JESSE Keegan’s blossoming squash career continues to go from strength to strength.
The 17-year-old’s latest foray in his chosen sport was in Brisbane throughout August, with the national champion taking on New Zealand as part of the Australian Schoolboys team.
Taking on Alex Revington in his match in Queensland, the Orange squash sensation blitzed his highly touted opponent to claim the trans-Tasman victory in four sets, hammering home the final set 11-2.
It’s an occasion Keegan isn’t likely to forget in a hurry either.
“It’s the first Australian team I’ve made. I was really hyped,” Keegan said.
“I was keen to play. There weren’t any nerves, it was just excitement.”
Qualifying thanks to a stellar lead-up tournament at Thornleigh, Keegan made the NSW side then the Australian team after shining in both the doubles and singles games he contested.
Not alone in qualifying from the central west, Keegan, the number two ranked player, was joined by Western Region teammate and Canowindra’s Rohan Toole in the Australian side.
Toole was ranked number three.
Keegan said he thoroughly enjoyed his tough test against international opponents.
“They’ve got a really good squad program in New Zealand. They’re a little bit ahead of Australia,” he said.
“There’s always a really good rivalry there though.
“I played Alex in my first nationals final when I was 12 or 13 and beat him there as well.”
At the moment Keegan is playing on the Professional Squash Association tour, and after this week playing in the NSW Open in Sydney, has travelled to Coffs Harbour to take on the North Coast Open.