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Junior Inter County

Five counties shared the spoils at the 2018/19 Junior Inter County Championships in Nottingham at the weekend as players from Yorkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Lancashire lifted the coveted titles.
Girls Under 19

Yorkshire and Surrey claimed three titles each with Sussex lifting two and Lancashire and Hampshire clinching one.

Boys Under 19

There were fist pumps and screams galore as 467 players representing 124 teams cheered on their fellow county team mates in the main draw and plate finals with competitors demonstrating remarkable team spirit and sportsmanship throughout the weekend.


FIRST SECOND THIRD
Girls U11 Sussex Northumbria Hampshire
Boys U11 Surrey Oxfordshire Sussex
Girls U13 Lancashire Northumbria Essex
Boys U13 Surrey Yorkshire Warwickshire
Girls U15 Hampshire Yorkshire Warwickshire
Boys U15 Sussex Yorkshire Essex
Girls U17 Yorkshire Northumbria Kent
Boys U17 Surrey North Wales Kent
Girls U19 Yorkshire Hampshire Sussex
Boys U19 Yorkshire Sussex Hampshire

View the final results: LeagueMaster

Girls Under 17


Wigginton and Chapel Allerton Juniors enjoy friendly rivalry

 

Wigginton played Chapel Allerton in the latest round of the North West Yorkshire Junior Squash league.

Unfortunately, a couple of clubs failed to turn out a team due to illness so the two clubs mixed and matched games to ensure all the kids had plenty of squash and enjoyed the day. 

These teams  have met a number of times over the past two years so it was an opportunity for players to see how they have improved.

The match was between both clubs under 11 and under 13 teams.

The first match was played between Wigginton’s Scott Codrai and Josh Wood from Chapel A. These two boys have played on a numerous occasions and always have close competitive games and this was no exception resulting in a 3:2 win to Scott.

Ruby From Chapel A had the opportunity to get her revenge on Finn Dunlop by beating him 3-0.

Josh Wood was the stand out performer for Chapel A winning all his matches on the day.

There was great support from the parents which also ensured the event ran smoothly.

Yorkshire propell to victory at Inter County Championship

The dominance of Yorkshire juniors in the Inter County Championship continued into the 2016-17 campaign with 7 out of the age groups once again qualifying for the finals weekend held at Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club.

Finals day on Sunday saw the girls under 13’s squad of Asia Harris, Amy Royle, Layla Johnson and Lexie Ogram play against a determined Essex team. After disposing of a very strong Hampshire team in the semi-finals, Yorkshire were favourites and lived up to the hype after they dropped just one game to win the title 3-0.

The U17’s triumph in Pontefract

The girls under 15’s followed suit with wins for Mai Whattam and Laura Longfield toput Yorkshire  2-0 up against Buckinghamshire in the team game. But the opposition pulled one back with an impressive performance from the country’s number 1 ranked player Katie Malliff as she beat Yorkshires Lydia Robinson 3-0. Under pressure both Ophelia Watson and Amber Copley stepped up to the mark to record 3-0 wins and retain the title with a 4-1 team result.

After producing a fantastic performance in the semi-finals against Essex, Yorkshire knew they had to up their game once more against Kent in the final. Polly Clark, Aisha Forster and a 3-2 clincher from Emma Gill saw the title head north towards Yorkshire. Semi-final hero Grace Clark and captain Poppy Jarram were unable to beat tough opposition but the title was already won.

Hopes were high for a fourth Yorkshire title from the boys under 17’s after losses by Connor Watson and Sam Davey were rectified by wins from Sam Todd and Harry Anderson to make it 2-2. But in the deciding match the Hampshire number 1 was too strong for Ben Sockett and Yorkshire were unable to add to their winning tally.

Only the boys under 15 team missed out in stage 2 but Jordan Stewart, Jack Walmsley, Matthew Readshaw, Matthew MacGregor and George Bidder can be proud of the way they battled against strong opposition – they will be a force to contend with in the next campaign.

The girls under 19’s (Charlotte Jagger, Gabriella Mawson and Charlotte Fish); boys under 13’s (Ben Beachill, Ben Parlour, Joseph Royle and Alec and Sam Tomlinson) and the boys under 19’s (Stuart MacGregor, Elliot Ridge, Yusef Forster, Ben Merchant and Joseph Twigge) were all beaten by eventual tournament winners Sussex, Leinster and Surrey respectively on Saturday in the semi final.

Three titles and a runner-up spot for Yorkshire is by far the most successful county performance in the competition and an impressive total for next season’s players to beat.

 

Yorkshire Girls successful on their travels

Girls U13 b Inter County WinnerIn the final of the Inter County girls U13 2nd team played in Colchester and came up against the hosts Essex 1 & 2 as well as Kent.

Squad:
Lexie Ogram(Hull &ER)
Mei Whattam (Chapel Allerton)
Frankie Hartley (Wakefield)
Nancy Colley (Leyburn)

In their first match all girls played well to gain a resounding victory against Essex 2, which gave the girls an excellent start to their campaign.

