Kent U9s narrowly miss out on third place in the EPSCA final

Kent U9s finished a very creditable 4th from the 19 teams competing at the EPSCA finals in Northampton on Saturday April 25th 2015, just 1 point behind third and four points behind the winners, Barnet.

The team started cautiously in round 1 with 8/12 leaving us in fifth place. Although on paper this looked a slow start there were some great individual performances with the team winning most of the first nine games played and then being edged out in some very tight games from strong positions as the games approached the time limit.

Chris reminded the group that team could have slow start and bounce back strongly and the team responded scoring a resounding 10/12 to end the second round on 18/24 and climbing to third place overall just behind Cambridgeshire on 20 and Barnet on 19.

The momentum from the second round continued into the third round with the team winning the first seven games completed and looking very capable of scoring ten plus points again. After the strong start the results became much harder and we finished the round on 8.5/12 scoring 26.5 points in total. Although a top three score in most other years, it was not enough to overtake Barnet finishing with 30.5 and Cambridgeshire finishing with 28 and also not enough to prevent a stong finishing Hertfordshire team from overtaking us.

All the team made valuable contributions with everyone working very hard in every round and improving immensely from their zonal performances. Thanks to Chris for insightful coaching and all the parents for being very supportive throughout the day.

The team were: Haolin Zhao, Bobby Akeya-Price, Navieinaah Haridas, Saahil Bansal, Yong Gui Wang, Ciaran Brightley-Davies, Sasmit Neogi, James Merriman, Radha Ratnesan, Mihika Verma, Jai Singh Chaturvedi, Max Wilkinson, Arjun Javagal, Mason Graves-Brown, Dominic Coates, Theodore Panchev, Misha Lello, Suriya Velayudham, 


1st: Barnet 30.5/36

2nd Cambs 28

3rd Herts 27.5

4th Kent 26.5

5th= Essex, Wey Valley 23

7th= Sussex, Glamorgan

9th= Notts 20.5


John Merriman

U9 Team Manager