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Nottinghamshire Senior Gold

Head Coach Dean George brought home two gold medals from the BE Nottinghamshire Senior Gold tournament held in Chilwell on the 22nd and 23rd March, 2014.

In the Mens Doubles event, Dean teamed up with Kristian Roebuck.

A first round bye meant that Dean and Kristian’s first match of the day was a second round showdown against the number four seeds, Nick Hodson and Andrew Wainwright.  Dean and Kristian were seldom troubled and defied their unseeded status to win in straight games 21-12 21-17.

In the third round, the pair then faced Kyle Cherry and Ross Green.  Dean and Kristian eased through the match with a 21-12 21-11 victory.

The quarter-final proved to be no obstacle, with an even easier 21-10 21-11 victory over Martyn Lewis and Sven Lubbers.

The semi-final against the number two seeds, Ollie Baczala and James Lauder, looked to be a far sterner challenge.  Dean and Kristian won the first game 21-18 before Ollie and James edged the second 22-20 to take the match to a deciding third.  Dean and Kristian re-focussed and raced to a 21-14 win to win the match and seal a place in the final.

Dean and Kristian maintained their form in the final against the number six seeds, Greg Mairs and Michael Row, winning in straight games 21-16 21-16 to take the gold medals.

In the Mixed Doubles event, Dean was partnered by Samantha Ward and the pair were seeded number one.

Having received a bye through the first round Dean and Samantha faced George Priestman and Joshmyn Bong in the second round. After winning the first game 21-18, Dean and Samantha then raced through the second game to win 21-11 and so take the match.

In the third round, Dean and Samantha dispatched Michael Sidwell and Emily Rose Witts with a straight forward 21-16 21-14 victory.

Dean and Samantha maintained their momentum through the quarter-final where they won 21-14 21-15 against Scott Williams and Serena Midha.

A tough semi-final against the number three seeds, Ollie Baczala and Viki Williams followed.  Dean and Samantha took the first game 21-15.  Ollie and Viki levelled the match with an impressive 21-14 win in the second.  The match then swung back into Dean and Samanthas favour as they powered to a 21-14 victory in the third to secure a place in the final.

In the final, Dean and Samantha faced the number two seeds, Harry Wright and Lubomira Stoynova.  Dean and Samantha raced ahead in the first game to win 21-12.  Harry and Lubomira then levelled the match with a 21-19 win in the second.  In the deciding third, Dean and Samantha exerted their control once again to pull ahead and win 21-15   and so take the match and the gold medals.


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