Kent U13 boys win the U13 National Trophy

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The U13 boys won the U13 National Trophy in Derbyshire beating Derbyshire 5/0, Merseyside 5/0 and then Dorset 3/2. I was the boys’ coach and it was a fantastic day for both boys and parents.

The boys were perfect ambassadors for Kent squash. The team was Josh Cutting (Canterbury), Tom Dean (Park Langley), Caleb Boy (Park Langley), Noah Hammett (Maidstone), Zachary Bhana (Bexley) and James Donaldson (Canterbury).

This picture is of me and the team with their trophies in the snow!!

Report by Steve Franks

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:

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

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


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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

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