Junior Grand Prix – End of Season Report – 2011/12

Junior Squash Grand Prix, 2011-2012

By Helen Wilson

The Derbyshire Junior Squash Grand Prix season drew to a close with the final round being held at Brampton Manor on 22nd April. This turned out to be a record breaking event with 45 youngsters taking part.

This season a total of 59 players, 15 years of age or under, have played in the Derbyshire Jnior Squash Grand Prix events. 4 clubs from the Derbyshire area were represented, with many of the players making their first appearance at a Grand Prix event. Playing the best of 3 matches, PAR scoring to 11, the standard of squash has been very encouraging and bodes well for the future of Derbyshire squash.

John Kinirons, and family, sponsor of the junior squash GP tournaments this season, provided T-shirts to those players who played in at least 2 of the 6 GP events. Monetary donations towards providing T shirts, balls or awards are very much appreciated, and anyone interested in making a donation or being a sponsor should contact me.

Many people deserve my thanks and I apologise if I have not named you personally. Specifically though I’d like to thank Carol Wood, Junior Development Officer, Graham Hall, the Chair of Derbyshire Squash, – their support of our juniors and of me at the committee meetings is certainly very much appreciated; I’d like, on the players’ behalf, to thank their coaches, Steve across at Glossop, Lesley, Sam & Paul at Duffield, Carol at Ashbourne, Jason, Jane, Scully & John at Brampton & any others behind the scenes involved with the coaching I haven’t remembered to name!

Thanks too must also go to Andy my husband who does much of the work behind the scenes, especially the IT bits, & then big thanks to Kev Barton, whose invaluable help makes each event run as smoothly as it does, well we think they run smoothly anyway! Unless anyone has any objections, Kev & I will continue to organise the Grand Prix events next season, starting at Brampton Manor in September.

Finally, a big thank you must go to the parents, family and friends for their continued help & support, many have helped with serving drinks & food, marking matches, and generally keeping things going in the fun, light-hearted way that is the intention of these junior squash events.

In Derbyshire we have many talented youngsters and should be proud of them all. These events are merely a stepping stone towards bigger and better achievements for some and for others the Grand Prix events provide the opportunity for them to play squash at a slightly more competitive level than perhaps they are used to and they are a starting point for players to play, and enjoy, the game of squash.

For the awards, Kevin & I deliberated over for some time, but were in agreement which made it easier,

So rackets were presented to:

Most Helpful Player – Joshua Harbut.

Sportsmanship Award – Michael Quinn

The Best Newcomer Award – Isabelle Kenworthy

Most Improved – Adam Brass

Future Champion Award – Molly Tomlinson

Runner-Up of the GP Award – Ben Harvey

Winner of the Grand Prix Title – Tom Hayes

Our congratulations go to Tom for winning the event and he now joins the elite list of names on the coveted trophy that includes the likes of Joel Hinds and Phil Scully.

 

Junior Grand Prix – Round 6 – Brampton Manor – 12 April 2012

Group A

1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Ben Harvey

 

 

0

3

1

1

3

8

 

Tom Hayes

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

 

Michael Quinn

 

1

0

0

1

3

5

Joe Harrison

 

3

1

3

3

3

13

Jake Brass

 

3

1

3

0

3

10

Henry Jacobs

 

0

0

1

0

0

1

 

 

Group B

1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Joe Thomas

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

 

Oliver Lowe

 

0

3

3

3

3

12

Josh Harbut

 

0

0

3

0

3

6

Seb Brass

 

0

0

1

3

3

7

Molly Tomlinson

 

0

0

3

1

0

4

Francesca Sulley

 

0

0

0

0

3

3

DERBYSHIRE JUNIOR SQUASH – GRAND PRIX

BRAMPTON MANOR – 12 ARIL 2012  –  ROUND 6

 

 

Group C

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Tom Blenkinsop

1

3

3

0

3

9

(1st)

