Oliver Holland (Nottinghamshire) was victorious in his last big junior tournament as he added the Boys Under 19 trophy to the British Junior Championship title he won earlier in the season, making him a double champion in his last year of junior squash. Holland faced Richie Fallows (Essex) in the final which turned out to be a tremendous hard fought 70 minute battle that Holland edged 3-2.
Victoria Temple-Murray (Devon) successfully defended her Girls Under 19 Crown, she was rarely troubled throughout the weekend until she came up against Nada El Kalaawy (Surrey) in the final. Temple-Murray took a two game advantage with a 16-14 win in the second game only for El Kalaawy to peg one back, in the fourth game the players were level at 4-4 until Temple-Murray raced ahead into an 8-4 lead, a lead that was just too far for El Kalaawy to catch as Temple-Murray stayed focused and eventually claimed the game 11-8 to retain her title.
The Boys Under 17’s saw 5/8 seed Josh Turmel (Suffolk) reach his first major final after he defeated the top seed Jack Cooper (Yorkshire) 3-0 in the quarter finals. He faced the second seed and last year’s U15 champion Patrick Rooney (Merseyside) in the final and made a great start going 2-0 up. Rooney came out fighting in the third and managed to up the pace, putting pressure on Turmel who couldn’t get a hold on the game, Rooney claimed it and carried on in the same fashion to take the fourth 11-1 which levelled the match 2-2. Turmel gave a better account in the fifth as both players took turns to take a point until the score reached 6-6, at this point Rooney started to pull away and never looked back as he took the game 11-6 and the title to add to his previous EJC U13 and U15 titles.
The Girls Under 17 final was a similar story as 5/8 seed Alison Thomson (Surrey) defeated the favourite Lucy Beecroft (Northumbria) 3-1 in the semi finals to set up a clash against the second seed Lily Taylor (Leicestershire). Both girls were contesting their first major domestic final and played some fantastic attacking squash, it was to be Taylor’s day as she won in convincing fashion, 3-0 in 26 minutes to claim her first national title.
Charlie Lee (Surrey), son of former England International Danny Lee and younger brother of current professional Joe Lee carried on the family’s success as he won his first major title in the Boys Under 15’s. 5/8 seed Lee beat top seedRobbie Keefe (Hampshire) 3-0 in the semi finals to set up a clash against the number 2 seed Kyle Finch (Hampshire). Lee took the first game without too much trouble from Finch only for the roles to be reversed the following game as Finch levelled 1-1. From then on in both players stepped up a gear and neither player gave too much away as they stayed with each other point for point, Lee however took the crucial points that mattered at the end of each game to take a 3-1 victory in 44 minutes.
Lucy Turmel (Suffolk) made her way into her first major final just as her brother Josh did, she beat the second seed Anoushka Wooller (Middlesex) in the semi finals 3-0 and found herself facing the top seed Grace Gear (Hertfordshire). Gear came out of the blocks quickly and didn’t give Turmel much hope in the first game, racing to 11-2 lead and taking the early advantage. Turmel looked more settled in the second and started to play the squash that got her into the final as she took the second and third games 11-6. Gear turned the tables again as she raced into a 9-1 lead in the fourth, despite a great effort from Turmel to get back to 7-9 she couldn’t stop Gear from taking the game 11-7 to level the match at 2-2. The final game was close, but it was Gear who closed it 11-7 to take title.
Elise Lazarus (Essex) continued her domination in the Girls Under 13’s as she successfully defended her crown, Lazarus came up against 3/4 seed Karina Tyma (Avon) who defeated the second seed Ellen Cooper (Yorkshire) 3-2 in the semi finals. Tyma competed well in the first game, fighting back from 3-7 down to go 8-7 up but just couldn’t finish it, Lazarus stayed strong to reclaim the lead and took the first game 11-9. From then on Lazarus turned up the heat and raced through the next two games 11-2 and 11-3 to win 3-0 in 15 minutes. Lazarus has now done the ‘double double’ by claiming both British and English U13 titles in the past two years.
The Boys Under 13’s saw 9 year old Sam Todd (Yorkshire)have a great run to the final as he beat the number 2 seed Richard Hall (Cheshire) 3-0 in the quarter finals and the 3/4 seed Billy Beecroft (Suffolk) 3-1 in the semi finals. He faced the top seed and favourite Jared Carter (Hampshire) in the final who was in fine form having not dropped a game throughout the previous rounds. Todd started well and took the first 11-6 only for Carter to take a close second 12-10. Every point was well contested with each player taking turns to take a game to take it into the fifth. 11-7 the final game finished after 42 minutes with Carter the victor to claim his first national title after a tremendous match.
GU13 Final: Elise Lazarus beat Karina Tyma 11-9 11-3 11-3 in 15m
BU13 Final: Jared Carter beat Sam Todd 6-11 12-10 11-9 8-11 11-7 in 42m
GU15 Final: Grace Gear beat Lucy Turmel 11-2 6-11 6-11 11-7 11-7 in 36m
BU15 Final: Charlie Lee beat Kyle Finch 11-3 4-11 11-7 11-6 in 44m
GU17 Final: Lily Taylor beat Alison Thomson 11-7 11-6 11-5 in 26m
BU17 Final: Patrick Rooney beat Josh Turmel 8-11 10-12 11-6 11-1 11-6 in 64m
GU19 Final: Victoria Temple Murray beat Nada El Kalaawy 11-7 16-14 6-11 11-8 in 47m
BU19 Final: Oliver Holland beat Richie Fallows 11-4 6-11 11-3 8-11 11-8 in 70m