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U13s Continue the Leicestershire Gold Rush

The under 15s had set the standard high in Nottingham and the smaller under 13 group of 5 players really wanted to keep the medals flowing into Leicestershire, and so they did in the West Midlands U13 Bronze Circuit tournament …

Sameer: Gold Boys Singles

Sameer and Rowan: Gold Boys Doubles

Jess and Jess: Bronze Girls Doubles

A special mention also goes to U11 Emily Gallacher in her first Bronze event, coming away with 2 excellent wins.  Watch this space!

U15 Leicestershire players triumphing in Nottinghamshire Bronze JC

Great performance by Leicestershire badminton players at Nottinghamshire U15 bronze tournament. Leicestershire featured in the boys singles and all the doubles finals! Martin took gold in the boys singles and teamed up with Ella to win the mixed. Nikhil took silver with his Notts partner in the boys doubles and Ella and Hritika took the silver in the girls doubles. Tom and Martin took the bronze in the boys doubles and Tom teamed up with Issy to take the bronze in the mixed. Eve, Marcus and Sam also put in some impressive performances in the singles and doubles showing how much their hard work in training is paying off. Well done all!!

U15’s v Yorkshire 2


TEAM – Ella Haines, Eve Dale, Isabel Paterson-Watts, Jolie Haywood, Tom Cowperthwaite, Tom Lund, Martin Beynon, Nikhil Chotai and Ryan King

After a rainy drive up the motorway the match kicked off with the mixed doubles.

Ella and Martin had a tough 3 games in which they fought to take the 2nd game. A couple of unlucky net shots in the final game and a strong Yorkshire pair meant they lost as did Tom C and Jolie despite some great back of court play from Tom.
Eve and Ryan and Issy and Nikhil did really well to both win in 2 games. This with Nikhil not feeling too well!

Leics 2- Yorks 2

Next came the singles.
Issy, Jolie and Ella both fought hard against tough opponents but unfortunately lost in 2 games. Eve played a fantastic, nail biting match, in which she just lost the 1st game, won the 2nd 22-20 and won the 3rd 21-19 with everyone watching and cheering her on.
Martin and Nikhil played brilliantly to win their matches, Martin showing great movement around the court. Tom C and Tom L played some fabulous shots but unfortunately were beaten by strong Yorkshire players.

Leics 5 – Yorks 7

Next was the doubles so the pressure was on.
Issy and Eve took a while to get going but played well to take the second game, then just couldn’t close it losing the 3rd. Ella and Jolie worked well together as a pair but just couldn’t hold off the strong Yorkshire pair.
Both boys teams of Ryan and Tom L and Martin and Tom C played really well to win in 2 games. Some great defensive play from both teams.

Leics 7 – Yorks 9

Then came the crossover games.
Again everyone worked hard and the fitness work that they have been doing has definitely paid off! After the first girls crossover doubles the match was Leics 7 – Yorks 10. ….. the remaining doubles matches were tight, 1 game all……it was all down to the deciding games whether we could secure a draw with a possible win, but unfortunately those games were lost too despite some fabulous play.

Final score Leics 7 – Yorks 13

Well done to all players.

Christmas Training Schedule

REMINDER  –   there is NO Team Leicestershire Training sessions on SATURDAY DEC 6TH due to a none – county Tournament being held at Babington cc .

Also – there is NO training at Beaumont Leys School on DEC 6TH  4-15 -6-15pm either .( Terry and Graham are running the Tournament at Babington cc)

The last weekday sessions are Week commencing Monday 15th Dec

The Last Saturday sessions are on Dec 20th –  FUN SESSION-  Please bring your party hats !!!!!

All Training starts back week commencing Monday 5th Jan 2015.

Have a lovely festive season .

Kind Regards

Vanessa Stanton

T L Liaison officer

Under 13’s Leicestershire V Buckinghamshire

U13 Shires League Inter-County Match Report

Leicestershire vs Buckinghamshire

16th November 2014

This was never going to be an easy match. In 2013, Leicester U13 squad lost 20-0 to Bucks, in 2014 they closed the gap to 15-5. Can the 2015 U13 Leicester team, who have been training like dervishes over the past months, under a new training regime prevail against a team full of players many of whom play at the U13 England Gold tournaments?

Confidence was high, coming off the back of a great Nottingham win previously. The hall was cold and hoodies were a prerequisite.

Mixed doubles was of course first and there were some spirited fights underway from the start, this was not going to be the push over Bucks were expecting. Whilst we lost all the opening mixed matches, the highlight was Harry and Jess Rodgers games, they fought tenaciously and nearly turned the tide against Ryhdram and Lisa from Bucks, but we saw a close defeat of 19-21 and 17-21 from their games.

