Northumbria Junior Open 2012

The county landed a chance to host a SILVER level England squash sanctioned event that took place over the weekend 31st Aug – 2nd Sep.

The Silver status means higher ranking points are up for grabs and therefore both higher ranked players and higher number of players enter the event. Over 150 entrants competed over the 8 events ranging from u13 to u19 age groups in both Boys and Girls categories.

The u13 and u17 age groups were played at The Northumberland Club with the u15 and u19’s played at Tynemouth Squash Club.

The Girls u13 event was headed by top seed Laura Neill from Northumbria, Neill coasted to the final where she met second seed Carys Jones from Gloucester , Jones was too good on the day beating Neill 3-0.

The Boys u13 also went to seeding with Yorkshire pair of Nick Wall and Ben Merchant making the final. Number one seed Wall lived up to his seeding taking a 3-1 win. top local positions were with Joe Wareing and Angus Forster taking 5th and 6th places respectively.

In the under 15’s at Tynemouth the top seeded players both lost out in the finals. Second seed Mari Taylor from Leicestershire beat Grace Gear 3-0 in the girls while Jamie Todd from Tynemouth lost out to Oliver Harris the 3/4 seed from Cheshire in his final. Georgia Webster was the highest placed u15 girl in 16th place.

The u17’s was however dominated by the top seeds with Georgina Kennedy topping a high quality girls field and the very impressive Bradley Smith from Lancashire comfortably beat Adam Turner from Derbyshire in his final never looking under threat. Top finishing Northumbrian was Dan Wareing finishing in 11th place.

Back at Tynemouth local girl Lucy Beecroft won the the u19 despite a scare in the semi-final, she beat Yorkshires Jess Dixon 3-0 to take the title. In the boys u19 the top seed Miles Jenkins was knocked out at the semi-final stage by Brian Harvey, Harvey from Warwickshire couldn’t repeat the result in the final losing out to Angus Gillams. Top finishing Northumbrian was Cai Younger in 8th.

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