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Oxon U11s Runners-up in the 4-counties Tournament

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Beaconsfield, April 2013

The U11s started off against Bucks, who had 2 very good girls in their team. Jasmine T, aged 8, kicked things off at number 5. She was unlucky to lose a couple of close games 11-9 sandwiched around winning 11-3, as the all-girl tie exhibited some amazing precision lob-serving and powerful hitting, before she eventually succumbed 3-1. Rory R, also aged 8, having his first ever experience of playing with the county, played his friendly match against the same girl, and matched Jasmine's scoreline, also losing 3-1 but showing great promise for the future. Adrian L, who had an outstanding day at number 4, beat the other Bucks girl 3-0 to level the tie. Archie L lost a tough match at 3, but Tommy M won 3-0 at 2 so the tie was decided by the top string match, which Teo L did brilliantly to win 3-1 and see the team home 3-2 overall.

The second tie against Berkshire was slightly easier, with the star for Berkshire, 9 year old Beth Ireland, who played at number 1 string. She managed to get a game off Teo, but he held on to win 3-1. Tommy, Archie, Adrian, Jasmine and Rory all won 3-0, with Jasmine very pleased that she beat a boy! Girl Power !

With Hampshire only beating Bucks 3-2 as well, it was all to play for in the final tie against Hants. Three victories in the 5 string matches would be enough to secure victory for the team. Jasmine got us off to an amazing start, with some brilliant serving and placement of the ball around the court, to beat her male opponent 3-0. Girl Power again! Adrian then built on this, with an outstanding display, to beat the South Regional GU11 champion 3-1 with probably the best squash he has ever played to put us 2-0 up with 3 to play. Archie then stepped up at number 3. He had an amazing match which swung first one way and then the other. Despite picking up an injury he kept battling, saving 4 match points in the 4th game to level at 10-10 and looking like he might go on to win the match, before narrowly losing 12-10. Tommy tried really hard and won a game, but fell 3-1 and the BU11 regional number 2 proved too much for Teo in the final match, to see Hampshire win the tie 3-2, to take the title by the narrowest of margins. Rory also joined in the fun, and played a friendly match against the Hampshire number 3, acquitting himself very well despite his opponent being older and more experienced.

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