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Tuesday 6 September 2011 | Published in Regional


Nineteen-year-old Lyall Marsters showcased his brilliant squash skills for a small group of proud supporters in the quarter finals of the mens singles tournament in Noumea.

The youngster, who was ranked 5th after the mens tournament last week, faced New Caledonias number two player in what was a match of epic proportions.

In front of a rowdy band of Cook Islands supporters Marsters swiftly went about his business to win the first two sets against his older and more experienced New Caledonian opponent.

But the more experienced player pulled out all the stops including let calls, one after another, which were awarded by the umpire.

After winning the 3rd and 4th set the New Caledonian player forced a tie breaker set but dodgy umpire calls seemed to rattle Marsters who despite his brilliant efforts couldnt hold off his opponent.

The new Caledonian also had a rowdy and bigger group of supporters.

Marsters now prepares to play for the bronze medal in the mens singles tournament with more games scheduled for the young man in the mens doubles with Marlon Manlangit and mixed doubles with Christine Hunter.

Remaining team members are no longer in the Pacific Games competition but are now playing for ranking and prizes in the Oceania special awards competition.