Their next tie was an altogether much tighter affair against Kent. Frankie got the team off to an excellent start with a 3/0 win at 3rd string. Lexie’s match at 1st string was a very entertaining affair and despite her very best efforts she lost 0/3. The tie now in the balance, Mei at 2nd string played some excellent controlled squash to win 3/0 and give the team their second win.

The final match was against the hosts and favourites Essex 1. Frankie again got the team off to the perfect and best possible start against Olivia Broderick winning 3/1. Lexie found it tough against Essex top player Hannah Morley she lost 0/3. The stage was now set for Mei to contest the final rubber against Poppy Smee-Hotene and as both girls were nervous, the match swayed first one way and then the other, however, Mei managed to start the final game in a strong manner and then never looked back to eventually win 3/2.

The girls ran out winners by the narrowest of margins with 30 points and 29 points to Essex 1.

North East juniors prominent in regional Champs

There was a strong Yorkshire representation in the the North East teams in the England Squash Inter-Regional Championships last week.

The results of the NE teams were as follows:

Mixed U11: 8th
Girls U13: 1st
Boys U13: 6th
Girls U15: 3rd
Boys U15: 1st
Girls U17: 2nd
Boys U17: 1st

Some of the teams, along with coach David Hymas, are pictured below.

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Sparkling successes for Junior Inter-County teams

JICC1The much awaited junior inter counties finals began on Saturday 16th January at The Park, Nottingham and with 7 Yorkshire teams represented in the 8 categories expectations were high. It transpired that those expectations were fully justified with 6 out of the 7 winning through to the final on Sunday. Only the injury-ridden boys under 17’s failed to progress losing 4-1 to eventual winners Sussex but it was no surprise with 2 regular team members sat watching from the side-lines.

JICC2So to Sunday and you couldn’t turn anywhere without being confronted by the Allam logo on the Yorkshire shirts being worn with pride by the team members. Some very tough and exciting squash followed throughout the day resulting in 3 wins (Boys and Girls under 15’s and Girls under 17’s) and 3 runner-up’s (Boys and Girls under 13’s and Boys under 19’s). Once again a very effective campaign with Yorkshire being the dominant and most successful county in the Championships

The full results are on squashsite.

Well done to all!!!

Development Squad in Stage 2 action

Yorkshire’s Junior Development Players playing in the Inter County Championships found stage 2 much tougher as again they were playing against other County 1st teams. Due to the change in the Yorkshire structure 21 players from the Development Squad represented the County in this stage.

The girls U13 2nd team travelled to Carlisle for their encounter with Cumbria.

Squad:
Lexie Ogram (Hull)
Mei Whattam (Chapel Allerton)
Frankie Hartley (Wakefield)
Nancy Colley (Leyburn)

Both Nancy and Frankie got the team off to the best possible start with impressive wins. Nancy got the better of Mila Barnard after a closely fought match 3/1, while Frankie played very positively to beat a determined Ashton Telford 3/0.

Mei served well, and managed to come out on top beating Rebekah Hall 3/0.

The next encounter produced the best match of the day as Lexie at number 1 string, went 2-0 down before staging a magnificent come back against Rebecca Smith taking the next two games to level the score, however it ended in an agonising defeat in a hard fought 5th game.

The whole match was played in an excellent spirit by both teams, and all girls were a credit to their respective counties.

The boys U13 2nd team went to Bowden in Cheshire for their matches in stage 2. They lost their no.1 player Jack Walmsley to the 1st team and Joe Royle through injury. Their replacements Alex Tomlinson and Ted Payne stepped in at the last minute.

Squad:
Matthew Wake (Dunnington)
Callum Tomlinson (Beverley)
Rahul Rajgopal (Chapel Allerton)
Alex Tomlinson (Phoenix)
Ted Payne (Hull)

Matches were now always going to be tough as they went down 5/0 to Lancashire and then Northumbria before beating host Cheshire 3/2. They finished a very creditable 3rd place.

The boys U15 2nd team had to travel to Warwickshire, and despite the long journey all players turn up early which gave them time to ‘gel’ together before their first match.

Squad:
Connor Watson (Northallerton)
Matthew MacGregor (Ilkley)
Sam Davey (Hallamshire)
Jake Tipple (Skellmanthorpe)
Kriss Bedford (Pocklington)

Their first match was with a very strong host team in Warwickshire which they lost 5/0, but all players fought long and hard.

Their second match was a great tussle with Oxfordshire who had beaten Norfolk in their first match 20/2. Yorkshire players who excelled themselves were Connor Watson who played at no. 1, and Kriss Bedford who came into the side after Louis Cameron moved up into the 1st team and was the squad’s most outstanding player after beating Kye McCourt 11/0: 11/8: 11/2. Sam Davey then pulled out all the stops as he worked hard in each game.

They finish a creditable 3rd place.

The boys U17 2nd team travelled to Hunt County Club Cambridgeshire where they found the going tough.

Squad:
Matthew Dick (Pocklington)
Henry Palmer (Pocklington)
Maximus Cooke (Chapel Allerton)
Thomas Mynett (Pontefract)
Jack Hepworth (Skelmanthorpe)

They lost all their matches (Cambridgeshire 5/0, Oxfordshire 3/2 and Surrey 3/2) but gained a lot from the experience of playing at this level.