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WICK teenager Donna Majilton made a great impact in her first major squash competition outwith the county, winning the girls' under-15 title in emphatic fashion at the Inverness Junior Open last weekend.  She dominated all four matches against the best girls from the Inverness and Aberdeen areas, winning  3-0 in the final against Rosie Allan from Montrose.  Donna also received the trophy for best overall performance in the competition, which took place over Saturday and Sunday.

Fourteen-year-old Donna deserved her success, with her powerful drives and speed around the court proving too much for her opponents.  This is the first Inverness squash title triumph for any Caithness youngster in recent years, and it is also the first time the Wick juniors have competed so far from home.

Donna was one of 12 Caithness youngsters competing in the High-land capital.  Seven boys entered the under-13 section but all were knocked out in the first round. They then played off in the plate competition, Donna's brother Gavin Majilton winning from Euan Jappy in an exciting final.


In the U15 boys' event, Dexter Durrand lost to a very skilful Ali MacCorquindale in the first round, then went on to the plate semi-finals before losing 3-2 to Alex Dorn from Orkney in a very close match.  John Georgeson made it through the early rounds to the semi-finals where the more experienced Euan Urquhart won 3-1 in a tight encounter, playing good straight drives and waiting for his opponent's mistakes. Euan went on to win both the U15 and U13 titles from Greg Lobban in both events.

Mathew Boyce had a good weekend in the U17s, getting through to the semis before losing to finalist David Gordon from Kinloss, who himself lost in the final to Gary Mackay.  Gary, from Inverness, also went on to win the U19 section, with Louis Morrill (Thurso) putting in a great performance to secure the runner-up spot.

Wick club captain Jim Georgeson said: "This was a great tournament for our youngsters to assess themselves against the better players in the North.  They have all gained from the experience and enjoyed themselves in the process, so well done to all who took part."