And so, another year gone already and it’s off to Nottingham for the 52nd running of the Under 18 Inter County Tournament. With a young team and lacking several of the stronger players of recent years, we had no great expectations other than not finishing in the bottom group. After a tough start we had a great finish with a run of 5 matches undefeated, placing us 27th of the 35 competing teams, only two places down on the 2016 result. County Coach Rob Wetherell was pretty pleased with the overall performance, as were his assistants Ellie Roberts (recently qualified at Level 2) and David Murray.
The team was Abby Grogan, Anna Railton, Maddy Atkinson, Rachel Bogan and Sarah Bambrick; Alex Jay, Ashraf Alam, George Moran, Jamie Tinnion and Melvin Cherian. Four of them were new to the ICT and this can be very daunting, given that the atmosphere is always very vibrant and noisy. Continue reading
Our Under 18 team have just returned from Nottingham where the 52nd Inter County Tournament took place in the run-up to Easter. The team travelled back, buoyed by their success in the second half of the competition, having notched up five successive wins. They “only” finished 27th of the 35 competing teams, but given our relatively limited playing resources, this was a fine result and pretty much as good as we could have expected. A fuller report will follow shortly.
The team was Abby Grogan, Anna Railton, Maddy Atkinson, Rachel Bogan & Sarah Bambrick; Alex Jay, Ashraf Alam, George Moran, Jamie Tinnion & Melvin Cherian. They were managed by Richard Taylor & Ellie Roberts and accompanied by coaches Rob Wetherell and David Murray. Daniel Tinnion also joined us at the event where he worked as a volunteer Young Official.
Congratulations to Martin Fagan and Ellie Roberts who have both moved one step up the coaching ladder. Martin is now a Level 3 Coach and Ellie was successful at Level 2. Very well done to both of them. They are already a great asset to the County and will continue to be so.
The Anglo-Scottish League event for Under 15s took place this weekend at Tyneside Badminton Centre, with six teams from north and south of the border competing. Yorkshire brought a strong team and took the honours with their 12-3 win over Lothian in the deciding match. Northumberland, with a very young and inexperienced team, found the going quite tough but still produced some encouraging performances on the way to finishing in fifth place, just being pipped by Cumbria. Continue reading
A couple of months ago, Ellie Roberts received a “Local Heroes” award from Sport Newcastle for her volunteering work with young badminton players in our county. She followed this up being nominated as Badminton England’s Young Volunteer of the Year and was a guest at last week’s All England tournament where the award was to be announced. She was one of three on the shortlist but did not quite make the top spot. Thanks, Ellie, for all your good work this season.
The Annual Dinner of Sport Newcastle took place recently at the Civic Centre. It was a big night for the charity – a 50th anniversary celebration – but also for our Emily Harrison who was named as one of this year’s “Rising Stars of Sport”. Emily has had great success in recent years, winning a number of BE Circuit tournaments or reaching the later stages of several events and this season she has made herself a fixture in the Seniors first team. This is the first Rising Stars award for one of our junior badminton players for some 12 years and was very well merited. Well done, Emily – pictured here with her trophy, an engraved clock.
Northumberland’s U17 team has just been down to Sheffield for the second round of the North Midway. As there was a late team withdrawal from this round, the format of the day was set to be a round robin of six counties. Manager Lizzie Jerdan’s report follows and documents what turned into a superb achievement for the county’s team. Continue reading
Attached is the entry form for the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership Adult Social Badminton Tournament on Sunday 19th March at John Spence Community High School in North Shields. The event is open to any non-league players over the age of 14.
Adult Tourny Entry Form March 2017
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.
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.