Kent Girls under 15 squad travelled to Nottingham in good spirits and
full of excitement at reaching the national finals.
A tough weekend was in prospect with the semi-final against a Yorkshire
team with all 5 players ranked 28th and above on the England Squash
system. The result was true to form with the team losing 5-0, but not
without a fight.
The highlight was Sophie Terrell moving to a 2-0 lead,
playing her best squash and looking set to open the match with a win.
Unfortunately a fight back was in prospect and a combination of a tiring
game and greater match experience enabled the Yorkshire girls to clinch
the match. Jemima Morris also had a close match, eventually losing 3-1,
but not before putting some lovely length shots tight to the side wall
and showing clear signs of being capable of moving her game to a higher
level. Maddy Hill, Anna Hooper and Karishma Bansal all lost although the
games were a lot closer than the score line suggests.
The 3/4 play off on Sunday was against Northumberland and the
expectation of a close match proved true. Sophie Terrell won her match,
repeating the strong play of the day before. Jemima Morris produced
another good display but was unable to make it count and lost 3-1. With
Kent needing 2 wins out of three, hopes were high and it looked possible
after Karishma Bansal won 3-1, playing at No1 string. Well done
The next 2 games were very close, Maddy Hill, lost 3-1, with
the game being so close it could have been 3-0 to Maddy if a couple of
points had gone the other way. Her final game was 11-9 after saving one
brilliant match ball. All rested on Anna Hooper who, from 2-0 down, gave
a glimmer of hope by winning the third game and came out confident.
Unfortunately it was not to be, with a 3-1 loss and Northumberland
clinched the match.
Overall, the squad consoled themselves with 4th in the country and a
determination to do better. Special mention to Anabelle Williamson who
travelled as reserve and provided tremendous support and encouragement.
She was an inspiration to the squad and will be key to the GU15s in the
B team fixtures coming up and the main Gu15 team next year.
Report by Tony Hooper