The report for the under 13s Middlesex Bronze Event on 10th Nov 2018 is now available to view here:
The report for the under 13s Gloucester Bronze Event on 21st October 2018 is now available to view here:
On January 6th Mitchell Allen and William Sewell travelled to Nottingham for the Under 13 Bronze tournament, their first of the year.
In the singles, Mitchell managed to qualify out of his group and in the next round beat his opponent 21-16. The quarter finals next and he had a very close match, managing to win 21-19. With the Semi-finals to come, he was competing against the number 2 seed, he fought hard and won 21-15.
Now the final against the same opponent he recently lost to in the Warwickshire final, the number 1 seed. Would he be able to beat him this time? In a very close and hard fought match, Mitchell managed to come back from 20-17 down to make it 20 all, could he get 2 more points? This time they went to his opponent, hard luck Mitchell, well played and congratulations on winning his 2nd silver medal.
In the doubles William paired up with Lohit from Nottingham in their first ever tournament together. From the moment they stepped on court, the pair worked for each other and confidently beat three pairs in their group 21- 10, 21-10 and 21-14. With the semi- finals next the pair played some super badminton, comfortably beating their opponents 21 – 6.
With the final next the boys knew this game was going to be a challenge against a very good and practised pair from Yorkshire. With the battle on from the beginning the lead kept changing, William and Lohit changing ends in the lead, could they hold on? With some spectacular, relentlessly long rallies, the four players showed exactly why they were in the final, with the Yorkshire pair eventually gaining the advantage 20-15, could the new pair work together to win- yes they could! They battled hard and finally won 23-21 and with it the gold medal, Williams second gold in successive tournaments. Well done boys!
Report by Adam Sewell
Mitchell Allen and William Sewell travelled down to Warwickshire for the U13 Bronze tournament on Saturday 9th December. In singles both boys played well to get out of their box, Mitchell qualifying in second place and William finishing top. Next round held no problem for either of them, Mitchell and William both winning 21-11. Unfortunately William just missed out on a semi- final place losing in his next round 21-18 in a very physical battle.
Mitchell however continued his good form in another hard fought game winning 21-18 and reaching the semi-finals. He once again beat his opponent 21-16, the game which saw him earn his right to a place in the final. Unfortunately his seeded one opponent proved too much on the day, but what a fantastic achievement to come away with a Silver – well done Mitchell!
The boys then teamed up together in the doubles, winning both their games in their box in good style, beating the pairs 21-14 and 21-7. The boys continued to sail through the next two rounds winning 21-12 and 21-10 to reach the finals. There they continued to show why they were so successful in the Shires League last year, winning the final 21–11 and with it an amazing gold medal – well done to both of you!
Report by Adam Sewell
1st October 2017 and the Midway League got off to a really positive start for the U13 team in Sheffield. The travelling team included many faces from last season’s silver medallists with the addition of Gabriel Davey making his debut.
The team opened with a fantastic performance against Warwickshire, taking the win and setting the standard for the rest of the day. Good performances form all secured a solid win against Cheshire. Next up, Yorkshire, featuring some of last season’s Shires League winners who proved just a touch too strong across all categories seeing many players narrowly miss out on hard fought games.
The event completed with a secure win against a good Yorkshire second team leaving us in 2nd position at the end of the first leg. A great start for Leicestershire!
Report by Adam Sewell
U13yrs Glasgow International Youth Team & Individual Championships
Ian Watson heard about this team event and decided to investigate to see if a team could enter, but was told that they had enough English teams entered, that was the end of that. BUT as there was an individual event on the Saturday he thought it would be such a good experience for Sophie and Luke to enter, partners were found for the doubles, so off to Glasgow, Luke partnering his regular tournament partner Jake Prentice and Sophie with Megan Brierley from Notts. Then out of the blue a call came to ask if they would like to make up a team in the Team Championships on the Friday with a Portuguese girl and a lad from Barbados, they jumped at the chance to do this. Ian appointed Amie as manager, a team name was needed quickly so they went under the banner of Leicestershire PC.
