U15s win a place in the Shires League Finals!

LEICESTERSHIRE U15 V YORKSHIRE U15

PLAY OFF SEMI FINAL – 24 APRIL 2016

In the car on the way to Babington for the big match against Yorkshire, I was contemplating how the team would get on. I thought that even with Vardy suspended, Leicester should have too much for a Swansea team with not much tooplay for and so it proved – in spectacular style. Come on you Foxes!

Ok, to the much anticipated Shires play off semi-final against Yorkshire. This cohort of players have twice reached this stage of proceedings and failed to advance. Would it be third time lucky?

Team Manager Laura gave her usual Ranieri style team talk and inevitably reminded the players to take it one game at a time and that all they had achieved so far was to reach the play-off semi-finals. There was no mention of qualifying for Europe or winning the league. It was well and truly a time for taking the pressure off her players and concentrate on the match in hand.

First up, the mixed doubles…. Today’s starting line up featured Dan and Hritika, Tom and Eve, Tom and Jas, Martin and Ella. It was top pair, Martin and Ella who from the whistle made the fastest start going 10-0 up, with Ella a real predator in front of goal. They quickly won their match 21-7, 21-16. It was however, Dan and Hritika who claimed the first point of the day winning 21-11, 21-18. During his post matchinterview Dan said, “We played alright, our first game was better than our second!” There was clear evidence that that the midweek training was paying off for the remaining pairs on court. Both Leicestershire duos running out victors, Tom and Jas winning 21-15, 21-17 and Tom and Eve winning 21-18, 21-18.

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On paper the first 4 singles matches looked evenly matched with each of the opponents having played each other at least once before. Perhaps the most intriguing match up was Martin who was playing against his doubles partner Nathan. Bragging rights were certainly up for grabs. Thankfully for Leicestershire it was Martin who kept his composure and got his tactics right, keeping the pressure on his opponent to win 21-7, 21-14. During his post match interview Martin stated, “This was a match I wanted to win as it was important for the team”. Hritika was playing an opponent in form, but despite numerous good shots and 100% effort eventually went down 21-14, 21-8. The same could be said for Tom, who despite not feeling well never let his head drop eventually losing 21-16, 21-13. Last on court was Ella who having lost her first game, set up a decider after winning the second. It was her Leicester never say die attitude that saw her overcome a good opponent 10-21, 21-13, 21-16.

Next on were Eve, Jas, Tom and Dan. Eve was always in control of her match and supported by the biggest cohort of family and friends this side of the King Power won comfortably 21-8, 21-10. After the match, Eve said” The crowd were great, it was like having 12th man on court with me”. Tom won many gruelling, long rallies, but despite his “Huth like” defence lost to a talented opponent 16-21, 11-21. Dan was involved in a match that the spectators really got involved in. He looked in control taking first game 21-18. However, his opponent fought back winning the 2nd, 14-21 only for Dan to get a great start in the third. He never relinquished his lead and won the game 21-10. The last singles match saw Jas stand firm working quietly and effectively much like LCFC’s Danny Drinkwater winning a tight match 21-19, 21-15.

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With only 2 points required to claim victory, the players stepped onto the pitch to play their first level doubles games. With Martin and Tom quickly claiming their first game, it seemed like it would be a race between the girls doubles pairs to see who would claim the winning point. But the Yorkshire boys put paid to this reportersprediction winning a tight second game against Martin and Tom. Meanwhile the girls were performing to the Manager Ranieri’s expectations with both pairs turning out dominating performances. Ella and Jas claimed the point that guaranteed the match draw, with Hritika and Eve claiming the vital winning point. Back with the boys and in one of the matches of the day, in a tie that either pair could have won, it was Martin and Tom that claimed victory winning 25-23 in the decider. Home advantage played its part as the net cord favoured Leicestershire at 22 all! It wasn’t a tale of two halves in the reverse girls doubles matches as both Leicestershire pairs continued to keep the pressure on their opponents to roll out comfortable winners. Dan and Tom showed their fighting qualities during both their doubles matches ran out a close second on both occasions against strongYorkshire opponents. Martin and Tom finished the match in style for Leicestershire to round off what was a great team performance by all eight players who gave 110%!

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So it was third time lucky for the team and this performance books a place at the play finals on 8 May 2016 in Aylesbury. Thanks to Manager Laura and Coaches Chris and Neil for their input. Special mention and thanks to Neil Cooper who has worked and volunteered tirelessly for the Leicestershire Schools Badminton Association for many years. He is taking some well earned time out to perfect his golf game. You are welcome back anytime Neil!

