Coaches and players from Horsham Performance Centre were in action at the Sussex Senior Restricted on 29th September, 2013.
Sam Phillips was able to progress through a very tricky box beating both Matt Hodgeson and David Boxall in straight sets. This set up a quarter-final match against Mark Burtenshaw, Sam put in a great performance losing in three hard fought sets.
Will Hilton-Jackson cruised through the quarter final to set up a semi-final clash against Alex Wong. After a close first set, Will was able to pull away and gain a comfortable two sets win. The final was the match that everyone had hoped to see, Will Hilton-Jackson against Wojtek Poszelezny. The match was filled with long hard rallies, along with some exceptional net play. Wojtek was able to finish both sets well and came out on top with a 21-18 21-18 victory.
Andrew Brownlie and Jordan Adams also put in great performances in their singles groups against older and stronger opposition.
Lydia Powell and Freya Hodgeson were flying the flag for Horsham in the Women’s singles event. They were drawn in the same box with Lydia coming through their tie in two straight sets. Freya was runner-up in the group meaning she would have a semi-final match against the experienced Cathy Bargh.
Freya played a great game but unfortunately Cathy’s experienced showed and was able to close out a straight sets win, a great bronze medal for Freya in a senior restricted.
The final was between Lydia and Cathy. Lydia showed what a class act she has become and showed her professionalism against a tricky opponent to win in two sets. Another ladies singles title for Lydia Powell.
Dean George and Jonty Russ had to start their bid to win the doubles title against fellow PC players Ant Barnett and Sam Phillips. Sam and Ant were on a mission and led the first set 19-16 before just being pipped to the post 21-19. The standard in the second set remained high with some great attacking rallies from both pairs. Dean and Jonty were able to come through the second set with a 21-14 win.
Dean and Jonty continued to advance to the semi-finals were they played the number one seeds Wojtek and Andre. After a shaky start they were able to steady themselves to a 21-14 21-14 win. In the final they faced number two seeds David Askey and Peter Fuller. The result was a 21-7 21-13 win for Dean and Jonty. Jonty handled the pressure brilliantly and was able to match the older players with his skill level and touch around the net. He joins the list with David King and Lydia Powell of youngest ever winners. A tough draw for Ant and Sam provided Dean and Jonty there hardest game throughout the whole tournament.
Lydia Powell was playing with a new partner Amber Roberts due to regular partner, Tanya Woodward, being unable to play. They reached the final where they faced Steph Pound and Kim George. Lydia and Amber won the first set comfortably but had to work hard in the second to come out straight sets winners. Title number two for Lydia Powell.
Dean and Lydia were top seeds in the mixed doubles and were able to progress through the group straight through to the semi-final where they faced Peter Fuller and Jenny Cross. After a close start in the first set, they were able to use their experience and speed to win in straight sets and set up a final against Steph Pound and Luke Jones. Dean and Lydia were able to dominate the final with great attacking play right from the first three shots and walk away with a comforatble win 21-4 21-8. Title number three for Lydia Powell and another clean sweep of titles.
A special mention goes to Ant Barnett and Freya Hodgeson who put up a great fight against number four seeds Peter Fuller and Jenny Cross, losing in three close sets.
Horsham PC’s younger members returned with a clutch of medals from the U13 and U11 Sussex Junior Badminton Championships, held on 29th September, 2013.
In the U13 girls singles Emma Ford claimed the runners up medal in the final after a very close semi final with fellow Developing group member Bea Noakes.
Emma continued by securing the girls U13 doubles trophy in the round robin event. Bea and Raw’s Emma Roberts picked up the U13 girls doubles runners up prize.
It was a successful day for Developing’s Evan Blake who won both the boys U13 singles and doubles events. Raw’s Ben Smith picked up the boys U13 doubles runners up prize.
In the girls U11 singles, Raw group’s Izzy Craig was runner up, then continued a good day by securing the girls doubles title with her partner. Megan Baldwin picked up a hard fought runners up medal in the U11 doubles.
In the boys U11 doubles, there was a runners up medal for Josh Dummer, while fellow Raw member Will Brownless took the doubles plate with his partner.
David King continued his spectacular start to the season at the Badminton Europe Swiss Open, from the 26th to 29th September, 2013.
Four days of intense competion and pressure saw David competing in all three disciplines.
Battling through a strong European field, David came away with a silver in the boys singles event.
