The Hampshire Ladies team qualified for Premier division last year by easily winning Division 1. The event was held in Nottingham over two days at the glorious Nottingham Squash Rackets Club, situated within The Park Estate.
The entry consisted of eight counties competing in a monrad draw: Chesire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Surrey, Middlesex, Gloustershire and Hampshire. Our team included Sarah Spacey, Catherine Finlayson, Emily Heyes, Fleur Orchard, Bev Mackay and Bev Brockway.
In the first round Hampshire came up against Warwickshire. We lost 4/1 with Fleur, at No4, the only winner for Hampshire. The loss meant we were dropped to the 5/8 playoff, where we met Surrey. Surrey proved to be much stronger than our previous opponents and trounced Hampshire 5/0. On the Sunday we played for 7/8 position against Middlesex. It was a hard fought battle but Middlesex came through 4/1. Both Middlesex and Hampshire are relegated to Division 1.
Playing in Premier division was an eye opener. The teams have incredible depth and most likely it wasn't the strongest team they could field on the day. We enjoyed it immensely and return to Division 1 with our heads held high.
Hampshire ladies captain