Bucks clinch national junior title with Yorkshire win
THERE was a famous win in the National Junior County Championships for Bucks U13 girls squash team.
Having already waged a hard campaign to get to the finals in Nottingham, the girls faced Lancashire in the semi-final over the best of three strings.
Any nerves were soon banished, with Amy Pullen from Chesham Bois and Wendover’s Katie Maliff and Olivia Phillips all powering to 3-0 wins in just 12 minutes each.
It is a long time since a Bucks team last made it to the final and they were up against Yorkshire, the strongest county year on year and seasoned finalists and winners.
If any example of true grit were needed, Pullen provided it, scoring a crucial first blood for Bucks with a 3-2 win over Amy Royle.
Although Phillips lost a similarly gruelling match against Layla Johnson, Pullen then took the final by storm, beating Asia Harris 3-0 in just 17 minutes to clinch the title for Bucks.
Also included in the team was reserve player Gina Mullis, who played her part in the road to the final
Meanwhile, in the Bucks Squash League, Division One leaders Aylesbury Grammar School crushed Chesham Bois 1a 19-2, while Gerrards Cross moved up to third by beating Holmer Green 13-7.
In Division Two, Wycombe Nomads beat Farnham Common 13-8 and Wycombe Drifters beat Holmer Green 2s 15-9 in mid-table, but Beaconsfield Tigers thumped Chesham 1879 19-2 to move into third behind Chesham Bois Mavericks and Seniors.
Wycombe’s ladies teams also recorded a rare double over Beaconsfield, with the first team winning 13-4 overall and the second team 12-6. There were wins for Wycombe’s Helen Cardy, Fleur Drume and Cassie Green, and Beaconsfield’s Kathi Taylor and Eve Adams.
The Bucks U13 squash team