Results – Junior Nationals
This weekend saw the highlight of the domestic Junior calendar with the playing of the Junior Nationals. There were events from U11 to U19 for both boys and girls. Dermot Dineen and his committee did a superb job with over 90 players taking part.
In the Premier events the U19’s, the No. 2 seed Fiona Power from Galway LTC bt Griffin Gillanders 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5. This is Fiona’s 2nd victory over Griffin recently having also beaten her in the Mount Pleaseant Open in late January. In the boys Michael Craig beat David Ryan in a great match with superb skill shown from both players. The result was 3-1 – 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 13-11. David is just coming back from injury but this was another great win by Michael, having also beatien David in the Irish Junior Open in November. It was great to see Oisin Logan back playing again after being off injured since early December. Oisin was not expected to play again this season so it great to see him back on court where he came 3rd in the U19’s.
In the U17’s events, Hannah Craig mirrored her brother by beating Stephanie Ryan, David’s sister 11-6, 6-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 in a very close match. So two great battles between the Ryan’s & Craig’s over the weekend with 2 superb close matches. In the boys U17’s Nikita Gilevskiy had a good win over Oisin Dunne 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-2.
In th 15’s another turnaround in the seedings when Sophie O’Rourke beat Ellie McVeigh 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 – this was a great win for Sophie. In the boys No. 1 seed Scott Gillanders beat Stephen hearst 2-11, 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 13-11 in a really close match with some great squash shown by both players.
In the 13′ s Emma Mcgugan bt Katerine Bolger 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 fairly comprehensively and Conor Moran also beat his opponent, Sam Buckley 3-0, 4,3 &9. Finally in th U11’s Emma’s sister Hannah beat Naomi Nohar11-7, 11-3, 11-7 and in the boys Dylan Moran beat Denis Gilevskiy in a very close 11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 13-11.
So another Junior Nationals over for this year with some great squash in a super new venue for the Nationals – the Curragh SC, Ireland’s oldest squash club, having being founded in the 1860’s.
||The Curragh Squash Club