Ogilvies compete in squash comp
NO QUARTER was given and none was asked for during a battle to win a squash title.
And it was two brothers who showed no mercy to each other as they went point-for-point during the Maryborough Closed Squash tournament at the Hilltop Squash Club.
Hayden Ogilvie retained his title by defeating younger brother Zac 31-25 in the final.
To reach the sibling showdown, 29-year-old Hayden downed veteran Gordon Barsby 27-22 in their semi-final clash.
His 21-year-old brother turned on the style to upset the more favoured Nino Laviano 27-18 in the other semi-final.
The Ogilvies said the final was just like any other game they played against each other – tough.
“We’re both really competitive and being brothers counts for nothing,” Hayden said.
“We are just rivals chasing a squash victory when we step onto a squash court – we have always treated it that way and we always will I can assure you.”
While he triumphed in this clash, Hayden said Zac is improving with each game they play against each other.
“He gives me a good run,” Hayden said.
“I am sure there will be a time when he beats me but I’m not planning that to be any day soon.”
As for Zac, well, he knows what he’s got to do to beat his brother.
“I know I’ve got to lift my game if I want to have any chance of beating Hayden,” Zac said.
“Saying that, I’ve got him covered when it comes to having a game of tennis though, so he cannot beat me at everything,” he laughed.
One of Hayden’s victims on his road to glory, Gordon Barsby, said both brothers were talented players.
“They have both got plenty of skill and agility,” Barsby, who refereed the final, said.
“They also gave it everything in the final – there was no doubt that it was full on.
“It was a great game, one in which they both showcased the best skills of squash in a fast athletic match.”
But why are the brothers so good at the game?
Barsby said it was because the pair had a lethal weapon in their armoury, something not many players can boast they have.
“They are both really good dancers,” Barsby said.
“Years of championship ballroom dancing is a huge benefit.
“Balance and fast footwork means this pair can do things on the court that some of us can only dream about doing.
“Let’s just say that you don’t see them get wrong footed much and if they do they can recover almost instantly.”