Thursday, 14 December 2017

Ireland keeps nerve to secure County title

PLAYERS from Henley Junior Squash Club featured prominently in the recent Berkshire and Oxfordshire County Championships,

PLAYERS from Henley Junior Squash Club featured prominently in the recent Berkshire and Oxfordshire County Championships, gaining one county title, four second places and a third place.

The Berkshire County Championship was held at the Magnet leisure centre in Maidenhead where Henley juniors Miles Edwards, Ethan Milton, Beth Ireland and Jake Ireland all competed.

Edwards had finished third in last year’s U13 boys’ competition and played well to secure the same position in the U15 boys’ competition this year.

Although only 10 years old, Milton competed in both the U11 mixed and the U13 boys where he finished runner-up in both competitions. Similarly, although only 12 years old, Beth Ireland competed in both the U13 girls and the U15 girls’ competitions, taking second place in both of her competitions too.

One of the matches of the championship was the U17 boys final between Jake Ireland, who won the U15 title last year, and Matt Burr.



Burr took a close first game but Jake came back strongly to take the next two games. Jake then relaxed too much and Burr took the fourth game. It was all down to the final game where, as with last year, Jake’s superior shot selection and movement won the day.

The Oxfordshire County Championship was held at the Abingdon Squash Club. Ewan McCracken who had finished third in last year’s U13 boys’ competition was looking to make an impact in his first year in U15 competition. He breezed through the first two rounds but had a tough match with the eventual champion in the semi-final. McCracken then lost a tight battle for the third/fourth place play-off.

Speaking on the club’s success, Henley junior club chairman Richard Little said “These are great results for our juniors and reflect the hard work they have put in over the last 12 months with our coaches.

“We run coaching sessions each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and encourage new players to come for a free trial session and to make use of our holiday taster sessions which are supported by Invesco Perpetual’s community support programme.”



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