Bridgwater club hosts National Ranking Event
Squash players from across the south of England gathered in Bridgwater at the weekend as Sydenham Junior Squash hosted the Summerfield Junior Open at the squash courts at Bridgwater College Academy Sports Centre.
The tournament, supported by property developer Summerfield for the second year, featured players aged from 8–18 in the only England Squash ranking event to be held in Somerset this year.
Two days of fast and furious competition was rounded off by a series of exciting finals, the first of which saw the Exeter based Welsh number one Ioan Sharpe resist the challenge of Somerset’s Seb Sawrey-Cookson to win the U11 title.
With both top seeds falling in earlier rounds, the Boys U13 final featured Truro’s Jack Mahon and Exeter’s Billy Whalley. Despite Whalley getting a dream start taking the opening game it was Mahon who powered back to take the match 2/11, 13/11, 11/7, 11/5 in a close fought match.
Last year’s BU15 losing finalist and top seed Somerset’s Joshua Morris, made no mistake this time around holding off the challenge of Devon number one Darcy Boyle to take the title 11/4, 8/11, 11/7, 11/9.
In the Girls U17, Taunton’s Bekki Heaslewood made hard work of reaching the final, though she showed great determination, winning two close 3-2 matches. Meanwhile opponent Bronte Wright (Wales) progressed without dropping a game. The Welsh girl continued her fine form to win the final 3-0, 11/3, 11/4, 11/3.
The Boys U17 event featured reigning Champion, Cornwall’s Zefran Counter against Yeovil’s Jack Frost. Frost was playing well all weekend and the final was no exception as he dominated to win his first Open title with an impressive performance 11/4, 11/7, 11/7.
The last event was an all Somerset Boys U19 final featuring Millfield School pupil George Sawrey-Cookson against Merriot’s Reuben Morris. After the first two games were shared 11/8, 8/11, it was Sawrey-Cookson who made the breakthrough taking the third 11/3 and wrapped up the match 11/7 for the 3-1 win.
Organiser Lee O’Donnell said:
“It was a great weekend with a very high standard of squash at a fantastic venue for competitions. Now in its second year, this event is now an established part of the annual 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.
“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 and I was pleased to be able to present the prizes to the Summerfield Junior Open finalists.”
The photo shows Director at Summerfield, Nigel Hounslow (pictured left), presenting the prizes to the finalists of the Summerfield Junior Open squash event.