15-year-old Amy Humphreys was the closest yet to winning her first Individual National title at the recent National Schools Championships held at Doncaster. Draycott’s leading Junior player had qualified for the event by winning the Nottinghamshire’s Under 16 Schools title and was seeded 5 for the National finals.
Amy started well winning all five of her group matches including
a 3-1 win over her Draycott Junior British League squad player –
Isabelle Joubeily (Sy) to reach the last 16. She next faced
Lancashire’s Amy Hutchins and this was a tight battle as Hutchins
refused to give up as she forced her higher ranked opponent
to a deciding end but Humphreys held her nerve to squeeze
home in the 5th end.
In the Q/F Amy defeated 4th seed Jasmin Johns 3-1 setting up
a semi-final match against another JBL squad player – Kate
Amy started poorly as Kate raced to 2-0 lead and at 7-4 down
in the 3rd end her coach Phil Vickers called a decisive time out
which changed the course of the match as Amy took the 3rd
end and then ran out a 3-2 winner.
In the final Amy faced top seed Emily Bolton and despite
winning the first end 11-6 Amy had to settle for the silver
medal as Emily took advantage in next three tight ends to
win 3-1 Amy Humphreys (Nottinghamshire)
Other Draycott players were also in action at Doncaster where Molly Hancock (Under 11 Girls), Poww Boonyaprapa (U/11 Boys), Naphat Boonyaprapa (Under 13 Boys), Alex Ramsden (U/16 Boys), Michael Bree (Under 19 Boys) all won their five group matches before being defeated at the Q/F stage.
JBL Girls squad player – Olivia Churchill (Li) went one stage further to reach the semi final losing to the eventual winner - Yuki Wat (Mi)
Other JBL Girls squad players – Kate Cheer (Sx) was runner-up in the U/13 girls with Bhavika Mistry (Np) reaching the semi-final.