Our young and very inexperienced Under 14 team bounced back from a tough opening defeat to Yorkshire by sharing the spoils with Lancashire 2. Playing for the first time on the new courts at the Northumberland Club in Jesmond and managed by Karen Davison, the team was – Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison, Lucy Dodd and Naomi Silva; Jack Tilbury, James Dodd, Matthew Joyce and Tim Bodani.
All four mixed doubles went to three ends but Tim & Ellen and Jack & Lucy won their matches to make it 2-all. Our four boys then scored maximum points in their singles with excellent wins. Lucy had a great three-end win but Lancs took the other three girls singles to leave the score 7-5 to Northumberland. Still all to play for. Three more wins from the boys doubles pairs made it 10-6 and we were on the brink of victory. Charlotte & Ellen were involved in a very tight match but lost the third end to 18 and Lancs also took the other three girls doubles to draw the match at 10-all.
Very well done to the team – a great effort. Good luck in the next match against Yorks2 on the 15th.
Our Under 18 team travelled over to Penrith for the match against Cumbria but went down 8-12. Unfortunately they were without Emily Harrison, whose absence probably swung the match the way of the Cumbrians. Thanks to Manager-For-The-Day Elizabeth Alam for sending the following report.
Particular congratulations to Ashraf and Sarah who were unbeaten in the tie. We expect a strong contribution from Ashraf, and he rarely disappoints. But Sarah – still an Under 16 – was outstanding today, and her performance included turning round a first set loss to battle back to a 23-21 final set win in singles.
We expected this tie to be tight as Cumbria have some depth at this age group, and it certainly started that way, with the match poised at 2-2 after the mixed. Despite some great battling from the girls, with both Anna and Rachel losing close three-enders, we were rather disappointed to only take 2 out of 8 singles rubbers. This opened up a significant lead for Cumbria and really sealed our fate. We couldn’t make headway into Cumbria’s lead in the level doubles, which ended all square (4-4), so the tie ended with a 12-8 for Cumbria.
Thanks to the whole team for playing with good spirit and working hard to the end. And thanks to Fiona Grogan for driving the girls! Next time we’re in that hall in January, we’ll take thermals and a hot water bottle!
The team were – Abby Grogan, Anna Railton, Rachel Bogan and Sarah Bambrick; Alex Jay, Ashraf Alam, George Moran and Jamie Tinnion.
The annual Anglo-Scottish team event for the older juniors (1998 births or later) took place this weekend at the TBC. Unfortunately, there had been two very late withdrawals which only left four teams but the schedule was revised so that they played each other twice. Northumberland came through with credit, despite being short of girls, and finished second to a strong Yorkshire side. There were double wins over both Lanark and Cumbria, although the latter on Saturday was perhaps a bit close for comfort. The team performed brilliantly against Yorkshire to be six-all on games played in the first encounter, only losing because they were two girls short and had to concede three games. The return against Yorkshire was not quite as close. But have we ever won all six boys singles matches played in any match against Yorkshire!
As for our novice Under 14 team, they played their second match today against Lancashire2, scoring a very positive 10-all draw. Considering that their first match, against Yorkshire 1 before Christmas, had ended in a whitewash, this was a really encouraging result and team manager Karen Davison was absolutey delighted. Very well done to them.
Hopefully, fuller details will be posted later.
Sarah Bambrick and Anna Railton came very close to taking the gold medals in the girls’ doubles at Stockton last weekend. With three good wins, they only just lost out 15-17, 13-15 to Zoe Beamson and Jordan Murray. And Sarah took a second silver medal in the mixed doubles where she partnered Cumbria’s Finlay Meek. Although losing a very close group match to Anna and George Moran, Sarah and Finlay won the group overall to take their place in the final. Here they faced the top seeds from Nottingham but lost 11-15, 9-15.
All three of our players performed creditably in the singles but could not progress out of their groups.
The second round of Junior Restricted Championships took place on Sunday 27th, with events for Under 16s and Under 20s. Continue reading
Play in the boys’ singles for both age groups will start at 9.30am this Sunday (27th). Please be at the Tyneside Badminton Centre in good time before then. The Under 16 girls should arrive for about midday.
Northumberland’s round of the BE Under 15 Bronze circuit took place on Saturday at The Tyneside Badminton Centre. There was an encouraging entry from our Performance Centre and Futures Squad, with 13 players out of the total of 25 entrants. Rachel Bogan took the major honours with gold medals in all three disciplines. Continue reading
All entrants to this tournament, being held on Saturday 19th November at the Tyneside Badminton Centre, have been accepted. All players are asked to report at 10.00 for a 10.15am start with boys and girls singles. All play should be finished between 4.00 and 5.00pm.
The draw will probably be posted on Wednesday 16th on Tournament Software at
At the Sport Newcastle Unsung Heroes Awards Presentation Evening there were awards for badminton. Continue reading
The Under 14 bronze tournament at Thornaby last weekend saw success in the boys doubles for Northumberland’s youngsters Tim Bodani and Matthew Short. Their group matches were all extremely tight but, with the top seeds underperforming, the other three pairs were tied on 2 wins and one loss each: however, Tim and Matthew prevailed as group winners with much the best points difference, to move into the final. Here they came up against the second seeds from Nottinghamshire but after a great fight they just went down 19-21, taking the silver medals. Very well done to them.
There were several more of our juniors playing at Thornaby but none of them made the later stages. Charlotte Graham got the closest, winning two of her group matches and only going down 17-21 to the group winner and losing finalist.