Squash finals thrill as record numbers of juniors get involved

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The Bucks Junior Closed squash tournament at Aylesbury Squash and Racketball Club enjoyed a record number of participants as 108 children turned up to show off their skills last weekend.

Children from across five different age groups took part and the early rounds saw a few upsets in the seedings.

However, it was in the latter stages that the contest hotted up.

Amy Jones continued her dominance in the middle age groups as she won both the girls under 15 and 17 events.

Natalie Machin was pushed close in the under 19 event but held her nerve to see off Megan McNeil.

Meanwhile, in the boys’ contests Joe Elfasi enjoyed contrasting fortunes in two finals.

Elfasi won his first final in the under 17s against Ed Walker but having expended so much energy he then had to endure a marathon under 19 final against Joe Yerrell.

Yerrell’s fresher legs told and he eventually prevailed in the fifth game to defeat Elfasi and take home the title his brother had won the previous year.

The prizes were provided by Dunlop and presented to the winners and runner-ups by the chairman of Bucks Squash and Racketball, Howard Machin.