About 50 juniors took part in the Kirk Office National Junior Squash Championships 2007 at South Sound Squash Club. It’s been a long time since the club has been in the position to host such an event and organisers were pleased to demonstrate the interest Squash is attracting in Cayman.
CINSA (Cayman Islands National Squash Association) recently formed to help promote squash from a National perspective and to clearly demonstrate to the rest of the world Cayman’s potential.
Following three days of intense junior squash, the finals proved to worth the wait. With three divisions, Beginner, Intermediate and Elite the players played their hearts out, performing some excellent squash with great sportsmanship. Players were aged from 6 to 18 yrs and structured on an ability level basis.
The Beginners final with Kieran Hindess, seeded 1 shone all the way to the final. Amber Evans following in Kieran’s path lead to a fantastic final, Amber proving just a touch to strong, although Kieran showed true grit, but in the end Amber pulled though to win 2-0 (11-9 and 11-6).
Nesta Broderick and Alex Moroney played out for third and fourth position with a stuff battle, Nesta coming though 2-1.
The Intermediate final between Alex McCallum and Nicholas Cameron again showed these players are strong and willing to battle it out to the end. Although Alex won 3-0 (9-4, 9-1, 9-3) the match had some amazing rallies which the score didn’t reflect. Top seed Tom Mann fighting for third place against Austin Moore didn’t quite come his way, with a 3-1 defeat.
In the Elite division (National team players), saw our top two juniors Alain Mudeen and Jake Kelly perform some high standard squash, bearing in mind these juniors are now beating some of our National senior players. They are quite different in their styles with Alain being more of a shot maker and Jake relying on his fitness, making for some exciting squash. The first game went to Alain 9-5 from too many unforced errors from Jake. Jake’s slow start seemed to change for the better in the second winning the 9-1. At 1-1 for the third, it was time to concentrate, Jake managed to gain the service but couldn’t quite turn them into to points with Alain winning the third game 9-2. Now the pressure was on against Jake, he tried to use his fitness with some thoughtful squash stretching Alain from corner to corner, but in the end Alain pulled through 9-4 in fourth game to become the Kirk Office National Junior Champion 2007.
Cameron Stafford another advancing player came in third place with Alex Frazer close behind.
Further prizes went to Cody Stafford for being the most helpful participant and referring many matches throughout the event. Also Geoffrey Butler received a prize for the most dives in his efforts to reach the ball. Thank you to Squastuff (Derek & Anne Tyler) was their support.
Organisers thanked Kirk Office Equipment and Butterfield Bank for their supporting Cayman squash.