Bucks clinch na­tional ju­nior ti­tle with York­shire win

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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

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