The Essex Schools Tournament was held at BATTS on Friday 17 January 2014. For the previous two years the Individual Schools submitted their entries to Essex County Council Sports Organisers and with just under 200 entries received in total each year, (players can only enter their particular Age event), numbers needed to be reduced to manageable proportions with the event having a scheduled start and finish time. For this season the format was changed and each School District (there are 14 of them including Southend and Thurrock) held District qualifying events for each gender and age with the top two qualifying for the Essex Finals.
As usual the Closing date was the Friday before Christmas and some Schools were submitting entries right up to three days before the event. Active Essex Organisers and I agreed to accept these. Altogether there were 86 entries. Five players did not turn up on the day and we accepted the two players who turned up having not been notified previously.
To fit in with timing schedule all matches were best of three games and winners and runners up were:
WINNER, RUNNER UP
U11 Boys Ethan Silvester (Southend) Zach Harrington (Southend)
U13 Boys Casey Mansfield (Harlow) Sam Fullick (Castle Point & Rochford)
U16 Boys Sam Hume (Tendring) James Knudsen (Harlow)
U19 Boys Jared Patel Brentwood) Kieran Skeggs (Southend)
U11 Girls Emma Knudsen )Harlow) Alana Mansfield (Harlow)
U13 Girls Gracie Firkins (Tendring) Emily Smith (Southend)
U16 Girls Ella Patel (Brentwood) Stephanie Cross (Brentwood)
U19 Girls Emily Godfrey (Southend) Lucy Carrington (Chelmsford)
Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary
19 January 2014