Jude Blackman and Andrew Brownlie were in action at the BE U15 Silver tournament in Luton on 7th December, 2013.
In the Singles event, Jude was unseeded and faced a difficult qualifying box.
On paper, the first box match looked the easiest, and indeed Jude won in straight games 15-10 15-11 against Hertfordshire’s Mark Amer.
The second match in the box was against Surrey’s Gareth O’Brien. Jude won the first 15-7, before Gareth rallied to win the second 15-13. Jude reasserted his control in the third to win 15-5 and take the match.
The final box match against Northamptonshire’s Gregory Saunders was an even closer affair. Gregory won the first game 15-10. Jude then refocused and edged a tight second game 15-13 to take the match to a decider. Jude held his concentration and edged the final game 15-13 to top the box and progress to the quarter-final.
In the quarter-final Jude faced the number three seed from Buckinghamshire, Ethan Van Leeuwen. Drawing on his experience from his last victory over Ethan, Jude closed out a controlled 15-12 15-12 win.
This set up a semi-final against the number two seed from Kent, Ethan Solly. Jude fought hard but Ethan, with an extra year’s experience, controlled the match to win 15-11 15-6, leaving Jude with the bronze medal.
In the Boys Doubles event Andrew Brownlie paired with his regular partner, Kent’s Luke Bailey, and the pair were seeded number one.
The pair were seldom troubled in the their qualifying box and won it with some ease playing out a 15-13 15-10 victory over the Surrey pairing of Leon Griffiths and Gareth O’Brien, a 15-7 15-5 victory over the Warwickshire pairing of Simran Dhanda and Daniel Morris, and a 15-7 15-6 victory over the Hertfordshire pairing of Matthew Harden and Nathan Wooster.
The number one seeding meant the pair received a bye in the semi-final.
This meant they would face the unseeded pairing of Hertfordshire’s Christopher Adey and Buckinghamshire’s Oliver Chapman. Despite the seedings, Andrew and Luke faced a tough match and lost in straight games 14-16 12-15 to bring home the silver medals.