Juniors

Diary Dates

MERSEYSIDE JUNIOR SQUASH
COUNTY CLOSED 2017
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September 2017
at Liverpool Cricket ClubContact Andrew Breen.
ENTRY FORM

3. North-West Junior Regional Closed – 5th/6th November 2016 @ Venue TBC

 

Regional Team Championships
Regional Team Championships took place on 15th & 16th February 2014 in Birmingham.

Solihull Arden Club, Sharmans Cross Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1RG, 0121 704 9451 www.solihullarden.co.uk

University of Birmingham. Munrow Sports Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT http://www.sport.bham.ac.uk/

West Warwickshire Sports Club, 78 Grange Road, Olton, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1DA, 0121 706 3594 www.westwarwicks.co.uk

I have attached the details of some hotels. Regional Lead Coach Paul Bell and coaching staff will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express (Holiday Inn Express Birmingham - Snow Hill(2.8 miles from Edgbaston, 7.6 miles Solihull, 7.1 miles West Warwickshire)1 Snow Hill Plaza St Chads, B4 6HY) and have requested that where possible players please also look to stay at this location to improve the experience, team cohesion and enjoyment of the weekend for all involved as this will help players play their best squash.



ESR Super Series Events July 2013 Update

Statement issued by Kevin Stewart July 10 2013: Over recent year’s all ESR Super Series events have attracted domestic silver level ranking points for all English players participating. From the start of the 2013/4 season these events will no longer be classed as ranking tournaments. ESR will still heavily promote the events and encourage players to enter. However these should be viewed as development opportunities where players can gain valuable tournament experience in a very differing environment to that encountered at home along with testing themselves against some of the world’s best junior talent. It is felt that these events are not easily accessible to all players and that the English domestic rankings should be calculated predominately from events on the ESR junior circuit. It is hoped that players and parents will still see the benefit of participating in these events which do provide an important element of a players development and progression. Please note that all previous ESF results will still count towards a players ranking for the normal 12 month period.


Merseyside junior squash star Patrick Rooney was in action recently at the Le Sport Closed Satellite in Rhos on Sea, Conwy where he triumphed 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8 in 40m against Sam Ellis taking the Le Sport title in th process. See July 2013 Newsletter


Under 11's Welcomed

The Under 11's were welcomed into the Inter County fold with a fantastic inaugural event at Manchester's National Squash Centre this month (June 2013). Twelve boys' and six girls' county teams competed in an action packed day. The Lancashire Boys team of Finnlay Withington, Tyler Smith, Matthew Mason & James Corrigan put in a fantastic performance and claimed the 3rd overall position just missing out on the boys final. Sussex claimed the girl's title whilst Gloucestershire underlined their status as one of the top junior counties in the country by winning the boy's event. Just three weeks had passed since she was crowned the English Under 11 Champion and Torrie Malik was back this time leading the Sussex attack and backed up by Florrie Edwards & Laura Page and they quite simply swept the opposition away without dropping a game in all five rounds. However they had to wait until the very end of the day to celebrate as going into the final round Middlesex had matched them with 4 wins to their name. The final match between the pair became the decider and although Middlesex’s Tara Hayes, Sophie Wood and Abbie Wilkinson put up a great fight they couldn't match the class of Sussex who became the first county to win an Under 11 title. Buckinghamshire took third place after defeating Northumbria in another final round decider while Worcestershire took fifth spot ahead of Bedfordshire who must be congratulating on entering a team and resurrecting their junior Inter County participation. The boy's event was run in two groups with Gloucestershire and Middlesex taking top spots with five wins out of five apiece. The final was again well contested with Jack Jamieson giving Gloucestershire an early lead with victory over Ewan Luke. This was quickly backed up with a great performance from No1 string Jack Bloomfield who defeated Ben Harrison and a 3-0 victory for Gloucestershire was then completed by Jamie Carmichael who saw off Middlesex's Matthew Wood. As we know third place went to Lancashire whom enjoyed the advantage of playing in their own backyard as they ensured Buckinghamshire finished fourth. Sussex sneaked past Northumbria in the 5/6 play-off while the lower placing were completed by Hampshire, Durham & Cleveland, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Merseyside & Derbyshire.

The weekend was the first opportunity for most players to compete for their county on a national stage and everyone involved approached the weekend full of enthusiasm, competitiveness and most importantly respect. The squash was played in a great spirit and everyone who took part was a credit to both their counties and the sport and on this evidence the Inter County Championships and indeed squash has a bright future.

