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Under 11 EPSCA Girls Saturday, March 01
Trevor Jones writes:

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The Berkshire Girls U-11 team of 12 players and 3 reserves played in the EPSCA U-11 Girls' Final on 1st March at Headington School, Oxford. There were 3 rounds with each player having 50 minutes on the clock. Altogether 14 teams of Counties or Cities (Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham) took part.

After Round 1 only a point separated the front-runners of Wey Valley-Surrey, Sussex, Barnet, Notts and Oxon. After Round 2 it was still very much neck and neck between them with Oxon in the lead by half a point over Sussex. Oxon eventually ran out as winners after Round 3 with 28/36 closely followed by Sussex (27½/36) and Wey Valley-Surrey (26½/36). Berkshire came in joint 10th place with 11½/36 which was down on last years 7th place.

Our best results were on the lower 6 boards where we scored 8½/18 which exactly matches our lower boards score from last year. Strong performances came from Becky Head on Board 8 with 2/3 and Molly Workman on Board 11 with 3/3. On our top boards Louise Head scored a much deserved 2/3 on Board 3. Louise has been improving her game all season and this excellent result is very much a reflection of her hard work and ability. Our only other score on the top boards was a point for Lily Kapoor on Board 6 courtesy of a Bye. We recently noticed that it was tough going on the top boards when we played in the 4 Counties Girls U-11 match at Windsor in January, and it remains tough!

This was our third consecutive year playing in the EPSCA U-11 Girls' Final and we were looking to improve on our previous performances of bottom half in 2006 and mid-table in 2007. Certainly the Berks girls have practiced harder this season and played more events than previously and this was our strongest team for some time. Alas the other teams have improved as well. Our only consolation was that in the prize-giving we won the "tidy room" prize!

I would like to thank Heather Lang and Nigel Dennis for organising the event, arbiter Peter Purland for running it so smoothly, and the hospitality extended to us at Headington School. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Berks Girls U-11 team to match themselves against the best in England and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience

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