U15 Boys Inter County Trophy Final

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Tim Casey (Team Captain), Nick Zamar, Jack Mitterer, Joe Casey, Ed Miles, Dominic Major, Steve Pratt (Team Coach)

The U15 Boys played in the Inter County Trophy Final at The Bowdon Club, Cheshire on Sunday 18th.

In the first round Kent were very narrowly beaten 2 – 3 by Durham and Cleveland. Durham and Cleveland went on to beat Cheshire in the final.

In the 3rd / 4th play off Kent beat Surrey 4 – 1 to finish 3rd.

The full results are attached.

Tim Casey

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KENT’S JAMES EVANS FIGHTS BACK TO WIN BRITISH TITLE

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JAMES EVANS FIGHTS BACK TO WIN BRITISH UNDER-15 TITLE

Kent junior James Evans became the national under-15 squash champion yesterday (Sunday) after beating the top seed to win a thrilling final in Manchester.

Evans, who plays for The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, fought back after trailing by two games to one to beat number one seed Hamish Falconer of Lincolnshire 7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8 in a marathon encounter lasting 66 minutes.

The national title was the culmination of an exciting year during which Evans made his debut for England in the Junior Home Internationals and led the Kent under-15 team to the national inter-county championship.

A pupil at Oakwood Park Grammar School, Evans has also made his mark on the Kent senior squash scene in the past few months, recording several notable victories for The Mote first team in the Kent League.

He also beat former Kent champion Duane Harrison in the recent Bexley Open and earlier this year became the youngest player to compete in a PSA world-ranking tournament when he appeared in the Kent Open at The Mote in June.

Seeded two, his triumph in Sunday’s final was his first ever win over his much taller opponent. The victory followed a tough semi-final on Saturday in which he beat George Parker of Leicestershire 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 9-11, 11-2.

With his 15th birthday on the horizon on November 13, Evans will be expected to be among the favourites for the national under-17 title in two years time.

James has worked so hard this year and thoroughly deserves everything he has achieved. He has fantastic speed around the court, which means he keeps getting the ball back no matter where his opponent puts it. He is also making enormous advances in his attacking game and is continually adding new and exciting shots to his repertoire.

Everyone in the Kent squash community is so proud of James, and especially all the members at The Mote.

It was good that national coach Fiona Geaves was there to see the final in Manchester and she was very impressed by the way James dug in to pull the match round from being 2-1 down. The way he played such a steady fifth game in a real pressure situation, and up against a very fit, very steady and much taller opponent, showed amazing strength of character for such a young man.

He should be very proud of his national title and it’s a wonderful achievement also for his mother, Sharon, who introduced James to squash and has been at his side in tournaments all over the country as he has developed into being a real star in the making. Having said that, he is a very modest young man, a fantastic pupil and a real pleasure to work with.

Another Kent player to do well in Manchester was Amelia Henley from Rodmersham, near Sittingbourne, who lost in the girls under-13 final to Elin Harlow of Wales.

Georgina Kennedy, from the Park Langley club in Beckenham, finished sixth in the girls under-15 tournament.

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KENT OPEN: DAY ONE

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KENT JUNIOR JAMES SHINES IN PSA DEBUT

 

James Evans, at 14 years and six months one of the youngest players ever to appear in a PSA World Tour event, came close to recording a shock victory in the qualifying round of the Kent Open.

 

Before a packed gallery at his home club, The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone, Evans showed flashes of attacking genius as he made Issa Kamara fight all the way to book a place in the qualifying finals of this new One Star event on the PSA calendar.

Kamara, the 31-year-old from Sierra Leone, was relieved to win 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 in four close games and paid tribute to his young opponent.

 

He said: “I played James in the Kent Closed back in January and was happy to win 3-1 that day as well. He has come on so much since then and I was surprised at how much his attacking game has developed. He was hitting nicks from all over the court.”

 

Evans, who recently made a winning debut for the England Under-15 squad, trains at The Mote with some bloke whose name escapes me at the moment. The youngster was delighted to play in a major world-ranking event and said: “It was a great experience to play in my first PSA tournament and I was very happy with how I played. I didn’t make too many mistakes. I was away at an outward bound camp all last week with my school and because of a hamstring injury I haven’t picked up a racket for two weeks so I know I can do a little bit better than that.”

 

Kamara, who is now based in Turkey, faces England’s Chris Truswell in today’s qualifying finals. The Leeds-based Truswell took 55 minutes to beat Namibia’s Ryan Thompson in the longest match of the evening, his 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 victory lasting 55 minutes.

 

Top qualifying seed Tom Pashley, another Yorkshire-based player from Halifax, beat 19-year-old Ben Coleman from Essex in straight games to clinch a qualifying final berth against Mark Fuller. The 25-year-old from Nottingham beat the higher-ranked Neil Cordell from York in just 25 minutes.
There were quick wins for Egypt’s Wael Farag and Ireland’s Arthur Gaskin against Kent

players Jonny Powell and Neil Baker.