Finishing Positions

Girls U11 Inter County Festive
Champions: Sussex
Runners Up: Buckinghamshire
3rd Place: Middlesex
4th Place: Northumbria
5th Place: Worcestershire
6th Place: Bedfordshire

Boys U11 Inter County Festival
Champions: Gloucestershire
Runners Up: Middlesex
3rd Place: Lancashire
4th Place: Buckinghamshire
5th Place: Sussex
6th Place: Northumbria
7th Place: Hampshire
8th Place: Durham & Cleveland
9th Place: Worcestershire
10th Place: Warwickshire
11th Place: Merseyside
12th Place: Derbyshire

Regional Team Champs; Finishing Positions for North West Teams

Mixed U11 - Runner Up
Adam Goad. Finnlay Withington. Joseph Broadley. Kaitlyn Carruthers. Lauren Hall.
Girls U13 - 6th Position
Jordan Corlett. Rhianne O'Neil. Michelle Tang. Bridie Tennant.
Boys U13 - Runner Up
Richard Hall. Ross Singleton. Oscar Beach. Adam Gill.
Girls U15 - 5th Position
Gemma Drinkwater. Rachel Tang. Aimie May Comer. Eve Driver.
Boys U15 - 5th Position
Daniel Harrison. Carlton Oldham. Jack Connor. Charlie Major.
Girls U17 - 6th Position
Chloe Harrison. Hayley Openshaw-Blower. Victoria Watson.
Boys U17 - 4th Position
Oliver Harris. Henry Beach. James Connor. Isaac Rawcliffe.

U11 Festival A Huge Success

The National Squash Centre played host to the U11 Junior Squash Festival. 60 squash mad juniors and a host of parents and coaches from around the North West spent the day in the company of our coaching team as they put the aspiring young players through their paces.
The annual North West U11 squash festival was established with the aim of giving juniors playing at clubs and centres in the North West an opportunity to experience the world class facilities on offer at the National Squash Centre whilst enjoying a truly enjoyable day of squash coaching and competition. It also allows the North West coaching team to assess the abilities of the players participating on the day with the aim of potentially inviting them to be part of the North West Performance programme whilst at the same time encouraging players to enter and play in local competitions, particularly the North West Regional Closed Championships which takes place later this year.
A wide range of clubs were represented on the day coming from as far as Wigton and Winscale in Cumbria , Liverpool Cricket Club in Merseyside as well as players from just minutes down the road from Moss Side Leisure Centre and the City of Manchester Squash Club. Each club brought their best and brightest U11 talent along with some talented coaches and volunteers who assisted fantastically, pitching in with the organising of the day, running the coaching drills and keeping everything in order.
Thank you to all the players and parents that took part for making this a fantastic squash festival with a really fun atmosphere. Thank you to the coaches and volunteers who worked really hard to run the coaching challenges and mark the games. Thank you especially to Belinda Openshaw from Bowden Squash Club, John Honeyman, Liz Jackson, Valda Crawford and Molly Tweddle from Wigton Squash Club and Rosh Henricus and Brian Grimshaw from Manchester Squash, all of who's efforts really went above and beyond what we could have hoped for.

North West's Todd high scoring in 5 Nations

The England U13 and U15 teams turned in superb performances to capture both junior titles at the 5 nations championships in March. Richard Hall did a fantastic job representing both England and the North West when he was able to win in each of his games for the U13 team. Richards results are below. Well done on a great tournament.

Richard Hall 3-1 Sam Buckley (IRL)
13-11, 13-15, 11-8, 14-12
Richard Hall 3-0 Jack Orr (SCO)
12-10, 11-9, 11-8
Richard Hall 3-0 Lewis Clements (WAL)
11-6, 11-6, 11-8
Richard Hall 3-2 Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA)
11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7


