PWSRC Junior Open 2018

For the second year in a row Poult Wood SRC ran a successful junior squash open competition over the weekend of 24-25 March 2018, this time in cooperation with our neighbours at Tunbridge Wells Squash Club. There were altogether 73 entrants in seven different categories and some great squash was on display throughout the weekend

The Boys under 11 and Girls under 13 competitions were held in entirety at Tunbridge Wells on the Saturday. Freddy Miles (Kent) won the Bu11 competition convincingly with Zachary Woolven (Surrey) runner up. In Gu13 Ailsa Bruce (Surrey) was the winner and won all 4 of her games, with Annabelle Hill (Surrey) runner up.

The Girls under 15 was run as a round robin starting at Tunbridge Wells and finishing at Poult Wood. Jodie Dowe (Norfolk) won comfortably with Isabel McCullough (Kent) the runner up.

The other categories were all run at Poult Wood. The Boys under 13 final was well contested with last year’s winner Dylan Roberts (Kent) winning again, this time 3-1 against Jake Sim-Baskar (Sussex) in the final. Jake went 2-0 down before winning a close third game, then Dylan took the fourth game comfortably.

The Boys under 15 was won by Harvey McIntyre (Kent) who put in a strong performance in the final to win a close 3-0 against Mehul Chopra (Kent) with good squash from both players.

Ellie Hewes (Essex) was a clear winner in the Girls under 17 winning all her matches in another round robin event, with Abigail Wilkinson (Middlesex) runner up after the two played out the final deciding match.

The Boys under 17 final was played last, and was an exceptional match with Joss Sim-Baskar (Sussex) finally overcoming Ben Harrison (Middlesex) 12-10 in the final game. The squash was competitive and to a very high standard, with both players showing excellent composure and temperament. A credit to both players and the tournament.

The event was well supported by parents and friends at both venues with excellent food available from Azra at Poult Wood and Tim at Tunbridge Wells. Thanks to all of them.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped at both venues, especially Richard Morris who looked after the Tunbridge Wells event, and Tony Hooper who amongst other things did the scheduling for the entire event, a massive task, and ran the desk at Poult Wood on both days. And particular thanks to all the team players who marked some of games and oversaw the juniors marking other games. This was essential to the smooth running of the tournament.

And finally many thanks to Chris Gorman, coach at Poult Wood, and tournament sponsor.

Mike Tonge