This feat was then matched in the mixed doubles, where David partnered Nicola Gresty.
Two silvers in a top class European competition featuring the best up and coming U17 players shows David’s continued growth and development as a player.
The weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September, 2013 saw head coach, Dean George, in action at the BE Solihull and Shirley Senior Silver.
Seeded number one, Dean was partnered with Chris Tonks in the Mens Doubles event.
Top seeding meant Dean and Chris enjoyed a bye through the first round.
The first match of the day, therefore, was against Toby Moon and James Watkins. Dean and Chris were seldom troubled and won comfortably 21-11 21-9 to move on to the quarter-final.
Dean and Chris maintained their form through a routine quarter final against Lee Ackerman and Steven Jacobs, dispatching their opponents in straight sets 21-7 21-9.
This set up a match against the three of four seeds Martin Drabble and Nick Hodgson. It was a case of ‘business as usual’ as Dean and Chris eased to a 21-14 21-9 victory to secure a place in the final.
The final opponents, Alan Clarkson and Mark Tuttle, were also seeded three of four. The first game was the toughest of the tournament so far, with Chris and Dean edging it 21-18. The second game saw Chris and Dean take control and ease to a more comfortable 21-9 win to secure the gold medal.
Emerging group’s Jonty Russ trekked to Warwickshire for the BE U17 Silver tournament on 21st September, 2013.
Jonty started his day with the Boys Singles event.
In the first match of the qualifying box, Jonty played Adam Bridson. Having lost the first game 12-15, Jonty steadied himself and won the next two games 15-7 15-12 to take the victory.
A simpler second match against Thomas McHugh followed, with Jonty securing a straight games 15-10 15-6 victory.
Jonty then topped the qualifying box with a 15-12 15-12 win over Ben Sharples.
Having received a bye through the first knockout round, Jonty played Matthew Curtis in the quarter-final, winning 15-11 15-7 to secure a semi-final place.
A tense semi-final against Elliot Robertson resulted in a fiercely contested first game which Elliot edged 20-18. Jonty refocused in the second, and eased to a 15-7 win to level the match. In the deciding third, Elliot exerted control and won 15-10 to leave Jonty with the bronze medal.
In the Boys Doubles event, Jonty partnered Edward Thorpe and the pair were seeded number one.
The pair eased through their qualifying box with a 15-11 15-11 victory over Joe Ennis and Steven Genever, a 15-11 15-11 victory over Brandon Carr and Joshua Hong, a 15-7 15-4 victory over Alim Mustafa and Mohammed Rehman, and a 16-14 15-8 victory over Rehaan Khan and Greg Taylor.
Jonty and Edward then faced David Ip and Henry Prothero in the semi-final. Jonty and Edward controlled the match, winning 15-11 15-7.
This set up a final against the number two seeds, Ashley Garrison and Joe Roberts. Jonty and Edward maintained their form to win 15-13 15-13 and secure the gold medal.
Andrew Brownlie battled to a boys singles bronze in the BE U15 Bronze in Hertfordshire on 21st September, 2013.
The qualifying box brought games at both ends of the scale. First up was a close 21-20 win over Jamie May, followed by a much easier 21-1 win over Riyadh Haiy, and finally a 21-16 win against David Tam. This earned a place in the knockout round and a match against Benjamin Hudson. Andrew eased to a 21-13 win, gaining a place in the quarter final against James Salter. In a closer match, Andrew came out 21-17 winner to move through the semi-final stage.
In a sterner test, the semi-final final match against Leon Griffiths resulted in a real battle. Andrew eventually lost 26-24 to come away with the bronze medal, whilst Leon went on to win the tournament.
The weekend of the 14th and 15th September, 2013 saw Zach Russ in action at the BE U15 Gold in Nottingham.
Unseeded in the Boys Singles Star event, Zach’s first match was against the 3/4 seed from Scotland, Christopher Grimley. After winning a tight first game 21-19, Zach eased to a 21-7 win in the second. Next up was a match against Buckinghamshire’s Steven Stallwood. This was a much closer game, with Zach coming away the eventual winner in three, 21-18, 20-22, 21-18. The last game in the box was against Oxfordshire’s Alex Cook. An inspired Alex eased to a 21-18, 21-18 win, leaving the lead of the box tied between Zach and Steven. Zach’s earlier win against Steven meant he qualified for semi-finals.