Under 11's Festival
U11 Squash Festival took place April 20-21 2013 at the National Squash Centre. Over 60 juniors along with parents and coaches from around the North West spent the day in the company of the North West Regional Coaching Team as they put the aspiring young players through their paces.
The annual North West U11 squash festival was established with the aim of giving juniors playing at clubs and centres in the North West an opportunity to experience the world class facilities on offer at the National Squash Centre whilst enjoying a truly enjoyable day of squash coaching and competition. It also allows the North West coaching team to assess the abilities of the players participating on the day with the aim of potentially inviting them to be part of the North West Performance Programme. At the same time it aims to encourage players to enter and play in local competitions and particularly the North West Regional Closed Championships which takes place later this year.
A wide range of clubs were represented on the day with 8 players coming from as far as Wigton and 7 from Winscale in Cumbria , 6 from Merseyside with Liverpool Cricket Club, The Northern Crosby and West Lancs Club represented, 7 combined from Wigan & Preston Grasshoppers in Lancashire, there was 14 players combined from Manchester made up from The Northern in Didsbury, City of Manchester Club, Monton & Moss Side, and from Chester there was 8 from Bollington and Bowden combined. Each club brought their best and brightest U11 talent along with coaches and volunteers who assisted fantastically, pitching in with the organising of the day, running the coaching drills and keeping everything in order.
The day started with the more than 60 players being split by age between the centres 6 glass back courts. The players were then put through their paces by their coach as we ran a series of challenges designed to test and assess their squash skills, including service, driving, volleying and racket skill challenges taking place with players being awarded points each of the different drills.
After a break for lunch the player’s challenge scores were used to split the players into box leagues for the opportunity to play some competitive matches against similarly skilled players. After some very competitive and close games which were marked by the coaches, including a box league which took place on the all glass championship court, the same court used my Nick Matthew and James Willstrop to duke out many a final, left us with 7 league champions. There was just time for a group photo call before the festival came to a close. It is hoped, however, that this isn’t the last we will see of these players and that we see them again when we host the North West Regional Championships at the National Squash Centre later this year.
North West Regional Lead, Chris Lengthorn said “This event is crucial to securing players of the future and engaging them into our programme. I saw some great little players throughout the day and am really positive about the future of Squash in the clubs across the North West of England”Thank you to all the players and parents that took part for making this a fantastic squash festival with a really fun atmosphere. Thank you to the coaches and volunteers who worked really hard to run the coaching challenges and mark the games. Thank you especially to Belinda Openshaw from Bowden Squash Club, John Honeyman, Liz Jackson, Valda Crawford and Molly Tweddle from Wigton Squash Club and Rosh Henricus and Brian Grimshaw from Manchester Squash, all of who’s efforts really went above and beyond what we could have hoped for.
Kevin Stewart
North West Regional Administrator

2nd Merseyside Junior Graded Tournaments in Conjunction with The Squash & Racketball Foundation

The Merseyside Graded Junior Graded tournament attracted another high entry of players of all ages and abilities with 45 youngsters taking part at the event which was held at The Northern Club in Crosby.
With the county grade players away with other competition commitments the event was kept full by an increasing number of U11/U13 competitors. For the first time in Merseyside Mini squash players of all three grades (Fun Improver and Pro) took part. Brooke and Morgan McFord (West Lancs) were so excited at the prospect of the Graded that they wanted to be there even if there were no players in their group! There were; they played and came 3&4th in the Mini squash FUNdation. Ruby McDaid was this group winner.
Reversal of fortune for (George Evans Northern) who came second in the Pro Mini squash to Cory Harding (LCC) Kieran Rimmer (WL) (a veteran of several competitions) won Group B1 with the up and coming, fast improving Noah Twaio (Northern). Group B staged another reversal of position with Lewis Harding (LCC) beating his club mate Ryan Aldridge (LCC) into second place. Lewis played his semi final match and stayed on court for the final winning 2-1.
The final reversal of position was between Jon Fell (Northern) and Alex Gould (WL) in Group A Close run match with some excellent rallies. Jon finally defeated his rival 2-1!
The 3rd Junior Graded Tournament is in Southport - 16th February. With such a high entry the organisers are splitting the venues between West Lancs and S&B. Southport & Birkdale club have recently restarted their junior section so numbers of entries could be even higher.
Tshirts, Dunlop rackets and bags were kindly donated prizes by the Squash & Racketball Foundation.

Great play at the Northern for the one day tourney on December 9 2012.
Full report.....

Emily at Top of her Game in last Junior Tournament

Emily Whitlock (Cheshire) came into the GU19 category as top seed and favourite, hoping to claim the GU19 title, a feat that hasn't been achieved by an English player since 1998. After beating compatriot Victoria Temple Murray (Devon) in the semi finals, Emily played her last ever junior tournament match on the all glass court in Sheffield against the Egyptian 3/4 seed Nouran Gohar. Emily started well and took an edgy first game 11-8, Gohar fought back well to take the second game 11-9 but she wasn't able to deny a fairytale ending to Emily's junior career as she signed off in front of her home crowd with a 3-1 victory to take her second BJO title.

