Although the Tyne and Wear derby ended in a draw, there were plenty of winners in the North Tyneside Junior Badminton Tournament which was held on the same day in John Spence Community High School sports hall. Over 40 players aged between 11 and 19 years old from both sides of the Tyne and from further afield in Northumberland, enjoyed a series of hard fought and close games. No County players were allowed to enter, but the standard of play was still very high, and the organisers were very impressed by this, and also by the great spirit in which the games were played by the competitors.
Unfortunately there were not many entries in the girls’ events, but those who played had very tight matches. Winners and runners-up were from North Tyneside as well as from outside the Borough. Special congratulations to Matthew Thompson, Harry Johnson and James Seabrook, who all won more than one event. Harry and James excelled. As Under 13s, they not only won their age group in the Boys Doubles, they also defeated all of the Under 15 pairs and so went away with two trophies each!!
North Tyneside Badminton Academy, the junior club which organised the tournament in conjunction with North Tyneside Badminton Partnership, would like to thank Premier League 4 Sport (who supplied the trophies) for their support. If anyone is interested in joining the club, playing sessions (for players from age 6 upwards) start again after Easter on Sunday 10 April 2016. Sessions are on Sundays, from 10:00am until 12 noon at John Spence High School, North Shields and the first two sessions are free! Rackets and shuttles are provided and qualified coaches take the sessions. Just turn up, and play badminton, and have fun!!
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Under 13 boys singles
Winner – Matthew Short Runner up – James Seabrook
Under 15 boys singles
Winner – Vikram Nayyar Runner up – Calvin Chan
Under 17 boys singles
Winner – Matthew Thompson Runner up – Jamie Sample
Under 17 girls singles
Winner – Ellen Bullock Runner up – Megan Penlington
Under 19 boys singles
Winner – Daniel Tinnion Runner up – Bradley Waldock
Under 13 boys doubles
Winners – Harry Johnson/James Seabrook Runners up – Sebastian Richie/Jay Nayyar
Under 15 boys doubles
Winners – Harry Johnson/James Seabrook Runners up – Harvey Dickson/Billy Hibbert
Under 17 boys doubles
Winners – Matthew Thompson/Thomas Taylor Troy Runners up – Brandon Lewis Jones/Joseph Baldwin
Under 17 girls doubles
Winners – Emma Burn/Olivia Chambers Runners up – Ellen Bullock and Megan Penlington