National pride for Shenley squash kids

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Shenley Junior Squash Club had notable successes in the recent Technifibre English Junior Championships held at the University of Surrey.

In a very competitive U19 section, Lauren Casling came 18th out of 32 competitors in what was her last tournament as a junior.

After losing her first match 3-0 to Joely Bennett, Lauren then beat Charlotte Weldrake 3-0. Her last match saw Lauren lose 3-1 in a close encounter to Natasha Berrett, with three games going into the tie break.

In the U15 section, Jemma Stanton also finished a very good 18th out of 32. And it would have been even better but for a close defeat against 10th seed Charlotte Fish – the match going right down to the wire, with Jemma just being edged out 11/8 in the fifth.

Jemma had earlier beaten Emma Campion 3-1, but lost the plate final 11/2 11/3 11/8 to Carys Jones.

Both the age groups were arranged on a Monrad system, which gives all competitors a final position.

Jemma will play for the East Midlands in the final of the national inter-regional tournament this weekend.

Also playing in the finals are Shenley Junior players Dylan Harris and Joe Elfasi, who will represent the South Region in the Boys U17 section.

Coming up on April 3 is an exhibition of squash by young professional Olly Pett, who is ranked 56 in the world, as well as local player Mahdi Ali.

Also on the evening, held at Squash MK, Kiln Farm, will be an exhibition of racketball, between Tim Vail, the current national champion and Mike English from MK, who has just won the Southern Region Over 50s championship.

For more details call David Hall on 07779 864112.