Twins Sean and Daniel Murphy had a terrific battle for supremacy in the Under-19 category in the Alphasoft National Junior Squash Championships at the South Sound Squash Club last week.
The first two games were fiercely contested with both brothers claiming one apiece.
In the third game, Daniel stole a few extra points at the start and managed to hold onto them to close out the game and go up 2-1.
The fourth game was tight up to 7-7, then Sean came up with some fantastic shot selections to take him to game ball 10-7. Daniel obviously did not want to go into a fifth game and really dug deep adding more and more pressure and forcing some errors, resulting in Daniel saving four game balls against him and coming out victorious 12-10.
The U-17 category was dominated by Julian Jervis who dropped few points throughout the whole event.
Jervis will be representing Cayman this summer in the Junior Caribbean Championships, aiming to claim the U-17 title to add to his U-15 title two years ago.
Isaiah Robinson has improved tremendously over the past year and claimed his first national title in the U-15s.
The U-13 title was won by Will Roberts, but he was pushed hard by David Pitcairn in the quarter-final which Roberts came through in a 3-2 thriller.
In the semifinal Roberts overcame Marcos Bertran 3-0, and the final was won 3-0 against Charlie Riker, who has been playing for less than a year.
The U-13 category was the strongest depth in this year’s championships, which bodes well for the future.
In the U-11 age group, Pierce Terry claimed his second national title, outplaying Kai Dobbin to win 3-0.
The U-9 final was a fantastic battle between Jagger Linford and Connor Finch, both 8 years old, and both putting everything into it.
The first game went to Linford, the second to Finch. They were scrambling around the court and showing some of the older kids just how much effort is needed to try and get the ball back.
Linford claimed the third game, but Finch responded to take the fourth. It then came down to the fifth and final game, with the crowd – and especially the parents – enthralled.
From the start, it was point for point and there were some sublime shots and returns all over the court. At 9-9, Linford was able to keep his game together and claim the next two points and the title 3-2.
The girls U-17 was a great match-up too, between Alexandra Artuch and Mischa Kluyver.
Artuch showed her extra experience and managed to edge out Kluyver for the last few points of each closely fought game, winning 3-0.
The U-15 provided some excellent entertainment between good friends Emma Turnbull and Kali McLean. The first two games were evenly split, but the third and fourth showed how much a determined Turnbull wanted to retain her title from last year, and she won 3-1.
The girls U-13 held a surprise package in the form of Jade Pitcairn who dominated the field in her first tournament and dropped only one game throughout.
Her final opponent was Vanessa Fullerton who put up a good fight but could not deal with Pitcairn’s accuracy.
In Friday night’s senior finals, national coach Mark Chaloner made Cayman’s only professional, Cameron Stafford, fight hard for 80 minutes to win 3-1, and Jody Jervis beat Mike Cansell in the men’s B final.
Marlene West overcame Samantha Hennings 3-0 in the women’s final, and Julian Jervis beat Dean Watson to claim the third place men’s place.
In the doubles match, West and Stafford beat Jervis and Daniel Murphy 15-12 in two games to take the title.