermediate and junior boys’ teams also made the state finals.