Gloucestershire Inter-County 2010-2011 Season|
The finals of the Junior Inter County Squash Championships have taken place over the last two weekends. Qualifying takes place over two stages with the top four counties across the country going forward to the finals weekend. The Gloucestershire girls surpassed themselves by qualifying for all four age groups, namely: under 13, 15, 17 & 19, whilst the Gloucestershire boys just missed out at under 15 & 17 level but as defending champions the under 19s qualified comfortably and were keen to retain their title. The first weekend was held at the home of Sport England, The National Sports Centre in Lilleshall where the under 15s and the under 19s competed to become National Squash Champions.
In the boys under 19 semi final the Gloucestershire boys, namely: Nathan Lake, Tom Ford, Mark Broekman, Scot Young & Rory Birtwistle took on Essex and although the competition was tough they eased their way to a 4-1 victory to meet old rivals Yorkshire in the final. The under 19 girls had surpassed all expectation by getting to the Finals weekend, they took on Yorkshire in the semis and although Rebecca Quiney and Ellie Lake at nos. 1 & 2 recorded wins the team lost the tie 3-2. The under 15 girls played North Wales in their semi final which they won 3-2 to set up a final with Surrey.
Sunday started with the 3 / 4 play off for the under 19 girls, they were playing Northumbria who Essex had beaten in a tight 3-2 semi final, but these girls offered no real problems for Gloucestershire’s Rebecca Quiney, Ellie Lake, Emily Penkett, Sammy Blundell and Ellie Hewer who went on to easily win 5-0, it is quite likely that had they played Essex in the semi finals they would have finished as runners up.
The under 19 boys and under 15 girls were playing simultaneously. In the girls contest early wins were recorded by Jade Rothman and Amber Peacey at nos 5 & 4, Surrey came back with wins over Elin Jones and Florie Smith playing at 2 & 3, that left all the pressure on Kip Quiney at No. 1. Kip didn’t get the best of starts and went 2/0 down, but she dug deep and fought back to win a nail biting 3/2 and with it the Under 15 Girls Inter County Championship for Gloucestershire. Whilst history was made in the girls the under 19 boys were in the grips of a real battle, Rory Birtwistle at No.5 and the England No.1 Nathan Lake had won their matches, but our nos 3 & 4 had lost, so everything came down to the No.2 Tom Ford. Tom won the first game, had several game points in the second but couldn’t quite nail it, won the third, lost the fourth and suddenly the whole competition came down to the final game of the final match, sadly Tom started to cramp, his opponent played out of his skin and the tie was won for Yorkshire, Gloucestershire were dethroned to the runners up position.
Gloucestershire’s Under 15 Girls the 2010/11
Inter County Squash Champions
Last weekend saw the under 13 and 17 finals at the Surrey University Sports Park. This wonderful facility with 6 glass back courts all with excellent viewing made a first class venue for the finals. The under 17 girls played Northumbria in their semi final, and recorded a straight forward 4-1 win to earn a place in the final against Surrey. The under 13 girls event only has 3 players in a team so it was decided to play a round robin. The three Gloucestershire girls, namely Elin Jones, Amber Peacey and Carys Jones first played Yorkshire followed by Warwickshire and won both ties convincingly to set up a final against Essex (Essex had also beaten Warwickshire and Yorkshire).
Sunday dawned, the under 17 girls were absolutely thrilled to be in the final, with Florie Smith, Maddy Payne, Jade Rothman and Beth Parker (reserve but replacing the injured Jade on Sunday) all only 13 years old it was always going to be a tall order, but all the girls are still eligible for next year. Surrey did prove too strong for the younger girls but no.1 Ellie Lake and no.2 Kip Quiney showed off their skills to earn well deserved victories that left Gloucestershire as very creditable runners up to Surrey by 2 ties to 3. The under 13 girls was another close encounter, Carys Jones at started with a good victory, sister Elin (England no.2) was just pipped by the England no.1 in a tight 3/2, so it was all down to Amber Peacey. Amber kept her composure and ran out a convincing 3/1 winner, which meant they were the Under 13 Girls Inter County Champions.
Gloucestershire’s Under 13 Girls the 2010/11
Inter County Squash Champions
What a week for Gloucestershire squash players, two Inter County team Championships, Wycliffe College won the boys under 15 and 19 National School titles, Tewkesbury School won the girls under 15 National Schools and Cheltenham College won the under 15 National Schools Trophy (Plate competition). To top this Nathan Lake has been selected for the England team at the Under 19 European Championships in April; Rebecca Quiney has also been selected to play for England as an individual at the same Championships and Elin Jones has been selected to play for the England team in the Under 13 Home Internationals.
23rd March 2011
Chairman Gloucestershire Junior Squash Association