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Alive and Hitting

What a lovely way to spend a sunday morning.

Today 9 of our juniors went to Banbury West End club to play a friendly match against their juniors. It was an absolutely fabulous event with some great pairing, close matches, super play and a real friendly rivalry.

The last time we went to Banbury we were just starting out with the juniors and it was very much one way traffic (to Banbury). Jenny Edwards the coach suggested a friendly match a while back and we finally managed to get a date.What was very pleasing was all the matches were close, the development of the juniors through the club and county has really helped the Brackley juniors develop and you could see their skills and experience shining through.

The atmosphere was fantastic with enthusiatic, yet fair, support for both sides, both keen to win in the right spirit. In the end we sneaked a win 155 to 151, but it was squash that was the winner.

Really well done to the juniors who turned out for us David, Caitlin, Emma, Jonnie, Gabi, Eloise, Thomas, Sofia and Jessie.

A big thank you to the Banbury West End team and Jenny who were fabulous hosts. A return match a Brackley is on the cards.

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Thank you also to the parents who transported the children to and from the event, with out your support events like this wouldn't be possible.

Given the progress since the previous match it made me reflect on how this happens. It's not just about the coaches, it's about the support and vision of those around them. We are very fortunate to have an insprational chair (Andy B) and a very supportive committee and also a fantastic county structure led by the inspriational Mike Broadbent and team. At work people make fun of me for 'banging on' about things (repeating myself), but I make no apologies for this as they deserve all the praise they get. They are all volunteers and are passionate about squash. We couldn't have done it without you folks.

Grand Prix at Daventry next week and I look forward to another super event.

Martin

PS excuse the titla but I have the U2 song Alive and Kicking in my head :)

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