The Alphasoft Junior National Squash Championships 2014.
The twins Sean & Daniel Murphy had a tough battle to see who’s on top in the U19 category. The first 2 games were fiercely contested with both brother claiming one a piece, the 3rd game saw Daniel steal a few extra points at the start of the game and he managed to hold onto them to close out the game and go 2-1 up. The 4th game was neck and neck right up to 7-7, then Sean came up with some fantastic shot selections to take him to game ball 10-7. Daniel obviously didn’t want to go into a 5th game and really dug deep adding more and more pressure onto Sean forcing some errors, resulting in Daniel saving 4 game balls against him and coming out victorious 12-10 in the 4th.
The U17 category was very much dominated by Julian Jervis who dropped very few points throughout the whole event. Julian will be representing Cayman this summer in the Junior Caribbean Championships and aiming to claim the U17 title to add to his U15 title 2 years ago.
Isaiah Robinson has improved tremendously over the past year and claimed his first national title in the U15 category. The U13 title was claimed by Will Roberts, but he was pushed hard along the way by David Pitcairn in the Qtr final which Will came through in a very tense 3-2 thriller, the semi final Will overcame Marcos Bertran 3-0 and the final match up was against Charlie Riker, who has been playing for less than a year. The U13 category was the strongest depth of field in this years Alphasoft National Championships, which bode well for the future of Cayman Squash. The U11 age group saw Pierce Terry claim his second national title, he outplayed Kai Dobbin to win 3-0. the U09 was a fantastic battle between jagger Linford against Connor Finch, both of these guys are 8year old and were trying so hard, the 1st game went to jagger, the 2nd went Connors way. They were scrambling around the court and showing some of the older kids just how much effort you need to put in to try and get the ball back! Jagger claimed the 3rd and went 2-1 up, but connor was having none of it and came back strong to take the 4th. Down to the 5th and final game with the crowd and especially the parents on the edge of their seats. From the start it was point for point and there were some sublime shots and returns all over the court, at 9-9 it was Jagger who was able to keep his game together and claim the next 2 points and the title 3-2.
The girls U17 was a great match up between Alexandra Artuch and Mischa Kluyver, Alexandra showed her experience on the day and managed to edge out Mischa for the last few points of each closely fought games winning 3-0. The U15 provided some good entertainment between good friends Emma Turnbull and Kali Maclean, the first 2 games were evenly split, but the 3rd and 4th showed how much a determined Turnbull wanted to reclaim her title from last year and she overcame Maclean 3-1. The Girls U13 held a surprise package in the form of Jade Pitcairn who dominated the field in her first tournament and dropped only 1 game throughout. Her final opponent was vanessa Fullerton who put up a good fight, but couldn’t deal with Pitcairn’s accuracy.