Ella Tunon played @ No1 string for the GU13 Kent team at the 2017-18 Junior Inter-county Finals @ Nottingham University on 13.01.2018.
In her first match Ella played against Amelie Hayworth for Hampshire.
It was a very hard fought match energy and imagination. Ella lost 3-0 but managed to take the first game to 12-10, and kept it very tight in the second and third games, to go down to a visibly rattled and unsettled UK no1. Despite losing 3-0 Ella showed grit and determination as well as more than a few neat combos and winners which forced Amelie to make uncharacteristic mistakes.
In her second match Ella played Francesca Hall. Ella played another hard match, but after giving it all in the first match, struggled with energy levels during some early long rallies and the score line did not reflect how close each point was. Some great plays from both girls saw winners close out rallies early in the second and third games, showing great touch and clarity of thought.
Ella, despite losing came away with food for thought. She pushed herself hard against the top girls in the country and despite losing demonstrated to herself that the gap was not as large as she had expected and that with perseverance and dedication she could put herself in a position to seriously challenge for honours at the next opportunity.
The team lost overall but showed great courage and fighting spirit as well as camaraderie through their support of each other and later the BU11 team, that both they and Kent Squash can be proud of.
The competition was always going to be competitive as within the four teams making the finals, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and of course Kent, 5 players were currently ranked in the top six in the England Rankings.
Kent stormed past Gloucestershire winning all three matches. First up was Freddie Miles who had a very convincing win and won 3-0. Next up was Dylan Roberts versus Harry Bloomfield. This pitted the England’s current number 2 v England’s Number 3. This was a real yoyo battle that went to the full five games. Dylan won the final game 11-8. Jude Gibbins was up next and had a very conformable 3-0 victory. This took Kent through to the final for the third consecutive year, a great achievement in itself.
In the finals they had to play Warwickshire who had won the other semi-final against Hampshire 2-1.
Warwickshire were strong opposition. They had 3 top 20 ranked boys in the team and the current number 4 ranked boy playing at number 1 for them.
The finals were on the all glass show court, much to the boys delight. Again up first was Freddie Miles. Freddie played amazing squash and again stormed to a 3-0 victory against a boy current ranked way above him. This gave Kent the perfect start.
The number 1 seeds were next on and it saw Dylan Roberts current England number 2 against James Lee currently England’s number 4. James got off to a commanding start winning the first two games and leading the third 9-4. Dylan managed to save the game and the match by winning the game 12-10. Dylan then went on to take command and take the next game 11-1 and the final game 11-6. A great come back and a victory for Kent with a match to spare.
The result meant Kent were champions even before Jude Gibbins played. Again Jude played some very assured and quality squash coasting to a 3-0 win. The boys all performed amazing well under pressure and shows why many had them as favourites to win the final.
Well done Kent Squash and especially coach Steve Franks who has nurtured and developed all the boys from an early age. Congratulation, you are now National Final winners.
The 2018 season of the Kent Racketball League will begin in late January and I invite your club to enter a team or teams.
The league plays on alternate Wednesdays over much of the year, with a summer break. The format is 4 singles matches and 2 doubles matches; each match is played to three games. The players are ranked in order of quality and play the singles in order but the doubles can be played by any pairings.
Presently many of the playing teams are located in West Kent but I am willing to run a separate East Kent league if there is enough interest.
The cost of entry is £65 per team.
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Sunday November 26th saw the Kent Ladies O50 advance further with their quest to regain their national county title. Hosting the Stage 2 match at Nuffield Bromley, the team saw off both Essex and Surrey 3/0, without dropping a game.
Let’s hope that the team of Mandy Akin, Candy Wilton and Karen Hume can maintain this level of play in the finals in March.