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U15 Nationals 2015

1503 U15 Nationals Zach Russ Doubles Gold

Jude Blackman, Harry Morgan, Zach Russ, Elysia Taylor and Owen West-Bourne travelled to Redbridge Leisure Centre, Essex, to play in the BE U15 Nationals held on 28th and 29th March, 2015.

Zach Russ teamed up with Grace King in the Mixed Doubles event.  Seeded number two, the pair opened their campaign with a straightforward 21-7 21-9 victory over Jamie Cackett and Natalia Mitchell.

In the second round Zach and Grace then faced fellow Performance Centre player Jude Blackman and his partner, Natasha Lado.  Zach and Grace eased to a comfortable 21-12 21-16 victory to proceed to the quarter-final.

The quarter-final brought a match against another Performance Centre player, Elysia Taylor, and her partner, William Jones.  Seeded five of eight, Elyisa and William fought hard in the first game, narrowly losing 21-19.  Zach and Grace then closed out the match with a 21-14 win in the second.

A serious injury to Grace meant that the pair were unable to play their semi-final against the three of four seeds, Rory Easton and Helen Kelly.  Rory and Helen received a walkover, leaving Zach and Grace with frustrating bronze medals.

Seeded number one in the Boys’ Singles event, Zach topped his qualifying box with a 21-6 21-7 victory over James Moreton-Smith and a 21-4 21-6 victory over Raymon Ramakrishnan.

The number one seeding earned Zach a bye through round one of the knockout stages.

In round two he faced Samuel Williams. Zach raced to a 21-7 21-8 victory to earn a place in the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals brought a match against the five of eight seed, Oliver Chapman.  Zach maintained his form and won in straight games 21-13 21-7 to set up a semi-final showdown against the three of four seed, Rory Easton.

Zach controlled the match against Rory, moving to a 21-11 21-16 victory and securing a place in the final.

Zach’s opponent in the final was the number two seed, Harry Huang.  Zach raced to a 21-13 win in the first game.  The second game was much tighter, with Zach eventually edging it 25-23 to win the gold medal and the national singles title.

1503 U15 Nationals Zach Russ Singles Gold (1)

Zach teamed up with Luke Donegan in the Boys’ Doubles event, and the pair were seeded three of four.

Zach and Luke won their qualifying box with a 21-13 21-11 victory over Joshlee Bong and Jack Tierney, and a 21-6 21-5 victory over Nikhil Kalapala and James Moreton-Smith.

A quarter-final match against Elliot Dyer and Mark Pearson was comfortably handled with a 21-6 21-6 victory.

This set up a semi-final against the number one seeds, Rory Easton and Jack Macgregor.  Zach and Luke defied the seedings to win in straight games 21-17 21-11 and earn a place in the final.

The final brought what, on paper, looked to be another tough match against the number two seeds, Harry Huang and Ethan Van Leeuwen.  Zach and Luke maintained their composure and form to win in straight games 21-15 21-16 to secure the gold medals and Zach’s second national title.

1503 U15 Nationals Zach Russ Doubles Gold (1)

Congratulations to Zach from all at the Performance Centre on an outstanding performance in winning the singles and doubles U15 National Championship gold medals and mixed U15 National Championship bronze medal.

Well done to all of the other Performance Centre players who worked all season long to earn a place and a chance to compete in the U15 National Championships.

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

U17 Nationals 2015

1503 U17 Nationals Grace Taylor Jonty Russ Max Flynn

Jude Blackman, Andrew Brownlie, Jake Davidson, Freya Hodgson, Kevin Jude, Vicky Roberts, Jonty Russ, Zach Russ and Elysia Taylor travelled to Redbridge Leisure Centre, Essex, to play in the BE U17 Nationals held on 21st and 22nd March, 2015.

Jonty Russ teamed up with Grace Taylor in the Mixed Doubles event.  Seeded five of eight, the pair were looking to perform beyond their seeding in the straight knockout format mixed event.

In the first round Jonty and Grace completed a comfortable 21-8 21-12 victory over Michael Silvester and Emily Robinson.  This brought the pair a second-round showdown against Zach Russ and his partner, Grace King.  Jonty and Grace proved too strong, winning in straight games 21-13 21-16 to move forward to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-final brought the toughest of opponents in the number one seeds, Max Flynn and Libby Mcmorrow.  Jonty and Grace made a great start, winning a close first game 22-20.  Max and Libby then levelled the match with a 21-16 win in the second.  An extremely tight deciding game saw Jonty and Grace edge a 21-19 victory, earning themselves a place in the semi-finals and a guaranteed medal.

The semi-final match against the three of four seeds, former PC player Adam Lam and partner Evie Burbidge proved a more straightforward affair.  Jonty and Grace raced out to a straight games 21-16 21-12 victory.

This set up a a final against the number two seeds, Harry Arksey and Fee Teng Liew.  Harry and Fee Teng won the first game of the final 21-18, before Jonty and Grace won the second 21-11 to level the match.  Jonty and Grace then maintained their momentum in the third to win 21-15 and so take the gold medals.

1503 U17 Nationals Mixed Doubles Gold

Jonty teamed up with his regular partner, Max Flynn, in the Boys’ Doubles event.  Seeded number one, Jonty and Max were looking to improve on the bronze medals they had won at the U19 Nationals.

Jonty and Max topped their qualifying box with a 21-3 21-5 victory over fellow PC players, Jake Davidson and Kevin Jude, and a 21-9 21-10 victory over Zach Daniels and Nathan Wooster.

