European U15/17 Individual Championships 2019
Report from the final day of the U15/17 Europeans
Euro Championship Under 15
England managed to reach the final and faced the surprise of the tournament - Ireland. The order of play was 2-1-3, which meant that Dylan Moran started against England number 2, Yusuf Sheik. Moran showed real strength and powerplay and took the lead 2-0. However, Sheik fought back into the game and got back to 2-2. In the fifth game, Moran took the lead again to be 8-4 up. Sheikh again recovered and managed to win 11-9 in the fifth. 1-0 for England.
Denis Gilevskiy equalized the match with his win over Jonah Bryant 3-0.
Emma Bartley and Sophie Thomas played the final match, Bartley was too strong and won 3-0. England has won the Euro Championship U15.
For place three it was home country the Netherlands, who were too strong for Wales. Sam Gerrits took the lead with his 3-0 win over Joshua Davies. Rowan Damming then played against Daniel Lewis. He managed to win 3-1 and got Holland third place.
Euro Championship Under 17
After the Under 15 win the English had another final to play - this time they faced France.
The English team have won the European Under 19’s with a few players of the same team as the under 17’s . Therefore, England was the favourite in this final. Ben Smith started off well and won in three games from Baptiste Bouin. Sam Todd then won in four from Paul Gonzales. The third match didn’t need to be played as England already became the European Champions for under 17’s.
For place three the Czech Republic played against Belgium. In the first game the Czech Republic took the lead.
Karim Farrag won against Marat Benoit.
Thimi Christiaens then surprised Marek Panacek. After 2-1 down Thimi managed to win 3-2.
Marie Amelie played for the place decider against Eliska Jicisnka, she lost the first, but recovered and took the following three games.
Belgium won 2-1 and were the proud number three of the European Junior Under 17’s championships.
For the full results please check the link below: https://esf.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/draws.aspx?id=789FE398-36F7-442D-BA88-29042CB2A49E
For everyone who is interested, the photos of the 2019 European Championships U15 & U17 held at Squashtime in Eindhoven are online.
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