Strong Performances at the U19 Nationals

Buoyed by their success in Durham the previous weekend, Emily Harrison and Ashraf Alam skipped a day’s school to compete in the U19 Nationals in Milton Keynes.
Emily was unlucky to draw the 1st seed in her first round singles match, but put in a very robust performance.
After a very good win against Jai Chandarana in his first round match, Ashraf safely negotiated easier opposition in the second round to progress to the last sixteen.  There he faced all six feet something of Leon Griffiths, and spent much of the first end figuring out how to adapt his game.  The second end was close all the way, but Leon just took it 21-19.

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Silverware returns to Northumberland

Emily Harrison and Ashraf Alam came home from the Durham U19 Silver tournament on 4th February laden with three trophies between them. Emily partnered with Beth Speechley of Yorkshire, and Ashraf with Niall Wagstaff of Notts to win both Level Doubles competitions before teaming up to take the Mixed Doubles as well.  The latter included a good win over Niall and Beth!  It was great to see several of these trophies coming back to Newcastle for the 2nd year running, with Emily and Ashraf continuing the success of Emily, Philip Pahatouridis and David Murray in 2016.
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Anglo-Scottish Under 13s

This tournament, which is often the first team event for our young players, was held last weekend at TBC.  Northumberland’s team, which was relatively inexperienced in comparison to the strong counties of Lothian and Yorkshire, fought hard but found the going tough.  They were also carrying the disadvantage of having to concede matches as the team were short of girls and had to field overage players. Continue reading

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NBA Super Series 20th, 21st February 2017

It’s that time again, we are holding our third NBA Super Series of the season. It will be held over two days of the February half term, Monday 20th February and Tuesday 21st February.

On Monday 20th February will be the:

  • Year 7 and Below
  • Year 10 & Year 11 Event

On Tuesday 21st February will be the:

  • Year 8 & Year 9 Event
  • Year 12 &Year 13 Event

Here are the entry forms for each age group, please can the information be read carefully as the Singles and Doubles events start at different times for different age groups.

Year 7 and Below: (Singles event at 9am, Doubles 1pm)

1)YEAR 7 and below Entry Form_Mon 20th Feb

Year 8 &Year 9: (Singles event at 9am,Doubles 1pm)

2)Year8&9-Entry Form Tuesday 21st Feb

Year 10 & Year 11 (Singles event at 1pm,Doubles 9am)

3)Year10&11-Entry Form Mon 20th Feb

Year 12&Year 13 (Singles event 1 pm, Doubles 9am)

4)Year 12&13-Entry Form_Tuesday 21st Feb

Entries can be made via email, phone or post, the deadline for entries is 5pm Friday 17th February 2017.

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Several Medals for our Juniors at Northumberland Circuit Weekend

We had four age group junior tournaments last weekend, with a Silver at Under 16 and Bronze events at Under 18, Under 14 and Under 12.  The tournaments went very well, with a good level of entry, and there were some excellent performances by a number of our local players.
There were no medalists at the Silver event but Matty Jerdan deserves a good mention for winning his group and then taking an end off Reuben Bodman, the eventual winner of the boys’ singles.  In the Under 18 Bronze event, the ladies’ doubles was won by Anna Railton & Sarah Bambrick, with two good solid victories over the opposing pairs.  In the singles, Jamie Tinnion won his group before going on to win his quarter final with an excellent 15-8, 15-11 win over 3/4 seed Zac Prentice.  Jamie then lost a close three-ender in his semi, taking a bronze medal.

At the younger age groups, there were several medals in the Under 14 events.  Pride of place should go to Charlotte Graham and Tim Bodani, who won the gold medals in the mixed doubles.

Tim also partnered Matthew Short to take the silvers in the boys doubles, with James Dodd & Jack Tilbury taking the bronzes.  James had also won his singles group, taking the bronze medal after a close 18-21 loss to Harry Jones in the semi final.

The Under 12 tournament had a slightly disappointing entry but our three girls – Lucy Dodd, Katrina Ho and Naomi Silva – took the medals in the compensation singles.  Lucy then went on the win the mixed doubles gold medals with her scratch partner, Hugh Simpson from Yorkshire.

