THERE WAS a large entry for the October One-Day Junior Squash event held at Carlow Lawn Tennis Club last Sunday and it produced some thrilling matches.
Played on a pair's format which meant it actually took two to win the event, the title went to the pairing of Eamon Lalor and Noah Downey who had a combined score of 463. These two lads played brilliant squash right through out their five matches with Noah showing just how much he has improved his game. Eamon is a tough competitor and he came away with five wins.
The runner-up place went to David Lalor and Cleo Kennedy on 442 points. David never gives up and has developed a very effective fore hand cross court drive which causes his opponents great difficult. Cleo is new to competitive squash and in a few short months she has come a long way.
Rachael Kavanagh and Abby Broderick were the only all female pairing in the event and they treated us to some very exciting matches and they both showed great determination and took third place as a result. Neither girl ever gives up and Rachael covers every inch of the court with ease.
Youngest competitor at just seven years of age was Niamh Lalor and she was paired with Matthew Downey together they were a great team and gave it their all. Niamh a sister to Eamon and David is certainly a player to watch out for.
James Murphy's improvement was evident also when he and Jake Somers combined together to form their pairing. Jake making a return to squash following a layoff managed to win four of his six matches.
Fionn McCaffrey was the second of the players to finish on full points and along with Jamie Stafford who is new to competitive squash played very well. Fionn was a revelation on the day combining his skill and speed to win all six matches.
Just short by two points at 426 for a medal position was Aengus O' Shé and David Kavanagh and Aengus gave us a master class on dropping and playing good boast shots. David playing squash for just a few months showed great potential for the future.