U/12 North Midway Badminton League On Sunday 18th January 2015, it was the 2nd leg of the U/12 North Midway League. Leicestershire entered a 2nd team into this leg to give some of Leicestershire’s, younger and less experienced players the opportunity to play in this fun team event.
In the first match we faced Warwickshire, who were the strongest team in the group and we lost 9-1, with Emily and Lewis taking the only win in the mixed doubles.
Next we faced Cheshire and this as a closely contested match losing 3 games 21-20. Finn and James managed to win their doubles 21-20 and Ayush won his singles resulting in an 8-2 defeat.
The third match was against Yorkshire 1st team who proved too strong and we lost 9-1, with Ayush and Emma winning the one.
Next we came up against Nottingham again it was tough match, with most of the games being lost to the high teens. Sophie won her singles and Tom and James took their boys doubles, resulting in an 8-2 loss.
Finally we faced Yorkshire 2nd team and we ended the day on a high note, winning 6-4 with great performances from the whole team.
Overall the team were placed 7th out of 8.
The under 12 Team
Girls – Jess Allen ,Tamsin Betts, Tilly Dale and Eve Durrance.
Boys – Danny Beynon, Rowan Clark, Luke Hoult, Owen King and Tom Patterson Watts.
The under 12yrs 1st team who were undefeated in the first leg of the North Midway league returned to Sheffield this weekend to play the 2nd leg.
The day started with a great Win against Yorkshire 2nd team 9-1 . This was the start of many more wins.
The 6-4 result against Derby was very pleasing taking 3 out of 4 singles games , both girls doubles and a tight match won by Rowan and Tom gave us the win.
The team then stormed ahead to beat Nottingham 10.0 !!!!
The 3 wins meant that Leicestershire went through to the top half of the competition . The first match of this round was against Derby this time the score was even better , Roman reverced the result in the boys singles beating their number 1 boy 21 . -16. , Luke also did a good job and continued his run of wins in the boys singles 21-15 , Owen and Tilly had a close mixed game coming out winners 21-20 , Tom and Rowan won 21-10 and some convincing wins from the girls Tamsin and Jess won 21-8 , Tilly and Eve 21-7 and Tamin and Jess both winning their singles took the team to a victory of 8-2 .
The team knew they were now up against 2 really tough teams . Warwickshire and Yorkshire , Luke and Jess started the match off v Warwickshire with a great win 21.5 as did Tom and Eve 21. 9 . The boys doubles followed with wins from Owen and Rowan 21.14 and Tom and Danny 21.16. Jess and Tamsin had a brilliant girls doubles Game but unfortunately lost 21.15 . The second girls doubles partnership Eve and Tilly had an exciting finish with good win 21.14 . Tamsin and Tilly had tough singles games against the number 1 and 2 Warwickshire girls but never gave up and played their best. Rowan and Luke did the job winning both boys singles the final result was 7. 3.
Going into the last match knowing that the gold medal was in sight the whole team gave a great performance even though they had been playing for over 6 hrs they dug deep and pulled of a convincing win of 7.3 , Rowan and Owen and Tom and Danny winning both boys doubles , Eve and Tilly winning the girls doubles , Jess and Tilly had a really close singles games both just loosing 21-19 , Both mixed games were won by Tom and Tamsin , Luke and Eve , and Rowan and Luke finished it off winning both boys singles. The gold medal was theirs.
What a fantastic result 12 matches won over the 2 legs – NO LOSS !
The points were 949 and games won 35 .
Warwickshire got 2nd position and Yorkshire 3rd .
Well done to all the whole team and the managers !!!!!
LEICESTERSHIRE U15s V WORCESTERSHIRE U15s
Match Report by Noel Haines
Leicestershire Under 15s travelled to Worcestershire for the third match of their Shires League campaign. Could the team get back on track after the defeat against Yorkshire? Time would tell. Team Managers, Mark and Laura set out their game plan, in their pre-match team talk, before the mixed doubles got underway.
First up, Martin and Ella, Tom C and Hritika, Ryan and Eve, Tom L and Issy. The sports hall went quiet as the pairs went into action and despite the fact that it was Worcestershire that won the first rally of the day, it was Leicestershire that dominated the early proceedings. First to turn were established pair Martin and Ella, quickly followed by Tom L and Issy. However, the first Leicestershire pair to win their match and claim that confidence boosting first team point were Tom and Hritika with a convincing 21-9, 21-7 victory. Next to take their points for Team Leicestershire were Martin and Ella winning 21-10, 21-17 and Ryan and Eve winning 21-18, 21-14. Not for the first time, the team succeeded in achieving a clean sweep in the mixed with Tom L and Issy winning their first game 21-10 and coming through a tight second game 21-19.
