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  Tecnifibre British Junior Open Squash    02-06 January, Sheffield     

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 2016 COUNTDOWN
1st Jan - one day to go !!!


8 of 8 for Malaysia in Pontefract


Full complement from USA

31st Dec, 2 Days to go ...
They're all coming

Over 400 competitors from over 30 nations are heading for Sheffield, and while England has the biggest number and Egypt the highest number of seeds, other nations are coming in big numbers and with high hopes.

The collage below is from the World Junior Teams earlier this year, and while the BJO is an individual event National passions are still strong and many of the same nations and players will be performing in Sheffield ...

30th Dec, 3 Days to go ...
The Drysdale Cup

The Drysdale Cup is the trophy that the U19 Boys have competed for since 1926, starting with CJ Wilson from Repton, and followed by many stars of past and present generations.

A word of warning to the 2016 winner - the Cup has been known to come off the base, as a few recent winners have discovered, so be careful !!!

All about the Drysdale Cup

All about the Drysdale Cup

29th Dec, 4 Days to go ...
Three Clubs

This year's BJO again takes place at three Sheffield Clubs - Abbeydale and Hallamshire (who will be hosting the event for a 21st year) and Fulwood, with finals day at Abbeydale.

And all three are gong to be busy, busy, busy ... 

28th Dec, 5 Days to go ...
Top seeds on a mission

After a Christmas break, countdown is back with a look at some of this year's top contenders ...

The U9/U17 top seeds - Nouran Gohar, Hania El Hammamy, Youssef Soliman and Youssef Ibrahim - will be looking to add to their BJO title collection, while the U13/U15 draw toppers - Nour Aboulmakarim, Jana Shiha, Sam Todd and Mostafa Asal - are all aiming for a first BJO title.

In recent years (from 2010) the top seeds have taken 29 of 48 available titles (2015 was the best with 7, 2011 the worst with 1), how many will come through this time ...
 
24th Dec, 9 Days to go ...
A little something extra

There's sometimes an exhibition math laid on on semi-finals day - this one from 2012 between Peter Nicol and Thierry Lincou was a classic.

We don't know what's in store this year, but we'll let you know ...

23rd Dec, 10 Days to go ...
Best of Enemies

You may be from the same country, on the same team, you may heve been playing each other since you were tiny, but all that goes out of the window for the duration of your match ...

Salma Hany Ibrahim and Nouran Gohar played in the U19 semi-finals last year, Nouran saving three match balls on her way to winning in five games before taking the title the next day - again in five, against Mariam Metwally.

They would go on later in the year to contest the world juniors, where Salma had match balls in the semi-final (against Habiba Mohamed) and Nouran won the title, before teaming up to retain the team title for Egypt.

That team final was Salma's last junior match, Mariam is also out of age now and Habiba is injured, but Nouran is back this year to defend her title


Egypt's World Junior Team


Last year's all-Egyptian semi and final five-setters

22nd Dec, 11 Days to go ...
You can't do it on your own

However good you are, you're going to need some help and support from your coaches, parents and friends if you want to do well at the BJO ...

21st Dec, 12 Days to go ...
Behind the scenes

It takes a lot of organising, and many of the staff, volunteers and referees in these photos from 2005-2010 were doing those jobs since well before then, are still doing it now, and are appeciated by all ...

20th Dec, 13 Days to go ...
Some change more than others

The BJO is a tournament that many players (along with their coaches and parents) spend their formative and growing years competing in ...

And as you can see from these photos from 2005, 2006 and 2007, some grow and change more than others ...

Can you recognise them all ???

19th Dec, 14 Days to go ...
Going for the spectacular
 

There's bound to be some great action in Sheffield in the New Year, and a few players will be taking to the air to make their point - but it's unlikely anyone will dive more often than Karim El Hammamy did in his 2013 semi-final.

That day it wasn't enough as Karim lost out to eventual champion Fares Dessouki, but he did get his revenge in the World Junior final in Poland later in the year.

We have some other dives and stretches, from Salma, Kanzy and Nour and others, but we'll save them for later ...


also today : the DRAWS are out


Karim's Dives

18th Dec, 15 Days to go ...
The Group Selfie

They may not have had mobile phones back in 2006, but the competitors were just as keen on getting group shots to show off (or on).

We'll be setting up an area where you can post your own selfies for 2016 - with some token prizes on offer - where we can all show off together, so get your thinking caps on ...

17th Dec, 16 Days to go ...
Flashback to 2005

Or maybe it's 'back to the future' as the Egyptian contingent did rather well in 2005 - you may recognise some of them !

In the finals were Tarek Momen (B19), Omar Mosaad (B17), Raneem El Welily (G17), Ahmed Osama Hawas (B15), Heba El Torky and Aliaa Balba (G15),  Nour El Tayeb and Abdel Megid (G13).

The photo of finals day though (by Fritz Borchert)was Pakistan's Basit Ashfaq winning the B19 title.
  

Finals day 2005 report
(photos are missing)

16th Dec, 17 Days to go ...
Who's coming to Sheffield ?


The draws for the 2016 events will be available shortly, but you can have a look at who's coming to Sheffield in the entry lists for the eight events - 416 players in all.

No surprise that England have the most entrants, and that Egypt has a full complement of five in all of the events (six in one), but there are a few surprises in there, such as an entrant from Reunion Island and 39 from the USA - from a total of 32 countries represented - time to get those flags checked!

 

Draws & Schedules


 

15th Dec, 18 Days to go ...
On the T-Shirt

The BJO is a tournament that you just keep coming back to - many of the recent champions competed eight or more times (we'll cover some of the multiple winners later), although it's only in recent years that you've been able to get this T-Shirt with all the competitors' names printed on it.

Whether they're hoping to win the whole thing, or just looking to get a few games and meet old friends, many of the players on last year's edition will be back in Sheffield in January ...
see you there !!

14th Dec, 19 days to go ...
Great British Hopes

Here's the 2016 Poster, featuring Patrick Rooney and Georgina Kennedy.

Patrick (@Patrick_Rooney2), 18 years old,  is from Merseyside and this year has won the U19 events at the Dutch Junior Open and the English Junior Champs, and reached the third round in the World Juniors.

In this year's BJO he lost in the third round to Kush Kumar, and in 2014 finished 4th in the U17.


Georgina (@ginakennedyy) also 18, is from Kent and this year has won the London U23 Open, the Dutch Open, and the English, British (closed) and European Junior titles, and reached the quarters of the World Juniors.

In this year's BJO she reached the Quarters, losing to Salma Hany, and also reached the quarters of the U17 in 2014.


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