The Isle of Man recently enjoyed a successful trip to the Merseyside Junior Closed Squash Championships.
The two-day event took place at Liverpool Cricket Club and the island team consisted of 14 boys and girls competing across under-11, u13, u15, u17 and u19 age groups.
Ben Leith and Christian Webster contested the u11 event and played some great squash, Christian claiming a fine third place at the end of the competition. In the u13s category Oliver Wait impressed in the boys event while Amaline Batty and Emma Leith both demonstrated some excellent squash, with Amaline winning the group and Emma taking third place.
Sydney Batty and Rhys Keown also played some good squash in the u15 boys but unfortunately Sydney had to pull out because of injury, while in the girls competition Clare Townsend excelled to claim a well-deserved second place.
Macklin Wilson, Edward Batty and Ben Peach all played and demonstrated some very skillful squash in the under-17 boys category.
In the oldest age group, the under-19s, Courtney Gilardoni and Hannah Dixon both performed extremely well and demonstrated great skills.
Both girls reached the final which was a close contest that went all the way to a fifth game before Courtney eventually pipped Hannah 15-13 to claim victory - a great achievement from both girls in this challenging group.
In the u19 boys Patrick Fitzpatrick performed exceptional squash and reached the final where, even though he lost 3-0, he demonstrated that he has improved in his performance and ability.
Patrick organised this event for all the juniors which was a fantastic trip and everyone who entered performed to a high level and represented the Isle of Man very well.
For the majority of the juniors this was their first trip and it was evident that the training undertaken in advance of the trip paid off.
The Isle of Man junior squad committee would like to thank all parents who attended the successful trip and a special thank you to the coaches Carl Albrigt, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Scott Jones and Beth Jones.