The first two age group events in Northumberland’s junior restricted county championships took place recently at the Tyneside Badminton Centre. A shortage of available girls at the Under 19 level meant that the girls’ singles and level doubles were not played but there were three pairs to contest the mixed doubles. This was won by Anna Railton & Ashraf Alam, the key result being their 15-5, 15-6 win over Rachel Bogan & Jamie Tinnion. The boys’ singles was played in a large group of seven and ultimately came down to the match between Ash and Jamie. The latter pushed his opponent hard, only losing the first end by a single point, but it was Ash who triumphed 15-14, 15-11 to take the trophy. The two of them then teamed up to take the level doubles, with George Moran and Tom Cox as the runners-up.
In the Under 15 age group events, there were two triple winners – Charlotte Graham and Tim Bodani. The girls’ singles was played in a group of five and ultimately came down to the match between Charlotte and Amy Ward, which was taken 21-13 by the former. Amy had earlier defended strongly against the relentless attack of Lucy Dodd, eventually winning that match 21-16 to take the runner-up spot. The girls’ doubles was won by Charlotte & Amy after a 15-8, 12-15, 15-11 win over Lucy & Ellen Davison. Charlotte & Tim took the mixed doubles, with Lucy & James Dodd as runners-up.
The boys’ singles had a good entry of 12, with the initial round played in two groups. Matthew Short, Jack Tilbury, Ollie Edmondson and Hugh Twelves all scored at least three wins but James and Tim were both undefeated moving on to play each other in the final. This was a strangely uneven contest, with James getting off to a strong start before Tim powered through to win 12-15, 15-11, 15-1. The boys’ doubles was taken by Tim & Matthew, who overcame James & Jack in a very competitive final 8-15, 15-11, 15-11.