The Junior Tournaments for the U18 and U14s was held on Sunday 17 March at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, and the parents were treated to a display of exciting badminton. Andy Hancock was in charge of proceedings and the league thanks go to him for his dedication and efforts. His report on the outcome is as follows:
U18 Boys Singles
10 boys entered the competition from 6 different clubs, and were separated into 2 groups, playing each other once to 21 points, with the winners of each group progressing to the finals. The round robin round was incredibly close, with Joseph Smith and Jordan Kelly topping their respective groups unbeaten. The final was of high quality and close, with Jordan taking the laurels 21-18.
U18 Girls Singles
Only 3 girls entered the competition, and they played each other twice to 21 points. The games were of a high standard, but Grace Litherland-Clews dominated and was unbeaten on the day, to take the trophy, Bridie Harding was runner-up.
U18 Girls/ Boys Doubles
As there were only 2 girls in the doubles, Grace and Bridie paired up to take on the 5 pairs of boys in a round robin competition to 21 points of some great games. The girls won 3 out of 5 games and were deservedly awarded the Girls Doubles Trophy.
2 pairs of boys rose to the top, and the winner was effectively decided by the game between them, and Connor Coyle and Richard Fu won that by 4 points, to take the trophy unbeaten. Jordan Kelly and Joseph Smith were runners up.
U18 Mixed Doubles
3 pairs played each other once to 21 points in this high quality battle. Grace and George Chaytors retained their title unbeaten, Grace taking a hat-trick of trophies on the day, and the runners up were Bethan and Jordan Kelly.
U14 Girls/ Boys Singles
As there were only 2 girls in the singles, they joined in with the 8 boys separated into 2 groups playing each other once to 21 points, with the winners of each group progressing to the finals. The round robin round was close, with Jack Hayter and Freddy Woodfine topping their respective groups unbeaten. The girls then played each other in final, where Kaiya Matharu's experience showed and she comfortable took the title, runner up Freya Dooks competed well in her first competitive competition. The Boys' final was an all Shavington affair and was nail biting due to the players knowing each other so well, with Freddy taking the laurels 21-18.
U14 Girls/ Boys Doubles
The girls paired up to take on the 5 boys pairs in a round robin competition of 1 game to 21 points. After dominating the singles Freddie and Jack paired up to dominate in the doubles and were unbeaten on the day to take the trophy. The battle for runner up was fierce and came down to the last match between two Wizards pairings Sam and Shriram v Henry and Joseph in a close battle, with Sam Ray and Shriram Vijaysampath taking the runners up medal 21-18. The girls Freya Dooks and Charlie Wright competed well and deservedly were awarded the Girls Doubles Trophy.