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New Season Highs
Susanna, Georgia and Jess make it a 1-2-3
Picture courtesy of DE Photo Ltd
The first event was the Zonal Finals of the National School's competition in which 8 of the clubs members competed, representing 5 different schools, with 7 winning through to the National Finals to be held in Bristol in March, the 8th was just one place off doing so as well:
- Maddison Merritt won the under-11 girls Novice;
- Susanna Badley won the under-13 girls Novice closely followed by Fiona Humphries and Lucy Phillips making it a 1-2-3 for the club;
- Susanna & Lucy were also joined by Emma Brereton and Ellie Guy in winning through as a team for Coopers Coborn;
- Charlotte Webb took second in the under-15 girls Elite;
- Daniel Frost (despite being 2 grades lower than most) narrowly missed qualification to nationals in 4th place in the under-19 boys Elite and is now sweating on somebody above him dropping out.
A week later was the Eastern Region Grading competition which was hosted by Brentwood TC with over 150 entries from 17 clubs. Brentwood's members were entered into 12 different classes (of 20) where they won 8, came 2nd in 3 and 3rd in 2 more including another, particularly satisfying, 1-2-3 in the highly competitive under-13 female grade G. Five members were also among just 18 on the day who qualified to compete at higher levels. Medallists were:
- under-13 girls G Susanna Badley (1), Georgia Tyrrell (2) & Jessie-Rose Durrell (3);
- under-13 boys G Joshua Newman (1) & Jonathan Gibbs (2);
- under-15 girls G Emma Brereton (1);
- under-15 girls F Victoria Webb (3);
- under-15 boys F Joseph Dulieu-Hasler (1) & Jamie Perry (2);
- over-15 girls F Lauren Marchant (1);
- under-13 girls E Kensie Sherlock (1);
- under-15 boys E Kallum Sherlock (1) and
- over-15 boys D Daniel Frost (1).
A fortnight later saw the first Gala Weekend, being held in Gloucester where Hannah McCann & Charlotte Webb were competing in the under-15 and Chrissie Law in the under-17 National C classes. This was a mixed competition with disappointment for Chrissie (on balance just an unlucky day for her when compared to her training performance), but delight for Hannah & Charlotte.
The under-15 competition was a story of persistence for both girls with Charlotte also showing consistency. In 1st place after the set round Charlotte was 3 places ahead of Hannah and, in points at least, pulled further away in the 1st voluntary but dropping to 2nd against Hannah's 3rd. At this point both had secured promotion points and qualification for national finals. The 2nd voluntary, though, saw Hannah pull out all the stops to secure 1st place only on tie-break against Charlotte, on an overall personal best score, who had to settle for 2nd place. Their scores were sufficiently high that had they been competing in the FIG B class they would have taken 3rd and 4th places there!