On Saturday 10th October, the first stage of the U17 girls’ inter-county squash championship was held at the Tynemouth Squash Club in Newcastle. The counties competing were: Cumbria, Yorkshire, Northumbria and Derbyshire.
Derbyshire were represented by Laura Jones, Gabrielle Barton and Isabelle Kenworthy from Princes Club, Chesterfield, and Francesca Sulley from Duffield.
This was always going to be an extremely difficult stage with the other teams fielding high ranking players, some of them representing England. Although the team didn’t manage to win a tie, as usual the girls were a credit to Derbyshire, with them keeping going against very tough competition and showing super team spirit. The tournament organiser commented: ‘Each players conduct on court was a credit to the sport and to Derbyshire’.