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Under 12 team get the Gold Medal

The under 12 Team

Girls – Jess Allen ,Tamsin Betts, Tilly Dale and Eve Durrance.

Boys – Danny Beynon, Rowan Clark, Luke Hoult, Owen King and Tom Patterson Watts.

Gold reward

The under 12yrs 1st team who were undefeated in the first leg of the North Midway league returned to Sheffield this weekend to play the 2nd leg.

The day started with a great Win against Yorkshire 2nd team 9-1 . This was the start of many more wins.

The 6-4 result against Derby was very pleasing taking 3 out of 4 singles games , both girls doubles and a tight match won by Rowan and Tom gave us the win.

The team then stormed ahead to beat Nottingham 10.0 !!!!

The 3 wins meant that Leicestershire went through to the top half of the competition . The first match of this round was against Derby this time the score was even better , Roman reverced the result in the boys singles beating their number 1 boy 21 . -16. , Luke also did a good job and continued his run of wins in the boys singles 21-15 , Owen and Tilly had a close mixed game coming out winners 21-20 , Tom and Rowan won 21-10 and some convincing wins from the girls Tamsin and Jess won 21-8 , Tilly and Eve 21-7 and Tamin and Jess both winning their singles took the team to a victory of 8-2 .

The team knew they were now up against 2 really tough teams . Warwickshire and Yorkshire , Luke and Jess started the match off v Warwickshire with a great win 21.5 as did Tom and Eve 21. 9 . The boys doubles followed with wins from Owen and Rowan 21.14 and Tom and Danny 21.16. Jess and Tamsin had a brilliant girls doubles Game but unfortunately lost 21.15 . The second girls doubles partnership Eve and Tilly had an exciting finish with good win 21.14 . Tamsin and Tilly had tough singles games against the number 1 and 2 Warwickshire girls but never gave up and played their best. Rowan and Luke did the job winning both boys singles the final result was 7. 3.

Going into the last match knowing that the gold medal was in sight the whole team gave a great performance even though they had been playing for over 6 hrs they dug deep and pulled of a convincing win of 7.3 , Rowan and Owen and Tom and Danny winning both boys doubles , Eve and Tilly winning the girls doubles , Jess and Tilly had a really close singles games both just loosing 21-19 , Both mixed games were won by Tom and Tamsin , Luke and Eve , and Rowan and Luke finished it off winning both boys singles. The gold medal was theirs.

What a fantastic result 12 matches won over the 2 legs – NO LOSS !

The points were 949 and games won 35 .

Warwickshire got 2nd position and Yorkshire 3rd .

Well done to all the whole team and the managers !!!!!

20-0 win for U15s v Worcestershire!


Match Report by Noel Haines

Leicestershire Under 15s travelled to Worcestershire for the third match of their Shires League campaign. Could the team get back on track after the defeat against Yorkshire? Time would tell. Team Managers, Mark and Laura set out their game plan, in their pre-match team talk, before the mixed doubles got underway.

First up, Martin and Ella, Tom C and Hritika, Ryan and Eve, Tom L and Issy. The sports hall went quiet as the pairs went into action and despite the fact that it was Worcestershire that won the first rally of the day, it was Leicestershire that dominated the early proceedings. First to turn were established pair Martin and Ella, quickly followed by Tom L and Issy. However, the first Leicestershire pair to win their match and claim that confidence boosting first team point were Tom and Hritika with a convincing 21-9, 21-7 victory. Next to take their points for Team Leicestershire were Martin and Ella winning 21-10, 21-17 and Ryan and Eve winning 21-18, 21-14. Not for the first time, the team succeeded in achieving a clean sweep in the mixed with Tom L and Issy winning their first game 21-10 and coming through a tight second game 21-19.


Next up, the first singles matches and it was Ella off to a fast start, keeping her opponent moving around all areas of the court winning the first game 21-11. Hritika with some equally strong play using some excellent tactics clinched her first game 21-12. It was a mixed start for the boys with Leicestershire number 1 Martin losing his first game 21-19, however it was good news for Tom who won his first game. Tom continued to press his advantage and took the match with a superb cross court drop shot to his opponents forehand side to set up a 21-14, 21-11 victory. By this stage both Ella and Hritika had put in excellent performances to complete victory in their matches. The loss of the first game had woken Martin up and it was a much more focussed player that took the court for the next game. He won the second and third games 21-8, 21-11 to take his point for Leicestershire.

The singles matches continued with Izzy, Eve, Nikhil and Ryan taking to the court for their contests. Both Issy and Eve put in dominant performances maintaining their concentration, both conceding only 14 points to their opponents in their matches to claim their individual points for the team. At the same time, some great movement and skilful touches enabled Ryan and Nikhil to take their points for the team. Ryan won the first five points of his match, never looking back, eventually winning 21-7, 21-13. Nikhil was equally impressive in his 21-5, 21-15 victory.


