Daily reports from Manchester ...
Finalists at Northern
Sunday 1st, Day THREE - Finals
The British Junior Championships
titles were decided in Manchester as 8 champions were crowned on
(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
(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
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
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
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
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!
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