The semi-final showdown was against fellow England player, Johnnie Torjussen of Buckinghamshire. Giving a year to his opponent, Zach fought well, losing 21-17, 21-16 to come away with a broze medal. Johnnie went on to win the final.
Lydia Powell continued her great start to the season at the BE U19 Gold in Wimbledon on 14th and 15th September, 2013 winning gold in the singles event, silver in the doubles event, and bronze in the mixed.
Overcoming a strong international field, this was Lydia’s biggest tournament victory to date.
In an event contested by all nine of the players on the Badminton England funding programme, Lydia beat Danish girl Josie Frost-Zwicky 21-9, 21-13 and Ira Banerjee 21-15, 20-22, 21-10 to win her box.
She then edged out her doubles partner, Jessica Hopton 21-19, 29-27, avenging a defeat at the National Championships earlier this year.
Lydia returned the next day for the semi-final and pulled off a fine three-set victory over much-fancied Indian player Reshma Karthik, who had been sweeping all before her until that stage.
Lydia clinched the title with a first victory against number one seed Viki Williams, winning 19-21, 21-16, 21-14.
Lydia and Jessica Hopton justified their number two seeding in the doubles event by reaching the final. In a hard fought match the pair lost to the country’s top ranked under-19 pair, Viki Williams and Jenny Moore.
Lydia closed out the tournament with a bronze in the mixed.
A fantastic performance and an amazing start to the season – Congratulations Lydia!
In the first tournament of the new season, David King put in an outstanding performance at the BE U17 Gold in Milton Keynes on 7th and 8th September, 2013 to come away with a gold and two silver medals.
Seeded 3/4 in the Boys Singles Star event, David eased through his qualifying box with comfortable wins against Joshua Musty 21-12, 21-14 and Luke Pearce 21-19, 21-13. This set up a semi-final against the number 1 seed, Matthew Clare. In a tense three set match, David won the first game 21-12, before going down 16-21 in the second. In a tight third, David won out 21-16, earning a place in the final against number 2 seed Oliver Thomson. David fought hard in the final, eventuially losing 15-21, 8-21 to come away with a silver medal.
David partnered Matthew Clare in the Boys Doubles event and were number 1 seeds. True to form, the pair eased through their qualifying box with comfortable wins against Callum Macmillan and Darren Reid, and Zac Pallier and Christoper Wood. This earned a quarter-final against Alex Mitchell and George Priestman, which David and Matthew won 21-16, 21-17. In a tough sem-final against Oliver Thompson and Matthew Tung, David and Matthew ground out a win in three games, 17-21, 21-19, 21-16. This set up a final against Harry Arksey and David Jones. David and Matthew won through 21-18, 21-17 to earn the coveted gold medal.
In the mixed doubles David partnered Nicola Gresty, and the pair were seeded number 2. In a straight knockout competition, the pair beat Christopher Wood and Anna Richardson 21-11, 21-13 in the first round, and then won against Callum Macmillan and Sarah Findlay 21-7, 21-11 in the second round. In the quarter-final, the pair played Max Noble and Sophie Brealey 21-12, 21-11. This set up a semi-final against the 5/8 seeded pair of David Jones and Joshmyn Bong, which David and Nicola won 21-19, 21-12. This earned a final match against the surprise unseeded pair, Kyle Cherry and Evie Burbidge. Kyle and Evie played extremely well and womn the match 21-16, 21-16, leaving David and Nicola with the silver medal.
All-in-all a great start to the season and an indication of things to come. Congratulations David!
Lydia Powell opened her season at the BE Hertfordshire Senior Silver on the weekend of 31st August to 1st September 2013 with a doubles gold and mixed bronze.
Seeded number four in the women’s doubles event, Lydia and partner Jessica Hopton fought through the knockout tournament to earn a place in the final against number one seeds Ira Banerjee and Jessica Pugh. Despite losing the first set 18-21, the pair re-grouped and surged to convincing 21-13 win in the second. This set up a winner-takes-all decider, which Lydia and Jessica won 21-16 to come home with the gold medal.
Lydia then teamed up with Hertfordshire’s Conor Bambrick in the mixed doubles, with the pair seeded number two. The first two qualifying rounds and quarter finals went to form with Lydia and Conor earning a semi-final against the number eight seeds Adam Porter and Kelly Holdway. The match went against the seeding with Lydia and Conor losing 16-21, 20-22 to leave the pair with the bronze medal.