Leicester 0, Bucks 4…

Up next Boys Singles, hopes were high. Sameer, Harry, Rowan and Ollie went in on the attack. Harry, Rowan and Ollie all won their 1st round games – looking good, can they hold onto the Win? Bucks looked worried but fought back, taking all the 2nd round games across the board and forcing the 3rd game to be played. Despite some utterly heroic efforts Harry and Rowan lost their 3rd games. Ollie fought on, he would not let it go, every shot mattered and he won through taking the 3rd game 21-19, finally Leicester have a win, Well Done Ollie!

Leicester 1, Bucks 7…

Girls Singles, this was always going to be challenge for our girls facing off against some of the best U13 out there. Sophie, Tamzin, Jess and Jess fought hard including some inspired play from Jess Rodgers taking 20+ points from the 2nd ranked bucks player. But Bucks took all 4 games.

Leicester 1, Bucks 11…

Boys Doubles – can the guys take their learning’s from the singles matches and capitalise on discovered weaknesses of the Bucks lads. Sameer and Joe are first up and we have a thrilling 3 set match, resulting in them taking the Win! Next up is Harry and Ollie (having recovered from his marathon singles Win), they also take an awesome 3 set match win!! Then its Sameer and Joe who take apart their opposition in a 2 set match cruising 21-7 and 21-6 with another Win!!! Then Harry and Ollie breeze past their opponents with a 21-9 and 21-9 Win!!!! 4 for 4 what a great double results for the boys!

Leicester 5, Bucks 11…

Can the girls do the same as the boys? Despite some amazing play from all 4 Leicester girls including a spirited attack from Jess and Jess taking the Bucks lead ranked girls to 16-21 and 18-21, the Bucks team took all 4 matches.

Overall Leicester 5, Bucks 15…

A loss, but a great fight and a massive improvement on last years score. The team can be rightly proud.

Under 13s Start Season with Victory in Local Derby

Nottinghamshire U13s vs Leicestershire U13s

The morning of the first shires match for the current crop of Leicestershire Under 13s had finally arrived. Good things were expected after all of the hard work that had been put in at training over the past 2 months. Only time would tell if those expectations were to be realised against local rivals Notts.

It didn’t take long for the first point to be put on the board with Sameer and Sophie taking a comfortable win. Harry and Jess Rodgers were made to work much harder for their victory with the first 2 games being shared having each gone to setting, but the Leicestershire pair coming through in the 3rd game. Another great victory in the third match, with Joe and Tamsin putting the disappointment of losing the first game behind them, to come back and win the next two fairly comfortably. A fairly comfortable victory for Ollie and Jess Allen rounded of a perfect start to the day.


Up next were the boy’s singles. At first it appeared that Leicestershire were going to run away with this round of games too, with all four of the first games being won to 17. Unfortunately only Sameer and Ollie were able to take advantage of the good start and take the win with the Notts boys showing some fight to reverse the other games.

In contrast to the mixed games, the girls singles were over in the blink of an eye. Jess A and Tamsin picking up convincing wins to make sure that the singles were tied.


Just as in the mixed, the level doubles produced some great, closely fought games. Harry and Rowan obviously wanted to get as much court time as possible and demonstrate their fitness, with them winning both of their matches 2-1 with two of their final three games being settled. Sameer and Joe picked up both of their matches too, carrying on the great partnership from the previous season.

A strong Notts girls pair spoiled our attempt to be 100% wins in doubles but only after our girls took them to setting for their win. The girls did it up though, with Sophie and Tamsin then Jess and Jess picking up victories against their second pair.


So just like last year Leicestershire start off their Shires League campaign with a satisfying victory against their local rivals. Bring on Bucks next week!


Ex – Chairman of the LSBA Clive Ellames

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Clive Ellames.

Clive used to be Chairman of the LSBA and coached in the county for many years, mainly Hinckley way, also he played in the Nuneaton league and had worked at Badminton England.

The family are thinking about a few words to reflect Clives’ life in work/badminton/sport. Therefore if you you knew him or of him and have any words or messages please can you send them on to
The family would really value this.

Details of his funeral arrangements have been passed to us by his family and are available below:

Tuesday 25th November at 1pm

All Saints Church, Sapcote.
Followed by internment at Sapcote Ceremony at 1.45pm
The family are considering refreshments afterwards but details of this are yet to be confirmed.
Strictly Family Flowers only.
Any donations should be for the chosen charities; British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK
These, along with any cards can be sent to:
McCartneys Funeral Service
47 Coventry Road
LE10 0JR
(01455) 637138