Success for Eve at U18 Silver

Congratulations to Eve Dale who has won a gold and a bronze medal at the recent U18 Silver event in Oxford on Saturday 18th March.

Playing with Ryan Curtis in the mixed doubles, Eve won both group games in straight games before moving on to defeat Notts pair Emma Hooper and Lewis Kissane in the quarter finals. In the semi finals, Eve and Ryan were unlucky to draw the eventual winners, Essex pair Pillai and Chu, only narrowly missing out on a place in the final losing 17-15 in the 3rd. A well-deserved bronze medal nonetheless.

In the womens’ doubles, Eve paired for the event with Worcestershire’s Elizabeth Hambling and  the girls duly won their group before an easy win in the quarter finals. The semi final looked a bigger challenge against #2 seeds Molly Goode and Abbie Smith from Hertfordshire; however Eve and Elizabeth won through to the final in straight games 16-14 16-14.

The final was played against local Notts rivals Megan Attewell & Amy Keady. This time Eve was able to reverse their most recent encounter which had seen the Notts girls win in their U18 Shires League fixture. Today saw Eve & Elizabeth winning another close game 15-8  8-15  15-12 for the gold medal!

 

U18 Shires vs Lincolnshire

Sunday 19th March and the U18 Shires team hosted Lincolnshire on home turf for the last fixture of the season. With just a single loss to Warwickshire 1 the team wanted to record a good win in order to put them in a good position for the play offs…..

The team:

Martin Beynon, Jai Chandarana, Nikhil Chotai, Tom Cowperthwaite, Ryan King

Eve Dale, Hritika Modi, Issy Paterson-Watts, Izzy Pike

The team made a good start in the mixed doubles with Jai & Issy, Tom & Eve and Nikhil & Hritika winning their games to get off to a 3 – 1 start. However, with each game going to the 3rd end it was clear the match could be a close one.

The Leicestershire team built on these solid foundations in the singles. All 4 Leics boys won their games in straight sets. The girls had a tougher hill to climb with the Lincs team fielding some strong players; Eve winning an entertaining and competitive game against Megan Diggle and both Hritika and Izzy beating their opponents in straight sets. The score after the singles was 10 – 2 with only 1 more game needed for the overall win.

Moving into the level doubles and the Leics boys clearly had the upper hand, winning all 4 games in straight sets. It was a different story however for the girls against 2 very strong Lincs pairs who reversed the scoreline for the boys and recorded all 4 wins, despite Hritika & Issy losing a very close match in the 3rd 17-21 and Eve & Izzy just being pipped by the Lincs 1st pair 23-25.

Final score: Leicestershire 14  :  Lincolnshire 6

U14 Shires Success Continues…

Having made a fantastic start to this year’s Shires campaign with wins against Derbyshire, Yorkshire 1 and Lincolnshire, the U14 team have competed twice more since Christmas, recording wins against both Staffordshire and local rivals Notts…..

The teams:

Owen King, Luke Hoult, Ayush Panchal, Lewis Whyley

Tilly Dale, Eve Durrance, Evie Pike, Grace Sherwin, Sophie Watson

Sunday 26th February 2017

The team travelled to Staffordshire in buoyant mood, hoping for a good win against a Staffs team which looked much weaker on paper than our boys and girls. And so it was to prove with the team winning 20 -0 without dropping a single game along the way! With the team on such dominant form, the only thing left to do was to tinker with the format of the team photo, marking out the letter ‘L’ to represent the mighty Leicestershire!!

Final Score: Leicestershire 20  :  Staffordshire 0

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Sunday 12th March 2017

A home fixture this time, playing a local derby against Nottinghamshire. The team knew this would be a much bigger task, especially since both U16 and U18 shires teams had recently beat Notts with all the players determined to make it 3/3.

The tone of the match was set from the start with both teams winning 2 of the mixed games. Things continued to be close in the singles with 3 of the 4 Leics boys winning and the girls split down the middle again, winning 2 apiece. The score was 7-5 with nothing between the 2 teams – the level doubles would be the deciding factor!

