Members of Goulburn Valley Squash are rejoicing after winning the Hopman Cup for the first time in 29 years.MATTHEW GALEA May 21, 2014 3:10am
Goulburn Valley Squash members (back) Peter Watt, Mark Kitto, Kody Harmes, Nathan Lindner, Aaron Maidment, Tom Spark, (front) Kellie Brunker, Laura Barresi, Chris Spark and Vicki Brunker won the Hopman Cup at the weekend.
Goulburn Valley Squash ended a 29-year Hopman Cup drought at the weekend, bringing home the biggest prize in country squash.
The team took out the cup after a strong performance on Saturday and Sunday — winning all its games — before taking out the division one trophy with a 5-3 win over Geelong.
The last time a Goulburn Valley side had won the Hopman Cup was in 1985, and with only one member of that side still playing, it was a new feeling for most of the team — including Nathan Lindner.
‘‘It was a huge honour. Not many GV teams have gone and won it, and after just missing out last year, I thought we could really step up and win it this year,’’ Lindner said.
‘‘Everyone found that next level and it was a real team effort.
‘‘I don’t really know how to describe the feeling. It doesn’t happen often.’’
Tom Spark was the only previous winner in the team, which also comprised of Lindner, Mark Kitto, Peter Watt, Kody Harmes and Aaron Maidment in the men, with Vicki and Kellie Brunker, Chris Spark and Laura Barresi in the women.
GV Squash defeated Geelong and East Gippsland on Saturday.
The opener against Geelong was won 6-2 with all the men winning and only two losses in the women.
A 7-1 win over East Gippsland set Goulburn Valley up well heading into day two.
On Sunday, Mornington Peninsula would prove a much tougher opponent and it came down to Lindner’s win to ensure Goulburn Valley made the grand final against Geelong.
‘‘Vicki came back from 2-0 down in her match to win 3-2 which was really important as well,’’ Lindner said.
Geelong was dispatched 5-3 in the grand final.
Lindner said the performances of the women and the juniors — Maidment and Kellie Brunker — were particularly pivotal to success.
‘‘The women were unbelievable. They won all four of their games and we’ve never done that before,’’ Lindner said.
‘‘We’ve all put a fair bit of effort into this and the girls have done their part coming in and pushing each other and that’s shown in the results.
‘‘It was just an awesome team effort.’’
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