The Under 11yrs Team: Luke Hoult, Owen King, Ayush Panchal, Lewis Whyley, Louie Stevenson, Eve Durrance, Tilly Dale, Emily Gallacher, Emma Thornley, Sophie Watson.
On a soggy Sunday morning the County U/11 team made their way up to Sheffield to compete in the National Primary Midway Badminton Tournament. The first two opponents were local rivals Derbyshire and Warwickshire both matches were tough, the Leicestershire team fought hard but lost both matches 6-4. Match three was against Yorkshire, Leicestershire got off to a flying start, halving all the singles, winning both boys doubles, and halving the girls doubles. The match ended with a great finale and the Leicestershire team won 7-3. Match four was v Cheshire 1st team.
Leicestershire lost 3 out of the 4 singles games but fought back to halve the level doubles. Going into the final discipline it was really exciting, Leicestershire knew they needed to win the
last mixed game to secure a draw, but unfortunately Cheshire proved too strong, and won the overall match 6-4. The next
two matches went Leicestershire’s way 9-1 win v Lancashire and an 8-2 win v Cheshire 2nd team. At the moment it puts them in 4th place going into the 2nd leg on March 8th , where I am sure they will be fighting to improve that position.
A great days Badminton for the under 11yrs.
Report by: Jenny Gallacher
Aime Hoult – Team Manager
Martin lost a close semi-final match, 19-21, against a tough Warwickshire opponent to take bronze in the boys singles. Then on to the boys doubles semi-final with Tom. Initially it looked like they had got the strong Surrey partnership sussed but lost a close battle, 19-21, to take the bronze in this event too.
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!
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!!
MATCH REPORT – LEICESTERSHIRE U15 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.
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 .
T L Liaison officer