And it was a close run thing! The Leics boys dug deep and won 2 of the 4 games, despite the first pairs’ game running to a 3rd end with Luke & Owen just able to pull off a 21-19 win in the 3rd. It was a similar story for the girls with the Brierley sisters recording 2 wins for Notts; we had to win the remaining 2 games against the Notts 2nd pair who really upped their game and didn’t make it easy for our girls. However, all the competition the 4 girls have played this season paid off with both Sophie & Tilly and Evie & Grace able to hold off a determined challenge to take these 2 remaining crucial points, both winning in 2.

The team celebrated with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung to Evie who turned 13 on the same day! With 5 wins out of 5 and just Warwickshire 2 to face, the team are now hoping they will be able to do enough to progress straight through to the Shires Finals!

Final Score: Leicestershire 11  :  Nottinghamshire 9

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Gold for Harry & Sameer at Warwks U16!

Saturday 11th March and a full contingent of Team Leics juniors converged on Warwick for the U16 Silver – held at 2 different venues due to the size of the entry!

As usual, mixed doubles started the day – more unusually with only 16 pairs making the cut it was played as a straight knockout with only 2 of the starting 4 Leics pairs making it through to round 2. Unfortunately, these 2 pairs were slated to play each other in round 2; this time it was Sameer Chenia & Sophie Watson getting the better of Jess Rodgers and her partner Ben. Although they were not able to progress past the top seeds in round 3 it was a bronze medal for Sophie and Sameer.

Meanwhile, over at the girls’ venue, Myton School, both Tamsin Betts and Jess Allen won their groups to make it through to the quarter finals. Although Tamsin was not able to beat eventual winner Smrithi Shirol, Jess won her quarter against Lavigne Leung before a semi final loss to Nottinghamshire’s Megan Brierley. Another bronze medal for Leicestershire!

The real excitement of the day however was taking place back at St Nicholas Leisure Centre in the boys doubles. Sameer and Harry were quietly making progress through the competition, despite having started the day in the bottom half of the draw. Having won all their group games, the pair efficiently dispatched their quarter final opponents 15-5 and 15-12 before meeting #2 seeds Jackson and Saunders in the semis. Having won the first relatively easily 15-9, the Hampshire pair fought back to take the second 15-12 to set up the deciding game which the Leics boys dominated to win 15-5 and earn their place in the final!

As expected, their opponents were the top seeds Samuel Jones and Joseph Scott. What was more unexpected was the final scoreline – a win for Harry and Sameer 15-8 15-10 and a fabulous gold medal for the Leics boys!

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Medals at the Primary Midway!

12th March 2017

Following round 1 of the Midway, Leicestershire started the 2nd round in 2nd place. The players rose to the challenge beating Cheshire in match one 8 – 2 with some clinical play in the mixed doubles followed by some outstanding performances in the singles to take a commanding lead and a good win.

Nottinghamshire again gave us a great challenge in a very even and competitive match. The mixed was shared with even points difference. In the singles, Baptiste dug deep to come from behind and take a well-earned singles victory whilst still relatively new to the sport. Fallon put on a commanding display. Things didn’t fare so well in the doubles with three pairs, although playing hard and fighting for points, just missed out. Big and thoroughly deserved win from Matilda and Sansha kept the match to 5 – 5 with Leics taking the spoils by just 11 points. A credit to all for keeping their heads up and taking everything they could.

Our next match was against Yorkshire 1 who, like Notts, had a real go at us. We had a very positive start with Will & Fallon and Baptiste & Carly getting solid wins in the mixed. Carly took the only win in the singles bringing the match to a nail-biting conclusion again in the doubles. Will & Mitchell notched up a very strong win to 5 and Fallon & Sylvie beat a strong Yorkshire pair to 16. The other two pairs, Archie & Baptiste and Sansha & Matilda, both had very tough games knowing that every point mattered. Playing with real heart they picked up enough points enabling us to win the match by a mere 5 points. A real team effort.

Our final match was against the round one leaders Warwickshire. Up to this point, Warwickshire had only dropped 2 games across their first three matches so even a 10 – 0 win could not knock them off the top spot. Could we take more games from them than the others? Could we better our 6 – 4 loss from round one? Game on! Mixed – Mitchell & Carly took a good win 21-8. Archie & Sylvie battled against a very good and experienced pair, narrowly losing out 15-21. Singles – Will finally got the better of his Warwickshire nemesis in an exhibition worthy match with both boys on top form, with Will taking the game 21-17. Carly was clinical beating the very strong Warwickshire singles girl 21-11. Fallon continued playing without fear, took on and got the better of her opponent 21-13. Baptiste took 15 points against a well-established tournament player showing great determination.

Doubles – Will & Mitchell attained their triple in doubles over the Warwickshire pair in what are always close games. Baptiste & Archie had to dig deep against another tournament hardened pair who in the end proved too strong. Up last, the girls doubles. Fallon & Sylvie and Matilda & Sansha (the latter three girls playing up an age group or two) played hard ands with confidence against well-ranked circuit players, earning every point, but were beaten leaving the match at 5 -5, again down to points difference. Unfortunately in this match, we were not able to keep our points difference high enough and we lost by 14 points.

Final result. A great experience and team performance leading to a very well-earned second place and silver medal. Well done Leics U12’s Primary squad – you’ve done yourselves and your county proud.

Report by Adam Sewell, U12 Team Manager

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Primary Midway Team: Archie, Matilda, Mitchell, Sansha, Carly, Sylvie, Fallon, Baptiste & Will

 

More medals for Tilly, Evie & Grace!

U14 Team Leics competitors Tilly Dale, Evie Pike and Grace Sherwin continue their travels around the  tournament circuit, adding to their medal tallies as they go!

On Saturday 4th March, Tilly and Grace made the short trip to the U15 Warwickshire bronze. Although both girls were unlucky to not progress in their singles group, they had more luck in the mixed. After an excellent silver medal the week before in the U15 Lancashire Silver, Grace was playing today with a new partner, Joe, and continued a great run of form, beating the #2 seeds to win the group. Tilly and her partner Ryan did the same  in their group to set up a semi final, with Grace & Joe winning through to the final. Unfortunately they were unable to overcome the very strong #1 seeded home pair of Kirk & Scott but came home with a silver medal nonetheless.

 

The following week it was Evie and Grace’s turn to make the much longer journey south for the U15 Herefordshire Bronze. Paired up with Joe once more, Grace walked through her mixed group with Evie and partner Jacob also winning their group. In the semis, Evie & Jacob were not able to overcome the strong Welsh 3rd seeds to finish with a bronze medal. Grace and Joe won an easy semi to face the Welsh pair and succeeded for another mixed gold for Grace!

In singles, both girls won their groups easily. With Evie once again facing the Welsh National champion Owen in the semis, it was to be another bronze as she was overpowered by the Welsh competitor. Grace managed to overcome her semi final opponent to also then face Owen in the final but despite a spirited effort, she was also unable to defeat her; a silver medal nonetheless.

With level doubles finishing the day, the Leics girls were determined to come home with the gold medal – and so it was to prove. Despite facing Owen again in their group, Team Gravie used their tried and tested doubles partnership to win a close encounter 21-18 and  progress through to the finals where a straightforward win to 14 secured the gold.

U16’s Shires vs Notts

After a close recent encounter between these 2 local rivals in the U18 Shires league ended with an 11-9 victory to Team Leics, it was the turn of our U16’s to take on the derby against Notts. Having lost earlier in the season to Yorks 1 a good win today was vital to keep the team’s hopes of qualifying for the play offs alive….

With Nat taking the reins as stand in manager for the day, the team assembled at Babington:

Sameer Chenia, Harry Clare, Rowan Clark, Joe Goodenough

Jess Allen, Tamsin Betts, Izzy Pike, Jess Rodgers

With mixed doubles usually being a strength for this team, a good start was made with Harry & Izzy, Rowan & Jess and Joe & Tamsin all winning their encounters to taken an early 3-1 lead.

The singles was a more unpredictable affair; against a very strong Notts boys singles side, only Joe was able to win his game; however, the roles were reversed in the girls singles with Jess A, Tamsin and Jess all winning comfortably. The scores going into the level doubles now stood at 7-5 with everything still to play for.

Thankfully, the team’s doubles strength stood them in good stead with both boys pairs winning all 4 matches with some fantastic badminton against some very strong opposition. The girls matched this achievement, also winning all 4 to end the day with a comfortable overall win.

Final score: Leicestershire 15  :  Nottinghamshire 5

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U16 Shires: Izzy, Jess, Tamsin, Jess, Harry, Rowan, Joe & Sameer