U12 County Championships 2017

A very well done to all the players who participated in the county championships this weekend. After a long season for a lot of the younger players, there were fantastic games, great achievements, huge improvements, brilliant debuts and a real sporting and supportive atmosphere.

The day started with the singles. In the boys, after some competitive group games, Mitchell Allen, William Sewell, Baptiste Broquet and Jack Weston finished top 2 in their respective groups and went on to play in the main draw semi-finals, William and Mitchell being the winners and going onto the final, both undefeated on the day. Knowing that it would be a cracking final, the boys took to the court and proved worthy of being finalists, both showing determination and grit in order to get the edge over their opponent. Well done to both boys, they both did themselves proud but William came out the eventual winner in 2 games 21-19 and 21-17.

With the girls it was a similar story, competitive games and some great badminton played with Carly Stevenson, Fallon Reid, Katie Hoult and Matilda Sherwin all playing fantastically to reach the semi-finals. Fallon and Carly won these games, once again both undefeated going into the final. The girls took to the court, both showing why they were finalists but Carly continued with her fantastic form this year, winning in 2 games 21-6 and 21-11.

The plate trophy competitions saw some excellent badminton with the finals being battled out between Gabriel Davey and Alex Vermaak and Sylvie Walker and Sansha Riches. Well done to Gabriel and Sylvie winning these games.

Next up were the level doubles. These games were played in a round robin with all players getting to play each other, some great badminton was played and partnerships of the future formed. Katie Hoult and Lola Dale, continuing with their successful season, won 3 of their 4 games and were the worthy runners-up. Carly and Fallon dominated the doubles, winning all 4 games and were therefore crowned champions. A similar story was seen in the boys, Jack Weston and Gabriel Davey winning 3 of the 4 games proving to be a solid partnership and worthy runners-up. William and Mitchell dominated their games once again without dropping one and being crowned boys doubles champions.

Well done to all the players and especially to Carly and Will who were crowned singles and level doubles champions 2017, both without dropping a game throughout the whole day.

Singles Boys:

Winner: William Sewell                                  Runner-up: Mitchell Allen

Singles Girls

Winner: Carly Stevenson                                Runner-up: Fallon Reid

Singles Plate Winners: Gabriel Davey & Sylvie Walker

Singles Plate Runners-up: Alex Vermaak & Sansha Riches

Doubles Boys

Winners: William Sewell & Mitchell Allen       Runners-up: Jack Weston & Gabriel Davey

Doubles Girls

Winners: Carly Stevenson & Fallon Reid        Runners-up: Katie Hoult & Lola Dale

Report by Adam Sewell


Gold & Silver for Carly in Hampshire U12 Open

Carly Stevenson travelled to Winchester over the half term to compete in the U12 Hampshire Open on the 31/05/2017.

Carly & partner Emily Chen from Hampshire won the gold in doubles in the U12 Open. Carly won all 5 games in singles to get to the final. After a good game against Emily in the final she came away with the silver medal.

U12 Shires Match Leicestershire vs Staffordshire

The U12’s team played Staffordshire at home on Sunday 15th January.

The team consisted of Will, Carly, Mitchell, Abigail, Baptiste, Fallon, Ali & Sylvie.

We won all 4 mixed games, 2 boys singles, 3 girls singles, 3 boys doubles & 4 girls doubles.

The end result was Leicestershire 16 Staffordshire 4.

A very well done to the team.



William ends the year with gold!

Some of the Team Leics younger PC players have been in action in recent weeks as William Sewell and Thomas Platzer took on the Nottingham U13 Bronze tournament on 26th November.  Tom played well throughout winning three of his four single games and qualifying second in his group. Despite playing some fantastic badminton, he missed going through to the quarter finals to the very strong eventual winner.

After missing out on getting through to the next round in a tough group, Will went on to dominate the plate competition winning the final 21-13 and deservedly taking the plate gold.

Tom and Will then partnered up in the doubles, and despite losing both games the boys played well and will take away valuable experience gained in their first U13 tournament together.

William then travelled to Worcestershire to play in the West Midland PC U12 bronze tournament on 10th December. With a small entry William won two of his three singles group games, only losing to the eventual winner. Taking his place in the quarter finals, Will unfortunately couldn’t turn his effort into points and eventually lost 21-18.

It was then the turn of the level doubles, William once again partnering Jack from Warwickshire and  the pair wanted to build upon their successes of recent tournaments of bronze in the U11 English Nationals and in Warwickshire. Due the small entry, it was played as a round robin competition; William and Jack maintained their form, dominating with some fantastic mature doubles play, winning all their games and their elusive gold medal!

Hopes are alive for U12 Shires team

On Sunday 4th December the U12’s took the 100 mile trek south to Hatfield for a double match against Essex and Hertfordshire in the Shires league.  The team consisted of Will, Carly, Mitchell, Sylvie, Archie and three players making their debut, Fallon, Baptiste and Matilda.

The team played a strong Essex team first and matched each other,  sharing the wins, mixed doubles 2-2 and singles 4-4, including a couple of excellent wins for two of the new players, Matilda and Baptiste in the singles.  This left the deciding games for the level doubles, every player did their part, each claiming victories and playing for one another showing a fantastic team ethic.  This and the forever enthusiastic girls gave us the edge taking the level doubles 5-3 and finishing with a well-deserved 11-9 win in a match where every player recorded wins.

Second up was Hertfordshire sporting a selection of experienced players, a match we knew would be tough.  Honours were shared again in the mixed doubles but the Singles proved too tough due to Herts’ strength in depth.  At 8-4 down in the matches and starting to fatigue against a fresher team, we were left an incredibly difficult task in the level doubles.  Despite the players continuing to work well as a team and persevering with the determination they have shown throughout, we took three of the eight games but unfortunately it proved too much and we finished 13-7 down.

The whole Leicestershire U12 squad should be incredibly proud of themselves for their efforts and commitment to the season so far.   With two Shires matches to go, we are still in with a chance to qualify.

Well done to all of you.

U12 Shires team

Medals at Warwick for Carly & Will

Carly & Will made the trip to Warwick on the 19th November for the U12 Bronze tournament to which they both had a successful day.

Carly won the gold in singles & the gold in doubles with her partner from Warwick. Will won the bronze in doubles with his partner from Warwick.

Carly & Will partnered each other in mixed doubles and just missed out on the gold to come away with the silver.

A very well done to them both.

Will & Carly