Junior Calendar 2014-15

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ESR have now finalised the dates for the main junior calendar for the coming season which are as follows.

Details regarding the County Cup and U11 Festival will be sent by ESR in due course.

2014

6-7 September Reserved for Junior County Squads

13-14 September Reserved for Junior County Squads

27-28 September Reserved for Junior County Closed Championships

11-12 October Junior Inter County Stage 1 (Boys one day – Girls the other – actual day to be advised)

22-23 November Junior Inter County Stage 2  (Boys one day – Girls the other – actual day to be advised)

2015

17-18 January Junior Inter County Finals

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

U11 Inter County Festival 2014 – The New Wave!!

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The Annual SE Region U11 Festival was held at Horsham on Sunday 4th May.

Kent were represented by a new team of 6 players who have come from the U11 Development squad 4 of whom have only been playing for 6 months.

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The team – Noah Hammett , Tom Godfrey (Maidstone) Max Tunon (Park Langley) Will Morris (Tunbridge Wells) Angus Howard Tom Deane (Park Langley) – faced strong opposition from Dorset , Middlesex , Sussex A & B and an All Stars team of Sussex / Middlesex. Many of the opposition players were veterans of the tournament and in the top 20 of the ESR rankings so it was a tough debut for the new boys from Kent!!

However all 6 put in some great performances with Angus Howard and Tom Deane winning all 4 of their matches.Max Tunon and Will Morris both won their first match against the All Stars and then battled hard in the next 3 narrowly losing each one but getting stronger and gaining invaluable County experience with each match.

The veterans of the team ,with 12 months experience, at 1 and 2 – Noah Hammett and Tom Godfrey – faced extremely tough challenges. Both these boys rotated at the number 5 slot in this tournament last year and now were being asked to play against England’s best. Both accepted the challenge and won many new admirers for their tireless effort and style of play. Tom managed to win 2 of his matches and Noah lost all of them but with many tie breaks in all matches.

Overall Kent finished a very creditable 4th but the most exciting result is that Kent have discovered a new rich vein of talent emerging from the U11 Development Squad. Special thanks should go to Steve Pratt, Allam Sollimann and Zeb Young who have been working with this squad plus all other coaches involved and of course the parents.

For this squad to grow , which is after all the future of Kent squash , could all clubs encourage their U11’s – boys or girls – to attend any county u11 activity so that the base can be grown. There are a number of U11/13 Summer squash camps arranged (see attached) so please advertise these at your club.

Please contact Steve Franks the County Coaching Manager / County Development Officer for further information on U11 /13 activity.

Posted by steve franks on May 5, 2014 at 6:00

AMELIA BEATS GINA IN ALL-KENT BRITISH FINAL

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Amelia Henley won an all-Kent final against Georgina Kennedy to become the British Under-17 national champion.

Amelia, the No.2 seed who plays for Rodmersham, beat top seed Georgina Kennedy, from Bexley, in straight games at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

Both girls entered the tournament as reigning champions, Georgina having won last year’s under-17 tournament and Amelia the under-15 event.

However, it was the younger Amelia who triumphed after a hard-fought battle.

The first game was extremely close, with Amelia squeezing home 13-11 in a tiebreak.

The second saw Amelia gain the upper hand to win 11-8 and she raced through the 11-2 to clinch victory in 23 minutes.

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Bradley Masters of Maidstone enjoyed a good run in the Boys Under-17 competition, reaching the semi-finals before losing the 3/4 play-off final to Patrick Rooney of Merseyside 11-8, 14-12, 11-6.

Maidstone’s Josh Masters and The Mote’s James Evans competed in the Under-19 event.
Masters reached the third round before falling to 3/4 seed Lyell Fuller from Devon.
Masters finished fourth, winning his play-off final when Leicester’s George Parker retired through injury.
Evans, who lost to Parker in last year’s Under-17 final, went out in the second round to 5/8 seed Joe Green from Herts and finished in tenth position.
Evans still impressed the selectors after being chosen for the England squad for next year’s World Junior Championships in Namibia.
Sadly for Masters, he will be too old for selection by the time the event comes round.

KENT UNDER-13 BOYS FINISH TOP

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Congratulations to the Kent Boys Under-13 team for winning both of their matches at the weekend.

They beat Sussex and Surrey 2 by a 3-2 margin each time.

Squad: Jack Mitterer, Dominic Major, Tom Goodayle, Mike Mitterer and Josh Cutting.

Special congratulations to Tom, who fought back from two games down to beat Louie Martin of Sussex.

 

 INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS – RESULT SHEET
Category BOYS’ U-13
Stage 1
Division REGION 3   GROUP C
Date SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER 2013
Match 1 SUSSEX v SURREY 2 Score Games
1 LUKE CREDLAND DAN POWER 3/0 11/5 11/2 11/5
2 DANYAL RAZZAQ MARK BROADBERRY 3/1 11/5 7/11 11/5 11/7
3 LOUIE MARTIN FIN McMANUS 3/1 11/8 11/4 10/12 11/4
4 MATT NORTH BEN PAYNE 3/0 11/2 11/4 11/0
5 DOMINIK MOORHEAD ELLIOT RUMBLE 3/0 11/3 11/4 12/10
Result 20/2
Match 2 SURREY 2 v KENT Score Games
1 DAN POWER JACK MITTERER 0/3 2/11 6/11 8/11
2 MARK BROADBERRY DOMINIC MAJOR 0/3 3/11 4/11 6/11
3 FIN McMANUS THOMAS GOODAYLE 3/1 12/10 11/9 8/11 11/8
4 BEN PAYNE MIKE MITTERER 0/3 2/11 7/11 2/11
5 ELLIOT RUMBLE JOSH CUTTING 3/1 8/11 11/4 11/5 11/6
Result 6/16
Match 3 SUSSEX v KENT Score Games
1 LUKE CREDLAND JACK MITTERER 0/3 9/11 10/12 3/11
2 DANYAL RAZZAQ DOMINIC MAJOR 3/1 11/7 11/5 10/12 11/8
3 LOUIE MARTIN THOMAS GOODAYLE 2/3 12/10 11/5 12/14 8/11 2/11
4 MATT NORTH MIKE MITTERER 0/3 8/11 10/12 6/11
5 DOMINIK MOORHEAD JOSH CUTTING 3/0 11/7 11/8 11/8
Result 8/15
Final Places Ties Points
1 KENT 2 31
2 SUSSEX 1 28
3 SURREY 2 0 8
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One point for each game won in a match
5 bonus points to team winning the tie

