By David Rose
On Saturday and Sunday 1st / 2nd April, Jasmine Jones, Tilly Snape and Lilly Brown played for St Edwards Academy, Leek, in the ECF’s National Schools Girls U11 Championship Finals at Bramley in Surrey.
After an early start and a four and a half hour journey on Saturday the girls played four games each, the last one starting at half past seven in the evening. Of the twelve games played on Saturday, they won seven, drew one and lost four. They ended the first day in fourth place.
After some hot chocolate, ‘a bit’ of sleep and a cooked breakfast they were ready for three more rounds on Sunday. The first was against Nottingham who had won the northern stage of the competition with ease - we won two games and drew the other against them with magnificent play. The next round we won 2-1 and in the last round we were beaten by the overall winners who only lost two of their 21 games.
The girls finished in 4th place, with only private schools beating us.
Lilly Brown deserves a special mention for winning six of her seven games - an incredible achievement, demonstrating such high levels of concentration.
The girls had a brilliant time and deserve a lot of credit for the kindness and support they showed each other. They arrived home late Sunday night, knowing they had school next morning.
Well done to the Staffordshire’s Under 11 team who finished third in yesterday’s EPSCA semi-final despite defaulting one board. Their success means the team goes through to the National Finals on 6 May.
The Staffordshire players were:
Edison Xu, Ivan Prikazchikov, Aaryan Singh, Krishan Patel, John Moughtin-Leay, Joe Hirst, Valentino Bisaccio, Sebastian Crawford, Jasmine Jones, Rajdev Singh Shoker, Tilly Snape, Aeddan Pope, Lily Brown, Sam Smith, Ranudi Premadosa, Dylan Rehman, Shivam Patel, Mia Sepe, and Bobby Pahal.
Five players won all their games and each of them finshed with scores of 3 out of 3. They are:
Edison Xu, Ivan Prikazchikov, John Moughtin-Leay, Mia Sepe, and Bobby Pahal.
Staffordshire finished the final round of yesterday’s Northern semi-final with a total of 34 points, our best score for some years.
The ten teams competing included Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Manchester, Mersyside, Tameside, Lancashire and Wirral.
Well done to the players, and thank-you to parents and organisers.