Barrie set to master world
MARYBOROUGH’S Barrie McDevitt is heading to Europe to take care of some unfinished business.
He wants another crack at winning a world title and he’ll get that in Germany next week.
McDevitt will contest the World Masters Squash Championships in Cologne and the 67-year-old is determined to serve up a top performance.
He wants to win a medal, something he missed out on when the titles – which are held every two years – were held in Christchurch, New Zealand.
McDevitt, who started the tournament as the number 11 seed in the over 65 age division, reached the quarter finals before losing in five sets to the number three seed from England.
The current Australian and Queensland over-60 champion, McDevitt has been installed as the number five seed this time around.
A ranking he wouldn’t mind had his preparation been spot on – it hasn’t.
“I haven’t been able to play for a couple of weeks because of an injured hand,” McDevitt, a member of the Acacia Squash Club, said.
“It (his hand) is still not 100% but hey, these are the world titles and I’m not about to miss out on playing in them.
“It doesn’t get any better than playing in what is without doubt the biggest squash tournament in the history of the game.
“You never know, I may fluke a win,” he laughed.
The week-long championships, which start on Monday, will be contested by more than 850 players from 50 countries in age groups ranging from over 35 to over 70.
Although McDevitt will be in action in the over 65 division, he said age doesn’t bother him.
“I’m still a young bloke.
“I’ve had a look at the entries and there will be blokes over 80 running around – I’ve still got a few good years left in me yet and besides, I don’t feel as though I’m 67 years old,” he said.