• Tecnifibre British Junior Squash Championships • 29 Oct - 01 Nov 2015 •

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Finalists at Northern

Sunday 1st, Day THREE - Finals

The British Junior Championships titles were decided in Manchester as 8 champions were crowned on Sunday.

(¾) Katie Maliff (Bucks) provided an upset with a 3-1 victory over (1) Torrie Malik (Sussex) in the GU13 Final. Malik had fought back from 1-0 down to tie the match, but Maliff kept the pressure on to take the title. (2) Orla Young (Scot) sealed third place, beating (¾) Ellie Hewes (Essex) 3-0.

In the BU13 Final (1) Sam Todd (Yorks) raced out to a 2-0 lead then held off a fight back from (2) Sam Osborne-Wylde (Worcs) to take the title 3-1. (¾) Oliver Green (Essex) came back from a game behind against (¾) Jack Bloomfield) to take third place 3-1.

(1) Alice Green (Essex) justified her seeding to claim the title in the GU15 Final, defeating (¾) Eve Coxon (Oxford) 3-0. (2) Ellie McVeigh (Ireland) was pushed by (5/8) Rosie Kirsch (Warks), but sealed third, 3-0.

(1) Jared Carter was relatively untroubled as he defeated (2) Alasdair Prott (Scot) 3-0 in the BU15 Final. (5/8) Benjamin Sockett took third place with a walkover against (9/16) Sam Hay.

(1) Lucy Turmel (Suffolk) took the GU17 title with a clinical display against (9/16) Elise Lazarus (Essex). Taking the first game 11/0, Turmel closed the door on a comeback at 2-1 to take the title 3-1. (2) Jasmine Hutton (Sussex) took third beating (5/8) Ellen Cooper (Yorks) 3-1.

In the BU17 Final (1) Kyle Finch (Hamps) had too much for (¾) Tom Walsh (Sussex) as he claimed his second BU17 British Junior Championships title, 3-0. (2) Adam Corcoran defeated (¾) Curtis Malik (Sussex) for third 3-1.

(1) Georgina Kennedy (Kent) claimed her second GU19 title with a 3-0 victory over friend and rival, (2) Amelia Henley (Kent). Henley couldn’t come back from a slow start as Kennedy kept the pressure on to retain the crown. (¾) Mari Taylor (Leic) sealed third place with a 3-1 win over (5/8) Elin Harlow (Wales).

It wasn’t to be for (5/8) Charlie Lee (Surrey) as, despite taking a 1-0 lead, he couldn’t overcome (1) James Peach (Yorkshire) for the BU19 title. In what proved to be a very close, entertaining match, Peach just had too much for Lee. In the playoff, (1) Patrick Rooney (Mer) downed (5/8) Matthew Broadberry (Surrey) 3-1.

Champions at NSC

Saturday 31st, Day TWO

It was Quarter Finals (QF) and Semi Finals (SF) day at the British Junior Championships as 190 juniors battled it out for placings in Manchester.

The BU13 went to seeding with (1) Sam Todd (Yorks) besting (¾) Jack Bloomfield (Glouc) in the first SF, 3-0. (2) Sam Osborne Wylde (Worc) had a tougher time, needing 4 games to beat (¾) Oliver Green (Essex) to progress to tomorrow’s Final.

(¾) Katie Maliff (Bucks) set up an interesting Final in the GU13 with (1) Torrie Malik (Sussex) after beating (2) Orla Young (Scot) 3-1 in a thrilling SF. Earlier Malik had held off a spirited challenge from (¾) Ellie Hewes (Essex) to prevail 3-1 in her SF.

The QFs of the BU15s served up a pair of upsets with (¾) Richard Hall (Chesh) falling to (5/8) Benjamin Sockett (Yorks) 3-1. In the other QF upset, (9/16) Sam Hay (Notts) toppled (¾) Jack Mitterer (Kent) in a 5 game thriller. Neither could back it up in the SFs as (1) Jared Carter and (2) Alasdair Prott (Scot) set up a decider, besting Benjamin Sockett and Sam Hay respectively.

In the GU15s (1) Alice Green (Essex) booked her place in the Final after a 3-0 victory over (5/8) Rosie Kirch in 17 minutes. Kirsch had nudged past (¾) Kiera Marshall 3-0 in a much tighter QF than the scoreline suggests. In the other SF, (¾) Eve Coxon (Oxford) overcame (2) Ellie McVeigh (Ireland) in 5, taking the decider 11/4.

The GU17s served up to two great SFs. (1) Lucy Turmel (Suffolk) held off an inspired (5/8) Ellen Cooper (Yorks), 3-2, to stake her place in the Final. Ellen had knocked out (¾) Josie Barker (Num) in the previous round. In the other SF, (9/16) Elise Lazarus (Essex) downed (2) Jasmine Hutton (Sussex) in an enthralling match, taking the deciding game 11/9.

