Best of British descend on Manchester for 2016 Junior Champs
The British Junior Championships, one of the most prestigious junior squash events in England returns to Manchester from 27th-30th October 2016.
The four-day event, now established as one of the biggest domestic junior tournaments on the British circuit, will see nearly 300 players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland battling to be crowned British junior champion.
Hot favourite to clinch the Don Sanderson Trophy in the Boys Under 19s is Hampshire’s Kyle Finch following top seed Charlie’s Lee’s withdrawal. Challenging Kyle will be second seed Harry Falconer from Lincolnshire who will be fighting for his first British title.
The Girls Under 19s looks set to be fiercely contested between last year’s Under 17 winner, Lucy Turmel (Suffolk) and second seed Grace Gear (Herefordshire) following top seed Elin Harlow’s (Wales) withdrawal.
In the Boys Under 17s, top seed Nick Wall (Yorkshire) is set to face stiff competition from Scotland’s Alasdair Prott, Lancashire’s Oscar Beach and Wales’ Lewis Poole.
Top seed Georgia Adderly from Scotland will be looking to clinch her first Under 17 title. Ready to challenge Georgia for the crown are Essex duo, Alice Green (last year’s Under 15 winner) and Ellie Lazarus (last year’s Under 15 runner-up).
British Junior Championship 2015 Under 13 winner Sam Todd (Yorkshire) moves up to the Under 15 event. Lying in wait for a shot at the title are second seed Louis Martin (Sussex) and 3/4 seed Max Forster (Northumbria).
Top seed Katie Malliff (Buckinghamshire) will be looking to clinch her first U15 title after stepping up from the Under 13s. Ready to challenge Katie is Scotland’s Layna Beattie and 5/8 seed Orla Young from Wales. Dorset’s Maia Pannell seeded 9/16 will be the one to watch, who at only 13, recently won the Under 15 and 19 County Closed titles.
The Boys Under 13s championship heats up this year as 2015 runner-up Sam Osbourne-Wylde from Worcestershire hopes to go one step further and clinch the title. In the Girls Under 13 category, last year’s runner up and top seed, Torrie Malik, is in prime position to take the title but will face competition from Suffolk’s Emma Bartley and Yorkshire compatriots Asia Harris and Amy Royle.
The National Squash Centre and The Northern Squash Club will see competitive play over four days. Main draw action starts at 9am on Friday 28th October with the Boys and Girls Under 13 and Under 15 being played in full at The Northern in Didsbury while the Boys and Girls Under 17 and 19s are played at the National Squash Centre. Finals are scheduled for Sunday. All spectators wishing to see the best the best of British are welcome free of charge.
Visit the official website: englandsquash.com/bjc