Our Northumberland round of the BE Bronze Under 13 Circuit was held at TBC in late November and brought a good sprinkling of medals for our youngest juniors.
Pride of place must go to the promising Oliver Heron from Ponteland who took two golds and one silver. He was well supported by Sophie Cockett, Chalida Prapunwong, Matthew Jefferson, Stephen Glennie and Jude Wisby, all of whom went home the proud winners of medals.
In the boys’ singles group matches, Ollie and Matthew won their way into the top-half knock-out rounds. The former had a good 21-19 win over Teesside’s Nikhil Ramesh to reach the final. The other semi saw Matthew go down 13-21 to Northamptonshire’s top seed Ethan Feakin. Ollie took the final in fine style with a 21-17 victory.
The consolation knockout was won by Stephen with a 21-14 win, Jude taking a bronze medal as a losing semi-finalist. The girls’ singles was played in one group of six and was won by Lily Broadhead of Yorkshire who was undefeated. Chalida was third, taking the bronze medal for her three wins.
Chalida then teamed up with Sophie to win the silver medal in the girls’ level doubles, while Ollie & Matthew went one better winning the boys’ gold medals after a particularly good 24-22 victory over Stephen who was paired with Feakin. The mixed was taken by Broadhead & Ramesh, with Chalida & Ollie as runners-up.