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Under 13 Boys win National County Final

 

 Team
All the Team, L to R, Zac Singleton, Christopher Butler, Matthew Harrison, Adam Goad, Stuart Goad (Team Manager), Paul Bell (County Coach), and Joseph Broadley

 
 We've won!
We've won the cup ! Christopher Matthew, Adam, Joseph and Zac

 

Cumbria's junior squash players made history by becoming the first county team to be crowned national champions. The under 13 boys team led by county coach Paul Bell, came out on top after two tough battles at Pontefract Squash Club in West Yorkshire to win the national Inter County competition. The competition pits all the counties in England and Wales against each other in a season long tournament.



All the Team, L to R, Zac Singleton, Christopher Butler, Matthew Harrison, Adam Goad, Stuart Goad (Team Manager), Paul Bell (County Coach), and Joseph Broadley
We've won the cup ! Christopher Matthew, Adam, Joseph and Zac
In the semi-final the team battled Gloucestershire, a side with a full squad of players ranked in the top 100 in the country. The tie finished 3-2 to Cumbria with 10 year old Matthew Harrison coming through 3-1 in a tense decider to put the team in the final round against Middlesex.

At number 5 Christopher was first on court and despite a valiant effort he lost in 3 close games. Joseph who was unbeaten throughout the entire season got off to a nervy start and lost his first game, but after some words from coach Paul Bell he settled down and won the next 2 games comfortably. However the match continued to change and Joseph lost the next game, meaning the match was goint to a deciding game.

On the next court Zac was competing against a stronger more experienced player and lost 3-0 despite hanging in well in some of the rallies.

With Cumbria 2-0 down Joseph returned to the court hoping to keep the county in the match, he raced to a 10/4 lead and consequently match ball. However his opponent seemed to grasp the moment to play 7 error free points. Joseph held his nerve during a further 4 match points to clinch the match and keep Cumbria's hopes alive and in contention.

County Champion Adam Goad, who is ranked 2 in the country, played at number 1 and made short work of the Middlesex number 1 playing some excellent squash winning 3-0 and giving his opponent little chance.

That result meant the championship would go down to the final match. In front of a large crowd Matthew playing at number 2 competed in a nervy but entertaining match. Playing some outstanding squash he took the first game comfortably and battled to win the second on a tie-break.

Even more tension was added to the already tight match when Matthew lost the third game, but according to team manager Stuart Goad, Matthew showed the fighting spirit to take the 4th game and secure the counties first ever national Inter County Championship.

 

winning
That winning moment from Matthew

racket  bring it on
There goes the racket! Bring it on!







 


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