Having received a bye in round one of the knockout stage, Jonty and Max faced the five of eight seeds, Callum Hemming and Harry Huang, in the quarter-finals.  Jonty and Max held their focus to win 21-15 21-16.

This brought a semi-final match against the three of four seeds, Avinash Gupta and Steven Stallwood.  Jonty and Max were seldom troubled by their opponents and raced to a comfortable 21-8 21-9 victory, so earning Jonty a place in his second final.

The final saw Jonty and Max face the number two seeds, Harry Arksey and David Jones.  Jonty and Max eased their way through the first game with a comfortable 21-12 win.  A tougher second followed, but the pair held their nerve to win 22-20 and take the gold medals.

1503 U17 Nationals Jonty Russ Doubles Gold

Congratulations to Jonty from all at the Performance Centre on a stunning performance in winning two U17 National Championship gold medals to accompany the two bronze medals won at the U19 Nationals.

Well done to all of the other Performance Centre players who worked all season long to earn a place and chance to compete in the U17 National Championships.

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

U19 Nationals 2015

David King, Jonty Russ and Freya Hodgson travelled to the National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes, to play in the BE U19 Nationals held on 13th to 15th February, 2015.

David King teamed up with Matthew Clare in the Men’s Doubles event.  Seeded number two, the pair completed a 21-8 21-16 victory over Kit Clement-Dawson and Chris Driver-Bellis, followed by a 21-19 24-22 quarter-final victory over Kyle Cherry and Ross Green.  This earned David and Matthew a semi-final match against the three of four seeds Angus Pedersen and Matthew Widdicombe.  David and Matthew fought hard, but were edged out 18-21 20-22 to be left with the bronze medals.

Jonty Russ and Max Flynn, both two years young, also competed in the Men’s Doubles event.  The pair completed a 21-17 21-15 first-round victory over Ben Reeve and James Youle.  An impressive 21-18 21-16 second-round victory over the number three of four seeds, David Arksey and David Jones, followed.  A tough three-game 21-18 18-21 21-12 quarter-final win set up a semi-final match against the number one seeds, Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.  Jonty and Max played some outstanding badminton, but lost narrowly 20-22 18-21 to earn the bronze medals.

In the Mixed Doubles even, David King teamed up with his regular mixed partner, Nicola Gresty.  Seeded three of four, the pair opened their account with a comfortable 21-13 21-12 second-round victory over George Priestman and Joshmyn Bong.  This was followed by a 21-13 21-18 quarter-final victory over Sam Smith and Ciara Lindsay.  A more testing semi-final against Harry Arksey and Fee Teng Liew saw David and Nicola come back from a first game loss to win in three 17-21 21-16 21-17.  This earned a final against the more experienced number one seeds, Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh.  David and Nicola fought hard, but lost 9-21 11-21 to be left with the silver medals.

Not to be outdone, Jonty Russ teamed up with Surrey’s Samodani Wijetunge to also compete in the Mixed Doubles event.  Jonty and Samodani completed a first-round 21-19 21-16 win over former Performance Centre pair, Adam Lam and Amber Lam.  Jonty and Samodani then completed an impressive 21-14 21-14 second-round victory over the three of four seeds, Scott Williams and Devon Minnis.  This set up a quarter-final match against Kyle Cherry and Evie Burbidge.  Jonty and Samadoni maintained their composure to complete a 21-18 21-12 win and so earn a semi-final against the number one seeds, Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh.  Despite their best efforts, Jonty and Samodani lost 7-21 9-21 to be left with the bronze medals.

Congratulations go to David and Jonty from all at at the Performance Centre.  Four medals at the U19 Nationals, a silver and bronze for David, and two bronzes for Jonty, represents a fantastic return on the hard work and effort throughout the year.

Jonty now looks forward to the U17 Nationals and his chance to compete in his own age group.

Finally, a special mention also goes to former Performace Centre player, Lydia Powell. Lydia won a gold medal in the Woemen’s Doubles event with partner, Jessica Hopton, and a silver medal in the Women’s Singles event.

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

Senior Nationals 2015

Performance Centre players, Dean George and Jonty Russ, took on their toughest challenge of the year competing at the BE Senior Nationals held at the K2, Crawley, from 30th January to 1st February, 2015.

Head Coach Dean George teamed up with his regular partner, Chris Tonks, in the Men’s Doubles event.  The pair eased through the first round with a convincing 21-9 21-12 victory over Lawrence Nemestothy and Shaun Parr.

The second round brought a sterner challenge from opponents Harry Arksey and David Jones.  Dean and Chris lost the first game in 18-21, but then refocussed their efforts to ease through the second 21-8 to level the match and set up a decider that they duly won 21-14.

This earned Dean and Chris a quarter-final match against the number two seeds, Matthew Nottingham and Harley Towner.  Dean and Chris raced to a comfortable 21-12 victory in the first game before being edged out in a titanic second game 22-24.  In a tense decider, Dean and Chris lost out 17-21, and so bowed out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

Jonty Russ, playing with regular partner Max Flynn, put in a fantastic display in the Men’s Doubles event.  The pair won a first-round match against Callum Hemming and Johnnie Torjussen 21-17 24-22.  An impressive 21-15 21-12 second-round win over Farid Akroum and George Isherwood followed.

This set up a quarter-final against number three seeds, Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden.  Jonty and Max fought hard but lost out to the more experienced pair 7-21 11-21, so leaving their first Senior Nationals at the quarter-finals stage.

Special mentions also go out to David King, playing in all three disciplines in his first Senior Nationals, and to former Performance Centre player, Lydia Powell, who reached the quarter-finals in the Women’s Doubles event and semi-finals in the Women’s Singles event.

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

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.

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.