New Junior Section
Southport and Birkdale Squash Club have started a junior section and are now offering junior coaching sessions which have proved very promising to date. The club plan to visit and work with local schools in the area with the aim of continuing to grow the attendance as they go forward. The Club, in conjunction with West Lands Club, are cohosting the 3rd Merseyside Graded Junior Tournament, a junior one day graded event which the clubs juniors will compete in on Saturday 16th February in West Lancs.



Junior Chair

A new season and a change for the juniors. Clare Wilson has kindly agreed to take over the Junior Chair and work with Andy Breen as ES Development Coach and Bob Jones as Junior Treasurer and Director of the Merseyside Junior Tournament. The County would like to express many thanks to Mark Reed who has been chair of the juniors for years too numerous to quantify and who has served the juniors well through some extremely difficult circumstances in recent years. Many many thanks Mark. All your efforts are greatly appreciated.



Junior Squash Coaching is back at Liverpool Cricket Club: Junior Squash Coaching will take place on Saturdays.
Mini Squash FUNdation 12-1pm;
Mini Squash Improver 12-1pm;
Mini Squash Pro 1-2pm;
Advanced 2-4pm.
Sessions cost £3. All equipment is provided so just bring yourself and non-marking trainers.For information contact Andrew Breen on 07814138521



Merseyside Junior Graded Tournament 2012

Over 40 juniors took part in the 1st of 4 tournaments being held around Merseyside this season.

The tournament attracted players as young as five with the majority being under 13 from all the clubs in Merseyside who have junior sections.
The organisers wanted the players to have as many games as possible, so the early rounds were played as one game PAR to 15 format.

The senior players (including a LCC first team player) had their matches mixed in with the younger players in order to show the progress which could be achieved.
Very exciting and encouraging performances from all the players especially in the mini squash category with the youngest player Chloe Rimmer (West Lancs) displaying talents way beyond her age of five.

George Evans (aged 7 Northern) won the mini squash section beating Cory Harding (aged 6 LCC)B Grade winner was Ben Roberts (LCC) runner up Ryan Aldridge (LCC).
A Grade winner was Alex Gould (West Lancs) runner up Jon Fell (Northern)
County Grade Luke Mercer (LCC) beat Matty Powell (LCC).
The 2nd Graded Tournament is at the Northern on the 9th December and will be in Aid of the Squad and Racketball Foundation.


TECNIFIBRE BRITISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
01.11.12 - 04.11.12
The Tecnifibre British Junior Championships were held this month in Manchester as Britainâ's top juniors battled for national glory. The event took place over four days with the U13 and U15 categories being held at the Northern Squash Club in Didsbury while the U17 and U19s competed at the National Squash Centre. This event in Manchester is the biggest domestic junior tournament on the circuit comprising over 315 players in total.

The Girls Under 19 event saw the defending Champion Emily Whitlock (Cheshire) return to defend her title, Emily was able to claim the Girls U19 crown without dropping a single game to give her a 5th national title and 4th in a row beating second seed Victoria Temple-Murray of Devon in the final. Taking to the microphone after receiving her trophy Emily thanked her parents for the part they have played in her success and all parents without which events like the Tecnifibre British Junior Open could not happen.
Whilst the North West were not able to capture any other national titles there where none the less some standout performances worthy of note including in the GU19 where the Region was very well represented included Hannah Williams 4th, Hannah Crichton 8th, Katrina Burrows 11th and Annie Openshaw-Blower 15th.

Ollie Holland of Nottinghamshire won the BU19, Matt Sidaway of Lancashire fought his way to a 9th place finish and Gavan Hitchenor finished 16th narrowly missing out on 15th in an epic match with Joseph Green of Hertfordshire which finished 12-10 in the 5th.

The GU17 title was claimed by Georgina Kennedy. The regions Jessica Davis and Jessica Winder finished 7th and 8th respectively, their final positioning match being a repeat of the North West Regional Final except this time it was the turn of Jessica Davis to come out on top, another fantastic game this time going all the way to 11-9 in the 5th. Chloe Harrison was also able to manage a very respectable 15th place finish.

In the BU17 it was George Parker who took the winner's spot. Bradley Smith claimed 3rd from Jack Cooper, Patrick Rooney managed 9th and Conner Sheen 13th both achieving their seeding.

