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Invercargill II lead the interclub squash in 1978 with its nearest rival being Makarewa.
Ian Graham beat Warren Boniface in five. He was two sets up when he seemed to lose concentration and let Boniface back into the game. However with a bit of stern talking from his club mates he managed to hang on.
The next game was between John Colhoun and Robin Goodall, and the first set showed that it was going to be a battle, as Colhoun went down 9-10. Goodall managed to keep him at bay and came out the victor 3-0.
Ian Williamson caused the upset of the night by beating Geoff Adams in four sets.
It was all up to Bill Giller to try and salvage at least one win, but it was Derek Bulman who outplayed Giller to win in four. Giller had quite a few unforced errors, which he would have been kicking himself.
It was interesting to note that Derek Bulman was the only player to go unbeaten in the A Grade interclub. It showed how he had put the committment into getting fit for the season.
Invercargill I increased its chance of gaining second place to its team mates with a 4-0 slam over Blues with Steve McDonald beating John Eddy in three quick sets, Alistair White and Ron Wills also had comfortable wins. The only player for Blues that showed some grit was Tony Ker who took Basil Stanford to five sets.
The women's competition was extremely close with Matuara still in the lead, but just.
The week before however, Invercargill managed to turn the tables on previous results and beat Mataura 4-0. Pixie Stoneman Ingill) aggressively beat Libby McLennan 3-0, Margaret Hollands (Ingill) managed a comfortable win over Dot Chamberlain 3-0. Mataura were on a roll and Joan Pankhurst, although trying her upmost did not get any respite and went down to Freda Walker, being Mataura's only win.
Pip Goodall showed she still her skills and controlled volley nicks and good length to beat Pam Patterson, while Shirley McKenzie confirmed Invercargill were a threat to win the interclub by beating Ira Deans 4-1.
Reference: The Southland Times August 1978
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