The team travelled up on the Thursday evening and were on the courts for 10am on Friday. The team bonded straight way and new friendships were soon made. All the players played fantastic in all their games. The first match was v Scotland a tight match that they just won 3-2, a great match v Wales gave them a 4-1 win, just Team Skyfall to go they stormed ahead and got another 4-1 win. The team were buzzing as this meant that they then had to play the winner of group 2 which turned out to be the mighty Ireland national team who had just come from a fantastic win over Webber Badminton Academy 3-2 , this win would give the team gold ! After a lot of thought on how to play this match and get their hands on the trophy the team was selected. A great start to the match as Sophie and Luke took the mixed in 3, and another win in a brilliant 3 setter in the singles by Jake sent them 2 – 0 up. We lost the girls singles so wanted either the boys or girls doubles to clinch the win, Luke and Jake had a gruelling but brilliant 3 setter that they just lost, but the Sophie and Megan were too strong for their Irish opponents and took the game in 2 ends, Victory was ours!!!!! We had only gone and won the event. It just goes to show what can happen, it was an absolutely brilliant team effort and a Friday that the players and their parents will never forget.
After a celebratory meal out on Friday night the players started over again early on Saturday morning with the singles. Luke won both his singles in his box which took him through to the next round, but coming up against the number 1 seed Lakshay Sharma from India was a bit too much for Luke he fought hard but lost in 2 ends, 21-12, 21-10. Jake did really well getting through to the quarters of the singles but unfortunately lost in 2 ends. But the good news was he got through to the semis of the mixed doubles and boys doubles with Luke, Megan from Notts got through to the semi-finals of the singles and the doubles with Sophie. Sophie and Luke had a very difficult mixed draw as they were up against the number 1 seed , they played as well as they could giving everything they had in a very hard 3 setter but just losing out , the scores were 22-20 12-21 21-17.
On the final day once again Luke and Jake were drawn against the number 1 seeds from Indian in the doubles – 3 times in one weekend!!! They played a fantastic match taking the first end 22-20, the second end was neck and neck all the way and ended in a 23- 21 loss, the lads had given their all and the 3rd was just too much for them; the mental strength of the opponents won through and they lost 21-8. But losing semi-finalists was a great achievement in such a competitive tournament. Unfortunately Jake also lost his mixed. It was a different story for the girls, Sophie and Megan stormed ahead and won their semi convincingly in 2 ends and they were in the final. The final was a tough affair against a strong pair, Sophie and Megan worked hard against the formidable number 1 seeds but unfortunately on this occasion came away as runners up. But again for the girls a fantastic achievement a runners up medal in an international tournament.
What a great experience for all the players playing at the Scottish National Centre on the international arena!
Report by Carole Spencer
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!
U13 North Midway Badminton League Tournament
Thomas Platzer, William Sewell, Mitchell Allen, Leo Grady
Carly Stevenson, Abigail Sanders, Sylvie Walker, Sansha Riches
Our team of 8 made the trip to Sheffield on the 20th November for the first leg.
Seven teams entered: Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire 1, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Cheshire & Yorkshire 2.
Our very young team of players managed to win against Nottinghamshire, Lancashire & Yorkshire 2. They lost to Warwickshire, Yorkshire & Cheshire who had some very experienced players in their squad.
Our players all played extremely well considering most of our squad are young and will be able to play in this event for a number of years to come.
A very well done to them all.
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September saw the U13 English National Championships being held in Essex – and it was time to see who had been working and training hard over the summer! Team Leicestershire was well represented by Luke Hoult, Owen King and Ayush Panchal for the boys and Eve Durrance, Sophie Watson, Evie Pike and Grace Sherwin for the girls.
First up was the mixed doubles and all the Leicestershire players did well to win through to the second round. Congratulations to Eve and Owen and Grace and her Lancashire partner for coming through round 2 to the quarter finals where the seeded opponents proved just too strong to overcome this time.
Next up came the singles and well done to Luke, Sophie and Evie for winning through from their groups to the next stage. Sophie did a great job to make the quarter finals and a top 8 finish but with an unlucky draw against top seed Lisa Curtin, she was unable to progress on to the semis.
Last up, the doubles. Would anybody manage to make it through to Sunday’s finals day? Luke and his partner managed a win and a loss, as did Evie & Grace; however, Sophie & Eve won through from their group before overpowering the 3/4 seeds in the quarter finals. After a very long and tiring day, the girls returned the following morning to Redbridge for Finals day and despite giving it everything they had, were unable this time to win through against the second seed pair. A bronze medal against the top players in the age group in the UK, what a fantastic achievement Sophie & Eve! Congratulations and very well played!
Congratulations to Carly Stevenson who travelled to Milton Keynes for the All Stars U13 Bronze tournament, making the journey a worthwhile one by bringing home a bronze medal in the singles and a gold medal in the girls’ doubles!