The BU17 followed in the footsteps of the girls with two more great SFs and another upset! Once again the (1) Kyle Finch (Hamps) held off a stern challenge, this time from (¾) Curtis Malik (Sussex), prevailing 12/10 in the fourth. Once again the (2), Adam Corcoran (Hamps), was felled. This time by (¾) Tom Walsh (Sussex) in another thrilling match. Walsh sealed his place in the Final 3-1 in 55 minutes.

The top two seeds eased through in the GU19 SFs to set up what has become a familiar tie for the long time friends and rivals. (1) Georgina Kennedy (Kent) dispatched (5/8) Elin Harlow (Wales) 3-0 in 18 minutes, whilst (2) Amelia Henley (Kent) was untroubled by (¾) Mari Taylor (Leic), also recording a 3-0 victory.

The BU19s produced a number of upsets. (5/8) Charlie Lee (Surrey) twice upset the seedings beating (¾) Bradley Masters (Kent) in the QF before emphatically dispatching (1) Patrick Rooney (Mer) 3-0 to book his place in the Final! (5/8) Matthew Broadberry (Surrey) bested (¾) Harry Falconer (Lincs) in the Quarter Finals. Broadberry couldn’t back it up as (2) James Peach (Yorks) showed his class to seal his Final place, winning 3-0.

The action starts again tomorrow with the first Final at the NSC beginning at 11:20am at the NSC. The Northern Squash Club hosts its first final at 1:20pm.

Friday 30th, Day ONE

Day 1 has come to a close here at the British Junior Championships in Manchester. It’s been an action packed day of squash for 300 of the best juniors in Britain.

The top 8 seeds in the GU13s made it safely through to third round, bar the surprise performance of Olivia Besant (Hants) who upset the proceedings. Unranked Olivia knocked out two seeds to progress to the third round, defeating (9/16) Ophelia Watson (Yorks) in the first round and following it up with an impressive victory over (5/8) Libby Leivers 3-1 in the second round.

The BU13s went to seed, except for the minor upset of (9/16) Michael Mitterer (Kent) besting (5/8) Jamie Carmichael 3-0. (3/4) seed, Oliver Green (Essex) and 5/8 seed Matthew Harrison (Cumb) were both made to work for their place in the third round, surviving spirited challenges by (9/16) Lewis Harding (Mer) and (9/16) Joel Braddock (Essex) respectively.

The GU15s went according to seed with all top 8 ranked players progressing through to the third round.

The BU15s held a few minor shocks with (9/16) Sam Hays (Notts) defeating (5/8) Lewis Anderson (Warks) and (9/16) Louie Martin (Sussex) defeating the conqueror of (5/8) Harry Anderson (Yorks), Harry Bacon (Scott) to advance in the second round.

The GU17s was full of upsets with two unseeded players progressing to the third round and the (3/4) seed being toppled. The biggest surprise of the day was the second round match between unseeded Amber Marshall (Herts) and her unranked opponent, Emma Fitz-Simmons (Scot). Amber prevailed to progress to the third round, but both players take a lot of credit for defeating seeds (9/16) Emma Campion (Yorks) and (5/8) Laura Neill to set up the showdown.

Meanwhile, unseeded Bonnie Butler (Norfolk) capitalised on her walkover against (5/8) Gabriella Mawson (Yorks) by defeating (9/16) Ciara Richards (Wales) in the second round to advance. The surprises weren’t over as (9/16) Rawaan Elkalaaway (Surrey) beat (5/8) Georgina Webster (Num) and (9/16) Elise Lazarus (Essex) toppled (3/4) Amy Jones (Bucks) to progress.

The top 8 seeds progressed in the BU17s second round. It wasn’t an uneventful second round though, with (5/8) Elliot Ridge (Yorks) and (5/8) Daniel Harrison (Cumbs) staving off the concerted efforts of (9/16) Patrick O’Sullivan (Scot) and (9/16) Yusef Forster (Yorks) respectively in a combined 2 hours and 6 minutes of intense, high level squash!

The top two seeds in the GU19s eased their way in to the third round, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the (3/4) seeds. In two titanic battles, (5/8) Elin Harlow (Wales) toppled (3/4) Kace Bartley (Surrey) 3-2, whilst (3/4) Mari Taylor (Leics) just held off a mammoth effort from unseeded Karrie Hallam (Scot), also 3-2, to progress to the next round.

Finally in the BU19 the top 8 seeds were safely through to the third round, although it wasn’t uneventful. (5/8) Laurence Green (Herts), (3/4) Bradley Masters (Kent), and (5/8) Oliver Harris (Chesh) were all pushed to breaking point as they secured their places in the third round. As always seems to be the case, (3/4) Harry Falconer (Lincs) put on a 70 minute epic with (9/16) Isaac Rawcliffe (Lancs) in the last match of the day!


One final #BJCsquash selfie, this one from our lovely competition organisers at The Northern Terry and Linda! Thank you for all your hard work this weekend!

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