Feb 102016

Lee on Solent Junior Open Silver Event

This weekend saw a 9 strong group of Manchester Squash Academy players travel down to the Lee on Solent Junior Open Silver Event. With alot of strength amongst the team expectations were high for both results and, enjoyment within the trip.


This was the first time the Academy had formally gone away as a group to play in such national events. The format of the trip and the sponsorship from Tape 2 Go allowed the group to further their playing experiences and rankings in a cost effective and supportive manor with coach assistance for all matches. This is a first for an Academy such as ours in the country, giving us a step up on the opposition.

In the Boys U13’s category saw the turn of Laurence Cull, Finlay Withington, and Matthew Major. After some very close and titanic matches the group finished in 3rd, 8th, and 12th place respectively. Highlights came from Laurence in reaching the semi finals, and in strong performance against like minded players for the others.

In the Girls U13’s, we were represented by Saran Nghiem and Lauren Hall. Lauren as the youngest of the trip put in some great efforts and learned alot to eventually finish in 16th place. Saran building on her recent high form in winning the Northern Junior Open, put in another great day Saturday to reach the Semi Finals. With a slight blip in the semi’s she then finished very strongly in 3rd place. In doing this she over turned two opponents, she had recently lost to. In the Girls U15’s, Cassie showed some great squash in patches and gain alot of experience for the future finishing an eventual 12th.

In the Boys U17’s, we were represented by 3 players Tyler Smith, Carlton Oldham, and Richard Hall. In patches they all showed some great squash and play to be proud of. Eventually they finished up, 32nd, 11th, and 9th.

With alot learned and alot of fun had you can be sure this will an experience we would like to give the kids again. It’s chances like this with fun experiences and friendships made that make sport a great place for juniors to learn and, be lifetime participants in a health community.

Thanks must go to Tape 2 Go for their support and the volunteers and coaches that made it possible!

By Josh Taylor (Head Squash Coach, Eastland’s Trust)