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U17 Silver Dorset

Vicky Roberts bagged a bronze medal in the Girl’s Singles event at the BE U17 Silver event in Dorset held on the 6th September, 2014.

Full details of the tournament can be found on the Badminton England results site.

Essex Senior Gold

Lydia Powell brought home three bronze medals from the BE Essex Senior Gold tournament held at Redbridge Leisure Centre on 3rd and 4th May, 2014.

In the Womens Singles event, Lydia was seeded three of four.

This seeding gave Lydia a bye through the first round.

In the second round, Lydia faced Nicole Burgess.  Lydia raced to a 21-10 victory in the first game before edging a much closer second game 21-19.

This set up a quarter-final against Paige Butler. Lydia controlled a tight match to win in straight games 21-17 21-18.

This earned Lydia a semi-final place against the number one seed, Panuga Riou. Despite Lydia’s best efforts, the match played out according to seedings with Panuga winning 21-12 21-15, leaving Lydia with the singles bronze medal.

In the Womens Doubles event, Lydia teamed up with Tanapat Pisitpong.

Lydia and Tanapat got off to a great start with a 21-12 21-16 victory over Erin Parkes and Chloe Sidwell.

In the quarter-final, the pair were then victorious 21-15 21-15 over Hannah Preece and Sarah Preece.

This earned a semi-final place against the number one seeds, Jennifer Moore and Viki Williams. Jennifer and Viki were able to control the match and won in straight games 21-17 21-14 to leave Lydia and Tanapat with the doubles bronze medals.

In the mixed Doubles event, Lydia teamed up with Joel Gayle and the pair were seeded number one.

Receiving a bye in the first round, Lydia and Joel opened their account in the second round with a 21-17 21-14 victory over Daryl Jacobs and Boglarka Ujvari.

The pair continued their form in the quarter-final with a convincing 21-6 21-17 victory over Christopher Evans and Chrissi Nettleton.

This set up a semi-final against the three of four seeds, Ollie Baczala and Viki Williams. Ollie and Viki won the first game 21-14 and then closed out the match with a 21-19 win in the second, leaving Lydia and Joel with the bronze medals, Lydia’s third of the day.

U15 Nationals 2014

Zach Russ travelled to Redbridge Leisure Centre to take part in the BE U15 National Championships on the 5th and 6th April, 2014.

Seeded three of four in the Boys Singles event, Zach cruised through his qualifying box with a simple 21-2 21-5 victory over Alex Moir, followed by a 21-8 21-17 victory over Oliver Chapman.

Zach’s seeding earned a bye through the first knockout round.

In the second knockout round, Zach eased to a straight games victory against Tom Hatton 21-13 21-17.

In the quarter-final, Zach then faced the five of eight seed, James Youle.  Zach was in fine form and convincingly won the first game 21-9, before sealing the match with a 21-12 victory in the second.

This set up a semi-final against the number one seed, Buckinghamshire’s Johnnie Torjussen.  Despite being a year younger than his opponent, Zach fought hard but was just edged out in the first game 17-21.  Johnnie’s experience showed through in the second as he won 21-14, leaving Zach with the U15 National Championships Singles Bronze medal.

Hungry for more success, Zach then teamed up with Oxfordshire’s Alex Cook in the Boys Doubles event, with the pair being seeded three of four.

In the first match of the qualifying box, Zach and Alex delivered a convincing 21-11 21-9 victory over Joshua Foot and Ethan Van Leeuwen.  The pair then faced a sterner test in their second match against Luke Donnegan and Tom Hatton.  Zach and Alex edged the first game 22-20, before focussing themselves to win the second by a wider 21-14 margin, and so take the match and seal top place in the qualifying box.

In the quarter-final, Zach and Alex faced Christopher Adey and Oliver Chapman.  Zach and Alex controlled the match from the outset and won in straight games, 21-16 21-10, to earn a place in the semi-finals.

On paper, the semi-final match against the number two seeds, Avinash Gupta and Steven Stallwood, looked incredibly difficult. Zach and Alex stepped up to the challenge and achieved a fantastic victory in straight games 21-16 21-18 to progress to the final.

In the final, Zach and Alex faced the number one seeds, Callum Hemming and Harry Huang. Callum and Harry raced through the first game winning convincingly 21-12. Zach and Alex steadied themselves in the second before pulling ahead and winning by an equally impressive 21-13 margin to tie up the match and take it to a deciding third game. The third game was much closer, but Callum and Harry were able to maintain a lead to win 21-17, leaving Zach and Alex with the U15 National Championships Doubles Silver medal.

Congratulations to Zach on a fantastic performance, winning a Singles bronze and Doubles Silver in the National Championships a year young.

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.

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.

 

U15 Bronze East London

Harry Morgan brought home a bronze medal from the BE U15 Bronze tournament in East London on 16th March, 2014.

In the Boys Doubles event, Harry teamed up with Leo Huang.

The pair topped their qualifying box with a 21-12 victory over Kent’s Thomas Gill-Pratt and Harry Hodges, a 21-13 victory over Sussex pair, Christopher Morgan and Ewan Robertson, a 21-19 victory over Hertfordshire’s Rees Clark and Zach Daniels, and a 21-16 victory over Oxfordshire’s Jamie Cackett and Surrey’s Adam Shepherd.

