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U17 Nationals 2014

Having previously won a silver medal in the singles event at the U19 National Championships, David King turned his attention to his own age group in the BE U17 National Championships at Redbridge Leisure Centre on the 29th and 30th March, 2014.

In the Mixed Doubles event, David teamed up with his regular partner, Nicola Gresty, and the pair were seeded three of four.

This seeding entitled the pair to a bye through the first round.

David and Nicola’s second round match was against fellow PC player, Zach Russ, and partner, Grace King. David and Nicola edged the first game 21-18, before moving to a more convincing 21-11 victory in the second to take the match.

This set up a quarter-final against George Priestman and Elizabeth Tolman. David and Nicola played controlled badminton to win in straight games, 21-17 21-16.

This earned David and Nicola a semi-final match against the number one seeds, Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh. David and Nicola lost out 19-21 in a tight first game and then 14-21 in the second to be left with the U17 National Championship Mixed Doubles Bronze medals.

In the Boys Singles event, David was seeded number two.

David topped his qualifying box with a 21-6 21-5 victory over Jonathan Avery, and a 21-12 21-15 victory over James Youle.

Having received a bye through the first knockout round, David faced Buckinghamshire’s Johnnie Torjussen in the second round. David was seldom troubled and eased to a 21-12 21-10 victory.

This set up a quarter-final against Max Flynn. David maintained his form and won in straight games 21-12 21-13 to move to the semi-final.

The semi-final saw a tough match against the three of four seed, Ross Green. Ross managed to control the match and brought a halt to David’s progress with a 21-14 21-14 victory. This left David with his second medal of the tournament, an U17 National Championships Singles Bronze medal.

In the Boys Doubles event, David teamed up with his regular partner, Matthew Clare, and the pair were seeded number one.

The pair topped their qualifying box with some ease, with a 21-17 21-8 victory over Shailen Patel and Matthew Tung, and a 21-10 21-9 victory over Lorenzo Sacco and Christopher Wood.

David and Matthew received a bye through the first knockout round and so proceeded straight to the quarter-final, where they faced Avinash Gupta and Steven Stallwood. David and Matthew controlled the first game with a 21-16 win and then closed out the match with a convincing 21-10 victory in the second.

This set up a semi-final against Alex Mitchell and George Priestman. David and Matthew held their nerve to win in straight games, 21-15 21-15, earning David his first final appearance of the tournament.

The final was played against the number two seeds, Ben Lane and Luke Pearce.

David and Matthew got off to a great start with a 21-17 victory in the first game. Ben and Luke then tied the match with a 21-16 victory in the second. Ben and Luke maintained their momentum into the third, and deciding, game to win 21-16. This left David with Matthew with the U17 National Championships Boys Doubles Silver medals.

Congratulations to David on a great performance, winning a medal in all three disciplines at the U17 National Championships.

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