Every year we hold the county closed for the Juniors. There are age categories ranging from U9 to U19 for Boys and Girls. Last year you might remember Emma and Caitlin won their respective categories.
I am delighted to report that this year we have done even better winning 4 categories and having 10 finalists. A really great effort by all who entered.
What was really pleasing was that we won a boys category and had two others in the finals, we are starting to see some progress in that area.
So the headlines...
Emma is Tri-umphant (a lot of tought went into that!)
Emma won the Girls U15, U17 and U19 categories all of which had Brackley finalists. What was really pleasing was that all of the finals were against fellow Brackley members.
In the U15s she beat Jessie Arrowsmith, playing her second final. At U17s she played Lauren Jones who did really well in a tight group (pipping Eloise by 2 points) to get to the final, and In the U19s she played Gabi, one of our newest recruits who has Squash as her A level sport.
Jessie did extremely well to get to the U13s Girls final and was pipped by Eve in a great final match. One to watch for the future....
Bouyed by the Boys
Oli won his U19 final in a very close match with Connell 11-9, 11-8, 11-9, this after his racket broke in the warm up!
Noah, one of youngest (7) played in the U9s final against Elliot, who was extrememly sporting and they had a great close game, Elliot winning 2-1. Another one to watch.
Jonnie got through to the U13s final and is really improving, a great result.
And a mention to David who played in a very strong group and had a couple of notable wins, he has given up his football to play squash and is improving fast.
Last year we got nowhere near the finals so great progress all round, well done to all who entered.
So what does this all mean for Brackley?
Are we going to win the nationals? - Nope
Are we going to sweep the regionals? - Nope
Is it all about trophies? - Nope
What it is, is we are building and making progress in the junior section. There is a long way to go before we see any of our kids in the national scene. However what we can see is children enjoying squash and showing progress. The children that join will see juniors playing and will want to model their sucesses and beat them. The county finalists are the role models to build on for the next wave of juniors. Our older children are now actively helping the youngest which is a great.They love coaching and it ,means 1:1 coaching for the new starters.
Well done also to my fellow coaches Alistair and Oliver and our extremely supportive parents, and of course the club for all their support.
We should all be proud of what we have achieved.
P.S. Sorry about being in loads of the photos I have to work with what I am given :)