Sports Academy Juniors Compete at Cambridgeshire Junior County Closed
This weekend saw the annual Cambridgeshire Junior County Closed Championships return to Hunts County once again. The Sports Academy were extremely well represented with around 30 juniors, who all attend SA sessions at the club, taking to the court to compete across all of the 8 categories of competition on offer! There was some fantastic squash played by the SA juniors who all competed to the best of their ability, showed great sportsmanship, were all happy to lend a hand with refereeing/marking and looked very smart in their new Zitko SA shirts. They were all a great asset to the SA and Hunts County Squash Club.
Some of the standout performances of the event included:
· Sofia Pitta; runner-up in the Girls’ U15s and who challenged herself by entering the Girls’ U17s event. Sofia played some great squash against more experienced and tough opponents, and it was great to see her battling for every point and with a fantastic attitude on court.
· Ellis Miller; winner of both the Girls’ U15 and U17 events. Ellis impressively defeated fellow SA player Darcy Mounter in the U17s final with some high-quality attacking squash.
· Malik Billen; put in an impressive display, winning the Boys’ U15 event and finishing second in the U17s. Malik produced some brilliant squash across the weekend, most notably in his straight-games victory in the Boys’ U15s final.
· Nadine El-Refee; played some quality squash to beat all her opponents in her event to become the Girls’ U19 champion. A great way to finish her last County Closed Championships as a junior player.
· Max Fenton-Stone; was involved in one of the matches of the weekend, where he narrowly lost in the fifth-set tie-break of the Boys’ U15s semi-final. Max played some of his best ever squash at the championships and with a bit more tournament experience will be a real contender next year!
· Lily Harnett; was brave enough to enter the Mixed U13 competition and was rewarded by winning the Girls’ U13 title. It was great to see Lilly putting in maximum effort and playing with a smile on her face throughout!
· Reuben Thain; became the first ever Cambridgeshire U9’s champion, after topping the group of talented young squashers! He also played up an age group in the U11s’ and managed to finish in 5th position.
· Ruby Hall; was another player brave enough to enter a mixed event, this time the U11s. Ruby took the Girls’ U11 title as the highest finishing girl.
There were too many great performances to mention them all, but also a massive well done to Ronnie Sulman, Nathan Hilton, Joseph Wilson, Oscar McClintock, Diego Pitta and Sam Halls, who were all competing in the event for the first time.
The event ran very smoothly all the weekend and it was a fantastic to see the high standard of junior squash in Cambridgeshire at the moment, which shows great promise to the future of the county teams. The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the parents/guardians of the players, Jeff and Nikki Mounter who made sure the players were fuelled for their matches with the catering and Colin Griggs who put spent hours of his own time organising the event.