Biggin Hill Squash Club now known as Blundells Fitness Sports & Leisure, were the hosts for this year’s County Junior Closed tournament.
85 boys and girls travelled the length and breadth of the county to compete to be the no. 1 in their age group. This was an increase on entrants from last year and a testament to a strong development plan that the County has implemented over the last 3 years There was not only the opportunity to be the County champion but also to earn the right to play for the county in 2 weeks’ time in the National Inter-County Championships.
Prizes were presented by Kent SRA Vice-President Mary Scott-Miller.
On the Saturday the U13 and U15 age groups played along with the U19 girls. The eventual finalists were : –
Boys Under 13
(2) James Sims bt (1) Dominic Major 3-2 (9-11, 4-11, 17-15, 11-4, 11-6)
Girls Under 13
(2) Lottie Taylor-French bt (1) Maddy Hill 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10 )
Boys Under 15
(1) Ryan Burrell-Grant bt (2) Jack Mitterer 3-1 (11-8, 9-11,11-5,11-3)
Girls Under 15
(1) Yemaya Phillips-Smith bt (2) Lily Taylor-French 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 )
Girls Under 19
(2) Amelia Henley bt (1) Georgina Kennedy 3-2 (14-16, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9)
On Sunday the U11 and U17’s played as well as the U19 boys ; –
Girls Under 11
Karishma Bansel bt Islay Thornicroft 3-0 (12-10, 11-2, 11-7 )
Boys Under 11
Josh Cutting bt Thomas Godfrey 3-0 ( 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 )
Girls Under 17
Yemaya Phillips-Smith bt Eve Coxeter 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 )
On Sunday the U11 and U17’s played along with the U19 boys ; –
Robbie Finch bt Ryan Burrell-Grant 3-0 (11-7, 11-4,11-4 )
Boys Under 19
James Evans bt Brad Masters 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 )
The most exciting feature for the County was the new wave of under 11 year olds who entered the tournament. These new faces ensures the future of junior squash in Kent and all concerned hope that they can follow the footsteps of the rest of the finalists who all play for the county with the U19 quartet either have or on the verge of playing for England.
Special thanks should go to Joe Magor and Steve Franks who organised the event, Kim Cross owner of Biggin Hill and Robin Perrin the club coach who organised the venue and excellent catering on the day. Thanks also to all the parents for transporting their stars to the tournament!!
Finally well done to all contestants for demonstrating the strength of Kent Junior Squash!!
Posted by Richard Antcliff on September 30, 2013 at 21:06