Kent success at the European Squash Masters 2017 Wroclow, Poland

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The Kent ladies manage to pick up three medals at the Hasta La Vista Squash club in Wroclaw, Poland in the 2017 European Masters Championships last week. Keeley Johnson, Karen Hume and Mandy Akin travelled to Poland with high hopes and weren’t disappointed.

Keeley Johnson, current National and British Open over 40’s Champion was seeded No. 1 and played some tough games to get to the final, but came through them all 3/0 to set up an all English final against her recent British Open opponent Rachel Calver. After a tight first game, Keeley took control and continued the great form she has shown this season to take the European Over 40’s title 3/0 and the Gold medal. What a great season Keeley has had.

Mandy Akin was hoping to hold on to her current over 50’s European title from Malmo, Sweden in 2015 and was seeded at No.1 having just moved up to a new age group. She won the first three matches 3/0, to reach the semi-final, which proved to be a tough contest against Sian Johnson from Wales. Sian was playing some great squash and took the lead 2/1 and took a 9/3 lead in the fourth! Mandy staged a great come back to take the fourth game 12/10. The final game was closely contested, but Mandy manged to hang on and take the final game 11/9 to take her through to the final. The final was always going to be an epic match, particularly if it followed the form of the many previous meeting between this England / Scotland rivalry, with Fiona McClean ‘just’ winning their last meeting in the British Open final, taking the fifth game 19/17! As expected the match was closely contested throughout, with Fiona finally managing to pull away in the fifth and final game taking it 11/7, to secure herself the Gold medal in the over 55’s, leaving Mandy picking up the Silver!

Karen Hume, current World Masters over 55 Champion, had high hopes having just moved in to a new age group. She continued her recent good form and took control in her first four matches not dropping a game. This took her through to the final to meet her nemesis Julie Field, also current World Masters Champion in the over 60’s category. With many previous meetings under their belts and with each of them winning one of their last two meetings. Karen beating Julie 3/0 in a recent county match and then the last meeting, Julie beating Karen 23/21 in the fifth! Let the battle commence. The first two game saw both players showing some nerves, with Julie just managing to take the first two, but Karen settled and played some great squash to level the match at 2/2, so down to the fifth and final game, Julie played some great squash in this final game and edged away to take the match 3/2 and the Gold medal, leaving Karen to pick up the Silver.

One Gold and two Silver European Masters medals for Kent. A massive achievement and great that we’re keeping Kent on the map in 2017, as this follows on from the earlier success for Kent this year when these same three people were part of the ladies Kent County teams who took both the over 40’s and over 50’s county finals!

Mandy Akin

Men’s O55 Inter-County: Southern Promotion Box 2016

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Kent did an excellent job of beating Berkshire, Oxford & Somerset this weekend!

Results attached.

Kent v Berks win 4-1
Clive, Gordon won all matches 3-0 & Mark won two 3-0 & one 3-1
Trevor had a very hard first match & won 3-2 having been two down against Berks.
Nick Peel new to the 55s team injured in the first match & lost 3-0.

Kent v Oxford win 3-2
Arthur came in at 5 for the second match against Oxford & lost 3-2
Trevor found it difficult after his five game win earlier & lost 3-0
Mark Hobday moved to No 3 & won 3-0.

Kent v Somerset
Somerset could only field four players on Sunday.
Clive & Gordon winning 3-0 in their matches secured a win as I had a W/O at 5!
But Mark Hobday having come back off holiday also secured victory with a 3-1 win!

I now call Clive, Gordon & Mark the three Amigos😀

Many thanks to the O55s team for a great win over the week end & their continued support of Kent squash in the inter counties.

Arthur
Team manager

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Men’s O55 Inter Counties Match 14/15 March 2015

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The Premier Division of the Men’s O55 Inter Counties took place on the 14/15 March 2015 in Coventry.

Saturday 14th
First match
Kent v Yorkshire

1. Clive London played G Martin.
2. Trevor Grant played P Wakefield.
3. Glen Mousley played A Kettlewell.
4. Brendan Touhey played G Trutch.
5. ——————

All our team played well & all lost their matches 3-0!

Second match
Kent v Warwickshire

1. Cive played R Bativala & won 3-0.
2. Ian Watts played C Sheik & he won 3-1.
3. Trevor played G Redfern & he won 3-0
4. Glen played Mo Sarwar he lost 0-3
5. Arthur played P Chapman & I lost 1-3

Sunday 15th
Kent v Northamptonshire

1. Clive played I Holmes & won 3-0
2. Trevor played K Hedges & won 3-0
3. Glen played J Hithersay & lost 0-3
4. Arthur played P Webber & won 3-2
5. —————-

Final Positions

1. Yorkshire 46 points
2. Warwickshire 39 points
3. Kent 29 points
4. Northamptonshire 20 points

Again Kent must thank all players for making & taking the time to play Inter County Squash.
Clive & Glen have always made themselves available.

Thanks to Brendan for making the journey to Coventry & had to get back by train.
Thanks goes to Ian who came straight from a fishing competition but made the Kent side stronger for a team win against Warwickshire!

And thanks to Trevor who if in the country makes himself available.

