Twelve members of the SMUS squash team travelled to Abbotsford March 1-2 to participate in the BC Junior Provincials. The players’ skill, hard work and impressive fitness levels were reflected in a number of excellent results.
First, in the Boys U11 competition, Christian Yuen claimed the gold medal, while, at the U15 level, Euan Hannigan won four of his five matches en route to a 5th place finish. He played his best squash late in the tournament, taking nine games in a row along the way.
The U17 and U19 divisions featured both a fine overall effort from Robert Fisher and a tremendous silver medal finish for Gavin Maxwell in the latter event. Maxwell won all of his early matches in straight games before falling just short in the final.
In the Girls U11 event, Alexandra Brown opened the SMUS account by capturing the silver medal. Then, in the U15s, Madison Liew claimed three good wins and a 2nd place finish. At the U17 and U19 level, Uma Hallea, Sun-Eui Choi, Noelle Skillings and Giai Phan all played some great squash. Skillings had the last say as she won the classic plate and finished in 7th place overall. This was a well-deserved win for a young lady playing in her last junior tournament as a member of the SMUS team.
Another soon to be graduate, Janel Gaube, finished her final junior U19 provincials with a silver medal. In her last match, she battled back from two games down before falling 11-9 in the fifth and final set.
Once again, it was Grace Thomas who stole the spotlight. Provincial U15 champion a year ago, this time round she captured the 2014 U17 title and was only then edged out by the eventual U19 winner.
Although this was the last competition for a number of the team members, SMUS will be well represented at the Junior Nationals in Markham, Ontario in six weeks time. Fisher, Hannigan, Maxwell, Thomas, Gaube and Liew will all be competing.