East of Scotland squash kids are making a real racket

Only last weekend, Edinburgh teenagers Georgia Adderley and Carrie Hallam inspired Scotland to European squash gold in Bucharest.

Thursday, 28th April 2016, 5:30 am

This weekend, they will be playing much closer to home for the East of Scotland squad at the Inter Regional Junior Championships at Colinton Castle Sports Club on Saturday and Sunday.

“Scotland hadn’t sent a women’s team to the European Team Championships for four or five years, so to win the third division (beating Italy 2-0 in last Sunday’s final) straight off the bat was a fantastic achievement, especially as all four of them were teenagers,” said East of Scotland performance coach Kevin Moran, who will himself represent Scotland at next week’s men’s European Teams in Warsaw.

“Carrie played in the semi-final against Finland and won that, while Georgia went through the whole tournament undefeated in six matches, so neither of them had any problems.

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“Georgia’s just turned 15 and she’s like a superstar in our eyes. She got to the final of the Scottish senior championships earlier this year (losing narrowly to Claire Gadsby), so she’s definitely one for the future.”

In addition to his two European gold medallists, Moran will oversee an East of Scotland squad of over 20 players this weekend, with three boys and one girl plus reserves competing in five different age groups, from under-11 to under-19, against teams from five other Scottish regions – West, Grampians, Tayside, Central and Highlands.

“A lot of our kids have done so well and made the Scotland squads in their respective age groups, so they deserve a huge amount of credit. This is going to be another big weekend for all of them,” said Moran.