Dorset Junior Squash Inter Counties Stage 2

Dorset’s junior squash teams continued with Stage 2 of the Inter Counties national squash competition over the weekend of November 21st and 22nd.

The U13 girls travelled to Wycliffe College, Gloucester, where they were up against the host county, as well as Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Seeds 1 and 2, Amy Campbell-Wynter and Ellie Corben, respectively, won their matches 3-0. The girls then faced the favourites, Buckinghamshire, and although they all battled hard, they didn’t secure any points. Finally, Eve Bailey, at 3rd seed, managed to pick up a win against Berkshire, helping Dorset finish in 2nd position overall. Dorset U13 girls are hoping to have scored enough points overall to go through to the finals in January as the highest placed runners up.

U13 Girls (Ellie Corben, Amy Campbell-Wynter, Eve Bailey)

U13 Girls (Ellie Corben, Amy Campbell-Wynter, Eve Bailey)

The U17 Girls (team of Abbi Hurd, Beth Garton, Sophie Sawyer, Robyn Moffat and Elise Bailey) travelled to Berkhampstead where they faced top opposition including England’s top two seeds. Dorset lost to Hertfordshire 2-3 with wins from Elise and Robyn, to Kent 2-3 with wins from Beth and Elise and they were beaten by the exceptionally strong team from Sussex 0-5. It was a fantastic effort from all the girls who played against some of the top U17 players in the Country.

U17 Girls (Robyn Moffat, Elise Bailey, Abbi Hurd, Beth Garton, Sophie Sawyer)

U17 Girls (Robyn Moffat, Elise Bailey, Abbi Hurd, Beth Garton, Sophie Sawyer)

Meanwhile, the U13 and U17 Dorset boys both cruised into the finals of the National Inter County Trophy (Plate) which will take place in January.

The U13 Boys (Luca Campbell-Wynter, Joe Pannell, James Campbell-Wynter, Noah Campbell-Wynter, Logan Macey, David Offer and Harry White) dispatched Wiltshire and Oxfordshire with relative ease, leaving them to play Cornwall who had previously beaten them. David Offer battled his way back from 0-2 to win 3-2. The three Campbell-Wynter boys all won 3-0, leaving Joe Pannell to play, safe in the knowledge that Dorset’s victory was secure. Joe Pannell battled hard but was unable to get the better of his opponent and went down 0- 3. Well done to all the boys, but particular mention should go to two of Dorset’s rising stars, Harry White and Logan Macey, who gained valuable county experience. Logan Macey did particularly well, winning both of his matches.

The U15 Boys (Charlie Bates, Jamie Payne, Ellis Jennings, Theo Goulden and Ahren Gupta) battled hard against South Wales, Berkshire and Sussex but lost all their matches 0-5.

The U17 Boys (Liam Alldridge, Callum Watts, Ben Smith and Joe Cook) ended up with one player short, but they managed to return victorious from Swindon, securing the team a place in the Plate Final in January. Dorset beat Wiltshire 3-2 and Gloucester 4-1. Special mention should go to Callum Watts who beat Cam Stratton from Wiltshire 3-1 having lost to him 0-3 when they played back in September. Well done to all the boys for a great performance. Thanks also to Liam’s brother, Adam, who went along as an “extra” to give the 5th seeds of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire a hit.

U17 Boys (Ben Smith, Callum Watts, Adam Alldridge, Liam Alldridge, Joe Cook)

U17 Boys (Ben Smith, Callum Watts, Adam Alldridge, Liam Alldridge, Joe Cook)

Well done to all the Dorset Junior Squash Teams but particular congratulations to the U17 and U15 Boys who are through to the Plate Finals in January.

We will keep everything crossed for the U13 Girls too!

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