Success for Emily in Under 15 Silver

The first of Northumberland’s junior tournaments on the Badminton England circuit took place recently at Tyneside Badminton Centre. The Under 17 Silver event brought success for Northumberland’s Emily Harrison, who came through a strong group of six players to take the winner’s medal. A surprise defeat to Yorkshire’s Anna Cassells-Smith had put the outcome in some doubt and left Emily tied with Durham’s Ella Hodgson on four wins each. But a 15-7, 15-11 win over Hodgson had given Emily the edge and left Ella to take the runner-up medal. Emily then partnered Teresa Kieu of Lancashire to win the girls’ doubles with Hodgson and Rachael Johnson as runners-up.
In the boys’ event, Northumberland’s players had several good wins in their groups but could not make the knock-out stages with Alex Jay and Gyan Chadda both losing just the one match. The winner’s medal went to Yorkshire’s James Keating, who went on to be a triple-winner taking the boys’ and the mixed doubles as well. Northumberland’s pair of Emily and Gyan pressed hard in the mixed doubles final but went down 15-12, 15-9 to the winning Yorkshire pair.
The Under 15 Bronze event had a number of less experienced local players but they found the going tough against stronger opposition from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Melvin Cherian was the most successful with three wins in his group. Arif Alam scored two wins and two very close losses.  But it was Lincoln that produced a very good winner in Ryan Curtis, who took the final with a 21-18 win over Yorkshire’s Thomas Crabtree. There were several good wins for Northumberland’s girls in the singles, with the pick being Anna Railton, who had three successes but lost to the eventual winner, Jasmine Lidster of Yorkshire. All three doubles went to pairs from Yorkshire.

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