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Great win for Philip at Cheshire Senior Silver

Our top man this year, Philip Pahatouridis, produced a gret performance over at Ellesmere Port this weekend to win the singles title in the Cheshire Senior Silver tournament.  Starting as one of the 3/4 seeds, he had two good two-end wins and a three-ender to take him into the semi final against Cheshire’s second seed, Ben Dolman.  The first two ends were close at 21-19 and 16-21 but he took the decider convincingly 21-8 to set up a final against the other 3/4 seed, Andrew Aspinal of Staffs.  Philip got off to a great start but for the third time he lost the second end, before fighting back to take the victory in fine style by 21-11, 8-21, 21-13.
Well done Philip!!!

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Under 14 Shires draw with Lancs2

Our young and very inexperienced Under 14 team bounced back from a tough opening defeat to Yorkshire by sharing the spoils with Lancashire 2.  Playing for the first time on the new courts at the Northumberland Club in Jesmond and managed by Karen Davison, the team was – Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison, Lucy Dodd and Naomi Silva; Jack Tilbury, James Dodd, Matthew Joyce and Tim Bodani.

All four mixed doubles went to three ends but Tim & Ellen and Jack & Lucy won their matches to make it 2-all.  Our four boys then scored maximum points in their singles with excellent wins.  Lucy had a great three-end win but Lancs took the other three girls singles to leave the score 7-5 to Northumberland.  Still all to play for.  Three more wins from the boys doubles pairs made it 10-6 and we were on the brink of victory.  Charlotte & Ellen were involved in a very tight match but lost the third end to 18 and Lancs also took the other three girls doubles to draw the match at 10-all.

Very well done to the team – a great effort.  Good luck in the next match against Yorks2 on the 15th.

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Under 18 Shires v Cumbria – close but not close enough

Our Under 18 team travelled over to Penrith for the match against Cumbria but went down 8-12.  Unfortunately they were without Emily Harrison, whose absence probably swung the match the way of the Cumbrians.  Thanks to Manager-For-The-Day Elizabeth Alam for sending the following report.

Particular congratulations to Ashraf and Sarah who were unbeaten in the tie.  We expect a strong contribution from Ashraf, and he rarely disappoints.  But Sarah – still an Under 16 – was outstanding today, and her performance included turning round a first set loss to battle back to a 23-21 final set win in singles.
We expected this tie to be tight as Cumbria have some depth at this age group, and it certainly started that way, with the match poised at 2-2 after the mixed.  Despite some great battling from the girls, with both Anna and Rachel losing close three-enders, we were rather disappointed to only take 2 out of 8 singles rubbers.  This opened up a significant lead for Cumbria and really sealed our fate.  We couldn’t make headway into Cumbria’s lead in the level doubles, which ended all square (4-4), so the tie ended with a 12-8 for Cumbria.
Thanks to the whole team for playing with good spirit and working hard to the end.  And thanks to Fiona Grogan for driving the girls!  Next time we’re in that hall in January, we’ll take thermals and a hot water bottle!

The team were – Abby Grogan, Anna Railton, Rachel Bogan and Sarah Bambrick; Alex Jay, Ashraf Alam, George Moran and Jamie Tinnion.


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A Good Weekend for Under 19/20s and Under 14s

The annual Anglo-Scottish team event for the older juniors (1998 births or later) took place this weekend at the TBC.  Unfortunately, there had been two very late withdrawals which only left four teams but the schedule was revised so that they played each other twice.  Northumberland came through with credit, despite being short of girls, and finished second to a strong Yorkshire side.  There were double wins over both Lanark and Cumbria, although the latter on Saturday was perhaps a bit close for comfort.  The team performed brilliantly against Yorkshire to be six-all on games played in the first encounter, only losing because they were two girls short and had to concede three games.  The return against Yorkshire was not quite as close.  But have we ever won all six boys singles matches played in any match against Yorkshire!

As for our novice Under 14 team, they played their second match today against Lancashire2, scoring a very positive 10-all draw.  Considering that their first match, against Yorkshire 1 before Christmas, had ended in a whitewash, this was a really encouraging result and team manager Karen Davison was absolutey delighted.  Very well done to them.

Hopefully, fuller details will be posted later.

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Durham U17 Silver – well done Sarah and Anna

Sarah Bambrick and Anna Railton came very close to taking the gold medals in the girls’ doubles at Stockton last weekend.  With three good wins, they only just lost out 15-17, 13-15 to Zoe Beamson and Jordan Murray.  And Sarah took a second silver medal in the mixed doubles where she partnered Cumbria’s Finlay Meek.  Although losing a very close group match to Anna and George Moran, Sarah and Finlay won the group overall to take their place in the final.  Here they faced the top seeds from Nottingham but lost 11-15, 9-15.
All three of our players performed creditably in the singles but could not progress out of their groups.

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