In the BU15 which was won by Robbie Keefe, Ollie Harris of Cheshire achieved a great 3rd place position finishing above expectations, also in the BU15 Isaac Rawcliffe claimed a 10th place finish and finally rounding out the results was Richard Hall also of Cheshire in the BU13 who achieved his seeding with a 6th place finish.


North West Regional Closed
The North West Regional Closed took place at The National Squash Centre on 8th and 9th of September 2012 and just as in previous years we were treated to a fantastic weekend of squash.
The North West Regional Closed is open to any junior in the North West Wishing to take part. This year 111 boys and girls from all around the region including the Isle Of Man entered the tournament competing in categories from Under 11 to Under 19 for the title of Regional Champion. The first Champion crowned on Sunday was the Boys U11 winner Adam Goad, overcoming Matthew Harrison 11/5, 11/2 in the final. Both players were able to beat some quality opposition in their semi-final matches in Finlay Withington and Joseph Broadley respectively. Michelle Tang was the Girls U11 champion topping the group with 8 points and failing to drop a single game over the weekend. Bridie Tennant finished in the runner up position with 6 points. The Boys U13 category proved very popular with a field of 22 competitors. Richard Hall came out on top of this hotly contested category when he was able to beat Ross Singleton in the final in straight games, the same way he had beaten all his opposition over the weekend. Brandon Groggins and Sam Sellars contested a fantastic 3rd place game which went down to a 5th game which Brandon Groggins eventually won 11/5 and earned himself a call up to the U13 regional squad. Eve Driver topped the Girls U13 group in emphatic fashion winning all her matches and rarely allowed her opponents more than a couple of points in any of her games. Jordan Corlett picked up the runner up trophy with a total 9 points.There was no question the best final of the weekend was in the Boys U15 category, a thrilling game between Isaac Rawcliffe and Henry Beach which went down to the wire. The players split the opening 2 games 10/12, 11/7. Henry Beach then took the 3rd 2/11 and looked like he was going to prove too much for his opposition only for Isaac Rawcliffe to then come back and take the fourth 11/7. The final game went to the wire finishing 11/9 to Isaac Rawcliffe who completed his come from behind victory and took the hard fought Boys U15 title.Molly Tweddle won the Girls U15 title and topped her group and with 9 points, Rachel Tang was just short of emulating her sister’s achievement in the U11 category collecting the runner up trophy with 6 points.The Boys U17 final was contested between Bradley Smith and Connor Sheen with both players making light work of their opponents on route to their final matchup. Bradley Smith took the title in 4 games 11/8, 11/13, 11/6, 11/4. Jessica Davies and Jessica Winder contested The Girls U17 final after both girls finished on top of their respective groups without dropping a game. Despite a close first game and dropping the third ultimately it was Jessica Winder that was victorious and took the title with a 3-1 final victory. 13/11 11/8 4/11 11/7. Hannah Williams and Katrina Burrows contested the final of the Girls U19. Both girls finished top of their groups and had to overcome some tough opposition in their semi finals with Katrina Burrows being taken to 5 games against Hannah Crichton. Ultimately it was Hannah Williams that emerged victorious from the girls final despite dropping the first game, winning 5-11 11-9. Gavin Hitchenor was successful in his BU19 final against Robbie Williamson which also had the honour of being the final match of the weekend on the glass show court and was shortly followed by the presentations to the tournament winners.





England Squash & Racketball have recently launched the new exclusive Junior Squad Membership Club designed for juniors aged 6-11 and 12-19; the club is led by mascots Seb, Steph and Benson. Membership is available to all juniors and squad members re-ceive a membership pack containing lots of exclusive goodies, and access to the squad zone of the website where as a member you’ll be able to create your own individual pro-file, add your profile picture, tell other members a bit about yourself and embed your fa-vourite YouTube videos and see your friends profiles and videos too!
Each member also has access to our online forum to discuss training, events and any other squash or racketball news. Link your profile into the forum so you can show every-one your favourite videos and see what other people are watching, or start a thread for your local club or an upcoming tournament!
Everyone is given special access to the pro-zone where you can get all the latest top tips to help you improve your game. Plus view all of our latest videos and get regular tips and hints from all of the England players including Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf. And, you’ll be able to download wallpapers for your computer, door hangers, spot the differ-ence and plenty of pictures of Seb, Steph and Benson. Plus don’t forget you can only play our online squash and racketball game if you become a squad member!
All this for only £10 per year! For more info and to become a member visit: www.juniorsquad.com