The last Shires match of the season for this U16 team saw them play against a very strong Lancashire at TBC on 24th March.
The team, managed by Karen Davison and assisted by Micky Walker was –
Tim Bodani, James Dodd, Dominic Wilson-Baker, Mark Walker, Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison, Eve Beechinor-Collins and Amy Ward (not shown in the photo due to illness)
The match started off with the Mixed doubles discipline; partnerships of Tim/Charlotte; James/Amy; Dominic/Ellen; Mark/Eve knew this would be tough for them. Tim/Charlotte were able to push their 1st seeds to a 3rd end losing to 13; other scores were close with Ellen/Dom very close in their 2nd end losing 23-21. Good performances all round but unable to win any games.
Boys singles saw some great play from all our boys with high scores in the ends, James managing a third end in his match, but unable to secure any wins. Girls singles again saw some high scoring in all matches; Amy pushing her match to a 3rd end, but losing to 4; Eve and Charlotte played well in their matches too. Ellen lost her first end 26-28 and then fought back valiantly to snatch the 2nd end 21-14; this match lasted quite some time with some long rallies and tight points throughout the 3rd end but Ellen managed to keep her cool at 19-19 and won the next 2 points to record Northumberland’s first win of the day.
Boys doubles: Tim/James had an exciting and tense match against their 1st seeds, pushing them to a 3rd and successfully winning 21-15; Mark/Dominic recorded good scores in both their games and narrowly lost out to their 2nd pair. Tim/James played another 3-ender against their 2nd pair winning to 17 in the last end. That was two really good wins for Tim/James who have played so well together in recent matches.
Unfortunately, Amy had to withdraw due to illness so Northumberland had to concede 2 of their girls doubles matches. Ellen/Charlotte paired up again, scoring high against their 1st seeds, but were unable to push to a 3rd end losing 14-21 and 17-21; their second match was such nail-biting stuff and was the last game of the day, a real crowd pleaser. This match could have gone either way, but our girls kept their heads and played out some long rallies, showing maturity in their game play and were competitive in every point. Their determination paid off and they won 19-21; 22-20; 21-18: it had been a fantastic match to watch.
The final score was Lancashire 16 – Northumberland 4. This final result certainly didn’t reflect the standard of badminton played by our team.
Well done Team Northumberland who ended the season with two good wins and three competitive defeats!