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Middlesex Senior Silver

Head Coach Dean George collected two golds at the BE Middlesex Senior Silver tournament at The Dome in Southall on the 22nd and 23rd February, 2014.

In the Mens Doubles event, Dean was partnered by Ollie Baczala and the pair were seeded number one.

After a bye through the first round, Dean and Ollie defeated Andrew Heinemann and Adam Porter in the second round 21-7 21-3.

A similarly one-sided quarter-final match against Stuart Burnett and Jack Kimmond saw Dean and Ollie race to a 21-6 21-4 victory.

The semi-final brought a more challenging match against Andrew Brunning and Matt Ross.  Dean and Ollie focussed on the task in hand to win in straight games 21-14 21-17.

In the final the pair faced the number four seeds, Martin Drabble and Robert Golding.  Dean and Ollie were simply too good for their opponents and secured the gold medals with a 21-12 21-12 victory.

Dean then teamed up with Claire Millward in the Mixed Doubles event.  The pair were seeded number two.

Once again, a bye through the first round meant that Dean and Claire’s opening match was in the second round against David Poole and Adele Woodhams.  Dean and Claire saw off their opponents with a 21-5 21-10 victory.

The quarter final saw a closer match against Peter Athans and Amy George.  Dean and Claire maintained their momentum to win in straight games 21-15 21-13.

In the semi-final Dean and Claire dispatched Tom Stamford and Lara Molloy with a 21-9 21-13 victory.

Having earned a place in the final against Daniel Thompson and Yasmin Branch-Amory, Dean and Claire continued in ruthless style to win in straight games 21-14 21-14 to take the gold medals, Dean’s second of the day.


U13 Bronze South East Essex

Developing group’s Emma Ford travelled to South East Sussex to compete in the BE U13 Bronze tournament on 23rd February, 2014.

In the Girls Doubles event Emma was partnered by former PC player, Bea Noakes.

The pair won their box with a 21-17 victory over Jess Beach and Hannah Grant, a 21-15 victory over Molly Goode and Abbie Smith, and a 21-7 victory over Katie Friar and Emily Tiltman.

In the semi-final, Emma and Bea then faced Chelsea Huang and Esther Steadman.  Chelsea and Esther edged ahead to win the game 21-17 and leave Emma and Bea with the bronze medals.

U15 Silver Suffolk

Performance Centre players brought home five medals from the BE U15 Silver tournament in Suffolk on 22nd February, 2014.

1402 U15S Suffolk Doubles Silver Jude Blackman and Andrew Brownlie

Jude Blackman partnered fellow Performance Centre player Andrew Brownlie in the Boys Doubles event, and the pair were seeded one of three.

A tough first match in the qualifying box saw the pair face Matthew Cross and Levi Hoang.  Andrew and Jude got off to a great start with a 15-8 victory in the first game.  Matthew and Levi then found their form, racing to a 15-6 victory in the second to tie the match and take it to a deciding game.  A closely fought third was eventually won by Andrew and Jude 15-12.

The second match against Leo Huang and Zaman Khan was more routine with Andrew and Jude winning in straight games 15-7 15-9.

The last game in the box against fellow Performance Centre player Harry Morgan and his partner Adam Shepherd saw Andrew and Jude play out a comfortable 15-3 15-3 victory.

As number one seeds, Andrew and Jude enjoyed a bye through the semi-final stage.

In the final the pair faced the number three seeds, Christopher Adey and Oliver Chapman.  Playing some great badminton, Christopher and Oliver moved to a decisive straight games victory 15-12 15-11 to leave Andrew and Jude with the silver medals.

1402 U15S Suffolk Singles Bronze Doubles Bronze Vicky Roberts

In the Girls Singles event, Vicky Roberts was seeded two of four.

Vicky was seldom troubled in her qualifying box and topped it with some ease with a 15-6 15-5 victory over Annaliese Gray, a 15-7 15-8 victory over Alicia Chu, and a 15-10 15-11 victory over Gemma Atkins.

In the semi-final Vicky faced Chandana Nagaraj.  Vicky played well, but lost in straight games 11-15 9-15 to bring home the bronze medal.

In the Girls Doubles event, Vicky then partnered fellow Performance Centre player Elysia Taylor with the pair seeded one of two.

In the first box match, Vicky and Elysia played Annaliese Gray and Atlanta Harrison.  Vicky and Elysia eased to a 15-6 15-8 victory.

The second box match was a much tougher challenge against Chandana Nagaraj and Keya Patani.  In a tight match, despite Vicky and Elysia’s best efforts Chandana and Keya edged ahead and won in straight games 16-14 13-15.

This left Vicky and Elysia in second place in their box which earned them a third place playoff match against Kate Garnham and Lucy Jarvis.

Vicky and Elysia edged the first game 15-13.  Kate and Lucy then reversed the fortunes to win the second 15-12 and take the match to a deciding third game.  Vicky and Elysia held their nerve to win the third 15-12 and claim the bronze medals.  

