Finals Day- 02nd June 2013
The final day of the 2013 English Under 11 championships got under way in spectacular style, with pro squash star Miguel Rodriguez turning up to take a look at the up and coming talent.
The Bu11 semi finals was kicked off by number 2 seed Joshua Perkins as he took on 3/4 seed Sam Osborne-Wylde. Sam played phenomenally well and pushed Perkins to his limit, but unfortunately his efforts were not quite enough and Perkins won 3-0 to take his place in the final.
The secondof the boys semi final was between the top seed Sam Todd and 3/4 seed Jack Bloomfield. Todd who is hot favourite to win the title played well beyond his years, and even the incredible strength of Bloomfield was not enough to beat him.
So the Bu11 Final will go with seeding and see last year’s runner up Sam Todd take on Joshua Perkins in what looks to be an incredibly competitive match.
Joshua Perkins bt Sam Osborne-Wylde 3-0 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (16m)
Sam Todd bt Jack Bloomfield 3-0 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (19m)
The Girls under 11 semi finals got under way as top seed Lydia Robinson took on 3/4 seed Ellie Hewes. Robinson started well and took the first game 11-9, but then Hewes pulled one back so that the score was even at 1-1. Robinson then went into a higher gear and proved she was too strong, and took her place in the final winning 3-1 in 26 minutes.
The other girls semi final was between 2ndseed Torrie Malik and the unseeded Jessica Brazier. Brazier has played some outstanding squash over the weekend and has taken out 3 seeded players on her route to the semis. Malik who is yet to drop a game in these championships played exceptionally well and took the match 3-0 in just 17 minutes.
The final, like the boys, has gone to seeding so Robinson and Malik will battle it out to see who will be crowned Girls English Under 11 Champion.
Lydia Robinson bt Ellie Hewes 3-1 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (26m)
Torrie Malik bt Jessica Brazier 3-0 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (17m)
The girls 3/4 playoff between Ellie Hewes and Jessica Brazier was an epic 5 game match that saw both players have moments of greatness and moments that nearly brought them to tears. Brazier came out fighting and took the first game 12-10. Hewes did not like this and started the 2nd game furiously. Hewes took the next 2 games 11-8, 11-8. The fourth game was a corker. Both girls battled hard but Brazier just managed to stay in the match by winning 12-10 and taking it to 2 games all. The final game was set to be tough, and unfortunately Brazier could not quite hold out and Hewes became victorious to become English Under 11 3rd place winner.
Ellie Hewes bt Jessica Brazier 3-2 10-12, 11-8, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 (29m)
The boys 3/4 playoff saw Sam Osborne-Wylde take on Jack Bloomfield. Sam powered his way through the first 2 games taking them 11-6, 12-10. But in this incredibly close match Jack did not let up and won the 3rd game 11-9. Sam stepped it up a gear in the 4th game and took the win 11-7, and it now the English Under 11 3rd place winner.
Sam Osborne Wylde bt Jack Bloomfield 3-1 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7
The championships were finished of with the boys and girls finals, which saw tears of joy and shouts of frustration.
The boys final was first to go on, and hot favourite Sam Todd did not disappoint. His opponent Joshua Perkins has played exceptionally well throughout the competition and so the match brought the crowd to silence in anticipation. The first game went the way of the number 1 seed who took it 11-7, the second game was even closer with both boys playing their hearts out, but Perkins could not quite push past Todd’s power and so Todd took the 2nd game 11-8. The 3rd and final game was a show of class and composure by Todd and he now becomes Boys English Under 11 National Champion 2013.
Sam Todd bt Joshua Perkins 3-0 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (17m)
The final game of these outstanding championships was the girls final. Up for the chance of winning the title was top 2 seeds Lydia Robinson and Torrie Malik. The match was close all of the way through and both girls played far beyond their years and had the crowd biting their nails with tension. Although both players played their best squash of the tournament, Torrie Malik was the real star of the championships. She takes the Girls English under 11 trophy 2013 home with her after winning the match 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 in 20 minutes. Both girls were brought to tears by the match and it just shows how much this title means to them, and how work they both worked to get where they are.
Torrie Malik bt Lydia Robinson 3-0 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (20m)
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