This past weekend marked the official start of the 2017/18 squash season at the EA Gold. Scozzie entered the field with 28 players in all 5 age groups.
The under 11 field saw Colten McLaughlin take on his first ever old event. After a nervous start to the tournament, he managed to regroup and follow the guidance of the Scozzie coaches to play some very promising squash and win the BU11 consolation draw.
In the GU11 field, Elsa Holleran fought hard in her round robin pool matches and didn’t even drop a game to get through to the final. Under the guidance of U.S squash legend, fairmount owner, EA squash director and mom- Demer Holleran, Elsa played an epic final match against Grace Lodge from Connecticut. Elsa missed out on the title in a close 3 games and placed 2nd In the GU11.
In the GU13 draw, Scozzie was represented by Charlotte Jones. Charlotte used her impressive volleying skills, athletic retrieving and gritty determination to not drop a game throughout the whole of the consolation draw. Charlotte played awesome squash in the consolation final where it was back and fourth with a clever opponent. Each player trying their hardest to hit the back corners and out maneuver one another. Charlotte got the win in a nail biting 3-1 thriller. A very promising start to the season for a young girl who is still in her down year of the GU13…
In the BU13 category we saw some of the best squash the tournament had to offer. In particular the match of the tournament had to go to Winston and Matt Kang. Winston was 2-0 down to Matt and through pure grit, determination and unbelievable retrieving brought it back to 2-2. The fifth game went back and fourth, point for point. Both players moving beautifully and picking off the volley perfectly. Winston pulled away from Matt at 7-7 and reaching matchball first. After a few nervous rallies Matt wasn’t giving up that easily. Another tie break and Winston completed the comeback with his signature trickle boast. 15/13 in the fifth! Great squash and a real shame there had to be only one winner. Winston finished his tournament placing 5th in the BU13
Still in the main draw on the BU13, Albert Chen came into the tournament as the 4th seed and found himself in the semi finals without too much difficulty. Up against the 1 seed, Albi was looking to cause an upset! Albert was looking good but during a great rally of agility and shot placement Albert bumped his head. 2-1 down and after a little injury break, Albert gave it everything he had but struggled to get back into his rhythm. A great effort and a promising future for future Gold events. Albert finished the tournament strong by beating his 3/4 playoff opponent in a 5 set thriller!
The GU15 saw an epic Scozzie v Scozzie battle. In the semi finals, Maya Gambhir was up against an inform Devon Shatezman. The match saw Maya take the first game through using aggressive hitting and high tempo. After a re-group from Devon and a change of tactics, Devon went on to take the next two games and took the lead 2-1. Maya was not quite ready to let Devon win and after an impressive comeback in the fourth it was going to a fifth game. The fifth started a little edgy from both players but Devon managed to find her corners and came away with the win in an 11/6, 5th game. Maya finished her first Gold event of the season in 3rd place, winning her 3/4 play off in 4 games.
In the final, Devon came up against an inform Grace Flaherty. Grace’s relentless straight hitting and counter attacks saw her take the final in 3 straight games, giving our very own Devon Shatezman a well placed 2nd place! Good job Devon!
In the GU17 we had C.Burt and Alexis both reach the quarter finals but due to a very strong opposition didn’t quite make it through. Alexis went on to win the classic plate, beating C.Burt in the final with an impressive 3-0 win. A quick shout out to Zoe Quayle who played some of her best squash all weekend to win the GU17 plate.
With our most experienced Scozzies taking on the BU19 grouping, we saw Teddy Eill play his regular style of squash to finish 6th in his down year of a strong gold. The line light of the BU19 was taken by Charlie Sutherby as he made his way through to the semis. Missing out on a spot in the final in a great 4 game match thriller. Charlie came up against an inform S. Spencer Yager in the 3/4 playoff. Charlie stormed to a 1-0 lead with a match that displaying all the qualities of great squash players. Charlie gave everything he had and came away with the 4th position for the BU19.
A great weekend of top quality squash for this seasons first Gold. A solid start to what looks to be a great season!