Match reporter – Noel Haines

U14’s Take Gold in York Team Event!

 

Under 14’s Team Event – York

Team – Sameer Chenia, Harry Clare, Joe Goodenough, Rowan Clark, Tom Paterson-Watts, Luke Hoult, Jess Rodgers, Izzy Pike, Jess Allen, Tamsin Betts, Sophie Watson, Tilly Dale

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Start of the event and all the managers were called to the desk, two of the teams had been seeded – Lothian and Surrey, we then had to pick at random to decide which teams were in each box.

Our first box had Lothian, Lancashire and Notts, first game up Lothian.

The team was carefully selected, the first two opening games were won, can we get two more to win the match, another 3 games won first match in the bag. Leicestershire 5, Lothian 2

Next up Lancashire, we have a small team reshuffle and we’re ready to go, after some tough games its two games each, we need to take at least two more to win the match. The players step up to the mark and we win all the remaining games. Leicestershire 5, Lancashire 2

Last game in the box our local rivals Notts. A few more team changes and we’re off. Notts win both the singles, can we pull it back. The whole team play their socks of in the remaining games, it pays off and we win the next 5 games.

Leicestershire 5, Notts 2

Winners and runners up of the box meet each other in the next round.

New boxes are announced. Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Surrey and Lothian.

As we met Lothian in the first round we only need to play Warwickshire and Surrey.

First games announced and we are up against Warwickshire our local nemesis.

Time to get our heads together and select the team.

Singles first, two really tough games, Warwickshire take them both. Two doubles games play, one boys, one girls and we’re drawing at 2 each. The team have got their work cut out if we are to take this match from Warwickshire. The next girls doubles finishes and another one for us. The boys play the final doubles and we need this one to secure the match as Warwick have put their best players in the mixed. Fantastic play by the boys and another win to Leicester, the match won. Can we take the mixed to keep consistent with our other matches of a 5-2 score. The players step up and its edge of your seat stuff. It’s all down to the final point as the games at 20-20. Boom our players win the point and the crowd erupts. Leicestershire 5, Warwickshire 2

Next game Surrey, both Leicestershire and Surrey going into the match having won all of their matches today.

Time to get our heads together for the final team selection.

After a small reshuffle we’re ready to play.

Singles played and we’re one all. Boy’s doubles played and we’re two all. Next up the girls doubles, the girls play with all they have and it pays off, both games won and we’ve won the match. Can we win the last game to keep our consistent score of 5-2. The mixed pair play brilliantly together and take the last game. The teams hard work and determination pays off. Leicestershire 5, Surrey 2

We’ve only gone and won the gold, the players and the parents go wild!!!!!

A fantastic day for all the players who truly deserved their medals.

I would just like to thank Ant and Ian for their help with the team selection.

A special mention to Tilly Dale for the amazing team spirit she displayed all day.

Report by Alaina Goodenough

(A very proud U14’s manager)

U11’s County Championships 2015/16

UNDER 11YRS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015/16 SEASON

A really goods day’s badminton was had this weekend at Babington college where the under 11yrs championships took place.  When I started to put this competition together I did wonder how many would enter but to my surprise we had 13 boys and 8 girls in the singles events, 6 pairs in the boy’s doubles and 4 girls’ doubles pairs. Some of the players were really young but they showed no fear and played with great spirit and determination. It was lovely to see the youngsters enjoying the game of badminton.  I am sure over the next few years we will see these players develop their game and become future county players.

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In the girls’ singles Carly Stevenson took the event by storm and never lost a game all morning, which gained her the championship title. Layla Calisa got the runner up position. The top group of boys Mitchell Allen, Quinn Dunckley, William Sewell and Tom Platzer battled it out in the final stages of the competition. It came down to Tom and William playing to see who got the top spot – they had a great game with Tom coming out as the winner 21-16.

The partnership of Carly and Abigail Sanders proved too strong for the other girls and were winners of the girls’ doubles. Runners up were Matilda Sherwin, aged just 7 years, and Francesca Price.

The boy’s doubles were dominated by the strong pairing of Tom and William who won all their games while the runners up position went to Archie Norman and Leo Grady.

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the players that entered!

