U14 success in the first leg of the North Midway League!

On Sunday 19th October 16 Leicestershire players, numerous parents and volunteers travelled to Sheffield to take part in the U14 North Midway League tournament. The players were divided into two teams, a first for Leicestershire, and the nominations were handed in to the referee.
11 teams had entered and all the managers were called to the referees table for the draw to decide which groups the teams would be playing in…..luckily our 2 teams didn’t have to play each other in that first group stage!
The second team of Sam, Jess, Niall, Elisha, Brett, Emily, Rowan and Sophie had a tough draw in the first group and although didn’t win any of those matches, did win some of their games giving them some close results. In the afternoon in the next group round they won one of their matches to finish the day in 9th place overall. A good effort by the team……… for some players it was the first time they had played in a match!
The first team of Martin, Ella, Tom C, Eve, Marcus, Hritika, Sameer and Mia were drawn against Yorkshire 1 and Cheshire in the first group rounds of the day. They won both matches convincingly 8-2 to then be placed in the top group along with Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire for the next round….a true local derby triangle! The first match against Warks was a close match, the girls nudging us ahead early on by winning both of their singles games, after that we managed to hold our own to win the match 6-4! Our next match against Notts was an exciting match, ‘even stevens’ after the singles and level doubles games so it was all down to the mixed doubles……’fired up’, realising that first place was within reach our 2 mixed pairs went on to convincingly win both games…..final score 6-4!
Well done to our Leicestershire 1 team winning the first leg….bring on the second leg on Sunday 8th February, everything to play for!!

U13 Shires League – Leicestershire vs Norfolk

U13 Shires League Inter-County Match Report

Leicestershire vs Norfolk

7th December 2014

This was going to be another tough match after our recent loss to Bucks.

Norfolk had recently played Bucks and had managed to take 8 games from them opposed to our 5.

Mixed doubles was first as always.

Sameer and Jess Rodgers were up against tough opposition. After a loss in the first game, Sameer and Jess needed to work hard to pull it back, they worked brilliantly together and managed to pull the next game out of the bag, deciding game to be played. After a game fought with much spirit the game was very close, they lost out to a score of 20-22.

Harry and Sophie worked well together and after a first tough game with a score of 22-20, they needed to keep up the hard work for the next game, they took another win with the score of 21-18.

Rowan and Jess Allen won their first game with a score of 21-8, Norfolk step the pace up in the second game and manage to take the game. The deciding game could go either way. Rowan and Jess know what they needed to do to with the next game and take the match. They step up to the mark and win the next game, another win under our belts.

Ollie and Tamzin take on the final Norfolk pair and manage to take two convincing wins, another one for Leicestershire

Mixed Leicester 3, Norfolk 1

Now for the Boys Singles, we were expecting some tough games and the boys knew they needed to play to their very best. Sameer, Harry, Rowan and Joe were ready to take on the Norfolk boys. The boys all won their first games. Could they repeat it again in their next games? Yes was the answer to that and Leicester’s boys took all 4 matches.

Boys singles Leicester 4, Norfolk 0

Girls Singles, this was always going to be another tough challenge for our girls. Jess R fought hard for every point in the first game, the final score being 16-21, again in the next game Jess but her all into it but Norfolk managed to take the game. Sophie played her best but another win for Norfolk.

Two matches to Norfolk, could we manage to pull it back.

Jess A had a very tough first game and Norfolk took this one, game two and Jess fought hard for every point in this game, her hard work and determination played off as Jess took the second game. Now for the decider, either team could take this game. Jess was riding high from her win in the previous game, she clearly had the opposition rattled and used this to her advantage, another win for Jess.

Could Tamzin win the next match and make it a draw for the girls.

Tamzin stepped up to play some great badminton, Tamzin took a comfortable lead early on in both games and kept hold of the lead to win both games.

Girls Singles Leicester 2, Norfolk 2

Boys Doubles – Can the boys take the advantage from winning the singles into the doubles?

Sameer and Joe are first up, some great play from both teams but Leicester take the lead early on in the first game and hold onto it throughout, one game in the bag. The Norfolk pair step up a gear in the next game but again Sameer and Joe take an early lead and another game and match to the Leicester boys. Next up is Harry and Ollie, again both teams are showing the fighting spirit, Harry and Ollie also take an early lead and use this to their advantage for another win. Game two plays out like the first game and another game and match to our boys.

Now for the crossover, Sameer and Joe cruise and take two comfortable wins from both games 21-5 to our boys, another match won.

Harry and Ollie prepare to take on Norfolk’s number one pair. First game and the Norfolk boys have a determination to take a game from us. Harry and Ollie play to their best and manage to win the tightly contested game. Can they do the same in their next game? The second match played out much like the first with Norfolk trying to take the game from us. Harry and Ollie gave it their all and again come out on top. Another match to Leicester.

Another 4 out of 4 for the boys.

Boys Doubles Leicester 4, Norfolk 0

Girl’s doubles – Time for the girls to show Norfolk what they are made off.

First up against Norfolk’s number one pair Jess R and Jess A. Some brilliant badminton from both teams, our girls put up a good fight but Norfolk manage to pip them to the post in both games, first match to Norfolk.

