Dorset Boys in the National Trophy Plate Final

Boys from two of Dorset’s junior squash county sides took on teams from far-flung counties in the national trophy plate finals.

The Under-13s came second to Kent in an inter-county contest featuring Merseyside, Kent, and the hosts, Derbyshire. In the first round at Duffield Squash Club, they beat Merseyside 3-2 with wins from David Offer (3-1), Luca Campbell-Winter (3-0) and a bye. In the next round the Dorset boys beat Derbyshire 4-1, with brothers Luca, James and Noah Campbell-Winter, as well as David Offer, all beating their opponents 3-0. The four winning players in that round all train at Two Riversmeet in Christchurch. West Hants player Logan Macey, 8, gave a spirited performance, almost clinching the second game, but eventually losing 0-3. In the final against Kent the Dorset boys lost 2-3. Logan, Noah and David all went down 0-3, but James and Luca – the Dorset number one – each won their games 3-0.

It was the second year in a row that the Under-17 boys had reached the national trophy plate final, and on this occasion the tournament was hosted by Cambridgeshire at Peterborough Squash Club. They played Kent, Durham and Cleveland, and Cambridgeshire, coming fourth in the tournament. Liam Alldridge from Ringwood played at number 1, with Callum Watts of Dorchester at number 2 and Ben Smith of Bridport as number 3. Joe Cook, of Christchurch, and Charlie Hill and Toby Jane, both of the West Hants Club in Bournemouth, rotated, playing at number four or five. Joe won both his matches, beating Durham and Cleveland’s fifth player 3-1, and Cambridgeshire’s fourth seed 3-0. Toby lost against Kent’s number 5, but rallied to beat his Cambridgeshire’s opponent 3-0. Durham and Cleveland won the tournament.

Below we have a report from Charlie Campbell-Wynter with some more details from the U13 competition.

Hi All,

We decided to travel up the night before so to give the boys the best chance possible (3 hours 20mins journey), and unfortunately we were without our no. 2 Joe Pannell who had got a bad ear infection, but with up and coming Logan Macey stepping up to fill the gap.

We got to Duffield squash club with plenty of time for the boys to get use to the courts and noted on first sight that Kent might be the team to beat!
Our first match was against Merseyside, who being down a player, guaranteed at win at 5 with Logan getting a run out with a reserve Derbyshire player, a tentative David Offer went on, dropping a game but managing to rally himself for a 3-1 win ( Looking good with just 1 more match to win)
Noah playing at 3 went on, losing 0-3 and James at 2 came up against a consistent Jack Whitlock also losing 0-3.
Luca though had no such trouble wining 3-0, helping us to register our first win against Merseyside 3-2

Our next county was against the hosts, Derbyshire. Logan and Noah went on first. Logan was always under pressure as he is only 8 but in the second game he nearly clinched it and even thought he had not realising there was still one more point to play which unfortunately he didn’t get so went down 0-3! Noah though registered his first win, winning comfortably 3-0. Luca, James and David also went on to win 3-0 sealing us a 4-1 victory over our hosts and setting us up for the finale against Kent.

Logan went on losing 0-3 and Noah although he played well was unable to seal a game and also went down 0-3. Luca though entertained the crowds and had the Kent No1 running from corner to corner, some great squash being played. Luca secured a 3-0 win and James playing on the opposite court was expected to lose but fantastically came through winning convincingly 3-0. David was ell matched against his opponent but unable to get a game going down 0-3.

Overall we came 2nd receiving a shield plus medals – well done boys!! They all celebrated with a snowball fight outside.

Kind Regards
Charlie Campbell-Wynter

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