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Tecnifibre British Junior Championships

Posted: 25.10.12

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TECNIFIBRE BRITISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
1-4 November – Manchester

The first major event of the season will see the Tecnifibre British Junior Championships return to Manchester at the beginning of November. This prestigious event is now well established as the biggest domestic junior tournament on the circuit, complimenting the Tecnifibre British Junior Open. Next weekend will see the best junior players in Britain battle to be crowned National Champion.

Oliver Holland (Nottinghamshire) comes into the event as top seed in the Boys Under 19 category and will be looking to complete his trophy collection of junior National titles by adding the U19 Don Sanderson Trophy. He will come up against tough opposition with Tom Ford (Gloucestershire), Matt Sidaway (Lancashire) and Taminder Gata Aura (Yorkshire) also in the hunt. Emily Whitlock (Cheshire) returns to defend her U19 crown and will be looking to claim her 5th national title, hoping to put a stop to that will be Victoria Temple Murray (Devon), Chloe Pearson (Warwickshire) and Hannah Williams (Cheshire).

George Parker (Leicestershire) comes into the Boys Under 17’s as the top seed and will be looking to capture his first national title, as will Bradley Smith (Lancashire) who is seeded to meet Parker in the final. Looking to cause an upset will be Jack Cooper (Yorkshire) and former U15 champion James Evans (Kent). The Girls Under 17’s looks set to be hotly contested as last year’s champion Ellie Lake (Gloucestershire) returns to defend her title but only as the second seed. Lucy Beecroft (Northumbria) takes the favourites spot as top seed and will be out to dethrone the current holder. Also in the mix will be Kip Quiney (Gloucestershire) and Lily Taylor (Leicestershire).

The Boys Under 15’s will see Robbie Keefe (Hampshire) and Jamie Todd (Northumbria) take the top two positions and will be favourites to meet in the final. The Girls Under 15’s category is likely to be Wales best chance of taking a national title with former Under 13 Champion Elin Harlow (Wales) occupies the second seeded position, Amelia Henley (Kent) is top seed and will look to stop that from happening. Elise Lazarus (Essex) and Carys Jones (Gloucestershire) are favourites to meet in the final of the Girls Under 13’s with Elise back to defend her title while Nicholas Wall (Yorkshire) and Jared Carter (Hampshire) will hope to meet in the final of the Boys Under 13’s.

The National Squash Centre and The Northern Squash Club will see 315 players competing from 1-4 November for four days of fiercely competitive squash. All qualifying rounds will be played at the National Squash Centre on Thursday 1 November. Main draws will start at 9am on Friday 2 November with the Boys and Girls Under 13/15 being played in full at the Northern Squash Club in Didsbury while the Boys and Girls Under 17/19 play at the National Squash Centre. Finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, all spectators wishing to watch the best junior players in the country are invited to attend the event free of charge.