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• Tecnifibre British Junior Squash Championships • 01-04 Nov 2012 •

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Sun 4th Nov, Finals:
G17:  [3/4] Georgina Kennedy 3-0 [1] Lucy Beecroft
     11/6, 11/8, 14/12 (27m)
B17:  [1] George Parker
3-1 [3/4] James Evans
 11/5, 13/15, 11/3, 11/9 (47m)

G19:  [1] Emily Whitlock 3-0 [2] Victoria Temple-Murray
                11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (24m)  
  [1] Oliver Holland 3-1 [5/8] Richie Fallows

                11/8, 11/3, 6/11, 11/2 (52m)

G13:  [1] Elise Lazarus 3-0 [5/8] Ellen Cooper
11/0, 11/1, 11/8 (14m)
[5/8] Jordon Williams 3-0 [2] Jared Carter
11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (21m)

G15:  [1] Amelia Henley
3-0 [2] Elin Harlow
   11/4, 11/3, 11/3 (20m)
B15:  [1] Robbie Keefe
3-0 [2] Jamie Todd
                  11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (35m)

Congrats to the eight British Junior Squash Champions crowned today in Manchester

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G17:  [3/4] Georgina Kennedy 3-0 [1] Lucy Beecroft
     11/6, 11/8, 14/12 (27m)

Kennedy adds U17 title

Georgina Kennedy, last year's U15 champion, added the U17 title to her collection with a straight-games win over top seed Lucy Beecroft in the first final at the NSC.

Beecroft, U15 champion two years ago, struggled to impose hersefl on the match in the first two games as Kennedy comprehensively won the front-court game and did some tremendous retrieving too.

The top seed settled in the third, going ahead early and establishing leads of 9/4 and 10/7, but couldn't convert as Kennedy won point after point at the front of the court.

From 12/11 down the 3/4 seed saved a fifth game ball with a winning return of serve, fired in a volley drop to earn a first match ball, and took it with another winning dropshot.

"I couldn't have done it without my coach Ben Ford! Lucy has the best racket skills I've ever seen, so I was just trying to keep the pace high, trying to take away her time, and it was working in the first two games.

"When I was down in the third I really didn't want it to go to another game, if she came back to win that one I knew she could come back all the way. I was a bit lucky with a couple of shots towards the end but I was so pleased to finish it in three.

"I really didn't expect to win this, it didn't even cross my mind - I had a tough quarter-final, then to beat the top two seeds in the semis and final is just fantastic."

B17:  [1] George Parker 3-1 [3/4] James Evans
 11/5, 13/15, 11/3, 11/9 (47m)

George grabs a first title

No upsets in the second final, and a first-time winner as top seed George Parker came through a tough four games to beat 3/4 seed James Evans.

Parker was comfortable enough in winning the first, but Evans fought back well to win a nip and tuck second that went point for point.

Parker was back on top in the final two games though, always ahead and cutting short an attempted Evans comeback as a loose drive resulted in a stroke on match ball.

"I thought I played well for most of the match, but it got a bit scrappy in the second when I was playing his game rather than mine.

"I managed to keep my head better than I sometimes do, and turned it round in the last two games.

"In previous years I've been reaching the semis but now I've been preparing and training in a much more professional way, that, and the support I've had from England Squash which has made me ten times the player I was, made the difference."

G19:  [1] Emily Whitlock 3-0 [2] Victoria Temple-Murray
                11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (24m)

Pre-eminent Emily does it again

That's four British Junior Championships in a row for Emily Whitlock, after another impressive performance in the final against second seed Victoria Temple-Murray.

Emily doesn't beat you with a barrage of winners, Egyptian-style, rather she just keeps putting the ball where you'd least like it to go, and she did that in her usual efficient manner today (although her mum, here on coaching duty this weekend, wanted her to play more straight drops).

"It's not as easy as people think, there's a lot of pressure hen people just expect you to win, and I haven't even won all the age groups in this event!

"Jahangir said that squash is 80% mental, but I think with me it's 90% - I may be ranked 29 in the world but the way I look at it I'm still that little kid with the temper, and there's 28 people better than me!

"I'm really glad to have ended my national junior career here with a win, there's just the BJO in January to go now, and I'm so grateful to everyone who's helped but particularly my parents who have given up so much time and so many weekends, I don't know how they put up with me - all the juniors should be grateful to their parents who sacrifice so much for them."

Ollie completes the set

Ollie Holland completed his set of national junior titles as he won the last match of this year's event, and up and down final with England teammate Richie Fallows, who had survived two tough five-setters yesterday.

Holland started well enough, but Fallows fought back to lead 8/5 in a tight second game. Six points in a row for the top seed looked to spell the end of Fallow's challenge, but he was 6/1 up in a flash in the fourth, then 10/3 and although Holland saved three game balls we were heading into a fourth.

The comeback never materialised though as Ollie asserted from the outset, quickly 8/1 up and not long after collecting another title.

"People always assume it's not easy playing a close friend," said the winner, "and they're probably right!

"It was a bit of a nervy start for us both, and a bit of argy bargy but it was all pretty harmless.

"At 5/8 down in the second I started to find my length and put him under more pressure.

"Then in the third I just saw the finishing line too early and changed my game completely.I knew what I had to do and it all came together in the end.

"I'm playing full time now, but these junior events and titles are still very important. It's been a good weekend, thanks to all the sponsors and organisers who have me it so enjoyable."


Northern reports and photos by  Emily Clark and Tom Roalfe

U13/U15 reports

Girls under 13 Final

European no°1 Elise Lazarus defended her title as British Junior Champion against Ellen Cooper in emphatic style. There were some really good rallies but Ellen found it difficult to get anything past Elise.

Ellen put up a brave fight but was unable to contain Elise. Elise won the first two sets comfortably only conceding a few points but then commented that she lost her concentration a bit in the final game as she became more tired.

When interviewed Elise said “Ellen played well, because I was no°1 seed the crowd always supports my opponent but I just get on with it”.

When asked about the tournament as a whole Elise told us that it had been a fantastic experience and a honour to be able to play at such a fantastic venue with good facilities. She then went on to say that the standard of refereeing was exactly what you would expect of a gold ranked competition.

Boys under 13 Final

Welsh no°1 Jordon Williams convincingly beat Jared Carter in straight games.

Credit must be given to Jared for his ability to make Jordan work for every single point. Jordan is exceptional at getting around the court; he seems to manage to get everything back.

He now has become the first ever Welshman to win the Under 13 category and only the second Welshman ever to win any of the boys categories in the British Junior Championships.

Jordon’s mum later commented saying “it was the best I’ve ever seen him play and I am so proud of him.”

Girls under 15 Final

British no°1 Amelia Henley had a great match against Elin Harlow from Wales. Amelia beat Ellen 3-0.

The girls had long rallies but Amelia had the edge, she managed to stick to her game plan which was to do plenty of volleys, however the high number of lets and strokes interrupted the game play.

Later she commented saying “it was a good game, I usually have close games against Elin and this was one of them.” Also, she said “the facilities are great and so are the refs.”

 Elin had a great run in the tournament and was really pleased by how good the crowd support was.

Boys under 15 Final

Robbie Keefe, British no°1, played Jamie Todd in a thrilling final at the Northern. Although the score was 3-0 the game was very close and rallies were long.

Robbie commented saying that he “played better in the 1st and 2nd game than in the 3rd” and he “wouldn’t say he was happy with his performance but it was strong enough.”

He said “I really like the facilities here and its one of my favourite venue’s to play at, also the refs are very persistent."

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