ESSEX siblings Alice and Ollie Green were this week celebrating a double family success after last weekend’s Dunlop Pontefract Silver tournament.
England player Alice was dominant in the girls’ Under-19 event downing Josie Barker and Margo Prow to reach the final where she overcame Katie Malliff 3-1. The win caps a fabulous year for 16 year old Alice which saw her compete for England at the World Junior Championships in New Zealand as well as the European Champs in Portugal. She also finished second in the British U-17 Nationals and won the Nordic U-19 Junior Open in Sweden.
Her brother Ollie came through five tough matches in Pontefract to land the Under-15 title beating Muhammad Azhan Khan in the final. His toughest test came in the fourth round when he edged a five-set battle against Sam Osborne-Wylde 11-8 in the decider.
Another brother and sister pair, Aliza and Yusef Sheikh from the Connaught Club in Chingford, returned from Yorkshire knowing they had given everything as they took second and fourth places in their respective age groups.
Aliza was edged out in the final of the Under-15 girls but will take great heart from her performances, especially a gripping 3-2 win over England player Emma Bartley in the semi-finals.Another Essex player, Ellie Hewes from Colchester, enjoyed some encouraging form in the same age group finishing a highly creditable seventh claiming some notable scalps,
Aliza’s brother Yusef eased through his opening two U-13 matches in style but had his hopes of a title victory dashed when he unexpectedly fell to Abd-Allah Eissa 3-1. He will be disappointed to miss out but knows he can regain the winning formulas soon. Alex Banhidai was another impressive Essex player finishing 12th.
Other Essex players competing in Pontefract were:
U-13 Girls: Renitha Srindran 13th, Leah Brooke 22nd.
U-17 Girls: Eleanor White 10th; Piper-Rose Tatum 20th.
U-15 Boys: Joel Braddock 14th.
U-17 Boys: Harry Kitchens (won four out of 5 matches) 17th; Sujan Srindran 27th,