Durham and Cleveland Juniors entered 4 teams for the Inter Counties stage 1 at Manchester the weekend of November 17th & 18th. Three boys teams at U19, U15 and U13 and a girls U13. Three of the U13 youngsters, Wilf Thompson, Emily Bell and Ellie May Couhig, were representing the county for the first time. The U13 girls team of Anna Simpson, Ellie May Couhig and Emily Bell faced strong opposition in Northumbria and Shropshire coming in 3rd place overall. The U13 boys comprising, Dan Leech, Joseph Billany, Mal Tindale, Ned Parker and Wilf Thompson, played well to push the Yorkshire A team losing 3-2 with Dan and Mal winning their games. They beat Shropshire 3-2 and were beaten 3-2 in a close game against Warwickshire. A real credit with 4 of the team aged under 12. Well done to Dan and Mal who won all of their games.
On the Saturday the U15 boys, Toby Simpson, Matty Bond, Ben Suggitt, Jess Weatherspoon and Isaac Tindale played Cheshire and Derbyshire. They came out 5-0 winners against Derbyshire going 4-1 down to Cheshire with Isaac winning both of his games and Toby pushed the Cheshire number 1 to 5 sets. In the U19 age group Ben Cross, David Collins and Will Gibbon came top of the group with good wins against Cheshire 3-0 and Northumbria 2-1. Ben and David winning both their matches. This takes the U19 team through to the main finals in February at Nottingham and we will wait to see if the other age groups move to the Trophy Finals. A really big thanks to all the players for representing the county and the parents and team managers during the weekend.
Each school brought five players with a minimum of two girls per team. The schools play a round-robin format, with everyone playing their opposite numbers in ‘first to 7 point-a rally’ scoring.
The competition was a resounding success, with many excellent performances from children new to the game as well as more experienced players. The format often conspires to produce tight finishes, and this year was again very close.
Sedgefield Primary won their first match 3-2 against Sedgefield Hardwick but the points’ total, from adding the scores in individual games, was equal. St. Michael’s, Bishop Middleham, despite an inexperienced team and having missed the pre-competition coaching sessions put up a remarkable fight: they lost both matches 2-3 matches. Crucially, the greater strength in depth of Hardwick meant they picked up points all the way down their team order.
1 Sedgefield Hardwick 57pts (1win); 2 Sedgefield Primary 55pts (2wins); 3. Bishop Middleham 47pts (0 wins)
Sedgefield Primary 3 – 2 Sedgefield Hardwick (points 27-27)
Sedgefield Hardwick 3 – 2 St.Michael’s, Bp. Middleham (points 30-26)
Sedgefield Primary 3 – 2 St Michael’s, Bp. Middleham (points 28-21)
Maximum points scorers (14 pts): Ella Banks (St.Michael’s); Amy Gulliver (Sedgefield Hardwick); Joseph Morrison, Tom Gilbert and Mason Lee (all Sedgefield Primary).
Sedgefield Hardwick will now represent the area in the Durham and Cleveland inter-primary schools competition – provisional date: March 2nd 2016.
Anyone who wants to take up the game (or to practice for their next competition) are very welcome to turn up at 11.00 on Saturday mornings during term-time for club coaching at Sedgefield squash club, in the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall, Rectory Row. We offer two free taster sessions.
A great weekend of squash in the Junior County Closed.
Lots of really good squash from U9’s to U19’s. Thanks to all the players and
parents for creating a really good atmosphere. Fantastic behaviour from all of
the juniors and the parents were pretty good as well! Many thanks to all from
the county clubs who came along and helped.