WJCs – Final Recap

The Men’s World Junior Team Championships came to an end in Nancy, France on Sunday 21 August 2022. 

Australia finished 12th, their best finish at the tournament since 2016.

It’s safe to say that everyone in the squash community across the country is so very proud of our amazing team.

Here is how the last three days looked..

Day 9

The Australian men played off for 9-12, after a tough loss to India.  Oscar was the first Aussie on the court, matching up against Arnaav Sareen. It was a 4-game thriller, with the Indian the eventual victor.

In the second game, Aussie Luke Eyles retired hurt, conceding defeat to India’s Krishna Mishra (7-11, 3-11, 2-6). As a result of Eyles retiring hurt, India claimed a 2-0, unfortunately knocking the Aussies out of the competition.

The team then prepared to face Canada on Saturday.

Day 10

It was a tough loss against Canada, going down 1-2 in the 9-12 playoffs.

Oscar was the first on court for the Australian men, starting strong with a win over Canada’s Syan Singh (5-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-6). The win inspired Greg and Dylan who would play the remaining two matches.

However, the class of Canada’s Jacob Lin was too strong for Greg, going down in straight games (6-11, 9-11, 7-11).  Dylan stepped on to the court in the third match, pushing Mohamed Kamal all the way to four games. In the end, it was Kamal who claimed the win, after a tough match (11-7, 9-11, 5-11, 9-11).

The team then prepared to battle with Colombia on Sunday.

Day 11

Coming up against Colombia in the 11th place playoff, Oscar was first up on court against Juan Jose Torres Lara. It was a close match up with the Colombian player taking the early advantage for his team with a 3-0 (11-9 11-9 11-8) win.

The matches only continued to intensify as Luke Eyles and Greg took to their court. In a tough match that went for five games, Greg battled it out against Juan Irisarri to keep Australia’s chances of finishing 11th alive. Despite being down 2-1 after the third game, Greg fought his way back into the match winning the fourth to level it at 2-2 ahead of the deciding game.

Chan came out of the gates in blistering form to secure a 3-2 (13-11 6-11 5-11 11-8 11-1) win and level the match.

Luke Eyles then won his opening game but his opponent, Jose Santamaria, proved too strong on the day as Elyes went down 1-3 (11-5 3-11 8-11 7-11).

The full results can be found here.  

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