Yorkshire Under 16 Team Tournament

This is team manager Karen Davison’s report after an enjoyable trip to York on a very  hot Sunday with our U16 team which was:  Maddy Atkinson, Rachel Bogan, Ellen Davison, Charlotte Graham, Natalie Ho, Amy Ward, Tim Bodani, Matty Grant, Jai Nayyar, Matty Short, Mark Walker, Dominic Wilson-Baker.
The format was 1 XD, 1 BS, 1 GS, 2 BD, 2 GB, with one end to 21, making a total of 7 matches.  The first match was against an extremely strong and experienced Leicestershire.  We team took a while to settle into the match with Rachel/Maddy narrowly losing 20-22.  We were handed a girls doubles game as Leicestershire only had 5 girls so had to concede this match.  Final score 6-1 to Leicestershire.

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National Junior League – Well Done Ponteland!!

Ponteland Academy’s Under 14 team, under the guidance of their coach Phil Hall, put in a great performance to finish in 3rd place in the finals of the National Junior League, which were held recently at the National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes.  This continued their progress of recent years, seeing them advance from 6th in 2016 and 5th last year. Continue reading

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Lucy and Cameron are “the most promising”

In 2003, while he was Chair of North Tyneside Council, Councillor John Carter became an avid fan of badminton, attending a number of our tournaments in North Tyneside.  He decided that he would like to set up an annual award for the most promising boy and girl in Northumberland, and so the annual Under 12 awards were established. Continue reading

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From the good old days to the present

How did a badminton club get started in the 1950’s? What were playing conditions like?  Did it cost much? What were match suppers? Do you know any of the people who made things happen?  If you want the answers, read the following history of Whitley Chapel Badminton Club. Continue reading

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Northumberland Juniors Regain the Challenge Trophy from Durham

Team Northumberland  played Team Durham in the Challenge Cup last weekend at Belmont School in Durham.  This has now become an annual event against our near neighbours and this year we had teams of 16 juniors, ranging from Year 6 up to Year 11, playing a mixture of singles and doubles matches.  After a total of 56 games, Northumberland emerged triumphant.  This is team manager Karen Davison’s report on the day.

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Under 18 ICT

And so, another year has gone already and it’s off to Nottingham for the 53rd running of the Under 18 Inter County Tournament.  With a mainly young and inexperienced team, and lacking really strong singles players, we had no great expectations other than not finishing in the bottom group.  Unfortunately, the number of competing counties was down by three to 32 and several of our closer competitors from recent years were missing.  It was clearly going to be tough but two good wins saw us into 27th place, the same as last year.  Our new County Coach Martin Fagan was pretty pleased with the overall level of performances, as were his assistants Alison Thompson and Jamie Tinnion. Continue reading

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A Tight Match for the U16s v Yorkshire

Our U16s played their last match of the season last weekend against a Yorkshire team in their Shires League Satellite fixture at the Tyneside Badminton centre.  The team were managed by Karen Davison: please read on for her report.
Team:-
Ellen Davison, Lucy Dodd, Natalie Ho, Charlotte Graham, Amy Ward
Tim Bodani, James Dodd, Matty Grant, Matty Short, Finlay Smith

 

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Record entry for social tournament

The latest North Tyneside Social Badminton Tournament, held in the sports hall at John Spence Community High School in North Shields, attracted a record entry of 75 players, who play for fun. The ages of the players ranged from 14 to 74!  It was again extremely pleasing to see over 20 new faces, including a good contingent of very friendly and polite Chinese players from Northumbria University. Continue reading

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They are off to the National Schools Final!!!!!

Success in the regional round has meant that the boys from Gosforth Academy and the girls from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, have made it through to the Finals weekend of the National School Championships at the end of April.  And six of the players are from our county squads.  Vikram and Jai Nayyar, Tom Cox and Finlay Smith are in  the Gosforth team: and moreover, their team is managed by our top Under 18, George Moran.  The Emmanuel team features sisters Natalie and Katrina Ho.

Very well done to them all – and the best of luck for their Finals.

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Medals for our U17 Girls

There was success for two of our girls in the recent Northumberland Under 17 Silver tournament.  This had been due to take place at the start of March but unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the “Beast from the East”.  A small window in the calendar enabled it to be rescheduled a fortnight later.  Although some of the original entrants could not make the new date and the girls’ entries were lower than we would have liked, there were a few additional players to take some of the vacated places. Continue reading

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