Over 50 of the country’s best young squash players descended upon The Victoria Club in Street on 19 March to take part in the first ever Mendip Junior Open.
UK entrants were joined by participants from Wales, Ireland, Malta, South Africa and Spain in what turned out to be an outstanding exhibition of hard, but fair, sporting endeavour.
This was the third Junior Open Squash Tournament sponsored by Taunton-based property developers Summerfield, who in 2015 and 2016 sponsored similar events in Bridgwater.
With a full range of u11,u13,u15,u17 and u19 age categories for both boys and girls, over 100 matches were played on the day, with highlights including a Somerset v Devon Boys’ u15 final involving Streets, Matt Davy and an u17 boys where the top two places were filled by Somerset players Josh Morris and Isaac Milford, both of whom recently joined Davey in helping Somerset’s u15’s win their first ever national title. Thomas Rew of Taunton produced some excellent squash to prevail in the boys u11’s and there were also excellent results for several Millfield School pupils who produced finalists and winners in several categories.
Tony Milford, on behalf of the organisers commented,
“It is always a pleasure to see the right balance of competitive spirit and sportsmanship demonstrated so often by young players in the heat of battle. We’d like to thank all the volunteers and supporters who made the event the success it was, the players for their commitment and Summerfield who made the whole thing economically viable. It’s a great start to what we hope will become an increasingly large event in the regional squash calendar.”
Picture: Organisers Martin Williams, Nick Davey & Tony Milford with winners and runners up from the inaugural Mendip Open.