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.
A good day at the nationals and great to see Leicestershire fielding 6 players. Keep it up!!!
Tournament report by Ian Watson