Results 

Boys singles    THOMAS PLATZER               R/up – WILLIAM SEWELL

Girls Singles    CARLY STEVENSON             R/up – LAYLA CALISA

Boys Doubles  THOMAS PLATZER & WILLIAM SEWELL
                        R/up ARCHIE NORMAN & LEO GRADY
Girls Doubles   ABIGAIL SANDERS & CARLY STEVENSON
R/up MATILDA SHERWIN & FRANCESCA PRICE
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Boys Singles winner   BAPTISTE BROUQET          R/up GABRIEL DAVEY

Girls Singles winner   ISLA COTTRELL                 R/up SYLVIE WALKER

 

Tournament report by Carole Spencer

 

Leicestershire v Warwickshire U12

U12 Friendly Match – 10th April 2016

A team of 8 U12 Leicestershire players headed over the border, on what was a bright, sunny, Sunday morning for a friendly match against Warwickshire.

We started with the mixed doubles and split the results 2 games each. Next, we played the singles and this also resulted in 2 wins and 2 losses in both the boys and the girls singles.  It was all square going into the level doubles. As the results came in, it was starting to get tense… could we sneak a win, or would it end in a draw?

With the end result being a draw – 10 games all – this was the ultimate in friendly matches.

We finished the match with some extra play …. team singles, which was also declared a draw!

At home – just for fun! – we counted up all the match points; it was a winning draw on points for team Leicestershire, 358-341 points.

WELL PLAYED EVERYONE!

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Grace Sherwin, Tilly Dale, Evie Pike, Emily Gallacher,

Louis Stevenson, Mitesh Chauhan, Ayush Panchal, Lewis Whyley

Match report by Jenny Gallacher

Leicestershire U13’s perform at the Nationals

Saturday 2nd April saw the top 36 boys and girls in the country travel to Milton Keynes for the U13 National Championships. Leicestershire was represented by 6 players –  U13’s Rowan Clark, Jess Allen and Tamsin Betts and U12’s Luke Hoult, Eve Durrance and Sophie Watson .

Starting off with the mixed doubles, Rowan and Jess teamed up and after a easy first win just lost out in the next round to 3/4 seeds. Sophie and partner George lost to a tough pair in the first round.

On to singles next, Rowan had a tough draw, just losing out in 3 closely fought games, then facing seed William Atkin which was hard game but he kept fighting. Luke beat young Fred from Yorkshire in his first game but then lost his second so that was it for the boys. The four girls were up next. Jess had a cracking first game just losing 22-20 16-21 25-23 then losing her second. Eve and Tamsin both had tough singles and couldn’t wrestle a win. Sophie managed a good 21-18 21-18 win but lost the second to the eventual GS winner, Lisa Curtin.

With just the girls competing in the doubles, Eve and Sophie won one and lost to the eventual GD winners, Butler and Curtin. Jess and Tamsin did really well to win the two group games then came up against number 3/4 seeds in quarter finals – we thought they were going to do it but tiredness just lost it in the end. A great result nonetheless just losing out  23-25 21-13 13-21.

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A good day at the nationals and great to see Leicestershire fielding 6 players. Keep it up!!!

Tournament report by Ian Watson

U11’s enjoy success in Warwickshire!

A very young U11 team travelled to Warwickshire this weekend with many of the players looking forward to representing Leicestershire for the very first time:-

The Team :
Girls – Carly , Francesca , Abby , Isla, Sylvie, Sansha and Matilda
Boys –  Tom, Mitchell, Archie , George , William and Jack.

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Match Report by Carole Spencer

Graham and I recently travelled to Warwickshire to help out with the U11 team. Everyone was a little nervous as we arrived at the Bridge Sports Centre since this was the first experience of competitive play for most of the team.

The Warwickshire coach assured me that they had 4 rookies in their team while we had 6 players who had never competed in a match before with some as young as 7 years old. This worried me but as they started to play, they grew in confidence and a great morning’s badminton was played. The match result did not matter; the aim was to give these young players the chance to compete and they definitely raised their game with some of our more experienced players doing really well against good opponents.

The results

Leicestershire won 9 games throughout the morning , 3 Mixed , 3 Boys singles, 1 girls singles and 2 boys doubles.
The two rookie managers Karen (Carly’s mum) and Adam (William’s Dad) did a good  job and I am sure will take this team forward to great things. Most of these players will now be competing in the U11 Championships next weekend at Babington College.

Well done to all the players and a big thanks to the parents for their support!