The 2017 Scozzie Silver was held over 2 days to kick off December and all the winter festivities. Scozzie had an incredible 29 entrants across all divisions and after a roller coaster 15 hours of action packed play, Sunday afternoon brought several Scozzie celebrations.
In the U13’s, we had 40 entrants between the Girls and Boys draw and the competitiveness was higher than ever. In the Boys division, Ethan was the top seed and stormed to U13 final where he faced a Haverford team mate who beat him twice in the the summer. Out for revenge, Ethan started slowly before finding his top gear and storming to a 3/1 victory for his 2nd successive Silver Championship. The Scozzie Star of the show was joined by Charley, who reached the Gu13 final. She overcame a tough semi final opponent before facing the number 2 seed in the final. It was a pulsating final, but Charley just missed out on the Gold Medal in three closely contested games. Both Charley and Ethan demonstrated Gold level form over the weekend and they’ll be ready to take the step up at the next event hopefully still chasing silverware.
The Bruder family had a whirlwind weekend representing 4 of the 29 Scozzie participants. Amongst the 4, were Charley as a finalist, but also we had the tournament MIP and an unfortunate injury to Jimmy, whom unfortunately tweaked his back warming up for his R1 match up and had to withdraw. Paul and Richard have come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks and Richard was awarded tournament most improved player, in particular, his matches on Sunday were extremely impressive. Well done to the trio and also best wishes to Jimmy on hopefully a speedy recovery from injury.
One winner and one runner up, the excitement was only just beginning. In the U15’s, Jeffrey T upset the odds and seedlings to reach his first silver final. A huge 3/0 semi final victory was always going to be tough to back up and Jeffrey couldn’t quite replicate the extremely high level he set. Still, he should be very proud of the 2nd place finish and another big step forward in his development. Wynne and Omar were also standout performers in the U15’s. Wynne came 6th and Omar won a thrilling five set final in the Plate.
The U17’s were full of excitement and drama. Match of the tournament was the U17 semi final, when Drew saved 7 match balls on route to a record breaking 24-22 4th game, before storming the 5th with adrenaline overload top upset the top seed! In an almost identical situation, Drew once again came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 and take out the 2nd seed and lift the U17 title at only 12 years old, a phenomenal achievement. All Drews hard work in SAS has clearly been paying off and he’ll be gunning to recapture the National Championships he defends from U11. Billy won the Consolation with some excellent attacking squash and John lifted the Plate title.
In the final event of the tournament, the U11’s were limited to only a boys event and Scozzie’s once again stormed to success. Rubens produced his best performances of his season in reaching top 3. Grant finished 4/5, Maximus was 6th and Richard managed his first top 8 finish of the season.
Final congratulations go to Abby B and Ian, who both made U13 Plate finals. Abby was runner up and Ian won the title, his first ever trophy in squash!
Scozzie of the Week goes to Ethan Lee for continuing his 8 match unbeaten run and perfectly preparing him for his step up to the Golds at GcC in January. Always one of our hardest trainers, we’re always proud when the hard work pays off, you absolutely deserve the success EL… enjoy it! Hard work begins again tomorrow!
Scozzie’s also made their way out West for the Metrosquash Junior Gold in Chicago and Scenic City Silver in Chattanooga for a Silver. Phil L won three matches 3/0 in Tennessee to reach the U17 Final, unfortunately he lost out in the final but gained valuable points and experience from the road trip out to TN. Anika was brilliant in reaching the top 6 in a Chicago and can be exceptionally happy with her recent progress before she ages up to U15. Brother Nikhil, lost out a tough 3/1 R1 won and lost in a tough consolation which involved EA Tom H. Tom lost a brutal 5th game tie break epic against Blake, but then bounced back to reach consolation quarters, eventually losing to the winner. Well done also to Blake who reached a first semi final of the main draw.
20 hours of action packed entertainment at FAC- the crowds loved it, the coaches lived it and the players made it one of the most special events of the season. We also wish everyone a safe journey back from the Midwest. A great weekend to conclude Phase 1 and Monday begins a whole new chapter in Phase 2. Next weekend there is P2P event #3 before the year ending US Open. December is one of the biggest months in Squash and after such a thrilling start, let’s keep the momentum going up to the Holiday season!