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Pioneer Junior Cup 2012, Mon 25th, Finals:

One of the biggest events on the European Junior Calendar, the Pioneer Cup concluded in Cologne today with eight champions crowned from six different countries.

England claimed two titles, Elize Lazarus winning the U13 Girls' round robin and Tom Ford winning the all-English U19 Boys' final, while Finland can also boast two champions in Miko Aijanen and Emilia Soini in the B15 and G17 categories.

Belgium's Gilis sisters just missed out on a double as Tina Gilis took the U15 title but Nele lost out in an hour-plus five-setter to US top seed Maria Ubina in the G19 final.

Egypt's title came from Mostafa Montaser in the B13 and Diego Elias won the B17 title for Peru.

Next up for many of the competitors is the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam, followed, for the older ones, by the World Junior Championships in Doha.


G13: [1] Elize Lazarus (Eng) bt [3] Raneem Alaa El Tork (Egy)
               11/4, 11/5, 5/11, 8/11, 12/10
B13: [4] Mostafa Montaser (Egy) bt Akasham Rajagopaul (Can)
                11/3, 11/5, 11/9
G15: [1] Tine Gilis (Bel) bt [3] Cindy Merlo (Sui)
                12/10, 11/6, 11/7
B15: [2] Miko Aijanen (Fin) bt [Q] Yeyha Essam (Usa)
   11/5, 11/8, 11/3
[1] Emilia Soini (Fin) bt [5/8] Lindsey Scott (Usa)
                 5/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/1
B17: [3] Diego Elias (Per) bt Youssef Abouelmakarem (Egy)
                 11/8, 11/9, 11/9
B19: [1] Tom Ford (Eng) bt [3] Richie Fallows (Eng)
                 11/7, 11/5, 11/6
G19: [1] Maria Elena Ubina (Usa) bt [2] Nele Gilis (Bel)
                11/8, 11/9, 9/11, 8/11, 11/8 (62m)

Fiona on the Finals

Outstanding performance by Tom Ford today against Richie Fallows in the BU19 final. Tom controlled the ball and court superbly today not allowing Richie into the match what so ever. Excellent weight of shot, length and exquisite balls into the front.

Richie was unable to stay in the rallies long enough before making far too many unforced errors playing straight into Tom's hands losing 3-0 and became the Pioneer Cup Champion in his last season as a junior.

Next stop Qatar for the World Open.

Good luck to all the English players going to the Dutch Open.

Well done to all the organisers running a very smooth and successful event this year at the Pioneer.


English Update
Fiona Geaves reports

Finals day here in Cologne. Some excellent performances from England's top U19 juniors Tom Ford and Richie Fallows against A Al Tamimi from Qatar and Jan Van Den Herrewegen from Belgium last Night. Tough 3-0 wins for both of the English boys with excellent control and awareness to set up an all English final to drown out the sorrows of England's loss on penalties to Italy last night.

Elise Lazarus won comfortably to set up her final pool match cum final against Egypt's Raneem Alaa El Tork.

So to today............

Lazarus won in five over El Tork, looked comfortable at 2-0 up playing super sensible and structured squash. Lapse of concentration was all El Tork needed to get in the match which is what happened and the match went into the fifth game. A tense affair from start to finish, Elise did very well to control her emotions and played the important points well to see the match out cutting out the unnecessary errors.

James Wyatt was the second match of the day, this also turned into a five setter against another Egyptian Aly Hesham Tolba. Tolba came out firing after going 2-0 down ad clawed his way back into the match with some sensational retrieving. Too many errors again by the English player made winning so much harder. But again some sensible squash nearer the end of the match saw James taking 3rd here in Cologne.

Fiona Geaves

Sun 24th, Semi-Finals:

[4] Mostafa Montaser (Egy) bt [1] James Wyatt (Eng)
          11/5, 11/7, 11/7
Akasham Rajagopaul (Can) bt Aly Hesham Tolba (Egy)
           11/9, 7/11, 11/9, 12/14, 11/6
[Q] Yeyha Essam (Usa) bt [5/8] Hessam El Tokhy (Egy)
            8/11, 13/11, 11/9, 5/11, 11/4
[2] Miko Aijanen (Fin) bt Omar Badr (Egy)
            11/4, 11/5, 10/12, 11/4
[3] Diego Elias (Per) bt [1] Claudio Pinto (Por)
             11/6, 11/9, 11/6
Youssef Abouelmakarem (Egy) bt [3] Lucas Wirths (Ger)
             11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/7
[1] Tom Ford (Eng) bt [5/8] Abdullah Al Tamimi (Qat)
              11/8, 11/2, 11/4
[3] Richie Fallows (Eng) bt [2] Jan Van Der Herreweggen (Ned)
              15/13, 11/5, 11/9

