D & C 2019 Junior County Closed

Tournament Report

A sunny Saturday morning at Redcar Squash Club and 43 eager juniors ready to take part in the 2019 Junior County Closed. This is the best entry for a number of years and thanks to all coaches for encouraging our county juniors to enter the competition. It was great to see a good number of girls in the competition (#squashgirlscan). All age groups except U19 were played in both boys and girls with the runner up and winner as listed below.

Girls U11                                                                     Boys U11

Winner              Charlotte Lawrenson                              Winner              Wilf Thompson

Runner up         Ailbhe Khundaker                                 Runner up         Ben Nozedar


Girls U13                                                                     Boys U13

Winner              Ellie May Couhig                                  Winner              Dan Leech

Runner up         Sarah Townsend                                    Runner up         Mal Tindale


Girls U15                                                                     Boys U15

Winner              Anna Simpson                                       Winner              Toby Simpson

Runner up         Jessica Price                                          Runner up         Isaac Tindale


Girls U17                                                                     Boys U17

Winner              Jenny Walker                                        Winner              Matthew Bond

Runner up         Erica Leng                                             Runner up         Ben Wilberforce


All games were played in great spirit with many juniors trying their hand at marking for the first time.

A big thanks to Redcar Squash Club for hosting the competition and providing excellent food throughout the day.


Durham and Cleveland Juniors entered 4 teams for the Inter Counties stage 1 at Manchester the weekend of November 17th & 18th. Three boys teams at U19, U15 and U13 and a girls U13. Three of the U13 youngsters, Wilf Thompson, Emily Bell and Ellie May Couhig, were representing the county for the first time. The U13 girls team of Anna Simpson, Ellie May Couhig and Emily Bell faced strong opposition in Northumbria and Shropshire coming in 3rd place overall. The U13 boys comprising, Dan Leech, Joseph Billany, Mal Tindale, Ned Parker and Wilf Thompson, played well to push the Yorkshire A team losing 3-2 with Dan and Mal winning their games. They beat Shropshire 3-2 and were beaten 3-2 in a close game against Warwickshire. A real credit with 4 of the team aged under 12. Well done to Dan and Mal who won all of their games.

On the Saturday the U15 boys, Toby Simpson, Matty Bond, Ben Suggitt, Jess Weatherspoon and Isaac Tindale played Cheshire and Derbyshire. They came out 5-0 winners against Derbyshire going 4-1 down to Cheshire with Isaac winning both of his games and Toby pushed the Cheshire number 1 to 5 sets. In the U19 age group Ben Cross, David Collins and Will Gibbon came top of the group with good wins against Cheshire 3-0 and Northumbria 2-1. Ben and David winning both their matches. This takes the U19 team through to the main finals in February at Nottingham and we will wait to see if the other age groups move to the Trophy Finals. A really big thanks to all the players for representing the county and the parents and team managers during the weekend.

20/11/16  Congratulations to D&C U13 Boys team Tom, Toby, Matthew,   Ben and Jack. They qualified for the final of the Inter County Trophy last Sunday at Bowden Club, Altrincham , finishing top of their group with wins against  Merseyside, Cheshire and Derbyshire. 
Finals to be held 14-15 Jan 2017.
Link to results http://junioricc.countyleagues.co.uk/cgi-county/icounty.exe/showinterdivlist?compid=36 
14/11/16 This year was the twelfth running of the Sedgefield primary schools mini-squash competition. On the morning of October 20th we welcomed three contestant schools. Stephen Rowsby again provided taster sessions in late September/early October, followed by team practices – four schools took part, including two (Trimdon Juniors and St Williams, Trimdon) who couldn’t make the competition.
James Larcombe organised the round-robin competition.

Each school brought five players with a minimum of two girls per team. The schools play a round-robin format, with everyone playing their opposite numbers in ‘first to 7 point-a rally’ scoring.

The competition was a resounding success, with many excellent performances from children new to the game as well as more experienced players. The format often conspires to produce tight finishes, and this year was again very close. 

Sedgefield Primary won their first match 3-2 against Sedgefield Hardwick but the points’ total, from adding the scores in individual games, was equal. St. Michael’s, Bishop Middleham, despite an inexperienced team and having missed the pre-competition coaching sessions put up a remarkable fight: they lost both matches 2-3 matches. Crucially, the greater strength in depth of Hardwick meant they picked up points all the way down their team order.

Final results:

1 Sedgefield Hardwick 57pts (1win); 2 Sedgefield Primary 55pts (2wins); 3. Bishop Middleham 47pts (0 wins)

Sedgefield Primary 3 – 2 Sedgefield Hardwick (points 27-27)

Sedgefield Hardwick 3 – 2 St.Michael’s, Bp. Middleham (points 30-26)

Sedgefield Primary 3 – 2 St Michael’s, Bp. Middleham (points 28-21)

Maximum points scorers (14 pts): Ella Banks (St.Michael’s); Amy Gulliver (Sedgefield Hardwick); Joseph Morrison, Tom Gilbert and Mason Lee (all Sedgefield Primary).

Sedgefield Hardwick will now represent the area in the Durham and Cleveland inter-primary schools competition – provisional date: March 2nd 2016.

Anyone who wants to take up the game (or to practice for their next competition) are very welcome to turn up at 11.00 on Saturday mornings during term-time for club coaching at Sedgefield squash club, in the grounds of Ceddesfeld Hall, Rectory Row. We offer two free taster sessions.

 U13 and U17 intercounty teams

A great weekend of squash in the Junior County Closed.
Lots of really good squash from U9’s to U19’s. Thanks to all the players and
parents for creating a really good atmosphere. Fantastic behaviour from all of
the juniors and the parents were pretty good as well! Many thanks to all from
the county clubs who came along and helped.