Carlow Junior Squash Open

March 15 - 17th

A big thanks - Mile Buíochas!

Our sincere thanks to all who partipicated in this weekends Carlow Junior Open. A special thanks to our sponsors, to Ger for the legendary Sat night entertainment, to Niamh and Margueritte who worked the kitchen, to Helen, Niamh and Fiona in the bar.
It was a super weekend:)
And not least, to all our friends from Merseyside whose play and behavior both on and off the court is a credit to their parents, coaches, mentors and clubs.

Carlow Junior Open Results 2013

We had some great matches right from the start on Fri evening. Here are the results

Results: Winner/Runner-up

Boys U11 Aengus Ó Sé Carlow 3/0 Eoghan Cleary Thurles

Boys U13 Owen Murphy Dunhill 3/0 David Kavanagh Carlow

Boys U15 Jack Doyle Carlow 3/0 John Fell Merseyside

Boys U17 Ryan Luther Carlow 3/1 Cian Doyle Carlow

Boys U30 Sam Olwill Carlow 3/1 Sam Sheen Merseyside

Girls 13 Rachel Kavanagh Carlow 3/0 Naoimi Nohar Mt.Pleasant

Girls U15 Shiela O’Keeffe Carlow 3/0 Cliodhna Ní Shé Carlow

Girls U17 Casey Luther Carlow 3/0 Jessica Hunter Merseyside

The brains of the tournament

The variety act saved Merseyside on this one, teams were very close but John Roach exhausted and all as he was stole the show with the jumper jump on!

Girls U13 Event

The Under 13 girl’s final played between Rachel Kavanagh Carlow and Naoimi Nohar Mt. Pleasant was one those compelling games we all love to watch. The tall Rachel and the eight-year-old Naoimi were as different as chalk and cheese but as soon as the game started Naoimi was into her stride early, a beautiful striker of the ball on both her forehand and backhand she troubled Rachel in the first game that Kavanagh won 11/8. Rachael found her rythmn in the 2nd and 3rd games and went on to take her first Open title. No doubt we will see more of both of these young girls. Comhghairdeas a chaillíní

Boys U11

The boys U11 title went to local lad Aongus Ó Sé who defeated Eoghan Cleary Thurles. Aongus hit some brilliant serves to keep his opponent on the back foot to win comfortably 3/0. Jake Somers took 3rd place after a great 3/0 win over Elliot Kelly Dublin in the final round. Fionn Mc Caffrey and Noah Downey fought out a great battle with Fionn winning 3/1 in the end.

Boys U13

Owen Murphy from Dunhill, Co. Waterford took the boys U13 title defeating David Kavanagh 3/0 in the final. David had two good wins in his round robin to emerge as group winner. Kavanagh looked nervous in this his first big final and Murphy won comfortably.

Following on from these two finalists we had some great performances from the ever-improving Jamie Stafford. James Murphy, Rory O’Flaherty also played very well with Matthew Downey taking 3rd place in this section.

Boys U15

Jack Doyle a winner in 2012 stormed through the Boys U15 to defeat Jon Fell Merseyside 3/0. Doyle defeated 3 Merseyside players to win the final. Joe Jennings seeded 9 lost to No8 seed Sean Huddlestone 3/0 in first round and went on to finish 11th. Casey Luther, Shiela O’Keeffe and Clíodhna Ní Shé all doubled up to play in the boy’s section as well and they were certainly not lacking in their endeavours.

Girls U17

Casey Luther took the U17 title defeating Shiela O’Keeffe 11/8, 11/6, 11/3. Shiela had a great match with Jessica Hunter from Merseyside winning 11/6/, 11/3, 11/6.

Boy's U30

The U30 section is really something very special and unique to Carlow, players who are overage for the normal junior squash tournaments come together and ask to compete. They all recall the fun and craic that they had at the junior tournaments and the younger players relish the challenge to taking on these more experienced. There were 3 round robins in this section and the decider came down to the game between Carlow’s Sam Olwill and Sam Sheen Merseyside. To say we witnessed a great game of squash is an injustice to the two players, the standard of play was amazing, their retrieval of the ball was incredible, and both players hit some stunning volley winners and combined with exquisite drop shots and all played in an incredible sporting manner. Sheen was on his last tour to Carlow as he departs Liverpool to take up a soccer scholarship in Tennessee shortly paid tribute to Carlow LTC squash and to his mentor Jim Foggit. He talked about the fun they have had travelling to tournaments and encouraged parents to take their kids on tours and compete more.

Olwill has been at the forefront of Carlow squash for many years now, as a junior he started at 9 years of age winning many National titles and now as ‘senior’ he is making inroads to the Men’s A sections. Another Carlow man, Eugene Deveraux who is enjoying his squash no end finished 3rd here. Eugene finished top of group3 in the round robin and lost out to Sam Sheen in a terrific match.

The Quiz.......

Once again we had another great Saturday nights entertainment with our MC 'DJ Ger' who as usual was top class. The best variety act??? You pick
John Renshall's table - Twinkle Twinke little star
Matty Harrington's table - Jokes
Shiela O'Keeffe's table - Singing by sign
Rory O'Flaherty's table - Fashion parade
John Roach's table - Jumper on Jumper off
Ryan Luther's table - Table top dancers
Matthew Downey's table - Dancers
Jim Foggit's table - OMG
Joe Jennings's table - Jokes

Congratulations to all