U19 Nationals 2014

Performance Centre Players David King and Lydia Powell journeyed to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the BE U19 National Championships on the 14th to 16th February, 2014.

Seeded five of eight in the Mens Singles event, David King eased through the first round with a convincing 21-11 21-6 victory over Cheshire’s Jamie Wild.

In the second round, a straightforward 21-13 21-14 victory over Warwickshire’s Jacob Marklew saw David progress to the third round.

Here he faced Hertfordshire’s Mark Sadler. David started in great form, winning the first game 21-14. In a complete reversal, Mark then won the second game 21-14. A tense deciding game followed with neither player able to pull ahead until the final points, when David was able to edge the game 22-20.

In the quarter-final David overcame Yorkshire’s Matthew Clare with a 21-18 21-15 victory.

This earned David a semi-final place against number two seed, Farid Akroum from Staffordshire. Farid stormed ahead in the first game to win 21-8. David responded to the pressure, winning the second 21-11 to take the match to a deciding game. David maintained the momentum into the third to win 21-15 and proceed to the final.

David’s opponent in the final was the number one seed from Warwickshire, Sam Parsons. David fought hard and put in a fantastic performance, but lost 21-16 21-19 to bring home the U19 National Championships Mens Singles silver medal.

In the Womens Doubles event, Lydia Powell teamed up with her regular doubles partner from Avon, Jessica Hopton.

Having received a bye through the first round, Lydia and Jessica’s first match was a quarter-final against Gloucestershire’s Nicola Gresty and Yorkshire’s Devon Minnis. Lydia and Jessica won the first game 21-17, before losing a close second game 19-21. In the deciding third, the pair found their form and pulled ahead to a convincing 21-12 win.

In the semi-final, Lydia and Jessica faced rivals, and number two seeds, Ira Banerjee from Hampshire and Jessica Pugh from Yorskshire. The match was barely underway with only five points played when Ira Banerjee and Jessica Pugh had to retire due to injury, leaving Lydia and Jessica with a place in the final against number one seeds Jennifer Moore from Cheshire and Viki Williams from Hampshire.

Despite Lydia and Jessica’s best efforts, Jennifer and Viki lived up to their number one seeding to win in straight games 21-13 21-9, leaving Lydia and Jessica with the U19 National Champioships Womens Doubles silver medal.

Congratulations to David and Lydia from all the team at Horsham Arun Performance Centre.

U15 Bronze Suffolk

Developing group’s Harry Morgan earned a bronze medal at the BE U15 Bronze tournament in Suffolk on 15th February, 2014.

In the Boys Singles event, Harry took the number one spot in his qualifying box with a 21-9 victory over Matthew Lawrence, a 21-11 victory over Cameron Harris, and a 21-7 victory over Daniel Lewis.

In the quarter-final Harry faced Joe Rolfe and eased to a comfortable 21-13 victory to earn a place in the semi-finals against Matthew Cross.

Despite battling hard, Harry lost 15-21 and so won a bronze medal.

U13 Bronze Essex

Evan Blake and Emma Ford bagged medals at the BE U13 Bronze tournament in Essex on 2nd February, 2014.

In the Boys Doubles event, Evan Blake was partnered by Christian Mitchell.

Evan and Christian won their qualifying box with a 20-9 victory over Callum Cox and George Underwood, a 21-15 victory over Mehar Bijral and Mylan Roberts, and a 21-15 victory over Matthew Lawrence and Alex Rolph.

Having received a bye in the quarter-final, Evan and Christian faced Henry Fox and Bradley Smith in the semi-final. Evan and Christian controlled the match to win 21-13 and progress to the final.

In the final the pair then faced Max Kelly and James Xu. Evan and Christian maintained their form and eased to a comfortable 21-15 win to claim the gold medals.

In the Girls Singles event, Emma Ford was looking to increase her medal count for the season.

Emma claimed top spot in her qualifying box with a 21-17 win against Katie Scott, a 21-9 win against Ester Stedman, and a 21-18 win against Eleanor Butler.

In the quarter-final, Emma played out a tight game against Anna Palacci, just edging ahead at the close to win 21-19 and progress to the semi-final.

An even tighter semi-final against Shreeya Mehta saw Emma hold her nerve to win 23-21 and claim a place in the final.

Emma battled hard in the final, but her opponent, Alicia Chu, proved too strong on the day winning 21-19 to leave Emma with the silver medal.

Emma then teamed up with former Performance Centre player, Bea Nokes, in the Girls Doubles event.

Emma and Bea topped their qualifying box with a 21-19 victory over Molly Goode and Abbie Smith, a 21-14 victory over Lucy Downey and Caitlin Parfitt, and a 21-6 victory over Alyssa Chin and Elise Wells.

The pair enjoyed a bye through the semi-final round and so progressed straight to the final where they faced Alicia Chu and Mia Hillsden.

Emma and Bea dominated the final to win 21-10 and claim the gold medals.

The final haul for the day was a gold for Evan, and a gold and silver for Emma. Congratulations to both on a fantastic tournament performance..

