The Welsh Girls’ Championships were held at their customary venue of Inglefield House in Monmouth on 11th January. As usual entry numbers meant combining some age groups. The combined U14/U12 was strong with 6 of the 7 girls all able to beat each other on a good day. Emily Wang’s draw with Shayanna Sivarajasingam in the first round had a significant effect on events as this left Shayanna for the whole event having to play catch up with Stephanie du Toit. The crunch came in round 4 when these two played. Shayanna missed her chance to win in a K+P ending, with the resulting draw leaving Stephanie an easy road to the title. Aishwarya Lutchman Singh was the unlucky U12 who had to play up to Shayanna in the last round - the only one of the top three U12s to play both U14s, though a win for her would have meant she would have won the U12 title outright. As it was she lost, allowing Emily Wang and Neya Govindaraj to overtake her.
Congratulations to the Howell's A and B U11G teams who competed in the Southern Semifinal of the NSCC at St Catherine's School on 19th January 2014.
Howell's A won the semifinals unbeaten over five rounds against strong teams from Wimbledon (last year's winners) and Putney.
Howell's B were the dark horses in the tournament, losing only to Howell's A and beating both Wimbledon A and Putney A teams, but were pipped into 3rd place by 0.5 points by Putney B.
Both Howell's teams qualify for the Finals to be held at St Catherine's School in April.
Howell's A: Shayanna, Venetia, Neya
Howell's B: Emily, Susanna, Shermin