Following Emily’s recent success in the Oxfordshire U/11 (25.1.15) where she won a Silver Medal in the girls singles knockout, she went one better in the U/11 Tees Valley (21.2.15) where she won Gold in the girls doubles, with partner Katherine Arksey from Yorkshire. That completed the set (gold, silver and bronze)… for her first season competing in National Tournaments.
Two Leicestershire players, Sameer and Rowan, took part in an U13 Gold event this weekend.
Day 1 saw Sameer go through to day 2 to the quarter finals of the singles, knocking out one of the seeded players on his way through!
Sameer then teamed up with Rowan to play in the group round of the doubles. They won their first match in a very tight 3 setter and fought hard against their second pair losing in another 2 tight games only narrowly missed out on a quarter final place.
Day 2 saw Sameer go through to the final of the singles, a great achievement, to take the silver medal! Well done Sameer!
Rowan and Sameer cruised through the group phase of the doubles with wins of 21-5,
21-13 and 21-13.That then put them through to the Semi final against Goode and Goddard from
Hertfordshire. ( Harry Goode is the son of England Legends Jo Goode and Andy Goode) This was a rematch from the U12 Leicester invitational final. On that occasion Rowan and Sameer won 21-13. On this occasion however it was a much tighter affair with both pairs playing some fantastic badminton, but it was once again Rowan and Sameer who came out on top 21-19. In final they came up across the biggest and strongest pair in the draw from Warwickshire, In fact Rowan was about a foot shorter than his opponents.
The start of the match went totally the way of the Warwickshire pair, leading 11-6 at the mid way point. It was as though the Leicestershire pair were stunned by their opponents size and power. As the pair changed ends I (Anthony Clark LSBA coach and father of Rowan)shouted out to Rowan that the match wasn’t over and they could still win.
That seemed to ignite the after burners because Rowan and Sameer started to play some incredible badminton. They managed to claw back the lead and move past their bigger opponents with real skill and determination. from 11-6 down they turned it round into a 21-16 win. All in all it was a great display of junior badminton with all four boys playing fantastically well. But it was the Leicestershire pair that possessed that extra bit of class on the day.It was a fantastic day for Leicestershire badminton with a gold medal for Sameer Chenia in the boys singles, gold for Rowan Clark and Sameer Chenia in the
boys doubles. Finally a Bronze medal in the girls doubles for Jessica Allen and
Jess Rodgers.As the Performance Director for LSBA I was left emotional and so proud of all the Leicestershire players, not just the ones in this event. We are now
starting to win medals in all age groups. This is down to the fact that our players are training more regularly and also down to the fact they are working incredibly hard in every session they attend. The future certainly looks bright
for Leicestershire badminton.
Martin lost a close semi-final match, 19-21, against a tough Warwickshire opponent to take bronze in the boys singles. Then on to the boys doubles semi-final with Tom. Initially it looked like they had got the strong Surrey partnership sussed but lost a close battle, 19-21, to take the bronze in this event too.
The under 15s had set the standard high in Nottingham and the smaller under 13 group of 5 players really wanted to keep the medals flowing into Leicestershire, and so they did in the West Midlands U13 Bronze Circuit tournament …
Sameer: Gold Boys Singles
Sameer and Rowan: Gold Boys Doubles
Jess and Jess: Bronze Girls Doubles
A special mention also goes to U11 Emily Gallacher in her first Bronze event, coming away with 2 excellent wins. Watch this space!
Great performance by Leicestershire badminton players at Nottinghamshire U15 bronze tournament. Leicestershire featured in the boys singles and all the doubles finals! Martin took gold in the boys singles and teamed up with Ella to win the mixed. Nikhil took silver with his Notts partner in the boys doubles and Ella and Hritika took the silver in the girls doubles. Tom and Martin took the bronze in the boys doubles and Tom teamed up with Issy to take the bronze in the mixed. Eve, Marcus and Sam also put in some impressive performances in the singles and doubles showing how much their hard work in training is paying off. Well done all!!