The Anglo-Scottish League event for Under 15s took place this weekend at Tyneside Badminton Centre, with six teams from north and south of the border competing. Yorkshire brought a strong team and took the honours with their 12-3 win over Lothian in the deciding match. Northumberland, with a very young and inexperienced team, found the going quite tough but still produced some encouraging performances on the way to finishing in fifth place, just being pipped by Cumbria. Continue reading
A couple of months ago, Ellie Roberts received a “Local Heroes” award from Sport Newcastle for her volunteering work with young badminton players in our county. She followed this up being nominated as Badminton England’s Young Volunteer of the Year and was a guest at last week’s All England tournament where the award was to be announced. She was one of three on the shortlist but did not quite make the top spot. Thanks, Ellie, for all your good work this season.
The Annual Dinner of Sport Newcastle took place recently at the Civic Centre. It was a big night for the charity – a 50th anniversary celebration – but also for our Emily Harrison who was named as one of this year’s “Rising Stars of Sport”. Emily has had great success in recent years, winning a number of BE Circuit tournaments or reaching the later stages of several events and this season she has made herself a fixture in the Seniors first team. This is the first Rising Stars award for one of our junior badminton players for some 12 years and was very well merited. Well done, Emily – pictured here with her trophy, an engraved clock.
Northumberland’s U17 team has just been down to Sheffield for the second round of the North Midway. As there was a late team withdrawal from this round, the format of the day was set to be a round robin of six counties. Manager Lizzie Jerdan’s report follows and documents what turned into a superb achievement for the county’s team. Continue reading
Attached is the entry form for the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership Adult Social Badminton Tournament on Sunday 19th March at John Spence Community High School in North Shields. The event is open to any non-league players over the age of 14.
Adult Tourny Entry Form March 2017
Buoyed by their success in Durham the previous weekend, Emily Harrison and Ashraf Alam skipped a day’s school to compete in the U19 Nationals in Milton Keynes.
Emily was unlucky to draw the 1st seed in her first round singles match, but put in a very robust performance.
After a very good win against Jai Chandarana in his first round match, Ashraf safely negotiated easier opposition in the second round to progress to the last sixteen. There he faced all six feet something of Leon Griffiths, and spent much of the first end figuring out how to adapt his game. The second end was close all the way, but Leon just took it 21-19.
Emily Harrison and Ashraf Alam came home from the Durham U19 Silver tournament on 4th February laden with three trophies between them. Emily partnered with Beth Speechley of Yorkshire, and Ashraf with Niall Wagstaff of Notts to win both Level Doubles competitions before teaming up to take the Mixed Doubles as well. The latter included a good win over Niall and Beth! It was great to see several of these trophies coming back to Newcastle for the 2nd year running, with Emily and Ashraf continuing the success of Emily, Philip Pahatouridis and David Murray in 2016.
This tournament, which is often the first team event for our young players, was held last weekend at TBC. Northumberland’s team, which was relatively inexperienced in comparison to the strong counties of Lothian and Yorkshire, fought hard but found the going tough. They were also carrying the disadvantage of having to concede matches as the team were short of girls and had to field overage players. Continue reading
We had four age group junior tournaments last weekend, with a Silver at Under 16 and Bronze events at Under 18, Under 14 and Under 12. The tournaments went very well, with a good level of entry, and there were some excellent performances by a number of our local players.
There were no medalists at the Silver event but Matty Jerdan deserves a good mention for winning his group and then taking an end off Reuben Bodman, the eventual winner of the boys’ singles. In the Under 18 Bronze event, the ladies’ doubles was won by Anna Railton & Sarah Bambrick, with two good solid victories over the opposing pairs. In the singles, Jamie Tinnion won his group before going on to win his quarter final with an excellent 15-8, 15-11 win over 3/4 seed Zac Prentice. Jamie then lost a close three-ender in his semi, taking a bronze medal.
At the younger age groups, there were several medals in the Under 14 events. Pride of place should go to Charlotte Graham and Tim Bodani, who won the gold medals in the mixed doubles.
Tim also partnered Matthew Short to take the silvers in the boys doubles, with James Dodd & Jack Tilbury taking the bronzes. James had also won his singles group, taking the bronze medal after a close 18-21 loss to Harry Jones in the semi final.
The Under 12 tournament had a slightly disappointing entry but our three girls – Lucy Dodd, Katrina Ho and Naomi Silva – took the medals in the compensation singles. Lucy then went on the win the mixed doubles gold medals with her scratch partner, Hugh Simpson from Yorkshire.