TRIPLE GOLD FOR NORTHUMBERLAND GIRLS
The first of Northumberland’s BE Junior Circuit tournaments were held at the Tyneside Badminton Centre on Saturday 21st and brought considerable success for the County’s juniors. Pride of place must go to Rachel Bogan and Lucy Dodd who both took a clean sweep of the gold medals across all three disciplines.
In the Under 17 Bronze, admittedly with a disappointingly low entry, Rachel had a 21-15 win over the seed in her group and then went on to beat Yorkshire’s Asmi Shembekar by 21-13 in the final. She then teamed up with Durham’s Maddy Atkinson to take the girls doubles. Earlier in the day and in partnership with County team-mate Vikram Nayyar, she had come through the mixed doubles undefeated giving the pair the gold medals.
Northumberland’s boys found the going tougher, faced with a strong contingent from Yorkshire and Lancashire. However the Nayyar brothers, Neil Shi and Christian Sharp all scored some good singles wins. Yorkshire’s Oliver Stapleton took the gold medal
The Under 13 girls singles was played in a single group of six. Northumberland’s Katrina Ho and Merin Cherian both competed strongly and scored good wins but it was Lucy Dodd who swept through the group in fine style, including a 21-15 win over top seed Angie Zhu.
Lucy and Katrina then won their two matches in the doubles taking the gold medals.
Lucy also matched Rachel’s undefeated record, as she partnered team-mate Ryan Cockett, playing his first BE event, to win the mixed doubles fairly comfortably.
In the boys singles, Ryan found the going tough but Xuehan Zhang took two good wins in his group matches, including a 21-20 over the eventual winner of the whole event, Lancashire’s Harley Edge. However, Xuehan was not quite consistent enough and his two group wins only took him into the consolation knock-out event. Here he had a 21-19 win over team-mate Ryan, followed by another 21-19 to go into the consolation final, where he lost 13-12 to Cheshire’s Edward Tweedie.