Glasgow kids are national squash champions

Huzaifah (right) receives his trophy from Scotland national coach Paul Bell (Pic by Paul Roberts)
Huzaifah (right) receives his trophy from Scotland national coach Paul Bell (Pic by Paul Roberts)

Two Glasgow South sisters made it a weekend to remember as they became national champions at the Scottish Squash Junior National Championships in Aberdeen.

Jemma and Orla Young from Newton Mearns won titles in their respective age categories and were joined as national champions by Huzaifah Ali (pic on back page) from Clarkston.

Jemma, 12, beat Inverness’s Erin Jones 3-0 (11/3, 11/4, 11/4) in the final of the Girls Under-13 section.

Orla, 14, matched her sister’s victory by claiming the Girls Under-15 title with a 3-0 (11/3, 11/6, 11/1) win over Lucy Murchie from Crieff.

Orla, who trains at Newlands Lawn Tennis and Squash Club alongside her sister, said: “I was quite nervous before the game and had to work for the win, it was not easy. I am really pleased to have won and thank our coach Peter O’Hara.”

Proud dad Simon added: “I am obviously delighted. They both played well and have trained hard for this.

“They were both number one seeds so there was pressure on them to live up to the expectation.”

Huzaifah, 12, saw off Connor Murray, William Jack and Ben Barron to make the final of the Boys Under-13 category.

There, he justified his position of top seed by defeating Edinburgh’s Rory Richmond 3-0 (11/5, 12/10, 11/8).

The youngster, who trains at Giffnock Tennis, Squash and Hockey Club, said: “I felt in the first game I got a bit lucky. Then, as it went on, everything became a lot tougher and closer so I had to change what I was doing.

“It feels amazing to be one of the best in Scotland for my age. Rory is also a very good player; we are the best two players in Scotland.”