Sam Cottrell

2

0

1

0

0

1

Joe Kinirons

3

0

3

0

0

3

Max Gilbert

4

3

3

3

0

9

(2nd)

Gabrielle Barton

5

0

3

3

3

9

 

 

Group D

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Elliot Moore

1

3

0

0

1

4

Dax Wright

2

1

0

0

0

1

Nick Tenney

3

3

3

0

0

6

Niko Raine

4

3

3

3

3

12

Ryan Laxton-Kane

5

3

3

3

0

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DERBYSHIRE JUNIOR SQUASH – GRAND PRIX

BRAMPTON MANOR – 12 APRIL 2012  –  ROUND 6

 

 

Group E

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Joe Wilcockson

1

3

3

0

3

9

Sam McMylor

2

1

1

0

3

5

Michael Wallis

3

0

3

0

0

3

Oliver Johnston

4

3

3

3

3

12

Libby Leivers

5

0

1

3

0

4

 

 

Group F

1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Luca Mainiero

1

 

3

3

1

1

3

11

 

Adam Brass

2

1

1

3

3

3

11

Harry Salisbury

3

0

3

3

3

3

12

Harry Grafton

4

3

1

1

3

3

11

(2nd)

Isabelle Kenworthy

5

3

0

0

0

3

6

Morgan Higginson

6

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

 

 

DERBYSHIRE JUNIOR SQUASH – GRAND PRIX

BRAMPTON MANOR – 12 APRIL 2012  –  ROUND 6

 

 

Group G

1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Lucy Kenworthy

 

 

3

0

1

1

1

6

 

Jessica Anderson

 

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

Fraser Martin

 

3

3

1

3

3

13

Josh Young

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

Hannah Hicken

 

3

3

0

1

3

10

Max Higginson

 

3

3

0

1

1

8

 

 

Group H

1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Anja Raine

 

 

3

0

0

0

0

3

 

Lilja Raine

 

1

0

0

0

0

1

Annie Harrison

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

Reagan Carty

 

3

3

0

0

1

7

George Salisbury

 

3

3

1

3

3

13

Will Gilbert

 

3

3

0

3

0

9

 

Junior Grand Prix – Round 5 – Duffield – 25 March 2012

Group A

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Ben Harvey

1

3

3

3

3

     

      12

Michael Quinn

2

0

 

0

3

3

 

6

Tom Hayes

3

1

3

 

3

3

 

10

Jake Brass

4

0

0

1

 

3

 

4

Seb Brass

5

0

0

0

1

 

 

       1

 

 

 

 

 

Group B

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Kieran Shelley

1

3

3

0

3

 

9

Joshua Harbut

2

1

 

0

1

3

 

5

Molly Tomlinson

3

1

3

 

0

1

 

5

Henry Jacobs

4

3

3

3

 

3

 

12

Laura Jones

5

1

0

 3

0

 

 

4

 

Group C

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Francesca Sulley

1

3

3

3

3

 

12

Elliott Moore

2

0

 

3

3

3

 

9

Daniel Harrison

3

0

0

 

3

 0

 

3

Dax Wright

4

0

0

1

 

3

 

4

Fraser Moore

5

0

0

3

0

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

Group D

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Nick Tenney

1

3

3

3

3

 

12

Jordan Mellor

2

0

 

3

3

3

 

9

Sam McMylor

3

0

0

 

3

3

 

6

Adam Brass

4

0

1

1

 

3

5

Josh Young

5

0

0

 0

0

 

 

0

 

Group E

1

2

3

4

5

6

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Hannah Hicken

1

 

0

0

0

3

 

3

6

 

Harry Salisbury

 

2

3

 

3

1

3

 

3

13

Frazer Martin

3

3

0

 

0

3

 

3

9

 

Oliver Johnstone

4

3

3

3

 

3

 

3

15

George Salisbury

5

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

3

Finlay Moore

6

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

This group can play with a ‘blue’ or ‘orange/yellow’ ball (see Helen)

 

 

Inter-County – Girls Under 13 – Trophy Final

In March, the counties of Suffolk, Cumbria and North Hants descended on the village of Duffield to do battle for the under-13 girls inter-county trophy. Cumbria and Suffolk were considered the hot favourites for the title having topped their groups in the previous round of matches, Derbyshire and North Hants being the respective runners-up.

