This year over 30 junior players took part in eight events to become Guernsey Island Champion.
The boys u11 saw 12 players battle it out in two groups to try and progress to the final. The top two seeds Toby Young and Jordan Smith both won all their matches in the group stages to make it through to the final which Young went on to win 11/3 11/6 11/7. In the u9’s Ashley De La Rue came through a close match to beat Henry Chamberlain 11/9 8/11 11/7.
The girls u13 was also a closely contested event with Charlotte Lythgoe taking the title from Adele Le Page who finished second, with Rachael Bertrand third. A round robin format meant each of the girls played six matches throughout the afternoon. Emma Bertrand played well taking the u11 title and claiming the prize for player of the weekend.
Marco Phillips and Michael Kennedy progressed through the group stages of the boys u13 to set up a final between the two. The final was one of the matches of the weekend with two games going to tie breaks. Despite Kennedy starting well, Phillips came back to take the first game 12/10, gaining in confidence Phillips raised his game going on to win the second game 11/6. A tough third game saw Kennedy fight back controlling the middle of the court working Phillips into the corners and taking the game 11/8. The forth game saw both players fighting hard and in another tie break Phillips took the game and the match 14/12.
Noah Purdue took his first island title in the boys u15 in impressive style winning all his matches without dropping a game. The rest of the positions were decided by some very close five set matches. Rory Bisson came back from two games down against Rhys Queripel to level the match at 2-2, however a determined Queripel re grouped taking the fifth game 11/7 to take 2nd place.
The u17 / 19 event saw Jeremy Taylor take the u19’s title while Patrick Josey took the u17’s.
“The Ogier Junior Squash Champs always gives our junior players a chance to play lots of competitive matches, they all seem to raise their game for this event which also goes towards selection for the inter insular” said Martin Watts Squash Development Officer.