Sorry that Gordon McManus, Mark Hobday & Gary Marshal could not make the weekend it would be great to see you all next time!

Arthur Harvey

The CSRC Open 2014 – Graded Squash Tournament

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Enter online at: www.csquash.org (click on the banner!)

The CSRC Open is back again for its 8th Edition!

We have kept the format to a graded tournament for those who enjoy the graded events! This year we have retained the additional D Grade Category and the A Grade remains a PSA Closed Satellite Event so all PSA players entering can pick up PSA ranking points as well.

Last year, we saw four entertaining finals with A Grade champion, Joel Hinds, returning after missing the event the previous year, to capture his 5th CSRC Open Crown with a clinical 3-0 win in the final over Australia’s Rex Hedrick. Mark Chapman took the B grade title in the battle of Fort Stamford, beating his team mate Tony Tremain 3-0 in the final, whilst Léa Moineau took the C Grade title, beating Black Lion’s Glen Appleby 3-0. In the D Grade, Louise Gregory beat Kent Junior, Josh Cutting in 5 thrilling games. Incidentally, Cutting’s father was last seen booting one of the bins over after the result was confirmed! P.S Hi Graham!!

For those who want to make a weekend of it, there will be live music and a bouncy castle on the Saturday (6th) to coincide with the club’s Christmas party so fancy dress is welcome and encouraged but lightweights and chunder merchants have to go outside as we’re a civilised club, don’t you know!, so to those willing, the night starts as soon as the last match on Saturday is done and dusted. Not for the poor or faint hearted! Uni students welcome! Henry behave!

This year’s event will be run from the 5th to 7th of December 2014 with grades:

A Grade (32 places) – Players in the PSA, County Premier or 1st Division League Team

B Grade (24 places) – Players in a County League 2nd or 3rd Division League Team

C Grade (24 places) – Players in a County League 4th or 5th or Lower Division League Team

D Grade (24 places) – Non-Team Players who play recreationally or in a Club internal League

A Grade Prize Money

Winner: £500, Runner up £350, 3rd Place £250, 4th Place £150, Plate Winner £100, Plate Runner Up £50

B, C and D Grade prize Money

Winners: £50, Runners- Up: £30. Head Racket bags for plate winners and runners-up

Entry fee £12, payable by cash/cheque (please make cheques payable to Canterbury Squash Rackets Club) in advance or entry fees can be paid on the day!

All players are guaranteed a minimum of two matches.

• Fully licensed bar

• Food on site (menu available at http://www.cmstringers.com/menu2013.pdf ),

• Wi-Fi available at the club.

• Racket restringing service available all weekend

• Select matches will also be recorded in HD Video and uploaded to YouTube.

Club Address: Canterbury Squash Rackets Club Giles Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7LR

Entry is done online at:

www.csquash.org

There will also be a list on this page updated daily with the latest confirmed entries for players of each grade.

For all enquiries please email me at joe@cmstringers.com or call/text 07909 531367

If you would like to enter via email please include your name, grade, contact email, club you play at and contact number

Entries close on Saturday 29th November 2014

A Grade Title holder- Joel Hinds (Duffield)

B Grade Title holder – Mark Chapman (Fort Stamford)

C Grade Title holder – Léa Moineau (Club Brest)

D Grade Title holder – Louise Gregory (Canterbury)

Regards,

Joe Magor (Tournament Organiser)

The Kent County Junior Closed Championships 2014

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The Kent County Junior Closed Championships 2014

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To be held at Rodmersham Squash & Fitness Club on September 27th-28th 2014.
Sponsored By Dunlop

Closing date for entries is Monday 22nd September 2014

The Categories are Girls and Boys, Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 17s and Under 19s

All Entrants must be under the respective age group limits on the 27th of September 2014 and must be born in Kent, reside in Kent (minimum 3 months) or attend a school in Kent.

Entry fee is £15 and all cheques should be made payable to “Kent SRA”.

Poster and Entry Forms can be downloaded from:
http://www.cmstringers.com/KJCPoster2014.pdf
http://www.cmstringers.com/KJCForm2014.pdf

Completed entries should be posted to:
Joe Magor
76 Rough Common Road,
Canterbury, Kent,
CT2 9DE

Title Holders:
Boys Under 11 – Josh Cutting
Boys Under 13 – James Sims
Boys Under 15 – Ryan Burrell-Grant
Boys Under 17 – Robert Finch
Boys Under 19 – James Evans

Girls Under 11 – Karishma Bansal
Girls Under 13 – Lotti Taylor-French
Girls Under 15 – Yemaya Phillips-Smith
Girls Under 17 – Yemaya Phillips-Smith
Girls Under 19 – Amelia Henley

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

Mid-Kent Junior League

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Another busy and successful day at The Mote with 45 matches in the latest round of the Mid-Kent Junior League.
Great to see Louise Gregory leading the new East Kent League. 
The concept is so simple, it’s great fun for the juniors, they are all playing at the right standard, and all the feedback so far has been positive and supportive.
We look forward to setting up similar competitions throughout the county.
Here are the latest Mid-Kent results:

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Posted by Alan Thatcher on June 11, 2014 at 10:18