Josh just champion for Haworth Hawks

Josh Poulsen

Josh Poulsen

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Josh Poulsen has become the first Haworth Hawks player to win the main competition at a regional tournament.

He lifted the under-13 title at the Blackpool Junior One-Star Competition.

In the group stage, he won convincingly against players from Bishop Auck-land and Garstang before going on to win in the quarter-finals against the 85th-ranked player in England, William Gregson of Stockport.

The semi-final was a tougher match against Durham’s Charlotte Wetherby, ranked 25th in the England girls’ list, but 11-year-old Josh triumphed 3-1.

In the final, he came back from losing the first game against Selby’s Tom Morris to win 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-9.

Meanwhile, Josh was runner-up in Hawks junior section’s end-of-year tournament, with 12-year-old Spencer Hurd winning the trophy.

The supplementary competition, where players had to win best-of-three games to progress, was won by 12-year-old Grace Fellingham-Webb, with Maddy Silberberg, aged 13, being the runner-up.

Head coach Andy Bray said: “The standard of playing has been really high, with two finals matches of fantastic quality. The future of the club is looking great.”

The juniors have two teams in the National Cadet League, with both teams currently in second place in their divisions.

Their next matches are in early February.

Several Hawks players will also compete in the second round of the National Schools’ Competition in the middle of this month.

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