Squash players from across the south of England gathered in Bridgwater in June as Sydenham Junior Squash hosted the Summerfield Junior Open on the four recently refurbished squash courts at Bridgwater College Academy Sports Centre.
Featuring players aged from 8–18, the tournament supported by property developer, Summerfield, is the first England Squash & Racketball ranking event to be held in in the town.
Two days of fast and furious action was rounded off by a series of exciting finals, the first of which saw Exeter’s Ioan Sharpe resist the challenge of Billy Whalley to win the U11 title. There was local success in the Boys U13 event with Matt Davey (Street) edging out Taunton’s Harrison Barrett 6/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/5.
The U15 Girls final saw an epic see-saw match with Bekki Heaslewood (Taunton) taking the opening game only for Ruby Jarman (Exeter) to win two in a row to take the lead. Heaslewood powered through the fourth to send the match into the deciding game. Despite Heaslewood saving two match balls to send the match into a tie-break, it was Jarman who eventually triumphed 12-10.
Kane Wilson (Plymouth) took the U15 boys title with a 3-1 win over Joshua Morris. The Boys U17 final was another match to go all the way as Cornwall’s Zefran Counter resisted a fierce challenge from Calli Smith (Wilshire) to win 3-2.
The Girls U19 title went to Karina Tyma (Bristol) with a straight games win over Alex Boughton.
The last event saw the U19 boys final featuring reigning British National Colleges Champion and top seed Jared London (Cornwall) win 11/8, 12/10, 11/7 against Adam Sindall-White (Street).
Organiser Lee O’Donnell said:
“It was a great weekend with a very high standard of squash at a fantastic venue for competitions. We hope to make this event a regular addition to the squash calendar.”
Nigel Hounslow, director at Summerfield, commented:
“Summerfield were delighted to support the squash event in Bridgwater as one of many community initiatives and charities that we support in Somerset.
“As a county player myself for many years, I could appreciate that the event really highlighted both the fantastic skills of these young people at their sport and also the great facilities at Bridgwater College’s Academy Sports Centre. I was pleased to be able to present the prizes to the Summerfield Junior Open finalists.”
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About the event
The Summerfield Junior Open is an England Squash & Racketball (ESR) Bronze Sanctioned event featuring categories for U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 junior squash players. Ranking points are awarded for finishing position and count towards players’ National ranking.
Summerfield is an established property development company with a longstanding reputation for developing a range of commercial property, managing and maintaining a diverse and growing property portfolio, and building and selling quality new homes throughout the South West.
Formed in central Somerset in 1987, Summerfield evolved from a family run construction company founded in 1823. Drawing on a deep store of local knowledge and experience, Summerfield builds a range of commercial and residential properties to high construction and environmental standards.
Operating across the South West, Summerfield’s extensive property experience includes office, retail and leisure buildings, and industrial estates. In addition, the company holds a portfolio of commercial buildings with a variety of leasing options.
With a strong track record of delivering quality residential property, Summerfield offers a selection of homes ranging from two-bedroom affordable coach houses to three, four and five-bedroom prestige properties. Every home is designed to complement its setting, incorporating a traditional style typical of the local area with character features and individual finishes. Built using the latest construction techniques, all Summerfield homes come with a 10-year National House Builders Council (NHBC) warranty.
Summerfield offers a friendly and personal approach to business that is based on trust, openness and reliability.
Creating quality homes and places to work. www.summerfield.co.uk
About Sydenham Junior Squash Club
A silver charter Clubmark Club, Sydenham Junior squash is based at Bridgwater College Academy Sports Development Centre and runs sessions for ages 7-18 years every Saturday morning from 11:00-13:00. Contact Sydenham.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
About Bridgwater College Academy Sports Development Centre
The centre has been completely refurbished with new multi-purpose flooring in the 4 court badminton wide sports hall, 4 refurbished squash courts with glass viewing doors and a brand new floodlit state of the art third 3G pitch, approved by the Football Association. The centre also manages the use of the Bridgwater College Academy grass football, rugby and cricket pitches.
The purpose of the facility is to offer the Academy’s students, families and the community the chance to participate in a wide range of accessible and affordable sporting activities within a high quality and friendly environment.