Junior Restricted Tournament Report and Photos

Well done to all those who played in the Junior Restricted County Championships at Ashington.    There was good competition in the under 14s, under 16s and under 18s and some new winners emerged. It was a real pity that there were not enough under 12s to justify running that age group – hopefully we can hold the championships for them later in the season.

Under 14s

There was a small entry for the girls events and it was no surprise that Sarah Wilson was a triple victor. She scored three good wins to take the singles and followed this up when partnering Ellie Roberts to win the girls doubles with a 21-13 win over Asmita Chaudhari and Beth Railton. In the mixed doubles, Sarah and Philip Pahatouridis won all three matches to take the trophy although they were pushed close by Amit Chaudhari partnering his sister Asmita.

The boys singles was played in two groups which were won, not surprisingly, by Amit and Philip. There were strong performances from Alex Dyter and Matthew Gilchrist, who each won three matches, and from Ashraf Alam who lost only to Philip. The final was won by Amit with a convincing 21-10 scoreline.

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Under 16s

This age group produced another multiple winner in Ira Banerjee. She took the girls singles comfortably, winning the group of six players. The runner-up was Alisha Israni but she was pressed hard by Hannah Charlton, with the match between the two of them being the closest of the event, Alisha winning by 21-20. Ira and Alisha won the girls doubles, the runners-up being Hannah in partnership with Annie Karn.

The boys singles was played in three groups of 5 boys. There were excellent efforts from the three group runners-up, Zarius Ferozepurwalla, Garrylee McMullen and Stephen Allan but the group winners emerged with little difficulty – Amit Chaudhari, Ruiao Hu and Philip Pahatouridis. The draw had given Amit a bye to the final, leaving Ruiao and Philip to play off for the right to challenge him for the trophy. An excellent game was won 21-18 by Ruiao, who then had an even closer match in the final against Amit, the latter just scraping home 21-20. This made a fine double for Amit to go with his under 14 success.

The boys doubles went to Ruiao partnered by Garrylee McMullen. Having won their group, they scored a strong 21-16 win in the final over Amit and Philip. The mixed doubles was played in a group of 5 pairs. Ira Banerjee and Euan Russell came through undefeated to win the title. The runners-up spot was fiercely contested and went, by one point, to Alisha and Philip who just pipped Hannah & Stephen and Annie & Amit.

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Under 18s

Ira Banerjee dominated again, winning all three of the under 18 events. She was challenged in the girls singles final by Neha Dhariwal, who pushed her harder than the score of 21-7 might suggest. Ira and Alisha repeated their win at under 16, by taking the under 18 girls doubles with two good wins. In the mixed doubles, Ira teamed up with Daniel Conway to retain their title, which they did with relative ease. Annie Karn and Aristo Pahatouridis were runners-up with three wins followed by Rhonwen Arthur and Daniel Rogerson with two.

The boys singles was played in two groups of 6 and produced some good close matches. The top group gave us a shock with Jishnu Bhattacharya’s 21-19 win over Daniel Conway. Jishnu then followed this up to record his first win at county singles level with a 21-14 victory over Ben Mellish in the final. Ruiao Hu had come closest to Ben in the second group, going down by 18-21. In the boys doubles, Daniel Conway and Jonathon Gilchrist won all three matches and just pipped Jishnu and Artisto Pahatouridis to the title.

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Well done to all the players. And many thanks also to Tony and Josie Appleyard who ran the day.

Copy of restricted draw results Sept 2011

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