With the new season now underway, Thongsbridge juniors are travelling far and wide in search of high quality competition, and have made a promising start to the summer events.

Chapel Allerton’s Easter tournament in Leeds produced 2 Thongsbridge champions, with Barney Fitzpatrick winning the under 12s, and Steph Carter the under 14s. Dominic Vesely came 7th in the under 9s.

Barney was also in action in Quenisborough, in Leicestershire, where he came 3rd, and had some excellent wins in a couple of events in Chesterfield, reaching semis in one tournament.

Lucy Margetson, under 12s, also headed to Quenisborough, where she came 7th, and she also had a good first round win in the higher grade Hull Open, competing in her first full ball event. She also enjoyed a good match win at a Thongsbridge match play event, and an excellent tournament win in a lower grade Warrington tournament.

Charlotte Margetson, under 9s, had 3 solid wins in Hull, finishing 5th overall, and another 3 wins in the North of England Championships in South Ribble saw her win the consolation draw. She also played in her first national level tournament in Sutton, where she was undaunted by the strong field and can be proud of securing one match win.

Oliver Vesely, under 10s, has been in action in national level competition also, with 4 superb wins in Sutton seeing him come 6th, and another match win in Nottingham in this challenging tournament.

Jacob Chadwick, under 9s, competed in West Bridgeford, Nottingham, and he continues to show considerable promise, with some steady play seeing him come in at 5th place.

Robert Sandiford, having just moved up to under 10s, was in fine form, producing a string of wins to win the Goole County Tour event. He also managed 4th place in a higher grade event in Sheffield, and successfully won through the prequalifying draw in Hull, and managed a good win in the qualifying draw also.

Chloe Chawner, under 14s, made semis in Wolverhampton, and had a narrow defeat in quarters in Sutton, losing to the top seed. She also enjoyed 2 out of 2 wins in a match play event in Stafford.

Andrew Atkinson looked strong in the under 18s in Hull. He had some good wins to take him to semis, where he lost out to the 1st seed and eventual winner.

The Hull Open also saw Kim Atkinson back in action, after a prolonged period of injury. Whilst clearly still working towards full fitness, it was a promising return to competition, with her lifting the runners up trophy.

Kim Atkinson

Robert Sandiford

Stephanie Carter

Barney Fitzpatrick