Saturday 27th January Under 11 Warwickshire Bronze
Today was the turn of the Leicestershire littlies – Matilda, Sylvie, Katie, Lola, Quinn, George, Ollie and Jonty all taking part. First up was singles…..
In the girls singles, Katie, Lola and Sylvie all made it through to the top half of the draw going into the knockout stage, with Sylvie making it through to the quarter finals. Matilda had a very tough box but managed to come away as the winner of the consolation draw
Boys singles saw Quinn, George and Ollie all going through to the top half of the draw. They all played amazingly well but unfortunately Ollie lost his game in the last 16 with Quinn making it through to the quarter finals. George played round 1 and 2 fantastically, beating the number 5/8 seed in round 2 to make it through to the quarter finals. Up against a young lad who had beaten the other 5/8 seed but came through to win 11-8 11-5 and through to the semis. We always knew this was going to be a tough one playing the number 2 seed and someone who was a year older than George. Final score was 11-8 13-11. It was a fantastic game and George was more than happy to come away with his first ever medal in his first national tournament.
Later in the day the team played doubles and mixed and they all played out of their skins and showed that Leicestershire are the ones to watch. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Team Leicestershire’s Matilda Sherwin & Sylvie Walker who won a bronze medal at the U11 Webber tournament in Milton Keynes on Saturday 6th January.
With a strong representation from Leicestershire, which also included Quinn Dunkley and Katie Hoult, the girls paired up in the doubles again and found themselves in the semi-final after a few good wins. Unfortunately, the Yorkshire opposition proved too strong this time winning 11-6 11-6 leaving Sherwin & Walker with a bronze medal which they were happy with.
Katie Hoult aged 8yrs played in her first under 11yrs national tournament last weekend in Milton Keynes .
Katie entered the singles and the doubles partnering a young lady from Bucks.
The girls won one doubles game out of 3, they took their second game to 3 ends but lost and then came up against the number 1 seeds who ended up winners of the tournament. Katie played 3 games in her singles box, winning 1 and just missing out on her second win by losing in 3 ends.
This took Katie through to the knock out plate event. To mum’s surprise Katie went on to win in the quarters and won the semi, what a first experience playing in a final, she fought hard and never stopped running but unfortunately lost in 2 ends 11-9 11-9.
Katie tried her hardest all day and never stopped smiling and was very pleased to come away with a Silver medal!
Quinn Dunkley played his first BE singles tournament last weekend on December 2nd at the U11 Webber in Milton Keynes.
In the boys singles he managed to qualify out of his box unbeaten but lost in the QF 8-11, 7-11 to his doubles partner on the day Jayaditya (Jay) Kumar from Bucks.
In the boys doubles playing for the first time with Jay they won bronze medals by qualifying out of their box with 2 wins and a defeat to the eventual finalists, then in the semi finals lost to the eventual winners.
A great experience for Quinn and a new friend made in Jay!
Carly Stevenson and William Sewell competed in the U11 English National Championships held at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on Sunday 11th September.
Both did a fantastic job and came away with medals from the day. Will earned a super 3rd place in the boys’ doubles with his partner Jack from Warwickshire. Carly and her partner Lucy from Notts claimed victory and gold medals in the girls’ doubles – earning the right to call themselves U11 English National Champions!
A really goods day’s badminton was had this weekend at Babington college where the under 11yrs championships took place. When I started to put this competition together I did wonder how many would enter but to my surprise we had 13 boys and 8 girls in the singles events, 6 pairs in the boy’s doubles and 4 girls’ doubles pairs. Some of the players were really young but they showed no fear and played with great spirit and determination. It was lovely to see the youngsters enjoying the game of badminton. I am sure over the next few years we will see these players develop their game and become future county players.
In the girls’ singles Carly Stevenson took the event by storm and never lost a game all morning, which gained her the championship title. Layla Calisa got the runner up position. The top group of boys Mitchell Allen, Quinn Dunckley, William Sewell and Tom Platzer battled it out in the final stages of the competition. It came down to Tom and William playing to see who got the top spot – they had a great game with Tom coming out as the winner 21-16.
The partnership of Carly and Abigail Sanders proved too strong for the other girls and were winners of the girls’ doubles. Runners up were Matilda Sherwin, aged just 7 years, and Francesca Price.
The boy’s doubles were dominated by the strong pairing of Tom and William who won all their games while the runners up position went to Archie Norman and Leo Grady.
Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the players that entered!
Boys singles THOMAS PLATZER R/up – WILLIAM SEWELL
Girls Singles CARLY STEVENSON R/up – LAYLA CALISA
Boys Doubles THOMAS PLATZER & WILLIAM SEWELL
R/up ARCHIE NORMAN & LEO GRADY
Girls Doubles ABIGAIL SANDERS & CARLY STEVENSON
R/up MATILDA SHERWIN & FRANCESCA PRICE
Boys Singles winner BAPTISTE BROUQET R/up GABRIEL DAVEY
A very young U11 team travelled to Warwickshire this weekend with many of the players looking forward to representing Leicestershire for the very first time:-
The Team : Girls – Carly , Francesca , Abby , Isla, Sylvie, Sansha and Matilda Boys – Tom, Mitchell, Archie , George , William and Jack.
Match Report by Carole Spencer
Graham and I recently travelled to Warwickshire to help out with the U11 team. Everyone was a little nervous as we arrived at the Bridge Sports Centre since this was the first experience of competitive play for most of the team.
The Warwickshire coach assured me that they had 4 rookies in their team while we had 6 players who had never competed in a match before with some as young as 7 years old. This worried me but as they started to play, they grew in confidence and a great morning’s badminton was played. The match result did not matter; the aim was to give these young players the chance to compete and they definitely raised their game with some of our more experienced players doing really well against good opponents.
Leicestershire won 9 games throughout the morning , 3 Mixed , 3 Boys singles, 1 girls singles and 2 boys doubles.
The two rookie managers Karen (Carly’s mum) and Adam (William’s Dad) did a good job and I am sure will take this team forward to great things. Most of these players will now be competing in the U11 Championships next weekend at Babington College.
Well done to all the players and a big thanks to the parents for their support!