U15 Gold Milton Keynes

Zach Russ and Vicky Roberts brought home three bronze medals from the BE U15 Gold tournament in Milton Keynes over the weekend of 1st February, 2014.

1402 U15G Milton Keynes Singles Bronze Vicky Roberts

Seeded three of four in the Boys Star event, Zach faced a tough qualifying box.

In his first qualifying match Zach played James Youle. James won the first game 21-16 before Zach won the second and third, 21-14 21-15, to take the match.

The second qualifying match against Avinash Gupta followed the same pattern. Avinash won the first 24-22 before Zach won the second and third 21-19 21-14.

In the final qualifying match, Zach played Joshua Foot. Zach controlled this match, winning comfortably in straight games 21-14 21-13, to top the qualifying box.

This brought a difficult semi-final against the tournament’s number one seed, Johnnie Torjussen. Despite Zach’s best efforts, Johnnie edged a tight first game 24-22 and then closed out the match with a 21-18 victory in the second, leaving Zach with the bronze medal.

In the Boys Doubles event, Zach teamed up with Scotland’s Scott Waddell, with the pair being seeded three of four.

The pair cruised through their qualifying box with a straightforward 21-8 21-12 victory over Nicholas Pipe and William Saunders, and a 21-12 21-18 victory over Christopher Grimley and Ciar Pringle.

This earned the pair a place in the quarter-finals against David Hong and William Jones.  Zach and Scott were seldom troubled and eased to a 21-8 21-16 victory to proceed to the semi-final.

The semi-final was a much more challenging match against number one seeds, Callum Hemmings and Harry Huang.  Zach and Scott got off to a great start winning the first game 21-17.  The second game saw a reversal of fortunes with Callum and Harry pulling ahead to win 21-14 to take the match to a deciding third game.  The decider was a tense match, with neither pair giving an inch.  Callum and Harry were able to pull ahead at the end to win by the narrowest of margins, 21-19, leaving Zach and Scott with the bronze medals, Zach’s second of the day.

In the Girls Singles event Vicky Roberts was unseeded.

In the first qualifying match Vicky faced Phoebe Moore in a match that see-sawed to and fro. Vicky eased through the first game 21-10, before losing the second 11-21, and then easing to a 21-13 victory in the third to take the match.

In the second qualifying match Vicky faced Beth Speechley. Once again Vicky eased through the first game 21-12 and then lost the second 17-21. An incredibly tight deciding game followed, with neither of the girls able to open up a lead. Deep into setting, Vicky opened up the crucial two point gap to win the game, and match, 25-23.

Topping the qualifying box earned Vicky a quarter-final match against the three of four seed Bethany Newis. Vicky controlled the match, winning in straight games 21-18 21-19.

This set up a semi-final against the number one seed, Dominique Bell. Dominque controlled the match from the start, closing out a ruthless 21-7 21-12 victory to leave Vicky with the bronze medal.

Congratulations to Zach, for winning bronze medals in the singles star and doubles events a year young, and congratulations to Vicky for winning her first singles medal in a gold tournament.

U19 Bronze Wycombe

Freya Hodgson, Antony Barnett and Sam Phillips all brought home medals from the BE U19 Bronze tournament in High Wycombe on 1st February 2014.

In the Girls Doubles event, Freya Hodgson teamed up with Anna Richardson.

Freya and Anna topped their qualifying box with a 21-10 21-14 victory over Rosemary Allen (Essex) and Noura Mohtadi (Buckinghamshire), and a 12-21 21-19 21-15 victory over the number two seeds, Abbie Jolliffe (Dorset) and Jenny Naylor (Somerset).

In a comfortable semi-final, Freya and Anna came out 21-16 21-13 winners against Roxana Ciocan (Buckinghamshire) and Libby Jennings (Middlesex).

This set up a final against the number one seeds from Berkshire, Frances Penney and Jessica Young.  Freya and Anna took the first game 21-17, before Frances and Jessica took the second 21-10. This set up a tense deciding game where neither side was able to pull ahead.  As the game edged to conclusion, Freya and Anna pulled ahead to win 21-19, securing the gold medals.

Emerging group’s Antony Barnett and Sam Phillips teamed up in the Boys Doubles event.

In their first box game, the pair lost an extremely close match to Max Flynn and Adam Lam 21-19 16-21 19-21. Undaunted, the pair then re-focused to win their second match against Oxfordshire’s Ashley Garrison and Joe Roberts 21-11 21-15.

The Oxfordshire pair then won their game against Max and Adam to leave a three way tie in the box.  When the points from the individual games were tallied, Antony and Sam topped the group to progress to the semi-final.

In the semi-final Sam and Antony played out a tough match against the number two seeds from Buckinghamshire, Sean Chal and Alex Mitchell.  Antony and Sam took the first game 21-15, before being edged out 21-19 in the second.  In the deciding third, Sean and Alex maintained their momentum to win 21-17, leaving Antony and Sam with the bronze medals.

The final medal tally for the day was one gold and two bronzes.  A great day’s work from Freya, Antony and Sam.