Madeline Perry and Matthew Karwalski win the Bathurst Panthers Squash Open after tough competition.

POWER PLAY: Madeline Perry and Matthew Karwalski claim bragging rights at the Bathurst Panthers Squash Open on Sunday. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 101716squash1

POWER PLAY: Madeline Perry and Matthew Karwalski claim bragging rights at the Bathurst Panthers Squash Open on Sunday. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 101716squash1

Former world number three, Northern Irish talent Madeline Perry, took out the women’s crown at the Bathurst Panthers Squash Open on Sunday.

The former Australian Squash Open champion in 2010 and British Open runner-up in 2009 cruised to a 15-7, 15-6, 15-5 victory over Jennifer Brown in the final. 

While Perry was the favourite, she said it was a tough game against Brown, who is familiar with the court in Bathurst.

A former professional now living in Sydney, Perry is now touring the state, playing squash in different competitions. 

“Because I'm not a professional player anymore, I don’t have a schedule anymore,” Perry said. 

“I have been using this to see the different parts of New South Wales.”

Former professional squash player Matthew Karwalski won the men’s open. He posted a 11-10, 12-10, 11-9 victory over Darcy Evans, whom Karwalski was full of praise for. 

“Darcy is an up and coming professional player, so obviously he was keen to beat me,” Karwalski said. 

“We have played many times and luckily experience and wisdom got me through those ones, but it will not be to long until he gets his first victory against me.” 

Andrew Kelly was the best performed Bathurst player, finishing as runner-up in the men’s A grade. 

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