Congratulations to St Gabriels who won the inaugural Tyne Team Tournament, held at John Spence on Sunday 12th of February. They defeated Northumbria University 3-2 in a closely fought final after a day full of epic matches.
Recipe for an excellent day of badminton
1 large badminton hall
8 rambunctious teams
16 team matches
150 cakes, muffins & cookies
Open the large badminton hall, and let loose the teams, add sugar after each match through cake and muffin sales, and keep all of the ingredients at a rolling boil for 1 day!
8 teams took part in the tournament, playing in 2 groups of 4. Group 1 consisted of of Elmfield, Newcastle University 1, Whitley Bay & Norham. Group 2 consisted of St Gabriels, Northumbria University, Jesmond Dene & Newcastle University 2.
After the group stage, played out in a boisterous atmosphere, Elmfield emerged as winners of group 1, with Newcastle University 1 in second place. Whitley Bay were unfortunate to miss out, losing narrowly 3-2 to Elmfield. In group 2 St Gabriels topped the table, with Northumbria University in second place.
In the first semi final, Northumbria University raced to a 2-0 lead before being pegged back to 2-1 following the ladies doubles. In the crucial fourth rubber, Anthony Norris & Sam Moore held on to win 21-17 in the 3rd set to take the match 3-1.
In the second semi, St Gabriels and Newcastle University were neck and neck at 1-1 before taking the ladies singles to lead 2-1. In the 4th rubber St Gabriels held on to win the tie 3-1 in a thrilling match.
So the 3rd/4th place playoff, and the rematch between Newcastle University 1 & Elmfield. This time Newcastle Uni 1, with a rejigged team overcame their opponents 3-2 to take 3rd place.
On to the main event, the final. St Gabriels comfortably won the first rubber, the mixed doubles, but in a reversal of the group stage, Tom Moore defeated Ryan Jelley 21-18 in the 3rd set to level the match. Victoria Brewis then beat Holly Robson in 2 close sets to put St Gabriels within touching distance of victory, but they were denied in the mens doubles as Anthony Norris & Sam Moore again held their nerve to overturn the loss of the first set, and win the final set 21-18 to set up a deciding ladies doubles match. Maddy Harrison & Rebecca Boldon took the 1st set by the tightest of margins 23-21, and then upped the pressure in the 2nd set to win comfortably 21-15, to claim the win for St Gabriels. Congratulations to them, and commiserations to Northumbria University.
All matches during the day were played out in a great spirit, and with great support from the watching teams. Many of the matches lasted the full 3 sets, with several decided 21-19 in the 3rd set. A big thank you to everyone that took part and helped out, especially the home bakers who kept everyone topped up with energy throughout the day. Also congratulations to the loudest support – Newcastle University.
See you all for next years tournament!
See all results from the day: