Success for Sophie at Hatfield U15 Gold

On the 20th/21st January several of Team Leicestershire’s U15’s travelled to the 4th gold standard event of the season including Sophie Watson, Luke Hoult, Owen King, Tilly Dale, Grace Sherwin and Carly Stevenson.

This time, Sophie teamed up with England player Sam Jones in the mixed and formed a one-off partnership with Irish number 1 girl Sophia Noble in the level doubles and after some tough games on the first day, Sophie got int 2 semi-finals.

In the mixed, Sophie & Sam just lost out to the eventual winners Oliver Butler & Sophie Hillman 23-21 in the 2nd end. The girls fought hard in the level doubles semi, losing out to the top pairing but a great experience for Sophie and 2 bronze medals this time, bringing her tally to 5 medals from 4 gold events. This time, Luke was unlucky to miss out on a medal after losing a close doubles quarter-final!

Report by Ian Watson