Squash: Dean amongst Scotland’s best

11 02 2009

Eleven year old Dean Brotherston, a junior member of Nunholm Squash Club, showed at the weekend that he can compete with the best junior squash players in Scotland.

He took part in the Boys under-13 age group at the Scottish Junior National Championships at Edinburgh Sports Club along with older fellow club members, his brother Douglas and Iain Anderson, who played in the Boys under-17 age group.

All the boys were experiencing National Championships for the first time and they all played their part in showing that junior squash at Nunholm Squash Club is thriving.

The Under-17 age group has some of the best talent the Scottish game has seen for a while and although Douglas and Iain put in some gutsy displays it was a tough weekend for them both. They will however be able to play in this age group again next year and will be more experienced, stronger and have developed their style of play.

For the record Iain finished 16th and Douglas 18th respectively, still pretty good for the whole of Scotland.

However Dean was to show his older club mates how it was really done and after a bye in the 1st round he comfortably won his 2nd 3-0 against Tommy Loan of the Dean club.

Into the 3rd round Dean was up against Michael Jenkins of Watsonians club and throughout the match things were close between the two but with an inexperienced marker marking, a few calls went against Dean at crucial times.

This affected his concentration and he lost out 11/8 11/8 11/6 and a 3-0 defeat.

Although disappointed Dean was keen to get as a high a place in the competition as possible. In round 4 he found himself up against No.6 nationally ranked Andrew Roberts of Kinross. In this game Dean played great competitive squash to run out 11/9 11/3 11/7 and a 3-0 win.

This win took Dean into a play off for 5th/6th place and he was up to play against Harry Anderson of Whitecraigs and there was no way he was going to finish 6th as he pressured his opponent to win comfortably 11/4 11/3 11/3 to clinch 5th place.

Dean can be well pleased with his 5th place out of 20 of the best young junior players in the Under 13 age group. He too has a chance of playing in this age group again next year when those above him now will have moved up an age group.

Jordan Currie, Junior Squash Coach at Nunholm Squash Club added “Dean was a credit to our club in the Nationals; he played with great determination, skill and effort. But more importantly he showed a good attitude and respect to his opponents throughout the competition”.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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