Junior Inter-County Weekend Reports

A first National final for a Suffolk Team?

Junior Inter-County Weekend Reports

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The County Junior sides were spread throughout England for Stage 2 of the Inter-County Championship. There were many excellent performances, including a first ever qualification for the National final for the U11 Girls. But also some unacceptably long days for some of the players.

 

 

Boys' U11

First match for the BU11 saw us face Kent 2 in Cantebury. Cameron Ramsey was first on court and faced tough competition at string 3. After a well fought match he lost 3-0.

Harry Griffith was next onto court against their 1st string. The match went all the way to the 5th after two great come backs after trailing 7-2 in both. Sadly despite his determination he left it to late in the 5th and couldn’t come back meaning after two games we had lost the fixture.

Evan followed on next looking for some sort of consolation. Things didn’t seem to good with Evan trailing 2-0. After some coaching guidance he changed his game and started to hit it past his opponent giving him the opportunity to use his excellent drops. He came back to win the next two games, however he unfortunately lost the 5th 15/13. A very positive start from the boys with the result not showing a fair reflection of their performances.

 

With Middlesex withdrawing the boys had a second and final match against Sussex 2 a team we had lost to in the previous round. It seemed the boys were out for revenge and Cam was first on. His outstanding serve helped him win the first game comfortably. His opponent soon became wise of the serve, however his shot selection helped him to win 3-0.

Harry was on next and a win here would see us win the fixture. His flare on court was perfect. His opponent had some amazing pick ups. After 3 long games the score was 2-1 to Harry. However the match finished early after the opponent smashed his shoulder into the wall forcing his retirement after Harry hit an outrageous shot.

With the fixture settled Evan had his final match. His opponent had excellent drives and seem to hit all the corners easily. Evans opponent was simply too good on the day meaning Evan lost 3-0. After a brilliant day in Canterbury the boys won 2 and lost 1.

Liam Hicks

 

Girls' U11

The Girls won both matches on Saturday and have qualified for the National Finals. Thought to be the first time a Suffolk County side has ever reached the finals. Congratulations.

 

 

Emily Ison

 

U13

 

The U13 squad taking the weekend very seriously

 

U15

First match saw Suffolk U15’s against Herts. Will Steward started strongly with some excellent power hitting and volley drops. He continued his performance throughout and took the match 3-1.
Next up was Matthew Woolf, who used his positive mental attitude and physical strength to dominate from start to finish. Matthew won a closely fought match 3-0.
Emma Bartley then took on Herts no.1 and made short work of her opponent with some accurate length hitting, followed up by some creative shot making at the front. Very confident performance and closed the match out 3-0.
Next up was the ‘pocket rocket’, Hugo Andersson. Despite plenty of quality shotmaking and retrieval around all four corners, his opponent proved a little too strong and clearly had a ‘good day’ on court. Hugo lost a hard fought match 3-0.
Overall result was Suffolk 15-4 Herts.

 

Emma Bartley, Will Steward, Matthew Woolf, Luke Russell, Hugo Andersson.

 

Next fixture was against a much tougher County, Surrey 2.
Again, Luke and Will started off well but unfortunately most of the critical points went the way of Surrey. Fabulous effort and humble attitude throughout. Both lost 3-0.
It would have been easy for the rest of the team to be intimidated by the first two matches, but Matthew came up with arguably one of the performances of the day. Having lost the first two games, he fought back to 9-9 in the 5th, only to lose out just at the death... fantastic effort and plenty of positives to take away!
Emma then took on a rather confident no.1 string, which could have easily put her off. That said, Emma showed why she’s one of Suffolk’s shining stars with a classy performance to take it 3-0 - tough match, but held her composure all the way through.
With all the pressure on the ‘pocket rocket’, Isaac took to battle, and didn’t disappoint at all. He lost the first two games, but somehow found some reserves deep down to quite literally, claw back to 2-2 against a much stronger opponent. Going into the 5th it was close all the way to 8-8 when unfortunately Surrey hit 3 clean winners to take a very very close 3-2.
Overall result was Suffolk 7-15 Surrey 2. This could have easily been the other way around!!!
Amazing efforts all round and proud to represent a great bunch of kids!

Kristian Day

 

BU17

 

Suffolk boys u17 team today saw Norfolk in the first set. Dom Gaines kept calm and consistent but had a tough match, losing 3-0. Dan Garcia Leon who had stepped into the team last minute, made a fine attempt, but sadly losing a close 3-0 match to his opponent. 2-0 down and both Josh Perkins and Sam Stinton stepped up for their games. Josh despatched his opposition 3-0 to take the team to 2-1, as Sam continued to battle on. Ben May in second string also played at a confident pace, winning a comfortable match 3-0. All eyes turned to Sam who was still battling and was at 2-2. It was tense, but Sam dug in and pulled off the final game winning 3-2 and creating an overall win over Norfolk for the team 3-2. A fine result for the boys.

 

 

Next up was Middlesex. They proved stronger in the strings 3,4,5 with Dom, Dan and Sam all trying their very best, with some great squash exhibited, but losing 3-0 in each case. Josh overcame a fiery and controversial situation, keeping his head, playing effectively and delivering a 3-0 win. Ben had a storming and confident game, also winning 3-0 with just great squash. Overall losers 3-2 to Middlesex, but doing themselves proud.

Great work team. 

Lisa Perkins

 

 


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