Northumberland’s Junior County Restricted Championships for the new season were played over the first weekend of October, with the exception of some Under 13 events which suffered from too few girls having entered. In the boys’ singles at this age, Ryan Cockett proved to be the outstanding performer, winning his singles group with relative ease to move into the final. The other group was very much closer, with Thomas Vicente, Jake Moir and Ollie Beale all being closely matched, before Vicente just took his fourth victory. Cockett won the final 15-8, 15-8. He and Moir then won the doubles trophies with Vicente and George Butler as runners-up.
There was a good entry for the Under 15 events, which saw Charlotte Graham from Hexham victorious in two of the three disciplines. In her singles group, Graham scored what was perhaps a surprising win over Ponteland’s younger but very promising Lucy Dodd. This took her into the final against Ellen Davison and a close match eventually went to Graham 15-13, 15-11. Graham and Amy Ward took the doubles title from Davison and Dodd. The boys’ singles provided two convincing group winners in Ollie Edmondson and Jack Tilbury and it was the latter who took the title with a 15-6, 15-13 win. These two then teamed up to win the doubles with Ryan Cockett and Xuehan Zhang as runners-up. Not surprisingly, the mixed doubles turned into a shoot-out between Graham & Tilbury and Dodd & Edmondson, both pairs having won their other group matches. The decider was close all the way before Dodd & Edmondson edged it to win 22-20.
There was a slight reversal of fortunes in the girls’ events at Under 17, where Graham, Dodd and Davison featured strongly again. Here, however, Lucy Dodd, still technically an Under 13, came out on top in the singles when both she and runner-up Davison both scored good wins over Graham. The doubles went to Graham & Ward with a 21-9, 19-21, 21-11 win over Dodd & Davison. The boys’ singles for the Under 17s was very competitive and Sonny Ho, Mark Walker, Matthew Short, Matthew Grant and James Dodd all recorded good wins. However, the group winners were Finlay Smith and Tim Bodani who went on to contest the final, which was taken by Bodani 21-15, 21-13. Bodani and Short came through undefeated to win the boys’ doubles but that was only after a close 24-22 win over runners-up Dodd and Smith. Graham and Bodani continued their strong performance as a mixed doubles partnership, winning that event with Davison and Dominic Wilson-Baker as runners-up.
In recent years, the Under 19 events have had insufficient entrants for the girls’ events. It was, however, possible to play the singles this year and this produced a very young winner, with Lucy Dodd coming through undefeated in her three matches. Charlotte Graham was runner-up. Just the one match was played in the girls’ doubles with the Dodd/Davison partnership defeating Graham & Abby Grogan 21-11. The boys’ singles produced a final between group winners Melvin Cherian and Finlay Smith and the three-ender eventually went to Cherian, who recovered from his slow start to win 12-21, 21-14, 21-12. The level doubles was won by Cherian partnering Arif Alam who edged out Tom Cox and Jai Nayyar, while the mixed was won by Graham & Smith with Davison & Grant taking the runners-up medals.