Dave Clem tells the Gurn
Nairn Sports Club fielded 12 junior squash players at the Highland Junior Open Squash Tournament held in Inverness on the 3rd and 4th of December. There were seven 8 player Divisions in the Tournament with Nairn players winning 3 of the Divisions. Competition was strong as there were a number of national junior players from the Central Belt plus a large contingent from Orkney.
Harry Barron was the highest placed Nairn player and came fourth in Premier Division 1, losing 3-2 in the Semi Final in a hard fought match that could have gone either way to James Riches from Edinburgh. Although disappointed this was a well deserved result for Harry as the rest of the Division were all the cream of the best Scottish junior players.
In Division 2 Lewis Barnard and Calum Scott came seventh and eighth. These were well deserved and hard fought results as the rest of the Division were all seasoned and experienced Scottish players.
Division 3 was nearly an all Nairn affair with Harry Jack defeating Andrew Torbet of Orkney to win the Division. Lewis MacLennan came third, Struan Donald fourth, Euan Booker Milburn sixth and Ben Barron seventh.
Will Jack won Division 5 with Ben Booker Milburn taking third place.
In Division 6 Ross Donachie came first with Angus Baker taking third place.
Kyle Macdonald came third in Division 7.
It also has to be said that Nairn Junior players are also performing well in the senior Highland Squash Leagues. Harry Barron is playing for Nairn A and Harry Jack playing for Nairn B, they are both winning most of their matches. Nairn C team is an all Junior team and they are standing at third place in their Division, this is a fantastic achievement as all the other teams are comprised of adult players. Their improved competitive performance is, in great part, due to playing adults in the senior leagues, in fact Nairn C defeated Kinloss Army 4-0 last week, a bit of a shock for four, burly Army gentlemen. They did, however, have the grace to compliment the performance of the 'Wee fellows!'
In the photo:
Back Row: Euan Booker Milburn, Harry Jack, Harry Barron, Lewis MacLennan, Lewis Barnard and Ben Booker Milburn
Front Row: Angus Baker, Calum Scott, Ben Barron, Struan Donald, Ross Donachie and Will Jack