Scottish Junior National Championships
Seventeen young squash players from Orkney travelled to Aberdeen on 1st February for the Scottish Junior National Championship. Joseph Barnby was the youngest player and played in three hard fought matches in the under 11 category. In the under 13s Alex Thomas, Brogan Russell and Robbie Adamson competed in their first tournament away from home. It is an intimidating environment in which to compete and Brogan did well to achieve the first win for the players from Orkney. Maciej Meszka, Dominic Barnby, Sam Paterson and Andrew Swanney played in the under 15s. In the first round they were drawn against seeded players resulting in some tough matches. After losing their first matches, Dominic and Maciej performed well in their next games, with Dominic winning 3 matches and Maciej getting a bye in one round before winning two more matches. These strong performances meant that they eventually played each other, with Maciej winning in four sets. Isla Denvir, the only female competitor on the trip was playing in the girls under 15 competition. With one defeat and one victory she was unlucky to have to withdraw from her third match due to injury. Andrew Torbet, Finlay Scott, Connor Scott, Liam Barnett and Fraser Bruce all played in the under 17s. Connor had a particularly challenging draw against the number 1 seed, but went on to win two of his later matches. Andrew won his first round match, lost his second match to the number 4 seed, then went on to win his remaining two matches. Finlay beat the number six seed in his first match then lost to the number three seed. Winning his third match on Sunday morning meant a play-off with Andrew for fifth place. Both Andrew and Finlay’s performances will put them in contention for places in the Scotland under 17 team. Dylan Scott, Logan Scott and Joe Cromarty all competed in the under 19s. Joe’s first match was very close with the third game ending 15-13, however an injury in thefinal game meant that he could not compete in the rest of the competition. Logan and Dylan played well in tough matches in what is a very competitive age group. Thank you to Kirkwall Squash and Racketball Club Committee, Shawn Tait and parent helpers for their support. Also thanks to the older players fortheir assistance in ensuring that the trip was a success.