This year’s Shires League has been split into two parts, with some of the stronger counties playing their second teams in a “Satellite” League: we have elected to play our Under 16 (and Under 14) teams in this, where we will face Cheshire and Derbyshire twice each. Given the distances involved, the matches will be played at neutral venues. Andrea Bogan is managing the team and she took them down to Garforth for their first match against Cheshire. This is her report on the match.The U16 team played their first match in the Shires Satellite league against Cheshire on 8th October.
The team consisted of Rachel Bogan, Natalie Ho, Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison, Finlay Smith, Jai Nayyar, James Dodd and Seb Ritchie, the last of whom was playing in his first junior county match.
The Mixed Doubles were played first and produced some very close games, three of which went to 3 ends. Our sole victors were Ellen & Finlay who excelled winning 24-22 in the third end. Next up was the Boys’ Singles. Whilst we were unable to win any of the matches, all four produced some fine rallies and special credit should go to Jai who just lost out in the third, having taken the first end in fine style. Rachel gained our only win in the Girls’ Singles. Whilst we didn’t win any of the others, the girls played well and put in some battling performances. Charlotte and Ellen, who are still under 14s, both got close in their matches.
In the Boys’ Doubles, Jai and Seb just lost out after taking a very close first end: they could not quite maintain their opening standard, losing 21-10 in the third end. However, Finlay and James gained our only win in the Boys Doubles with a fine 21-12, 23-21 win in straight ends. The Girls’ Doubles came last. Rachel and Natalie were unlucky to lose their first match to 17 in the third. However, Charlotte and Ellen won the next match comfortably in straight ends and this was followed by a straightforward win in straight ends for Rachel and Natalie.
The final score was 15 – 5 to Cheshire. However, this did not reflect the closeness of the match: six games went the full distance to 3 ends but unfortunately the opposition won five of those. Everyone played well and came away with a positive feeling but special mention should be made of Ellen, Rachel and Finlay who each won two of their four games.