Squash players from across the south of England gathered in Bridgwater at the weekend as Sydenham Junior Squash hosted the Summerfield Junior Open on the four recently refurbished squash courts at Bridgwater College Academy Sports Centre.
Featuring players aged from 8–18, the tournament supported by property developer, Summerfield, is the first England Squash & Racketball ranking event to be held in in the town.
Two days of fast and furious action was rounded off by a series of exciting finals, the first of which saw Exeter’s Ioan Sharpe resist the challenge of Billy Whalley to win the U11 title. There was local success in the Boys U13 event with Matt Davey (Street) edging out Taunton’s Harrison Barrett 6/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/5.
The U15 Girls final saw an epic see-saw match with Bekki Heaslewood (Taunton) taking the opening game only for Ruby Jarman (Exeter) to win two in a row to take the lead. Heaslewood powered through the fourth to send the match into the deciding game. Despite Heaslewood saving two match balls to send the match into a tie-break, it was Jarman who eventually triumphed 12-10.
Kane Wilson (Plymouth) took the U15 boys title with a 3-1 win over Joshua Morris. The Boys U17 final was another match to go all the way as Cornwall’s Zefran Counter resisted a fierce challenge from Calli Smith (Wilshire) to win 3-2.
The Girls U19 title went to Karina Tyma (Bristol) with a straight games win over Alex Boughton.
The last event saw the U19 boys final featuring reigning British National Colleges Champion and top seed Jared London (Cornwall) win 11/8, 12/10, 11/7 against Adam Sindall-White (Street).
Organiser Lee O’Donnell said:
“It was a great weekend with a very high standard of squash at a fantastic venue for competitions. We hope to make this event a regular addition to the squash calendar”.
Nigel Hounslow, director at Summerfield, commented:
“Summerfield were delighted to support the squash event in Bridgwater as one of many community initiatives and charities that we support in Somerset.
“As a county player myself for many years, I could appreciate that the event really highlighted both the fantastic skills of these young people at their sport and also the great facilities at Bridgwater College’s Academy Sports Centre. I was pleased to be able to present the prizes to the Summerfield Junior Open finalists.”
Pictured above: Director at Summerfield, Nigel Hounslow (left), presented the prizes to the finalists of the Summerfield Junior Open squash event.
Pictured below: the finalists