MATCH SCORE, LEICESTERSHIRE 4 WORCESTERSHIRE 0
Next up, the first singles matches and it was Ella off to a fast start, keeping her opponent moving around all areas of the court winning the first game 21-11. Hritika with some equally strong play using some excellent tactics clinched her first game 21-12. It was a mixed start for the boys with Leicestershire number 1 Martin losing his first game 21-19, however it was good news for Tom who won his first game. Tom continued to press his advantage and took the match with a superb cross court drop shot to his opponents forehand side to set up a 21-14, 21-11 victory. By this stage both Ella and Hritika had put in excellent performances to complete victory in their matches. The loss of the first game had woken Martin up and it was a much more focussed player that took the court for the next game. He won the second and third games 21-8, 21-11 to take his point for Leicestershire.
The singles matches continued with Izzy, Eve, Nikhil and Ryan taking to the court for their contests. Both Issy and Eve put in dominant performances maintaining their concentration, both conceding only 14 points to their opponents in their matches to claim their individual points for the team. At the same time, some great movement and skilful touches enabled Ryan and Nikhil to take their points for the team. Ryan won the first five points of his match, never looking back, eventually winning 21-7, 21-13. Nikhil was equally impressive in his 21-5, 21-15 victory.
MATCH SCORE, LEICESTERSHIRE 12 WORCESTERSHIRE 0
Next, the level doubles and making her first appearance of the day was a smiling Jasmin Bullock who was returning to competitive play after a suffering an injury two months prior. She partnered Ella to take on Worcestershire’s top pairing, whilst Issy and Eve teamed up to take on their opponent number 2 pair. With some sharp net work from Eve and powerful forehand smashes from Issy, the pair dominated the match winning 21-9, 21-3. After a comfortable first game, Ella and Jasmin were made to work hard to claim victory, eventually winning, 21-7, 19-21, 21-16.
Tom Lund re-entered the fray, teaming up with Nikhil to take on the oppositions second ranked pair. Tom and Nikhil stood tall at the net and despite some despairing dives from their opponents took the match 21-9, 21-15. Meanwhile, the tried and tested Beynon Cowperthwaite combination worked well together to dispatch Worcestershire’s top pair 21-10, 21-15.
In the reverse doubles, one of the performances of the day was served up by Issy and Eve. They played flawlessly in the second game and at one stage won ten successive points to lead 20-2, before taking the match 21-8, 21-5. Within seconds of Issy and Eve claiming their point, Ella and Jasmin also signed off in style winning their match 21-4, 21-7.
Meanwhile attacking play from Martin and some disguised slices from Tom C were the highlights of a comfortable 21-7, 21-8 in their final game. However, thoughts of an early departure onto the M5 were dashed as Tom and Nikhil provided arguably the match of the day. Having lost their first game, the pressure was on the players to see if they could deliver a 20-0 victory for the team. Both pairs played some excellent badminton, with Nikhil in particular covering a lot of ground in defence. After a series of long rallies Tom and Nikhil took the second game, but fell to a 17-13 deficit in the third and final game. With all eyes now on this high quality match both pairs gave 100% effort, but finally it was the Leicestershire pair that triumphed over a Worcestershire partnership that had given their all.
Next up Norfolk.
Rushey Mead Primary School achieved their second win in Leicester City Community Badminton Network’s series of primary badminton tournaments. 8 pairs from both Rushey Mead and Sandfield Close took part in a badminton doubles contest at Beaumont Leys School. Both schools had 100% turnout and the event was well supported by parents.
The quarter finals provided two exciting ties with Rushey’s Moksh Handa and Saraanhusen Sabirhusen edging Sandfield’s Arian Basra and Shiv Dattani 15-14, and Sandfields’ Sonia Shah and Dhavina Patel going through by the same score against Rushey’s Abinaya Rajenthiram and Malakai Dunn.
In the semi finals Moksh Handa and Saraanhusen Sabirhusen overpowered team mates Bhavik Arvind and Bagirdan Dharmalingam, whilst Palupreet Kaur and Cameron Rahman from Rushey Mead had a much harder task in beating Sonia Shah and Dhavina Patel.
In an all Rushey Mead final, Palupreet Kaur and Cameron Rahman relied heavily on the quality of their serve to gain points. However, in the rallies, Moksh Handa and Saraanhusen Sabirhusen were dominant, running out winners 21-9.
Leicester City Badminton Coaching & Development Officer