Posted by Alan Thatcher on October 16, 2013 at 14:03

The Kent County Junior Closed 2013

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Biggin Hill Squash Club now known as Blundells Fitness Sports & Leisure, were the hosts for this year’s County Junior Closed tournament.

85 boys and girls travelled the length and breadth of the county to compete to be the no. 1 in their age group. This was an increase on entrants from last year and a testament to a strong development plan that the County has implemented over the last 3 years There was not only the opportunity to be the County champion but also to earn the right to play for the county in 2 weeks’ time in the National Inter-County Championships.

Prizes were presented by Kent SRA Vice-President Mary Scott-Miller.

On the Saturday the U13 and U15 age groups played along with the U19 girls. The eventual finalists were : –

Boys Under 13

(2) James Sims bt (1) Dominic Major 3-2 (9-11, 4-11, 17-15, 11-4, 11-6)

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Girls Under 13

(2) Lottie Taylor-French bt (1) Maddy Hill 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 12-10 )

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Boys Under 15

(1) Ryan Burrell-Grant bt (2) Jack Mitterer 3-1 (11-8, 9-11,11-5,11-3)

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Girls Under 15

(1) Yemaya Phillips-Smith bt (2) Lily Taylor-French 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 )

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Girls Under 19

(2) Amelia Henley bt (1) Georgina Kennedy 3-2 (14-16, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9)

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On Sunday the U11 and U17’s played as well as the U19 boys ; –

Girls Under 11

Karishma Bansel bt Islay Thornicroft 3-0 (12-10, 11-2, 11-7 )

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Boys Under 11

Josh Cutting bt Thomas Godfrey 3-0 ( 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 )

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Girls Under 17

Yemaya Phillips-Smith bt Eve Coxeter 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 )

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On Sunday the U11 and U17’s played along with the U19 boys ; –

Robbie Finch bt Ryan Burrell-Grant 3-0 (11-7, 11-4,11-4 )

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Boys Under 19

James Evans bt Brad Masters 3-2 (11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 )

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The most exciting feature for the County was the new wave of under 11 year olds who entered the tournament. These new faces ensures the future of junior squash in Kent and all concerned hope that they can follow the footsteps of the rest of the finalists who all play for the county with the U19 quartet either have  or on the verge of playing for England.

Special thanks should go to Joe Magor and Steve Franks who organised the event, Kim Cross owner of Biggin Hill and Robin Perrin the club coach who organised the venue and excellent catering on the day. Thanks also to all the parents for transporting their stars to the tournament!!

Finally well done to all contestants for demonstrating the strength of Kent Junior Squash!!

Posted by Richard Antcliff on September 30, 2013 at 21:06

JUNIOR B TEAMS SHINE

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Kent juniors shine in County B Team Tournament

The first County B team tournament was held at Surrey Sports Park on September 15th involving the Under-13 and Under-15 boys and girls teams.

Congratulations should go to all the players , parents and coaches who have been involved in the training programme for these squads during the past 12 months.

The hard work put into these groups paid off with both Kent girls’ teams winning their tournaments.

The boys Under-15 team just lost out to Sussex in the final and a very young Under-13 team beat Essex but lost to Surrey in their qualifying division.

The teams were:

U13 boys – Jon Hart (Thanet) , Harry Morgan (Biddenden), Noah Hammett (Black Lion), Tomas Godfrey (Rodmersham), Adam Dickinson (Kings)

U13 Girls – Lottie Taylor French (Rodmersham), Karishma Bansal (Black Lion), Sophie Terrill (Tunbridge Wells), Zara Rowland (Mote and Maidstone), Anna Hooper (Poultwood)

U15 Boys – Joe Casey (Mote) , George Fuller (Bexley), James Sims (Park Langley), Grady Hammett (Maidstone), Oscar Hammett (Canterbury)

U15 Girls – Yemaya Phillips Smith (Maidstone), Lily Taylor French (Rodmersham), Mary Jones (Poultwood), Willow Floodgate (Canterbury).

Pictures by STEVE FRANKS

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Posted by Alan Thatcher on September 16, 2013 at 15:39 

Junior Inter County Stage 2 Results

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I would like to congratulate all players, parents and coaches for the teams performances in the second round of the Junior Inter County tournament.

A special mention should go to Willow Floodgate and Maddy Hill who represented the U13 Girls and notched up the first U13 girls win this season. They played against Suffolk and now go through to the National plate Finals..

I would also like to thank Ben Ford and Dave Harris who through the Ken Cotton Memorial fund ensured that the boys teams all had tracksuits for their matches. Sadly Ken passed away last year after putting in a lot of time and effort into Kent Junior squash.However his spirit and enthusiasm for the game lives on through the fund he set up before his demise and I’m sure he would have been proud to see the teams play so well in his honour.

The results can be viewed under the Juniors tab.

Posted by steve franks on February 12, 2013 at 9:12