Kyle Grady, Harry Clare, Luke Hoult and Noel Kew from Newbridge High school in Coalville have won the KS3 Boys Leicestershire Schools League title for 2015/16. Having already won the North West Leicestershire league they were pitched against the winning teams from leagues across the whole of Leicestershire at the county finals held at Babington College earlier this month.
The Newbridge team played 4 matches in group 2 against Roundhills, Rushey Mead, Catmose and a very close last match v Manor, winning that match 3-2 . They won all their matches in the group which took them through to the semi final stages of the competition. Their next opponents were the Group 1 runners up – home venue team Babington College but nothing was going to stop the Newbridge lads reaching the final, notching up a 4-1 win.
Group 1 winners Loughborough Grammar met Manor in the semi finals winning 3-2 , so the final was set: Newbridge v Loughbrough Grammar and although the match was close, by game 4 Newbridge had clinched it and went onto win 3-2 to be crowned champions!
They will now join Loughborough Grammar (KS4 Boys), King Edward VII (KS4 Girls) and Ibstock Community College (KS3 Girls) in representing Leicestershire at the regional finals on Tuesday 22nd March where they will compete against the winning schools from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire for the prestige of going on to the National Finals in April!
Eve Dale, Natasha Groocock, Ebony Harrison and Ella Haines from King Edward VII school in Coalville have won the KS4 Girls Leicestershire Schools League title for 2015/16
The girls won their first match in Group 1 against Catmose 4-1 , but then lost to Woodbrook Vale 1-4; unfortunately some schools pulled out which meant that there were only 3 schools in this group. Group 2 had 4 teams with Beauchamp the winners and Leicester High second place .
Woodbrook Vale went through as the winning team from Group 1 and King Ed VII went through as the second team. King Edward VII were now up against Beauchamp in the semi; it was a close match with King Edward VII coming out as winners 3-2
Woodbrook Vale also won their semi against Leicester High 3-2 which meant King Edward VII had to take on Woodbrook Vale again in the final! It was a very tense match with Woodbrook Vale going 2-0 up but then King Ed VII put on a great fight back, playing some of their best badminton all day to win out 3-2.
They will now join Loughborough Grammar (KS4 Boys), Newbridge High (KS3 Boys) and Ibstock Community College (KS3 Girls) in representing Leicestershire at the regional finals on Tuesday 22nd March where they will compete against the winning schools from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire for the prestige of going on to the National Finals in April!
West Midlands U13 Bronze: 12th March 2016
The final U13 bronze event of the season saw Sophie renew a successful partnership with Hermani from Lincolnshire after winning gold in their last outing playing together in the doubles.
After a safe passage through to the final they just missed out on a second gold, losing a tight game 19 – 21 so it was a silver this time but a good way to end what has been a fantastic U13 season. Sophie’s final tally for the year stands at 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze medals – and still only 11 years old!
Ibstock Community College have been crowned champions in the Leicestershire Schools League KS3 Girls county badminton finals which were held at Babington College on 7th March 2016. The girls had already won the North West Leicestershire league to earn a place in the final.
Isobel Pike (Year 8), Evie Pike (Year 7), Niamh Elliott (Year 9) and Katy Evans (Year 9) played for more than three hours to secure the win.
The Ibstock girls recorded wins against John Ferneley, Kibworth, Sir Jonathan North and Soar Valley schools, not dropping a single game along the way. Things got closer facing Wigston Academy in the semi-finals but the girls managed a 4-1 win before facing Humphrey Perkins school in what was to be a closely fought final, eventually taking the deciding doubles match 21 – 20 to clinch the match and the overall title.
They will now represent Leicestershire in the regional finals to be held in Loughborough on 22nd March.