Adult coaching with Chris Tomlinson

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Chris Tomlinson is holding adult squash coaching on Sunday mornings 10-11.30am at bexley tennis,squash and racketball club.
These sessions are open to non members and will cost £10 per session.
If you are interested please contact me benford75@hotmail.com or 07946557502

Posted by ben ford on August 15, 2014

GINA KENNEDY REACHES LAST EIGHT IN WORLD JUNIORS

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Kent’s Georgina Kennedy claimed an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Junior Championship in Namibia after an impressive win in the third round.

Playing at the Wanderers Sports Club in the country’s capital Windhoek, Gina (right) achieved the biggest result of her career.gina 2

A month after losing to Nele Gilis in the final of the Pioneer Cup in Germany, Gina earned her revenge in the third round in Windhoek in fine style, upsetting the European Junior Champion from Belgium 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 in 42 minutes to reach the last eight.

Kennedy, a 17-year-old from Bexley in Kent, will now face 3/4 seed Mariam Metwally for a place in the last four. Metwally, one of five Egyptians to make the quarter-finals, defeated USA’s Reeham Sedky 11-3, 11-5, 11-8.

The luck of the draw paired Kent’s James Evans and Amelia Henley with the top seeds in Namibia.

James fought hard against Diego Elias of Peru in the men’s event, and Amelia found herself up against the formidable Nour El Sherbini, who was runner-up to Laura Massaro earlier this year in the senior Women’s World Open Championship in Malaysia.

The 17-year-old Lily Taylor from Leicester will now meet Nour in the quarter-finals.

Pictured below: James Evans in action against Diego Elias and Amelia Kennedy gets in front against Nour El Sherbini.

 

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Posted by Alan Thatcher on August 13, 2014

LIVE STREAMING FROM THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Just enjoyed watching The Mote’s James Evans winning his first round match in the World Junior Championships in Namibia. He looked very comfortable on the glass court as he won 11-2, 11-3, 11-5.

You can see all the glass-court matches on the live streaming here:

http://www.wjsc2014.com/live/

James faces a tough one in the second round when he comes up against top seed Diego Elias from Peru.

Also watch out for Kent’s top girls Gina Kennedy and Amelia Kennedy.

The whole Kent squash family is proud to have three athletes competing in the World Championships.

There may be some places up for grabs in the Commonwealth Games in four years’ time.

Just saying …

Posted by Alan Thatcher on August 10, 2014

ADRIAN GRANT WINS COMMONWEALTH GAMES SILVER MEDAL

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Kent’s Adrian Grant won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games men’s doubles after partnering world champion Nick Matthew in Glasgow.

They had reached the final by overwhelming Scotland’s home favourites Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch in front of the noisiest crowd ever heard in squash, with a full-house audience at the Scotstoun venue creating an incredible atmosphere throughout the singles and doubles.

From 7-5 down in the opening game, Grant and Matthew took control to win 17 of the next 19 points to win 11-7, 11-2 to book a place in the final against the experienced Australian combo of Cam Pilley and four-times world champion David Palmer.

Palmer came out of retirement at the age of 38 to go for a gold medal but it was Pilley who struck the decisive blows. With the score locked at one game all and 9-9 in the third, the hardest hitter in world squash nailed two straight forehands that caught Matthew slightly out of position. That gave Australia the title with a scoreline of 10-11, 11-7, 11-9 in 80 minutes of absorbing combat.

The squash tournaments were an outstanding success in Glasgow, with superb daily coverage from the BBC and more than 35,000 spectators visiting Scotstoun, many of them seeing top-class squash for the first time.

Nick Matthew’s triumph in the men’s singles final against James Willstrop was a pulsating match lasting one hour 40 minutes, and was watched by a TV audience  of more than one million.

Later that evening, Nick was joined on the BBC sofa by fellow England medal winners James, Laura Massaro and Peter Barker as they chatted to Gary Lineker on prime-time TV. All made a solid case for squash being part of the Olympic Games, and Gary agreed.

Another major success was the new format for the doubles, with a wider court and a lower tin set at 13 inches. This encouraged more attacking play and produced some dramatic matches.