Next, the level doubles and making her first appearance of the day was a smiling Jasmin Bullock who was returning to competitive play after a suffering an injury two months prior. She partnered Ella to take on Worcestershire’s top pairing, whilst Issy and Eve teamed up to take on their opponent number 2 pair. With some sharp net work from Eve and powerful forehand smashes from Issy, the pair dominated the match winning 21-9, 21-3. After a comfortable first game, Ella and Jasmin were made to work hard to claim victory, eventually winning, 21-7, 19-21, 21-16.

Tom Lund re-entered the fray, teaming up with Nikhil to take on the oppositions second ranked pair. Tom and Nikhil stood tall at the net and despite some despairing dives from their opponents took the match 21-9, 21-15. Meanwhile, the tried and tested Beynon Cowperthwaite combination worked well together to dispatch Worcestershire’s top pair 21-10, 21-15.

In the reverse doubles, one of the performances of the day was served up by Issy and Eve. They played flawlessly in the second game and at one stage won ten successive points to lead 20-2, before taking the match 21-8, 21-5. Within seconds of Issy and Eve claiming their point, Ella and Jasmin also signed off in style winning their match 21-4, 21-7.

Meanwhile attacking play from Martin and some disguised slices from Tom C were the highlights of a comfortable 21-7, 21-8 in their final game. However, thoughts of an early departure onto the M5 were dashed as Tom and Nikhil provided arguably the match of the day. Having lost their first game, the pressure was on the players to see if they could deliver a 20-0 victory for the team. Both pairs played some excellent badminton, with Nikhil in particular covering a lot of ground in defence. After a series of long rallies Tom and Nikhil took the second game, but fell to a 17-13 deficit in the third and final game. With all eyes now on this high quality match both pairs gave 100% effort, but finally it was the Leicestershire pair that triumphed over a Worcestershire partnership that had given their all.


Next up Norfolk.

Rushey Mead at the Double

Rushey Mead Primary School achieved their second win in Leicester City Community Badminton Network’s series of primary badminton tournaments. 8 pairs from both Rushey Mead and Sandfield Close took part in a badminton doubles contest at Beaumont Leys School. Both schools had 100% turnout and the event was well supported by parents.

The quarter finals provided two exciting ties with Rushey’s Moksh Handa and Saraanhusen Sabirhusen edging Sandfield’s Arian Basra and Shiv Dattani 15-14, and Sandfields’ Sonia Shah and Dhavina Patel going through by the same score against Rushey’s Abinaya Rajenthiram and Malakai Dunn.

In the semi finals Moksh Handa and Saraanhusen Sabirhusen overpowered team mates Bhavik Arvind and Bagirdan Dharmalingam, whilst Palupreet Kaur and Cameron Rahman from Rushey Mead had a much harder task in beating Sonia Shah and Dhavina Patel.

In an all Rushey Mead final, Palupreet Kaur and Cameron Rahman relied heavily on the quality of their serve to gain points. However, in the rallies, Moksh Handa and Saraanhusen Sabirhusen were dominant, running out winners 21-9.

Greg Howes

Leicester City Badminton Coaching & Development Officer

U14 success in the first leg of the North Midway League!

On Sunday 19th October 16 Leicestershire players, numerous parents and volunteers travelled to Sheffield to take part in the U14 North Midway League tournament. The players were divided into two teams, a first for Leicestershire, and the nominations were handed in to the referee.
11 teams had entered and all the managers were called to the referees table for the draw to decide which groups the teams would be playing in…..luckily our 2 teams didn’t have to play each other in that first group stage!
The second team of Sam, Jess, Niall, Elisha, Brett, Emily, Rowan and Sophie had a tough draw in the first group and although didn’t win any of those matches, did win some of their games giving them some close results. In the afternoon in the next group round they won one of their matches to finish the day in 9th place overall. A good effort by the team……… for some players it was the first time they had played in a match!
The first team of Martin, Ella, Tom C, Eve, Marcus, Hritika, Sameer and Mia were drawn against Yorkshire 1 and Cheshire in the first group rounds of the day. They won both matches convincingly 8-2 to then be placed in the top group along with Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire for the next round….a true local derby triangle! The first match against Warks was a close match, the girls nudging us ahead early on by winning both of their singles games, after that we managed to hold our own to win the match 6-4! Our next match against Notts was an exciting match, ‘even stevens’ after the singles and level doubles games so it was all down to the mixed doubles……’fired up’, realising that first place was within reach our 2 mixed pairs went on to convincingly win both games… score 6-4!
Well done to our Leicestershire 1 team winning the first leg….bring on the second leg on Sunday 8th February, everything to play for!!