 

Both local boys made nervous starts before finding some kind of rhythm against their amazingly talented opponents and Jonny almost sneaked the third game tiebreak as he and Wael exchanged outrageous winners.

Farag meets Phil Nightingale, the former Biggin Hill player who overpowered Russian No.1 Sergey Severinov.

Gaskin faces Jonny Harford, who squeezed home 11-9 in the first game against Holland’s Bart Ravelli before powering through the next two games for the loss of just three points.

RESULTS Kent Open Qualifying first round:

 

Tom Pashley (Eng) beat Ben Coleman (Eng) 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 (38 mins)

 

Mark Fuller (Eng) beat Neil Cordell (Eng) 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (29 mins)

 

Chris Truswell (Eng) beat Ryan Thompson (Namibia) 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (55 mins)
Issa Kamara (Sierra Leone) beat James Evans (England) 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (36 mins)

Wael Farag (Egypt) beat Jonny Powell (England) 11-2, 11-7, 15-13 (22 mins)
Phil Nightingale (Eng) beat Alexey Severinov (Russia) 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 (24 mins)

Jonny Harford (Eng) beat Bart Ravelli (Netherlands) 11-9, 11-0, 11-3 (31 mins)
Arthur Gaskin (Ireland) beat Neil Baker (England)
11-1, 11-6, 11-8 (23 mins)

 

Qualifying Finals:

 

5.30pm: Gaskin v Harford

6.30pm: Farag v Nightingale
7.30pm: Truswell v Kamara

8.30pm: Pashley v Fuller

Posted by Alan Thatcher on June 1, 2010 at 22:30

INTER COUNTY U15’S

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Just received this email from a very proud dad:-

All
Hope you don’t mind this bit of pride and indulgence but I am pleased to say that over this weekend and for only the 2nd time in the last 20 years at any age group Kent under 15’s Boys. have lifted the UK County Trophy, they beat Derbyshire 3-2 on Saturday in the Semi’s and Yorkshire 3-2 today Sunday.

The team was:-

1) James Evans – Mote Squash Club
2) Josh Masters – Maidstone Squash Club
3) Ryan Duke – Mote Squash Club
4) Bradley Masters – Maidstone Squash Club
5) Edward Henley – Rodmersham Squash Club

Reserve (No 6) Ayden Spinks – Bexley Squash Club

So the Mote have a strong representation in the team along of course with Maidstone.

In today’s final it was always expected that Kent would win at 1 & 2 with their two boys James Evans & Josh Masters both ranked inside the England top 10, but the pressure for the players (and the parents!!) means the games still have to be won, Yorkshire had won previous rounds by being strong right down the order and this proved correct again yesterday when they dispensed with Essex 4-1.

In today’s final the numbers 5 & 4 went on first, Ed Henley at 5 looked as though he would win at 5 but the match swung one way and then the other and he finally lost 2-3.

At 4 Brad Masters started slow and it looked as though he would lose out, but again it swung one way then the other and he finally won 3-2 so now it was 1 match each.

Now on 1 court only Ryan went on and lost the first, although narrowly to a very quick player ranked a great many places higher than himself, then won the second, lost the third, came back and won the fourth, went 6-2 done in the 5th, came back to 8 all and finally lost 11-9 in the 5th so 2-1 to Yorkshire.

James at No 1 went on next and as usual played it cool and won 3-0 with a quality of squash and control way beyond his opponents, but did let his opponent get to game point in the first and even the 2nd was tight before he ran out a clear winner in the 3rd, so match score was then 2-2 and very nail biting for all.

Josh Masters at 2 went on with all the pressure and expectation on his shoulders, it showed as he lost the 1st game to a player who was clearly intent on powering him off the court, the 2nd was again tight but Josh scrapped in so 1-1, again a nail biting 3rd which Josh managed to win by superb racket control and deft drop shots, then in the 4th the opponent seem to hit the self explode button and Josh won it and sealed the victory for Kent, but it has to be said the team supported each other 100% and each and every one played their part in two very tight matches across Saturday & Sunday – Congratulations and Well done to the all (especially the boys from the Mote).

A great weekends squash.

Cheers

Steve

Steve Duke

Posted by Phill Crane on March 22, 2010 at 8:02 

ENGLISH CHAMPION!

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Congratulations to georgina kennedy, who yesterday beat another kent girl, amelia henley in the final of the english closed championships in nottingham.

robbie finch finished 21-24 in boys u-13, james evans finished 5th, josh masters 7th and brad masters 19-20th in the boys u-15 and elliot knight finished 19-20th in the u-17.

well done to all of them

Posted by ben ford on March 8, 2010 at 12:37

BOYS UNDER 15’S IN THE FINALS!

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Well done to the boys under 15 team who won all 3 matches yesterday in the 2nd stage of the national inter counties.
The squad of james evans(mote), josh masters(maidstone), brad masters(maidstone),ryan duke(mote),ed henley(rodmersham) and aidan spinks(bexley/sundridge park) beat oxford, surrey and gloucs to progress to the finals in march.
The girls under 13 team play next week and will hopefully be joining them in the finals!

Posted by ben ford on January 25, 2010 at 13:35