Our Under 18 team travelled to Pontefract, a neutral venue, for this fixture against Derbyshire. The team was Sonny Ho, Matty Grant, Ollie Edmundson, Kaleb Canon, Ellen Davison, Charlotte Graham, Natalie Ho and Teeda Prapunwong.
They were managed by Karen Davison and this is her report.The mixed discipline was tough on our players but they competed well and all pairings managed teen scores but special mention to Kaleb, on his first Shires match representing Northumberland, and his partner Teeda who managed a win in two ends, 17 and 15.
Boys singles and all players played well and kept up with the pace of their opponents but were unable to find a win. Sonny, playing a tough opposition and performing strongly, managed to push their 1st seed to a 3rd end losing to 19, but a good effort by all the boys.
Girls singles and Charlotte and Ellen were up against BE 4th and 5th seedings at U17 respectively. This didn’t deter them and they played with conviction and managed some fantastic rallies/points. Natalie and Teeda performed well and recorded high scores, but the Derbyshire girls were very experienced in their singles discipline.
Boys Doubles and partnerships of Sonny/Matty and Ollie/Kaleb competed well against experienced opposition. Sonny and Matty played a very tactical and exciting game against their 1st seeds. They came out on top winning 21:18 in the 3rd end. Against their 2nd seeds they had another 3rd end, but lost to 19, both playing well around each other. Ollie/Kaleb played well together, but were unsuccessful in gaining a win.
Girls Doubles partnerships of Charlotte/Ellen and Natalie/Teeda competed well. Charlotte/Ellen were up against the partnership of the 4th/5th seed and performed well managing to record a score of 16 in the 2nd end which I was delighted with, as taking out a few errors, they could have pushed this experienced pair to a 3rd end. Ellen/Charlotte recorded a win against their 2nd pair of 21-19 and 24-22. Natalie/Teeda scored in the teens in their games but their experienced opposition made these games hard to break down.
This match, which was lost 3-17, was played in the spirit of the game and was enjoyable to watch. Thank you to Paul Canon and David Graham for transporting the team.