Junior BE Bronzes

Northumberland’s weekend on the Bronze circuit has just been held.  There were a number of successes by our players but pride of place must go to Jonathan Elsdon who won the Under 17 boys’ singles and then added the boys’ doubles title.  The full results can be found on the Badminton England website and the following report has just been sent to the “Evening Chronicle”, hopefully for publication in the near future. Northumberland Badminton has just held its tournament in Badminton England’s Junior Bronze circuit. Players from the county did particularly well in the Under 17 age group, the day’s star being Jonathan Elsdon from Blyth. Coming through the group round undefeated in the boys’ singles, he survived a scare in the semi-final to come up against James McNaught of Yorkshire. He was never headed and took the gold medal with a 21-15 triumph. There was further success for players from the region in the girls’ singles. Northumberland’s Sarah Wilson and Emily Harrison (still technically an under 15) looked set for a big clash to bag a place in the final, both being undefeated in their group: but a back problem meant that Sarah had to withdraw, leaving Emily to progress to the final showdown with Darlington’s Ella Hodgson. A very tight match just went to Hodgson by 22-20.
The boys’ doubles brought further success for Elsdon when he and his partner, Gateshead’s Murray Wright, triumphed 21-17 in the final. Northumberland’s Gyan Chadda and Ben Leslie had come close, losing only one of their group games. The girls’ doubles was won by Harrison, partnering Yorkshire’s Hannah Cahill to victory in a very small, single-group event. Harrison then partnered Chadda to win the gold medals in the mixed doubles competition.
The tournament for the Under 15 age group had also brought successes, but the medals were limited to the doubles events. Emily Harrison was playing in her own age group and the mixed doubles saw her teamed with Whitley Bay’s Alex Jay. Having won their group comfortably, they took their semi 21-12 before coming up against a strong pair from the Scottish Borders, Keira Waddell and Andrew Hogg. The Northumberland duo came out on top 21-5 – an excellent win The girls’ doubles was played as a group of six pairs and saw Northumberland’s Harrison and Lexie Howard moving towards an effective playoff match against Waddell who was in a scratch pairing with Anna Railton of Morpeth. It was the latter emerging triumphant with a very close win 21-19. Waddell, from Duns just north of the border, also won the girls’ singles, beating Billingham’s Zoe Beamson.
The boys’ singles events in both the Under 11 and Under 13 tournaments were monopolised by two extremely promising young players from Northern Ireland, Matthew Cheung and Stuart McCollam. But there were good performances in the singles group stage from Arif Alam, Andrew Liang and Melvin Cherian. The gold medals in the boys’ doubles event were taken by Liang and Neil Shi, both from North Tyneside, with the silver medals going to Alam and Cherian. Sarah Bambrick and Rachel Bogan took silver in the girls’ doubles. The final event of the Under 13s saw Bogan and Liang fall an agonising 2 points short of the gold medal in the mixed doubles event. Three pairs had tied in the group which on countback went to Cherian partnering Katherine Arksey from Yorkshire.

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