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Leicestershire trio of Tilly Dale, Owen King and Grace Sherwin grabbed seven medals between them. Tilly and Owen grabbed two each. Tilly winning a bronze in the mixed with Albie Marriott of Oxford and a gold with Grace in the doubles. Owen winning a gold in the mixed with Grace and a silver in the doubles with Tom Bonser of Notts.
Grace went one better to win three medals. The two golds with Owen and Tilly along with a bonze in the singles.
Well done Leicestershire!
Report by Mitch Dale
Just a quick reminder: training finishes for 2017 this week with the final session on Saturday 16th December 2017.
Usual sessions begin again in the New Year on Saturday 6th January 2018
“Things to do when you finally have a free weekend #1”
Following on from the cancellation of several planned Shires League fixtures this weekend because of heavy snow, Team Leicestershire’s William Sewell took the opportunity of getting some extra practice in with his new doubles partner!
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.
Report by Chris Sherwin
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.
Congratulations to all the players!
Forza U15 Irish Open 2017
On the weekend of September 1st-2nd, Sophie Watson travelled to Lisburn Racket Club in Ireland for the first tournament of the year.
She reached the quarter finals in both singles and mixed but went one better in the level doubles, beating the #1 seeds in the semi final to go through to the final where she and partner Megan Brierley from Notts narrowly lost out 21-18 in the 3rd end. A great performance to achieve a silver medal again in an international event.
Having finished her GCSE’s the week before, Eve Dale travelled north to the Thornby Pavilion Leisure Centre for the Durham U18 Open and the last tournament of the season.
Playing mixed doubles today with Danny Hyde from Lancashire, Eve progressed through to the semi-finals after 2 straight sets wins in the group stages before booking a place in the final after a close 3 set game against the seconds seeds Richards and Hooper.
Despite losing the first end 21-17 to top seeds Ryan Curtis and Megan Hassall, Eve & Danny came back strongly to take the second 21-19 before coming out victors in the 3rd and deciding end 24-22 to win gold once again!
Lots of news of the LSBA schools, teams and players can be found in the 2017 LBA Newsletter