Inter-County Finals 2016 – Kent Under 19 Girls

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GU19 2016

Having won the trophy last year, the Kent U19 team were determined to put up a spirited defence of their title. And what a strong team it was, with (junior) veterans Georgina Kennedy and Amelia Henley, who are no 1 and 2 respectively in the England U19 rankings, being joined by 15 year old Lily Taylor-French.

The girls encountered Northumbria in their semi-finals matches and won each match convincingly, 3-0. On Sunday they met Gloucestershire in the finals. Despite a strong performance from Gloucestershire, Gina and Amelia each won their matches 3-0 in 14 and 26 minutes respectively. Lily played extremely well against a more experienced opponent, having lost the first two games 4-11 and 8-11, she was looking strong at 8-5 in the third but despite a tremendous effort could not over power her more experienced opponent.

Gina and Amelia have been stalwarts of Kent girls squash since the age of 10 and we wish them well as they move out of the juniors – they will both be going to Harvard University in August this year – both members of Harvard’s squash team, naturally!

And special mention must be made of Mary Scott-Miller who has managed the team so well for over two decades! Thank you Mary and this one was for you!

Gina and Amelia in Europe

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Kent’s top two junior squash girls, Georgina (Gina) Kennedy and Amelia Henley have just returned from a two week trip to Germany and Holland where they competed in the Pioneer Junior Open in Cologne and then the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam.  In Germany, both girls entered the Under 19 category of the tournament, although Amelia is still 16.  Gina did exceptionally well, ending as runner up, despite her 7 seeding. Amelia was a little more unfortunate, meeting the eventual winner in an earlier round.  The girls then travelled to Amsterdam.  Gina again did the U19s and came third, losing to the eventual winner again but meeting her in the semi-finals this time! This was still a great result as she was seeded 9/12 for the event.  Amelia entered the U17s and did exceptionally well, ending up as runner up in a very closely fought final.

 These two Kent team mates, who have now been playing together for 7 years, will shortly travel to Namibia as they have both been selected by England Squash to represent England in the U19 World Junior Championships.

Both girls were awarded grants of £200 from the Ivy Hawkes Memorial Fund which is administered by the Kent County Playing Fields Association to help with the costs of playing at this level.

Posted by Richard Antcliff on July 15, 2014

County Rankings

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The observant visitors to this site will have seen that the Rankings tab sits above, between Leagues and Rules.

Junior -this is only the second year that the junior team league has been run on League Master, so the data for some players is very limited, which leads to a low confidence level, for some players, that they are in the correct position, this will improve with time and games played.

I have been merging duplicate entries.  Please find yourself on the list and then go further down looking for duplicate entries.  Please advise me of the positions of the duplicates if you find any and i will merge them.

Senior – as for the juniors, please advise if there are duplicate entries.

For a number of years, the senior leagues, and for the first year the junior league, had manual entry for players names when entering results.  Whilst the Squashlevels software has done a good job in merging names with the unique identifiers that lies behind the names in the nominations lists, it is not perfect, so duplicate entries for individuals may still exist.

I hope you find the Rankings of interest

Posted by Richard Antcliff on January 11, 2014 at 18:32

Parklangley win 2013 Racketball League

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The last game of the year between Parklangley and Nuffield Health was to decide who won the league.

The evening was made all the more exciting by a first ever win for Steve Pratt against Ted Jeal which brought the house down !

Pictured below are team members Steve Pratt, Zeb Young, Mark Ford, Gary Whittington, Mike Harrison with Parklangley’s Director of Squash & Racketball John Williams.

Posted by Richard Antcliff on December 8, 2013 at 20:09

The Kent County Junior Closed 2013

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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)

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Girls Under 13

(2) Lottie Taylor-French bt (1) Maddy Hill 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10 )

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Boys Under 15

(1) Ryan Burrell-Grant bt (2) Jack Mitterer 3-1 (11-8, 9-11,11-5,11-3)

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Girls Under 15

(1) Yemaya Phillips-Smith bt (2) Lily Taylor-French 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 )

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Girls Under 19

(2) Amelia Henley bt (1) Georgina Kennedy 3-2 (14-16, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9)

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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 )

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Boys Under 11

Josh Cutting bt Thomas Godfrey 3-0 ( 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 )

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Girls Under 17

Yemaya Phillips-Smith bt Eve Coxeter 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 )

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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 )

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Boys Under 19

James Evans bt Brad Masters 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 )

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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