Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Northern's Starlets Hold Court in Style! JUNIOR SQUASH

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Northern's Starlets Hold Court in Style! JUNIOR SQUASH

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NORTHERN'S high-flying young talent made themselves feel at home as they swept to five titles when the Newcastle squash club staged its annual Dunlop Junior Open.

The nationally-recognised event attracted more than 100 entries - including many of the region's top young players.

The Northern juniors made home advantage count, winning in half of the 10 categories as well as providing four further finalists.

The results provided further proof of the outstanding development work built up at the Great North Road club, where head coach Richard Vitty has established a comprehensive schools coaching programme.

Northern's silver service ranged from under-11s up to under-19s.

In the girls' under-11 event, Northern's Zoe Shipsey continued her recent good run of results by beating Abbie Kelliher from Northumberland Club in the final.

Talia Tiryaki was the home club's best performer in the under-13 girls' event, finishing a creditable fifth.

Lexie Ogram from Yorkshire beat Jessica Weatherspoon (Durham) in the final.

The under-15 girls' decider proved an all-Northern affair, county champion Harriet Wight renewing her rivalry with County Championship runner-up Megan Evans.

This time, though, it was Evans who prevailed in front of a huge crowd.

Michelle Tang from Cumbria and Erin Vitty progressed serenely to the final of the under-17 girls' event, where Tang triumphed 3-0. The final of the under-19 girls included Josie Barker, ranked eighth in the UK, who faced off against Amy Rowell of Tynemouth.

Barker proved too strong with a 3-0 win.

As always the boys' events proved to be very competitive.

Northumbria No 1 Tom Jepson of Hexham got proceedings off to a flying start by beating Joseph Billany from Durham in the boys' under-11 decider.

The Tomlinson brothers from Rotherham stormed to the semifinals of the boys' under-13 event - but then Alec in the semi-final and Sam in the final were both beaten by Northumbria player Sam Sweeney from Primrose. …

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