The 3rd round of the Northumberland Badminton Association Junior Super Series took place on 12th February at Ashington Leisure Centre, with a record entry of 52 players ranging in age from 10 to 17.
The boys U13 singles events continues to expand and on this occasion Gabriel Rodda (Ponteland) secured 1st position, triumphing over Matthew Huxtable (Morpeth Riverside) in a competitive final. Arham Ansari (Tyne Met Sharks) clinched the 3rd spot, squeezing past club-mate Alaap Subramonia in 3 sets. In the U13 doubles, Matthew and Gabriel combined to take the title, with Alaap and Arham runners-up. James Arnold/Mark Wheat (John Watt Academy) clinched 3rd place. Jack Smith, Ben Leaver, Gyan Chadda and James Vincent all made a great contribution to the U13 event and gave much pleasure to the enthralled spectators.
In the boys U15 singles event, players competed in groups of 6 to produce 3 group winners who then entered the play-offs to decide 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Daniel Wight (North Tyneside Badminton Academy – NTBA) came out on top, although only after 2 tremendous battles with Dean Martin (West End Cobras – WEC) and Calvin Watson (Morpeth Riverside), who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. A series of group matches decided the boys U15 doubles, with Ross Donaldson (Hexham) and Dean Martin (West End Cobras) leading the way with a skilful performance, enabling them to get past the Ryan Macciochi/Matthew Stewart and Daniel Wight/Dillon Henry pairings from the NTBA , who secured 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The boys singles U18 event saw 15 players competed in groups to produce a 3 way play-off between Daniel Rogerson (John Watt Academy – JWA), Zarius Ferozepurwalla (Tyne Met Sharks) and Joe Borrowdale (St. Gabriels). Daniel secured 1st place, despite a close 2nd set against Zarius, who finished runner-up. Joe achieved 3rd place with a much improved singles performance, including a win over the defending champion in the group stages. Dan Rogerson/Matthew Peart (JWA) clinched the U18 doubles title, managing to overcome the dynamism of Thomas Scrivens (WEC) and the skilful Dan Richardson (JWA). Reigning champions Joe Borrowdale/Matthew Chipchase (St Gabriels) had to settle for 3rd this time.
Players for the North Tyneside Badminton Academy (NTBA) dominated the girls open event, with their top 4 players playing off to decide the medal places. Megan Porter, benefitting from experience gained in the recent local BADMINTON England Bronze event and additional Performance Centre training, just squeezed past defending champion Georgina Ross to take the title this time. In 3rd/4th place play-off, Robyn Luckley won in straight sets to take the bronze ahead of Francesca Wilkinson. The NTBA girl’s strength continued to be apparent in the open girls doubles event, with Francesca and Georgina retaining their title ahead of Megan and Robyn. The scratch pairing of Ilia Hionidou (Tyne Met Sharks) and Alex Howard (Hexham) took the bronze, but only after 3 set challenges from the improving Morpeth Riverside pairings of Beth Railton/Sarah Larby and Jennie Gullen/Anna Railton.
The final event saw the Open Mixed Doubles title go to Ryan Macciochi/Georgina Ross (NTBA), beating Calvin Watson/Beth Railton (Morpeth Riverside) in the final. Jack Bennett/Francesca Wilkinson (NTBA) took 3rd place.
North Tyneside Badminton Academy (NTBA) retained the Junior Club cup for the 3rd time. Based on singles results, the NTBA players achieved a win percentage of 68%, with Morpeth Riverside improving on their best performance to 38%.
Thanks to all the coaches who assisted in the running of the event and to the players who made the day such a success. Details of the 4th and last Super Series event for the year will appear at www.northumberlandbadminton.org in the next week.