Deniliquin squash players Vicki and Kellie Brunker were part of Goulburn Valley's drought-breaking Hopman Cup at the weekend.May 23, 2014 3:35am
Kellie Brunker (front row, on left) and Vicki Brunker (front, on right) with their Goulburn Valley Squash team and the Hopman Cup. Photo: Shepp News
Vicki and Kellie Brunker have helped their Goulburn Valley Squash team bring home the biggest prize in country squash.
The Deniliquin mother and daughter were part of a strong line-up that won all of its Hopman Cup matches at the Moorabbin Squash Centre at the weekend before taking out the division one trophy with a 5-3 win over Geelong.
Vicki said winning the cup was a huge honour, especially since it had been so long since a Goulburn Valley side had won.
‘‘It was the first time GV had won in 29 years so it was fantastic. The quality of squash was very high,’’ Vicki said.
‘‘Kellie has played in the team for three years and I’ve played in it for quite a while.
‘‘We train once a week in Shepparton and the other team members have visited us here a few times as well.’’
After losing to Geelong in last year’s final, GV Squash went undefeated in its four matches at the weekend.
Each of its four fixtures were made up of eight matches - three each between the senior men and women and one each between the juniors.
In the women, Vicki played at number one, with Laura Barresi and Chris Spark playing at number two and three, while Kellie filled the junior spot.
The men’s team rotated during the weekend, with star player Nathan Lindner at number one.
Although only a junior member, Kellie proved pivotal to GV’s success, winning all of four her matches.
A good start to the tournament saw Goulburn Valley beat Geelong 6-2 on Saturday and then back it up with a 7-1 win over East Gippsland.
On Sunday, Mornington Peninsula proved a much tougher opponent but a come-from-behind win to Vicki and a match-sealing victory from Lindner ensured Goulburn Valley made the grand final against Geelong.
A high-quality final saw GV turn the tables on Geelong from their last year’s defeat to win 5-3.
And For Kellie, the squash season is just heating up.
Last Friday the Deniliquin High School student was picked in the open Riverina team to play at the state championships in Thornleigh.
The 17 year-old is the number two seed of the four Riverina girls selected and will aim for a spot on the NSW team.
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