Report on our Junior Open Competition 2017

The club hosted a highly successful Bronze level junior open tournament on Sunday 26 February 2017. There were over 50 entries from 6 counties, including 4 from Poult Wood’s own junior section, with boys’ categories u13, u15 and u17 and girls’ u15 and u17. The event was well supported by parents and friends who were treated to a feast of excellent squash.
Many thanks to all the club members who gave up their time to help on the day, marking matches and generally keeping things moving smoothly along. The nerve centre was the front desk where Tony and Elizabeth Hooper expertly ran a complex operation of court scheduling and collating the results as they came in.
Also a big thank you to Azra’s Lisa and her team for providing a great service in the bar and restaurant, with an excellent snack menu designed specially for the day, which many visitors took advantage of.
It was great to see four of Poult Wood’s junior players entering the tournament – Dan Boshoff and Alfie Peacock in  the Boys u17, Anna Hooper in the Girls u17, and  Timmy Skopets in the Boys u13. Dan finished 5th overall, beating in his last game Matt Proctor, the first time he has done so, and Matt plays in the Kent A team. Timmy, playing in his first ranked tournament, and at the age of 9 the second youngest player in the whole tournament, played well, in the end losing to a plate finalist. Alfie, also in his first ranked tournament, had some tough games against much more experienced players, but learned a lot from taking part. Anna finished a creditable 4th in the Girls u17 event after reaching the semi finals, with two tough matches against other strong Kent county players. They all did the club proud.
The winners and runners up were
BU13 winner Dylan Roberts (Kent), r/up Jude Gibbins (Kent)
BU15 winner Arhan Chandra (Bucks), r/up Mehul Chopra (Kent)
BU17 winner James Gibbins( Kent), r/up Luke Credland (Sussex)
GU15 winner Elize Chaplin (Kent), r/up Annabel Williamson (Kent)
GU17 winner Alice Coxeter (Kent), r/up Karishma Bansal (Kent)

I would like to give a big thank you to all the players and also parents and friends for supporting this event. This was a great day for the club. We were proud to host the junior open and witnessed some superb squash.

Mike Tonge
Tournament Director