It was a fabulous day of squash! It was what team squash is all about, an electric, competitive atmosphere with super team-spirit being exhibited by all the players.

Cumbria got off to a flying start defeating our girls 3 matches to luv, but our girls really made them fight for their victory. We have met Cumbria three times this season and they have beaten us every time, but, there is definitely hope for the future, we all know we aren’t too far off them. Cumbria then maintained that high level of performance throughout the day to defeat Suffolk and North Hants and emerge as champions.But, our Derbyshire girls didn’t let that first tie defeat get them down, on the contrary, they showed great strength of character, re-focussed and came out even more determined for the second and third ties.

Molly, at number one, had some real battles on her hands, but she showed great spirit, led by example, and made her opponents fight for every point.

Francesca really came out fired-up for her next matches having lost to the Cumbrian – Katie Twentyman, a player she’d beaten in their last encounter. She won her next matches against Suffolk and North Hants without dropping a single game!

Gabrielle played some lovely squash to beat her opponents. Of particular note was her encounter with the Suffolk player – Hannah Moussa. Gabrielle narrowly lost the first game, but then came back on court to win the next three matches most convincingly: 11/3, 11/6, 11/2.

As the ties were played out in the afternoon, it became a very tight competition between Derbyshire and a strong Suffolk side, fielding the number three in the country, as to which team would claim the runners-up position. In the end our Derbyshire girls triumphed, claiming the runners-up trophy in only their first season as a team!

Junior Grand Prix – Round 4 – Ilkeston Manor – 5 March 2012

Group A

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Ben Harvey

1

3

1

1

3

8

Michael Quinn

2

0

0

0

3

3

Joe Harrison

3

3

3

3

3

12

Joe Thomas

4

3

3

1

3

10

Kieran Shelley

5

0

1

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

Group B

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Henry Jacobs

1

1

0

0

3

4

Joshua Harbut

2

3

1

0

1

5

Oliver Lowe

3

3

3

1

3

10

Oliver Hall

4

3

3

3

3

12

Molly Tomlinson

5

1

3

0

1

5

 

 

Group C

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Laura Jones

1

0

3

3

3

9

Tom Blenkinsop

2

3

1

1

3

8

Francesca Sulley

3

1

3

1

3

8

Max Gilbert

4

1

3

3

3

10

Elliott Moore

5

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Group D

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Sam Cottrell

1

3

1

3

3

10

Ryan Laxton-Kane

2

1

3

0

3

7

Niko Raine

3

3

1

0

3

7

Joe Kinirons

4

1

3

3

3

10

Joe Wilcockson

5

1

1

 0

0

2

 

 

Group E

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Jordan Mellor

1

1

1

1

3

6

Michael Wallis

2

3

0

3

3

9

Rebekah King

3

3

3

0

3

9

Frazer Moore

4

3

1

3

1

8

Harry Salisbury

5

0

1

0

3

4

 

 

Group F

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Libby Leivers

1

3

3

3

3

12

Hannah Hicken

2

0

3

0

3

6

Luca Mainiero

3

0

0

3

3

6

Isabelle Kenworthy

4

0

3

0

3

6

Lucy Kenworthy

5

0

0

0

0

0

 

Group G

 

1

2

3

4

5

TOTAL

Grand Prix Points

Rebecca Cosgrove

1

3

3

3

1

10

George Salisbury

2

1

3

3

0

7

Will Gilbert

3

0

0

3

0

3

Finlay Moore

4

0

0

0

0

0

Josh Young

5

3

3

3

3

12