U13 Shires League – Leicestershire vs Norfolk

U13 Shires League Inter-County Match Report

Leicestershire vs Norfolk

7th December 2014

This was going to be another tough match after our recent loss to Bucks.

Norfolk had recently played Bucks and had managed to take 8 games from them opposed to our 5.

Mixed doubles was first as always.

Sameer and Jess Rodgers were up against tough opposition. After a loss in the first game, Sameer and Jess needed to work hard to pull it back, they worked brilliantly together and managed to pull the next game out of the bag, deciding game to be played. After a game fought with much spirit the game was very close, they lost out to a score of 20-22.

Harry and Sophie worked well together and after a first tough game with a score of 22-20, they needed to keep up the hard work for the next game, they took another win with the score of 21-18.

Rowan and Jess Allen won their first game with a score of 21-8, Norfolk step the pace up in the second game and manage to take the game. The deciding game could go either way. Rowan and Jess know what they needed to do to with the next game and take the match. They step up to the mark and win the next game, another win under our belts.

Ollie and Tamzin take on the final Norfolk pair and manage to take two convincing wins, another one for Leicestershire

Mixed Leicester 3, Norfolk 1

Now for the Boys Singles, we were expecting some tough games and the boys knew they needed to play to their very best. Sameer, Harry, Rowan and Joe were ready to take on the Norfolk boys. The boys all won their first games. Could they repeat it again in their next games? Yes was the answer to that and Leicester’s boys took all 4 matches.

Boys singles Leicester 4, Norfolk 0

Girls Singles, this was always going to be another tough challenge for our girls. Jess R fought hard for every point in the first game, the final score being 16-21, again in the next game Jess but her all into it but Norfolk managed to take the game. Sophie played her best but another win for Norfolk.

Two matches to Norfolk, could we manage to pull it back.

Jess A had a very tough first game and Norfolk took this one, game two and Jess fought hard for every point in this game, her hard work and determination played off as Jess took the second game. Now for the decider, either team could take this game. Jess was riding high from her win in the previous game, she clearly had the opposition rattled and used this to her advantage, another win for Jess.

Could Tamzin win the next match and make it a draw for the girls.

Tamzin stepped up to play some great badminton, Tamzin took a comfortable lead early on in both games and kept hold of the lead to win both games.

Girls Singles Leicester 2, Norfolk 2

Boys Doubles – Can the boys take the advantage from winning the singles into the doubles?

Sameer and Joe are first up, some great play from both teams but Leicester take the lead early on in the first game and hold onto it throughout, one game in the bag. The Norfolk pair step up a gear in the next game but again Sameer and Joe take an early lead and another game and match to the Leicester boys. Next up is Harry and Ollie, again both teams are showing the fighting spirit, Harry and Ollie also take an early lead and use this to their advantage for another win. Game two plays out like the first game and another game and match to our boys.

Now for the crossover, Sameer and Joe cruise and take two comfortable wins from both games 21-5 to our boys, another match won.

Harry and Ollie prepare to take on Norfolk’s number one pair. First game and the Norfolk boys have a determination to take a game from us. Harry and Ollie play to their best and manage to win the tightly contested game. Can they do the same in their next game? The second match played out much like the first with Norfolk trying to take the game from us. Harry and Ollie gave it their all and again come out on top. Another match to Leicester.

Another 4 out of 4 for the boys.

Boys Doubles Leicester 4, Norfolk 0

Girl’s doubles – Time for the girls to show Norfolk what they are made off.

First up against Norfolk’s number one pair Jess R and Jess A. Some brilliant badminton from both teams, our girls put up a good fight but Norfolk manage to pip them to the post in both games, first match to Norfolk.

Sophie and Tamzin take on the second Norfolk pair, both teams were playing with a determination to win the game, Leicester’s girls came out on top to take the game. The second game played out easier and our girls cruised to a 21-6 win.

Cross over time…

Time for Jess R and Jess A to play Norfolk’s second pair. They take the first game with a score of 21-12. Can they take the second game to win the match? The Norfolk girl’s game out fighting and both teams fought hard for every point. The girls managed to pip them to the post with a close score of 25-23.

Sophie and Tamzins turn to play Norfolk’s first pair. Both teams worked hard to try and claim the victory but Norfolk managed to come out on top in both games to take the match.

Girls Doubles Leicester 2, Norfolk 2

The whole team played some great badminton and took us to a great victory.

Overall score Leicester 15, Norfolk 5

Silver medal for Sameer in Gold tournament!

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!