The first Broadland Junior Open of 2017 for the U13 and U17 age groups saw winners emerge from Suffolk, Essex, Cambs and Bucks, with a number of Broadland Juniors competing for finishing positions.
In the Girls U13 draw, the first round of group matches went to seeding with Emma Logan (Suffolk) defeating Jasmine Thirst and Millie Cunningham (Broadland) 3-0, whilst Leah Brooke (Essex), also defeated Jessica Logan (Suffolk) and Abi Cramer (Broadland) 3-0. The matches for final position were however, all much closer. Millie Cunningham fought back from 0-2 down to beat club mate Abi Cramer 3-2. Jasmine Thirst held her nerve to beat an improving Jessica Logan 3-2, and in the Final, Emma Logan also fought back from 1-2 down to beat Leah Brooke 3-2. A great series of extremely competitive final matches.
Girls U13 Final Positions. 1. Emma Logan (Suffolk), 2. Leah Brooke (Essex), 3. Jasmine Thirst (Norfolk), 4. Jessica Logan (Suffolk), 5. Millie Cunningham (Norfolk), 6. Abi Cramer (Norfolk).
The Boys U13 competition was able to go ahead thanks to a couple of late entries. This included James Kettle from Bucks who proved to be the class act of the day with 2 comfortable 3-0 wins and a commanding display of mature squash.
Boys U13 Final Positions. 1. James Kettle (Bucks), 2. Rawdon Prothero (Cambs), 3. Oliver Harris (Essex).
The Girls U17 event proved to be a Norfolk v Essex clash. In the first round of matches Kirstie Johnson (Broadland) tried her best, but was unable to overcome a stronger opponent, and a previous foot injury which hampered her movement, and was forced to retire from the tournament after her 3-0 loss to Elli Barrott. Jodie Dowe (Broadland) however, put in another strong performance against the older Amy Aspinall from Essex taking a 2-0 lead. Amy, the no. 1 seed, had been given a big scare by the Norfolk youngster, but was able to use her strength and experience to recover to win 3-2. Amy and Elli progressed through to the Final which produced a similar story, with Amy again slipping to a 0-2 deficit before recovering for another 3-2 win. I am sure all 4 girls will compete in more competitive matches between each other in the future.
Girls U17 Final Postions. 1. Amy Aspinall (Essex), 2. Elli Barrott (Essex), 3. Jodie Dowe (Norfolk), 4. Kirstie Johnson (Norfolk).
Regional U17 player and no.1 seed Ed Wheeler progressed through to the Boys U17 Final, following a competitive 11/9,12/10, 11/2 match against Harry Martin from Essex. Kian Howard from Suffolk the no.2 seed, was however unable to do the same, losing a competitive match 11/7, 9/11, 8/11, 9/11 to the improving Travis-Jack Tatum (Essex). The local Norfolk pairing of Kye McCourt-Hall and Ross Wilson gave good accounts of themselves, but were unable to trouble their more experienced opponents, and would benefit from more Tournament play to strengthen their game.
Kye beat Ross to finish 5th, whilst Harry finished 3rd following Kian’s withdrawal. In the final match Ed proved too strong for Travis with a 3-0 win.
Boys U17 Final Positions. 1. Ed Wheeler (Cambs), 2. Travis-Jack Tatum (Essex), 3. Harry Martin (Essex), 4. Kian Howard (Suffolk), 5. Kye McCourt-Hall (Norfolk), 6. Ross Wilson (Norfolk).
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the players for competing in an enjoyable and sporting day of Junior squash.
The remaining age groups, Boys and Girls U11, U15 and U19 will be played on 30th July. Anyone wishing to enter will find the entry form on the following ES link.