Sophie and Tamzin take on the second Norfolk pair, both teams were playing with a determination to win the game, Leicester’s girls came out on top to take the game. The second game played out easier and our girls cruised to a 21-6 win.

Cross over time…

Time for Jess R and Jess A to play Norfolk’s second pair. They take the first game with a score of 21-12. Can they take the second game to win the match? The Norfolk girl’s game out fighting and both teams fought hard for every point. The girls managed to pip them to the post with a close score of 25-23.

Sophie and Tamzins turn to play Norfolk’s first pair. Both teams worked hard to try and claim the victory but Norfolk managed to come out on top in both games to take the match.

Girls Doubles Leicester 2, Norfolk 2

The whole team played some great badminton and took us to a great victory.

Overall score Leicester 15, Norfolk 5

Silver medal for Sameer in Gold tournament!

Two Leicestershire players, Sameer and Rowan, took part in an U13 Gold event this weekend.
Day 1 saw Sameer go through to day 2 to the quarter finals of the singles, knocking out one of the seeded players on his way through!
Sameer then teamed up with Rowan to play in the group round of the doubles. They won their first match in a very tight 3 setter and fought hard against their second pair losing in another 2 tight games only narrowly missed out on a quarter final place.
Day 2 saw Sameer go through to the final of the singles, a great achievement, to take the silver medal! Well done Sameer!

Under 11yrs Primary Midway League

The Under 11yrs Team: Luke Hoult, Owen King, Ayush Panchal, Lewis Whyley, Louie Stevenson, Eve Durrance, Tilly Dale, Emily Gallacher, Emma Thornley, Sophie Watson.

On a soggy Sunday morning the County U/11 team made their way up to Sheffield to compete in the National Primary Midway Badminton Tournament. The first two opponents were local rivals Derbyshire and Warwickshire both matches were tough, the Leicestershire team fought hard but lost both matches 6-4. Match three was against Yorkshire, Leicestershire got off to a flying start, halving all the singles, winning both boys doubles, and halving the girls doubles. The match ended with a great finale and the Leicestershire team won 7-3. Match four was v Cheshire 1st team.

Leicestershire lost 3 out of the 4 singles games but fought back to halve the level doubles. Going into the final discipline it was really exciting, Leicestershire knew they needed to win the
last mixed game to secure a draw, but unfortunately Cheshire proved too strong, and won the overall match 6-4. The next
two matches went Leicestershire’s way 9-1 win v Lancashire and an 8-2 win v Cheshire 2nd team. At the moment it puts them in 4th place going into the 2nd leg on March 8th , where I am sure they will be fighting to improve that position.

A great days Badminton for the under 11yrs.

Report by: Jenny Gallacher

Aime Hoult – Team Manager

Rowan and Sameer get Gold

Rowan and Sameer cruised through the group phase of the doubles with wins of 21-5,
21-13 and 21-13.That then put them through to the Semi final against Goode and Goddard from
Hertfordshire. ( Harry Goode is the son of England Legends Jo Goode and Andy Goode) This was a rematch from the U12 Leicester invitational final. On that occasion Rowan and Sameer won 21-13. On this occasion however it was a much tighter affair with both pairs playing some fantastic badminton, but it was once again Rowan and Sameer who came out on top 21-19. In final they came up across the biggest and strongest pair in the draw from Warwickshire, In fact Rowan was about a foot shorter than his opponents.
The start of the match went totally the way of the Warwickshire pair, leading 11-6 at the mid way point. It was as though the Leicestershire pair were stunned by their opponents size and power. As the pair changed ends I (Anthony Clark LSBA coach and father of Rowan)shouted out to Rowan that the match wasn’t over and they could still win.
That seemed to ignite the after burners because Rowan and Sameer started to play some incredible badminton. They managed to claw back the lead and move past their bigger opponents with real skill and determination. from 11-6 down they turned it round into a 21-16 win. All in all it was a great display of junior badminton with all four boys playing fantastically well. But it was the Leicestershire pair that possessed that extra bit of class on the day.It was a fantastic day for Leicestershire badminton with a gold medal for Sameer Chenia in the boys singles, gold for Rowan Clark and Sameer Chenia in the
boys doubles. Finally a Bronze medal in the girls doubles for Jessica Allen and
Jess Rodgers.

As the Performance Director for LSBA I was left emotional and so proud of all the Leicestershire players, not just the ones in this event. We are now
starting to win medals in all age groups. This is down to the fact that our players are training more regularly and also down to the fact they are working incredibly hard in every session they attend. The future certainly looks bright
for Leicestershire badminton.

U13s Continue the Leicestershire Gold Rush

The under 15s had set the standard high in Nottingham and the smaller under 13 group of 5 players really wanted to keep the medals flowing into Leicestershire, and so they did in the West Midlands U13 Bronze Circuit tournament …

Sameer: Gold Boys Singles

Sameer and Rowan: Gold Boys Doubles

Jess and Jess: Bronze Girls Doubles

A special mention also goes to U11 Emily Gallacher in her first Bronze event, coming away with 2 excellent wins.  Watch this space!