This earned Harry and Leo a semi-final place against Norfolk’s Joe Rolfe and James Salter.  Harry and Leo fought hard, but Joe and James pulled ahead to win the match 21-15, leaving Harry and Leo with the bronze medals.

U17 Bronze Kent

Andrew Brownlie and Vicky Roberts competed at the BE U17 Bronze tournament in Kent on 15th March 2014.

In the Boys Singles event, Andrew reached the knockout stage after winning his qualifying box with a 21-6 victory over Surrey’s Joshua Dacruz, a 21-11 victory over Kent’s Thomas Gill-Pratt, and a 21-17 victory over Essex’s Prashan Clare.

In a tight quarter-final, Andrew played Surrey’s Leon Griffiths.  Andrew held his nerve and maintained control of the game to win 21-18.

A semi-final against Sussex U17 player, James Crouch, followed.  A close game saw neither player able to pull out a decisive lead.  At the close, James edged ahead to win 21-18, leaving Andrew with the bronze medal.

In the Boys Doubles event, Andrew teamed up with regular partner from Kent, Luke Bailey.

Andrew and Luke topped their box with a 21-13 win over the Surrey pair, Joshua Dacruz and Henry Wu, and a 21-10 win over the Kent pair, Thomas Long and Terence Ng.

In the semi-final, Andrew and Luke faced Norfolk’s Thomas Boardman and Kent’s Tom Owen. Despite Andrew and Luke’s best efforts, Thomas and Tom pulled ahead to win the game 21-16, leaving Andrew and Luke with the bronze medals.

In the Girls Doubles event, Vicky Roberts teamed up with Ellen Jennings from Middlesex.

The pair won their box with a 21-18 victory over Kent’s Zahra Bhatti and Bedfordshire’s Briony Whitfield, a 21-10 victory over the Essex pairing of Courtney Downey and Ashleigh Smith, and a close 21-20 victory over the Surrey pair, Claire Mills and Jodie Teale.

This set up a semi-final against the Essex pair, Rosemary Allen and Millie Limrick.  Rosemary and Millie proved too strong and raced to a 21-11 victory, leaving Vicky and Ellen with the bronze medals.

 

U15 Gold Surrey

Andrew Brownlie and Vicky Roberts were in action at the BE U15 Gold tournament in Surrey on the 1st and 2nd March, 2014

1403 U15G Surrey Doubles Bronze Andrew Brownlie

In the Boys Doubles event, Andrew teamed up with his regular doubles partner, Kent’s Luke Bailey.

Seeded three of four, Andrew and Luke topped their qualifying box without losing a game.  A 21-4 21-15 victory over Gregg Dawson and Joshua Foot was followed with a 21-19 21-17 victory over Kit Clement-Dawson and Brandon Ngooi.  A 21-14 21-18 victory in the final match against Nicholas Pipe and William Saunders ensured qualification to the knockout stage.

Andrew and Luke’s seeding meant the pair enjoyed a bye through the quarter-final round.

In the semi-final Andrew and Luke then faced the number one seeds, Avinash Gupta and Steven Stallwood.  Andrew and Luke fought hard through the first game, but lost 14-21.  The pair then found their rhythm and won the second 21-18 to tie the match and take it to a decider.  The deciding third was a tense affair, with neither team able to pull out a decisive lead.  As the game closed, Avinash and Steven pulled ahead to win 21-19, leaving Andrew and Luke with the bronze medals.

1403 U15G Surrey Singles Silver Vicky Roberts

In the Girls Singles event, Vicky Roberts was seeded three of four and was looking to improve on her bronze medal from the U15 Gold at Milton Keynes.

Vicky made a confident start, topping her qualifying box with a 21-12 21-14 victory over Chelsea Huang, a 21-18 21-112 victory over Vidhi Garg, and a 21-13 21-13 victory over Lily Stent.

Vicky’s seeding ensured a bye through the quarter-final round.

In the semi-final Vicky played number two seed, Kate Walker.  Vicky played confident and controlled badminton and overturned the seedings to win in straight games 21-17 21-18, earning a place in her first Gold tournament singles final.

A tough final against the number one seed, Ellie Wheatley, saw Vicky lose in straight games 9-21 2-21.  This left Vicky with the silver medal, her highest standard singles medal to date.  Congratulations to Vicky on a superb performance.

Leicestershire Senior Silver

Dean George trekked to Leicester for the BE Leicestershire Senior Silver tournament on the 28th February and 1st March, 2014.

Playing in the Mens Doubles event, Dean was partnered Chris Tonks and the pair were seeded number one.

This seeding earned the pair a bye through the first round.

In the second round, Dean and Chris faced Ryan Quek and Richard Sham.  Dean and Chris won a straightforward match 21-12 21-10.

In the quarter-final, Dean and Chris saw off Adam Rickenbach and James White in straight games, 21-9 21-13.

The semi-final proved to be a similarly straightforward affair, with a simple 21-9 21-9 victory over Andy Penn and James Todd.

This earned a final showdown against Chris Roe and Andrew Wainwright.  Dean and Chris powered through the final to win in straight games 21-12 21-14 and take the gold medals.

 

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.