England Squash News
Lazarus and Forster headline English Junior draws
2018 runner-up Max Forster and five-time champion Elise Lazarus have
been named as Boys and Girls Under 19 top seeds respectively in the
Dunlop English Junior Championships 2019 (EJC) from 8-10 March in Hull
after the draws were released this week.
Now in its tenth year, the EJC showcases the very best of English talent
featuring 288 players competing across ten age categories from the Under
11s to the Under 19s.
Top seed Max Forster (N’bria) will be setting his sights on the Boys
Under 19 title, newly renamed to the Steve Hubbard Trophy, but is likely
to face a stern test from current Dutch Junior Open champion  Lewis
Anderson (Warks) who he’s seeded to meet in the final.
Reigning champion Lazarus, who receives a bye in round one, is seeded to
lock horns with England No.1 Alice Green (Essex) in the final and
contest the Girls Under 19 Steve Hubbard Trophy. Green will first have
to overcome three-time British National champion [3/4] Katie Malliff
(Bucks) who she’s predicted to meet in the semis - in what will be a
repeat of last year’s Under 17 EJC final in which Malliff prevailed.
Current Boys Under 17 champion Ben Smith (Lincs) is favourite to lift
the title once again but will face fierce competition from formidable
trio  Adam Goad (Cumbria) – the 2019 Surrey Gold champion, [3/4]
Franklyn Smith (Sussex) and [3/4] Hassan Khalil (Warks).
The Girls Under 17 draw is wide open with last year’s British National
runner-up  Maia Pannell (Hants) predicted to meet  Lydia Robinson
(Yorks) in the final. Pannell and Robinson will first have to navigate
past dangerous duo Saran Nghiem (Lancs) and Amber Copley (Yorks) who
they’re predicted to meet in the semis respectively.
British Junior Open 2018 champion  Jonah Bryant (Sussex) tops a
highly competitive Boys Under 15 draw and is seeded to do battle with
 Finnlay Withington (Lancs) in the final. Looking to mount a serious
challenge is current British National Under 13 champion [3/4] Yusuf
Sheikh (Essex) and 5/8 seed Abd-Allah Eissa (Warks) - the current
British Junior Open Under 13 champion.
Girls Under 15 top seed Torrie Malik (Sussex) will be looking to
capitalise on her recent success at the Dunlop British Junior Open in
which she finished third and claim her fifth EJC title. Malik, the
England No.1 is predicted to lock horns with Surrey Gold 2019 champion
 Asia Harris (Yorks) – a repeat of the 2018 EJC final in which Malik
triumphed. Harris is likely to face a mighty challenge from Suffolk’s
[3/4] Emma Bartley who she’s seeded to meet in the semis.
Gunning for national glory in the Boys Under 13s is Surrey Gold champion
 Alexander Broadbridge (Hants) and second seed Harry Bloomfield (Glos)
with Luke Camfield (Surrey) and last year’s Boy’s Under 11 runner-up
Dylan Roberts (Kent) seeded 3/4.
England No.1 Meha Shah (Warks) tops the Girls Under 13 draw with former
EJC Under 11 champion and Surrey Gold winner Charlie McCrone (Lancs)
Top seed Dylan Kalar (Berks) and  Jake Johnston (Surrey) are
predicted to contest the Boys Under 11 title in what could be a repeat
of this month’s Surrey Gold final in which Johnston emerged victorious.
Reigning champion  Mariam Eissa (Warks) is in prime position to take
the Girls Under 11 title once again. Seeded to meet Eissa in the final
is 2019 Surrey Gold champion  Isabella Hutton (Sussex), the younger
sister of former English Junior champion Jasmine Hutton.
The 2019 championships will be staged across three venues at the
University of Hull, Hull and East Riding Squash Club and Haltemprice
Leisure Centre. Main draw action commences at 9am on Friday 8th March
with the finals scheduled for Sunday. All spectators wishing to see the
country’s rising stars are welcome free of charge.
Visit the draws on the official championships website: