There were many good performances from our Northumberland County and Newcastle PC players at the recent BE Under 15 Bronze tournament in Thornaby. The only Gold medals went to Jonathan Elsdon & Murray Wright in the boys level doubles final, in which they beat Gyan Chadda & Ben Leslie 21-13. In the boys singles, Ashraf Alam reached the final losing to his doubles partner from Yorkshire, 21-16. Losing semi finalists, having won their groups, were Jonathan and Alex Jay. There were several good wins in their groups from Murray, Ben and Gyan .
In the girls events, Sarah Wilson won her group before losing to doubles partner Ella Hodgson 24-22 in the final. Lexie Howard, Ellie Roberts and Emily Harrison all had a number of good wins in their groups. Ellie went on to win a silver medal in the girls doubles with her new partner from Lancashire and bronze medals were won by Emily and Lexie. The mixed doubles saw several good wins for the pairings of Gyan & Emily, Jonathan & Sarah and Ashraf & Ellie: however, none of them made it through to the final although Ash & Ellie won the Bronze.
These were really encouraging performances from a promising group of players travelling away together and giving each other great support through a long day. Well done to all of them – and to Ellie, Beth Railton and David Murray who went down to the Yorkshire Under 17 event the next day, put in some good performances but found the going harder.