Following on from their recent win against local rivals Notts, the U18 team travelled to Derby for another local….well, derby! Unfortunately, this was always going to be a less competitive match with one of the Derbyshire girls having been rushed to hospital that morning. All here at Team Leics hope she made a speedy recovery and will be back on a badminton court soon. Leicestershire girls Izzy Pike and Jess Rodgers were good sports on the day, filling in the gaps as honorary Derbyshire players so the full complement of games could go ahead.
In the mixed, easy victories were recorded by Tom & Hritika, Harry & Eve and Sameer & Jess with only #1 pair Martin & Ella unable to wrest victory from David & Abigail Hong, despite some epic duelling from the back of the court from Martin backed up by great net play from Ella resulting in a very narrow loss in the second set 22-20.
It was a similar story in the singles, with Tom, Sameer & Harry winning their games, and only Martin losing again to Hong in 2 close games. The girls backed this up with 4 wins from 4 leaving the score going into the level doubles 10-2 with only a single game needed for the overall win. Martin & Tom managed this with their first game on court with a fantastic 21-19 11-21 21-19 win over the Derbyshire first pair, final revenge over Martin’s nemesis on the day! More wins came from both Martin & Tom and Harry & Sameer beating the Derbyshire #2 pair while the girls won 3 of their 4 games, only Izzy & Hritika unable to overcome the Derbyshire 1st pair. The final score was:-
Leicestershire 16 Derbyshire 4
giving Leicestershire temporary ownership of 3rd place on the League table, a good place to be with a couple of very tough fixtures up next against Bucks and Yorkshire.
The weekend of 4th and 5th November saw firstly Matilda Sherwin and Sylvie Walker travel to Milton Keynes for U11 Webber tournament. Doubles was first and the pair had some well drilled opponents but they fought really hard and secured a Bronze in the round robin. Next was the singles and both performed very well with Sylvie only losing to the overall winner in the group phase and gaining a quarter final place. Matilda overcome the highest ranked player with great ease to line up a tough match against one of Buckinghamshire’s top players and just when she looked as though a great win was secured she took a heavy fall and had to retire.
Unfortunately Sylvie couldn’t overcome the Yorkshire girl in the quarterfinals but a great achievement in her 1st tournament. A great start for the young ones.
Sunday 5th November saw Leicestershire Littlies go to Sheffield for the first leg of the Primary Midway with 90% of the team making their debut for the county team.
First up was Cheshire who Leicestershire confidently brushed aside 9-1 with high scoring wins from George “ninja” Clare and Lola Dale in XD and Lexie Edwards in singles. Next up was Warwickshire 2 and they were given similar treatment and the result was 8-2 in Leicestershire’s favour. The toughest match was next against Warwickshire 1 and Only Matilda and Katie managed a win in doubles against a very good side, therefore they suffered a 9-1 defeat. Another tough fixture was next against Yorkshire 1 but the littlies battled hard to get it to 5-4 with Lola and Bridget in doubles left. They battled but just lost to the Yorkshire pair losing the match 6-4 to Yorkshire 1. Undeterred they found themselves in the reverse position against a strong Nottinghamshire side and were 5-4 up with Matilda and Katie left to play. Matilda had tripped and aggravated her ankle after having a disagreement with a net post in the previous match. Bruised and battered Matilda went on court with Katie needing the win. Katie chased everything down and Tilda finished off lovely,with the Notts girl even accidentally hitting Tilda on the cheek with the shuttle just to add to the drama , but the Leicestershire pair came good to secure the 6-4 win. Yorkshire 2 were last and they were swiftly dispatched with notable performances by Bridget, Jonty, Lexie, Lola,Quinn, Alex and Adam who secured the final win 8-2.
With 4 wins and 2 loses a great team performance and a minimum 3rd place finish behind Warwickshire 1 (winners)and Notts (2nd)was a great result.
Yorkshire did play one of their players out of order so a stewards enquiry might mean a promotion to 2nd as we were only 3rd on points difference setting up a medal chance in the next leg.
The kids and parents were fantastic all day with great Team Leicestershire mentality shown all day. The concord leisure centre management remarked about how well behaved all the children were from all counties and asked for their thanks to be passed on. A great day all round.
Saturday 28th October and many of the U15 Team Leics PC players travelled south to Bath for the second gold standard event of the season. Although injuries curtailed some efforts in both mixed doubles and singles, there were no such problems in the levels doubles for our #1 stars Luke Hoult & Sophie Watson, both of whom came away with a brilliant bronze medal……
For Luke (and partner Jake Prentice) progressing through to Sunday’s play was a reward for winning the group stage the previous day which then set up a tough semi final against Dan McMillan & Joseph Scott. After losing the first 21-17, Luke & Jake came back strongly to win the second set 21-16 but were unable to capitalise on this momentum, losing out on a place in the final to 14 in the final set.
It was a similar story in the women’s doubles for Sophie (with partner Megan Brierley). Having made short work of their group by winning both games without dropping a set, a far tougher challenge faced them on Sunday morning in the shape of Leona Lee & Tashvi Parab. Losing 21-15 in the first didn’t deter the East Midlands girls who came back strongly to win the second nail-biter 22-20 but they were unable to hang on for the win.
Congratulations to Luke & Sophie on a fantastic achievement!
Don’t forget to send your entries for the U18 County Championships in to Laura Cowperthwaite by Monday 13th November 2017. Entry forms can be found on the Leicestershire Schools Badminton Association website – click on Information and LSBA Tournament Entry Forms to download and print.
The tournament will be played at Babington on Sunday 19th November.
The U17 Bronze event in Warwick on 4th November saw the usual high entry of Team Leics players for a local tournament.
With mixed doubles first, top seeds Harry Clare & Izzy Pike progressed without incident to the final where they faced Leicestershire teammates Tom Paterson- Watts & Tamsin Betts. A high quality match resulted in gold for Harry & Izzy with Tom & Tamsin taking silver and with Jess Rodgers winning bronze with partner Ben, Team Leics took home 3 of the 4 mixed medals.
In the men’s doubles, 3/4 seeds Joe Goodenough with partner Luca won their box convincingly, setting up a semi final against top seeds Ben Kemp & Samuel Weekes. They were unlucky to lose a very close match 21-19 having come back from 16-11 down to square the match at 18 all for a well-earned bronze medal.