British Champions crowned in Manchester

Tecnifibre British Junior Squash Championships 2012, Finals:

G13: [1] Elise Lazarus 3-0 [5/8] Ellen Cooper 11/0, 11/1, 11/8 (14m)
B13:  [5/8] Jordon Williams
3-0 [2] Jared Carter 11/5, 11/9, 11/7 (21m)
G15:  [1] Amelia Henley
3-0 [2] Elin Harlow 11/4, 11/3, 11/3 (20m)
B15: [1] Robbie Keefe
3-0 [2] Jamie Todd 11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (35m)

G17:  [3/4] Georgina Kennedy 3-0 [1] Lucy Beecroft      11/6, 11/8, 14/12 (27m)
B17:  [1] George Parker
3-1 [3/4] James Evans 11/5, 13/15, 11/3, 11/9 (47m)
G19:  [1] Emily Whitlock
3-0 [2] Victoria Temple-Murray 11/6, 11/3, 11/3 (24m)
B19:
[1] Oliver Holland 3-1 [5/8] Richie Fallows       11/8, 11/3, 6/11, 11/2 (52m)

Roundup from Paul Houghton – full coverage: www.squashsite.co.uk/bjc

The Tecnifibre British Junior Championships were held this past weekend in Manchester as Britain’s top juniors battled for national glory. The event ran 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.

Oliver Holland (Nottinghamshire) claimed the Boys under 19 Don Sanderson title in style with a 3-1 victory over 5/8 seed Richie Fallows (Essex). Fallows had stormed his way into the final after taking out the 3/4 seed Taminder Gata Aura and the number 2 seed Tom Ford (Gloucestershire) while Holland made his way through the draw relatively untroubled. The final started with Holland taking control as he moved into a 2-0 lead but Fallows full of determination came back and put Holland under pressure, quickly taking the third game 11-6. Holland returned to court focused and dominated the fourth game, taking it 11-2 and adding the U19 trophy to his collection which completes his set of national titles from u13 through to u19.

The Girls Under 19 event saw Emily Whitlock (Cheshire) return to defend her title, Whitlock had made her way to the final without dropping a game and was in top form all weekend. Facing her in the final was the number 2 seed Victoria Temple Murray (Devon) who had also enjoyed a good tournament and was rarely tested. Whitlock was in no mood to surrender her crown though and she controlled the pace of the final superbly, not giving Temple Murray a chance to impose her own game. 3-0 to Whitlock in 24 minutes which gave her a fifth national title and a fourth in a row.

George Parker (Leicestershire) came into the event as Boys Under 17 top seed and was looking to claim his first national title as he faced former u15 champion James Evans (Kent) in the final. Both boys had won all their matches 3-0 leading to the final with Parker defeating Jack Cooper (Yorkshire) and Evans knocking out the second seed Bradley Smith (Lancashire). Parker started the final well and took the first game only for Evans to take a tie break in the second game. Parker pushed on and duly took the third and despite a fantastic effort from Evans in the fourth he couldn’t quite clinch it to take it to a decider. Parker was too strong as he closed the game out 11-9 and won his first title 3-1 in just under an hour.

Lucy Beecroft (Northumbria) and Georgina Kennedy (Kent) faced each other in the Girls Under 17 Final. Beecroft headed into the final as favourite but couldn’t impose herself on the game, Kennedy was too strong at the front of the court and also retrieved brilliantly and within 25 minutes Kennedy had claimed the Girls Under 17 crown to add to the Girls Under 15 title she won last year.

In the Boys Under 15 final the top two seeds met as Jamie Todd (Northumbria) took on the favourite Robbie Keefe (Hampshire). Keefe was the stronger player throughout and although rallies were close Todd couldn’t push on as Keefe won took the title.

The Girls Under 15 final also saw the top two seeds do battle as top seed Amelia Henley (Kent) took on second seed Elin Harlow (Wales). Henley took control from the start and volleyed well which gave her an edge over Harlow. Henley managed to clinch the title with a 3-0 victory in 20 minutes.

The Boys Under 13 category saw 5/8 seed Jordan Williams (Wales) take the competition by storm. After defeating the number one seed Nick Wall (Yorkshire) in 5 he then went on to beat the 3/4 seed Ben Merchant (Yorkshire) and in the final took on the number 2 seed Jared Carter (Hampshire). Carter competed well but couldn’t stop Williams from becoming the first ever Welshman to win the Boys Under 13 national title.

Elise Lazarus (Essex) continued her dominance in the Girls Under 13 category as she came back to defend her crown, and that she did in quite emphatic fashion. 5/8 seed Ellen Cooper (Yorkshire) had a great run to reach the final but didn’t have an answer to Lazarus and barely got going. 3-0 in 15 minutes saw Lazarus retain her U13 title.

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