The Anglo-Scottish League Under 12 team event, which had been postponed from January because of bad weather, was re-arranged and has just taken place in Ashington.  The following is the report from Chris Howard who managed the team on the day.  Many thanks to Chris.

Anglo Scottish Under 12 Tournament at Ashington .

13/14 April 2013

Two days of exciting badminton was enjoyed by a mixed team consisting of Durham and Northumberland players to form – ‘Tyne & Wear’

9 boys and 6 girls participated over the two days:-

George Moran (Northumberland), Andrew Howard (N), Gabriel Rodda (N), Sam Burdiss (Durham), Joshua Xu (N), Neil Shi (N), Arif Alam (N), Dylan Hope (N) and Melvin Cheerian (N).

Asmita Chaudhari (N), Zoe Beamson (D), Hannah Lee (D), Beth Haley (D), Anna Railton (N) and Rachel Bogan (N).

6 competing teams from Lothian, Borders, Yorkshire, Lanarkshire, Cumbria and Tyne & Wear played some very competitive matches.

Tyne & Wear got off to an excellent start with a convincing win 14-1 over Cumbria, followed by a very brave performance against Yorkshire losing 7-8 with one of the last boys doubles going to a tie break.

The last match on the first day was against a very competitive and fierce Lothian team who swept us away with a 4-11 victory.

On Sunday with a couple of the older boys back in the team, we played Borders, requiring victory to accelerate us up the table.  This was probably the most demanding and noisiest of matches as we went down 7-8. We took them to five final set play-offs, losing 3 to 2 with two of them going to 7-6.

Not deterred, our final contest was against Lanarkshire.  Buoyed up by our two narrow defeats, the team produced an amazing victory 10-5.

I would like to congratulate the whole team who played their part in a really successful tournament bringing the Tyne & Wear team into 4th place: indeed, if it had not been for the odd point here and there we could have secured 3rd or even 2nd place.

Many thanks to the parents who supported the team – especially against Borders! The noise was at times deafening.

Considering the age of the team, ranging from 9 to 11, we did really well.  It is difficult to single out particular performances but mention must go to Hannah Lee who won all her games and to Rachel Bogan (aged only 9) who managed to secure various wins with a variety of partners.

The girls were particularly strong and enjoyed many successes.  All the boys battled really hard and were at times just ‘pipped at the post’ by some stronger, older and more experienced players.

Well done to all.

Chris Howard

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