NATIONAL SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Starting before christmas lots of the counties schools entered the national champs, after the early rounds 3 schools made it to the last 4 and finals days at the National squash centre in Manchester.
Newcastle central girls school made the final in both U15 and U19 events, the younger team won their semi-final and then played the favourites Millfield who had beaten the other Newcastle school Church High in the other semi. The final went all the way with Maria Bainbridge and Anna Gibson winning but the others couldn’t get a win eventually losing out 3/2.
Central and Church again made the U19 semis with the exact same outcome , Church lost to Millfield in the semis and Central lost to them in the final.
In the boys U15 event RGS made the semis where they met another RGS from Guilford. Stephen Twaddle and Chris Matthewson got the team to a 2-0 lead but Guilford were strong at the top end and they drew level at 2-2 with Elliott Park and Mark Dinsley losing, At one Guilford had England number 1 David Wardle and he duely beat James Breakey 3-0 to take the victory, RGS ending up 4th.
LOCAL SCHOOLS TOURNAMENTS
There has been 2 local schools tournaments since christmas held at the Northumberland club. The first was for 18 and under players ran by RGS teacher and keen squash player Duncan Wilson.
Between the teams playing most of the counties top boys players were present with Gosforth High school led by Matthew Hardy winning the round robin event with RGS coming in 2nd and Dame Allans (without Richard Shellam) coming 3rd .
For the younger players (11 and under) there was another event ran by Jane Dennis. The teams were mixed with again most of the Counties top youngsters present. There were 6 teams and West Jesmond were favourites and defending champs. They proved to be the team to beat again with ony newcastle school for boys a threat to the title. West Jesmond led by Dan Wareing however beat n’cle school for boys and regained their title.