Another six players made their debuts in the Junior Squash Grand Prix held at EATSC, Norwich on Saturday 16th June. Demonstrating the healthy growth in new participants, with squash clubs from Fakenham, Harleston, Heywood Health & Fitness in Diss, and Broadland Sports Club being particularly well represented. Thirty-eight players competed in 5 seeded groups, and produced many close matches, with winners coming from a wide range of clubs. All 56 matches were played as best of 5 games, giving everyone great match experience and opportunity to improve their game.
In group 1, Alex Hagag from Fakenham, again proved to be slightly stronger than the rest of the field, but was given some long and testing rallies by Jodie Dowe in his 11/5, 11/5, 11/5 group final match. Elsewhere Sebastian Marsh-Fiele finished in the top 4 on his debut and Billy Riches performed above his seeding to finish 5th. Ryan Jackson playing in group 1 for the first time played in the closest match of the day narrowly overcoming Jasmine Thirst 15/13 in the fifth game before going on to push Billy to 4 games to finish 6th.
Fakenham Squash Club hosted the latest Norfolk Junior Squash Grand Prix on Sunday 20th May, where the host Club were well represented with 12 out of the 27 players competing. In Group 1 they filled 3 of the top 4 places, and also had newcomer Evan Lagrange competing for the lower positions. The improving Alex Hagag beat top seed Liam Bond 3-1 to win the group to give the home Club their first group win of the day.
Closest match in the group was Jasmine Thirst’s gutsy 3-2 win over Harry Cox, recovering from 0-2 down to enable her to finish a very good fifth.
The first Norfolk Junior Squash Grand Prix of 2018 took place at Harleston on Sunday 22nd April and contained players from all round the county, including an impressive 8 players playing their first ever Grand Prix event.
Date: Sunday 20th May
Venue: Fakenham Squash Club Fakenham Sports Centre Association, Hempton Road Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7NY
Venue website: www.fakenham-sports.co.uk
Venue contact: 01328. 862867
Entry deadline: 6.00pm, Wednesday 16th May
Enter online here: https://goo.gl/forms/QlNprtB1ztfVfvP93
The Grand Prix is open to players of all standards under 19 years of age, and is ideal for beginners, developing & experienced junior players.
Players must be able to serve from the service box.
Entrants will be graded into groups of similar ability & receive a minimum of 3 matches.
Trophies or medals will be awarded to the Winner of each group.
Approved eye protection must be worn during warm up & play; this will be available to borrow on the day.
The draw & start times will be emailed to all entrants on Friday 18th May. Please send entry form, together with entry fee of £8, cheques payable to: “Norfolk Junior Squash” to Tony Henden, Broadland Sports Club, Main Road, Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth, NR29 3AE. For payment by bank transfer to NJS, account details available on request
For more information contact Tony Henden:
Tel. 07900 558493/ 01493 369651