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Sabine pips pal to win fourth crown in a row; Squash Club rivals serve up cracking Central Masters final.

Byline: Sports reporter

Sabine Mackenzie once again proved to be the first lady of squash at the Central Masters as she claimed the blue ribbon ladies Over 40s title for a record fourth year in a row after an epic fourset victory over her Bridge of Allan team-mate Sheena Logan.

The Scotland Over 45s No 1 and skipper had to do it the hard way after dropping the first game 11-8 and being made to fight all the way to claim the next three 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 in an enthralling encounter that had a packed gallery on the edge of their seats for well over an hour.

Afterwards, a delighted Sabine, who was the only home winner at the SKN Electrical Services-sponsored tournament, paid tribute to Sheena and the work of the organising committee at Bridge of Allan Sports Club.

She said: "There is no doubt that this was the hardest of my four titles and I just want to pay tribute to Sheena who played some great squash with really tight length and plenty of variety.

"The great thing was that Bridge of Allan had both finalists in the championships and as far as I know that is the first time that has ever happened.

"And with the ladies team going so well in the East First Division, I think this is further proof of our progress in the ladies game at Minewood."

Sabine added: "I'd also like to thank president Walter McAllister, general manager Steve Ingram and the tournament committee for all the hard work they have put in to making the 2018 Central Masters another success and to SKN for their continued patronage."

President McAllister was in no doubt that the 2018 Central Masters was among the best ever put on by the club.

He said: "With 80 entrants across the various age groups and all the top domestic performers in action, we couldn't have asked for more.

"I think the double title haul achieved by Peter O'Hara in the Men's Over 40s and Over 45s was quite an achievement and Peter continues to underline he is the top age group performer in the country, of that there is no question."

But Walter had no doubt about the highlight of the weekend. "To have both ladies from BofA in the Over 40s was quite something.

"It's been a great weekend of squash and thanks to our sponsors SKN Electrical, the referees, the players and the spectators."

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Friends and rivals Winner Sabine Mackenzie (left) and runner-up Sheena Logan

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Feb 21, 2018
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