So the scene was set and 33 squash playing juniors came to Shropshire Squash Club to play in the first ever England Squash Copper Event to be sanctioned! Junior squash Girls and Boys aged from U.11 through to U.17 were given the chance to show how they were developing and improving. And they didn’t disappoint! For many of the competitors this was their first ever taste of competition outside of an internal club event. They came up against some experienced players and didn’t disgrace themselves.
In the U11 boys George Allison and Billy Schur did extremely well to get to their respective semi finals and put real pressure on the eventual finalists. The final result for the U11 boys was 1. Curtis Lincoln 2. Tom Goodfellow. 3. George Allison 4. Billy Schur 5 Joe Morris 6 Jake Davies 7 Max Short.
Despite a low entry for the U11 girls the competition showed some clear talent for the future. The result was Ameerah Ismail 1st Lani Pettit 2nd and Nia Lincoln 3rd. Due to the very low entry in the U13 girls Ameerah and Lani also played against Alys Jenkins and Isabelle Parry but the U13 girls did prove too strong, especially Alys who came out overall winner with Isabelle 2nd.The U13 boys was also a low entry with only 3 boys and Sebastian Jamson-Smith showed the England squash rankings correct when he succeeded against Jaydan Ingram and Fergus Wilson, Jaydan took second place.The U 15 boys was hotly contested with our home grown talent doing very well, but the external entries proved too strong and the final placings were; 1. Oliver Cann 2 Ben Woodhouse 3. George Goodfellow 4 Finley Aimer 5 James Phillips 6 Ben Pettit 7 Tom Parry.U15 girls result was 1 Emily Jones 2 Daisy Hill 3 Millie Flynn 4 Aimee Slater. Overall Emily showed she was clearly an excellent player and proved too strong for the other 3, the competition having been a round robin and each girl played each other.The U17 girls was also a round robin tournament and Neve Jones a Shropshire squash hopeful did extremely well to come second beating all her rivals from her own club (3. Lauren Slater 4 Ella Preston). However, Amy Clarke also proved too strong and was the eventual winner in the final game against Neve.Despite a small entry the U17 boys proved to be the closest contest of all the games with some excellent high tempo squash being played. Matthew Kirk beat Jack Harris in the opening game 2-0, but the result does not reflect the closeness of both games and the high standard of squash played. In the next game Max Miles-Owen only narrowly beat Jack 2-1 setting up the final game between Max and Matthew. The game was played at an extremely high tempo and swayed one way and then the other. Either player could have won the game but it was Max who just managed to scrap the third game and so won 2-1.It was an exciting days squash all round and everyone enjoyed their contests. All said how pleased they were and how smoothly the event ran and would enter again next year if we are lucky enough to run it again.I would personally like to thank C2 recruitment, Wace Morgan and Beauty by Sarah for sponsoring the event and thus enabling it to take place successfully. I would also like to thank the Shropshire Star and Lewis Cox for their excellent reporting of the event. Hopefully we shall be making this an annual event in the England Squash calendar.
Winning Photos Here on this link
Match Report via Ian Tanner…