Discussions have already begun with court manufacturers about producing new doubles courts using these dimensions and I would be very keen to hear some feedback from Kent clubs.

In the USA, nearly every squash club has a bigger (hardball) doubles court.

Is it time we started introducing full-sized doubles courts here in the UK?

Posted by Alan Thatcher on August 7, 2014

ADRIAN GRANT PARTNERS NICK MATTHEW IN QUEST FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD

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Kent’s Adrian Grant is partnering Nick Matthew in the Commonwealth Games Men’s Doubles competition in Glasgow.

Adrian and Nick are the defending champions, following their win in Delhi four years ago. They began their quest for gold by beating Malta’s Brad Hindle and Daniel Zammit-Lewis in their opening match today.

The crowds in Glasgow have been amazing for the squash, with more than 2,000 every day for the singles and over 1,000 in today for the opening session of the doubles.

Last night was a very special moment for squash with England’s gold medal men’s singles champion Nick Matthew joining runner-up James Willstrop, bronze medal winner Peter Barker and women’s silver medalist Laura Massaro on the sofa with Gary Lineker live on prime time TV on the BBC.

Most of England’s national newspapers also provided outstanding coverage of the squash today.

The wider doubles court looks great and the lower tin (13 inches) is certainly generating more attacking squash.

The atmosphere at the Scotstoun campus is absolutely fantastic and the BBC Red Button coverage has been superb.

I’ll be more than happy to give a shout-out to any fans coming up from Kent!

 

 

Posted by Alan Thatcher on July 29, 2014

KENT TRIO HEAD TO NAMIBIA FOR THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Kent trio James Evans, Georgina Kennedy and Amelia Henley have been selected by England to compete in the forthcoming World Junior Championships in Namibia.

The Individual event will be followed by the Team Championship, with England hoping to do well in both competitions.
England Squash High Performance Coach Fiona Geaves has kindly offered her thoughts on each player as follows.

gina 2Georgina Kennedy

Georgina has been flying up the Under-19 rankings this year with many excellent results culminating in her selection for the World Juniors in Namibia.

Georgina represented England in Poland last year in her first World Championships.

It was evident this event made Gina realise what she is capable of, having the opportunity to play and watch the best junior players in the World.

Since that event, Gina’s motivation to develop as a player has been exceptional, not only with results but with training also.

Physically she is in excellent shape, and with a year’s experience under her belt, she is looking to challenge the best players in the world once more.

This event will also give Gina more experience as she will look to train and perform over the next year for the World Women’s Junior Team Championships.

With three Championships under her belt by that stage, we are hoping to have a very strong, fit and experienced England player.

Excellent recent performances in the Under-19  Pioneer event (where she was runner-up) and the Dutch Open, where she finished in third place, show that Gina is in excellent form flying out to Namibia.

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Amelia Henley

Amelia narrowly missed out on selection for the European Under-19’s this year. Being the younger player in the group, she has been concentrating on the Under-17’s.

However, in the past few months Amelia has beaten and pushed our best Under-19 players in the country and deservedly earned her first selection to represent England at the World Championships.

Amelia is also in great shape physically, which will put her in good stead to compete against the best players in the world.

At the recent Dutch Open, Amelia narrowly lost in the final 3-2 to the talented Canadian Chloe Chemtob as well as, at the Pioneer event, pushing Nele Gilis, who will be one of the top seeds in Namibia too.

Competing in this event this year will also give Amelia the experience, as she, like Georgina Kennedy, is a player eligible to represent England in the Team Event next year which England Squash believe is invaluable.

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James has worked extremely hard this year under the England Development Programme enabling him to grow physically and maturely.

He has featured well at the National and English Championships as well as winning the Under-19  Surrey Silver this year.

James has used his time wisely this year mixing senior and junior events. This has enabled James time to train to reach a physical condition necessary for an event of this magnitude.

James narrowly missed out on selection for the European Under-19s. However, this selection will mean James can prove himself against the best players in the world in the Individual event as well as the Team event which follows on with his team-mates; George Parker, Lyell Fuller and Patrick Rooney.

From everyone connected with Kent Squash, we wish all three players and the whole England squad every success in Namibia.

Posted by Alan Thatcher on July 21, 2014