[1] Tine Gilis (Bel) bt [5/8] Elise Romba (Fra)
            14/12, 11/5, 11/13, 13/11
[3] Cindy Merlo (Sui) bt [2] Elin Harlow (Wal)
            11/8, 11/9, 11/7
[1] Emilia Soini (Fin) bt Latifa Zakaria (Egy)
          11/5 11/3 11/6
[5/8] Lindsey Scott (Usa) bt [3] Jenny Haley (Wal)
          12/10, 11/5, 9/11, 9/11 11/6
[1] Maria Elena Ubina (Usa) bt [4] Caroline Sayegh (Ger)
           11/5, 11/1, 11/4
[2] Nele Gilis (Bel) bt [5/8] Tessa Ter Sluis (Ned)
            11/5, 11/5, 11/9


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23-Jun, English Update:
English enjoying it in Cologne
Fiona Geaves reports

Tom Ford beat Rui Suares 3-0 from Portugal. The first was tight, but from them on Tom controlled the rallies looking very comfortable and in control. He now faces A Al Tamimi from Qatar who defeated Daniel Hockburn 3-1.

Richie Fallows and Matt Sidaway played some excellent squash when the unforced errors weren't hit, unfortunately for Matt he made far too many giving Richie the upper hand after a very tough rally at the beginning of the second. After winning the first, this rally did knock Matt for six slightly as Richie controlled the T from here using all four corners superbly making Matt do a lot of work and retrieving.

Richie continued in this fashion although he did make a few too many errors in the fourth almost letting Matt back in the match. Keeping his composure and controlled hitting he took the fourth and the match.

Richie now faces Jan VD Herrewegen from Holland the No 2 seed.

England are of course hoping for an all English Final with England beating the Italians also in the football tomorrow night ;-)

James Wyatt the No 2 seed in the U13's, had two matches today. The first beating M Paquemar from France 3-0 after being pushed very hard in the first game 13-11. After a shaky start in the first game, which he lost 11-7 to O.Ashraf Adly from Egypt, James stepped up a gear playing with more urgency and control and totally out played the Egyptian taking the match 11-4, 11-4, 11-5. He now faces M. Montaser the No 4 seed from Egypt for a place in the final.

Elise Lazarus is unbeaten so far in the U13 round robin and on course for a big match with the No 3 seed Raneem Alaa El Tork from Egypt who has not dropped a game so far.

Anna Kimberley lost in the U19 Quarters to Tesse Ter Sluis from Holland 3-1. After winning the first Anna was unable to hit the spaces consistently enough giving Tesse too many options on the ball, she took these well putting Anna under pressure and now faces the No 2 seed from Belgium Nele Gilis in the semi's.

Jess Davies had a tough battle with the No 3 seed Jenny Haley from Wales in the quarters. After beating the 5/8 seed Malinova the day before, Jenny was definitely tougher opposition. Great first game from Jess with aggressive attacking drives and attacking volleys giving Jenny no time as she took that game 11-9. Clever change of plan by Jenny slowing balls up and using height limited Jess forcing her into hitting loose balls or unforced errors.

Jenny took the next two games 11-8, 11-8. Jess was on a comeback in the fourth when she was accidentally hit by Jenny's backswing, this resulted in Jess coming off court to ice her cheek. After going back on court, Jess was not looking so confident and was off the pace obviously still slightly tentative after the accident. Jenny kept her cool and took the game and match 11-8.


The English Arrive

Well, Cologne isn't as sunny as Corsica, but already Tania and I have caught up with many old faces.

Tania and I are here to coach and support our English players and hopefully bring a few trophies home.

Fiona Geaves

Three Portuguese Júnior in the quarters of the 2012 edition of Pioneer Cup!

Rui Soares and Camille Lanier in the U19 draws and Cláudio Pinto (seed nº1) in U17 Draw. Amazing for the Portugal and for the Portuguese Juniores!

Paulo Pinto


Three of our U13 players ready for action; Jack Turvey, Elise Lazarus and Jordan Warne.

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