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Junior League - The Finale

Last Sunday (5th March) we concluded this seasons Junior League. Another really good day of Badminton in MMU with the added bonus of silver ware being handed out. Karl Bergh the Cheshire CBA Chairman and his wife Jan came down from Wallasey to be with us and to present the trophies. Dave Sumner opened proceedings with his long list of thanks – probably the key one being the coaches and team managers who organise the kids ready to play. Very well done to that team, there would be no event without you. Karl said a few words, most notable was his praise for the work done by Crewe League. We are in many ways leading the pack in Junior Badminton. Once again the season has produced lots of young players with the experience and temperament needed for competing. This is a superb grounding for later life, be it on the Badminton court or life more generally.

 

The outcome was as follows (remembering that sessions 3 and 4 are cumulative):

 

Division1 – as always this division was contested by players who would not be out of place in senior badminton. In the main they are 16 to 18 years old and can pack a punch. Shavington A sent out a squad of younger players due to the unavailability of the older chaps. This was great experience for them. Inevitably they found it tough going and ended up at the base of the table on 1 point, but the investment for next season is clearly apparent. Wizards were next in third position on 5 points, and Alsager were in second place on 7 points. Champions once again were a very strong Congleton team finishing on 11 points. They only dropped one point and that in a 3-3 draw with Wizards.

 

Junior Division 1

Team Name

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Games
For

Games
Against

Points
For

Points
Against

Congleton (J) Junior 'A'

6

5

1

0

11

29

7

723

561

Alsager (J) Junior 'A'

6

3

1

2

7

21

15

681

616

Wizards (J) Junior 'A'

6

1

3

2

5

17

19

632

665

Shavington (J) Junior 'A'

6

0

1

5

1

5

31

537

731

 

 

Division 2 – started the day as a two horse race but ended in convincing style. Nantwich A and Canute B were always the slightly weaker teams and they ended up in positions 3 and 4 respectively. Nantwich getting their points in a 6-0 win over Canute B. Rudheath dropped a point to Nantwich in the 3-3 draw and were then beaten by eventual winners Canute A 4-2 who enjoyed three wins on the day and so were crowned champions

 

Junior Division 2

Team Name

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Games
For

Games
Against

Points
For

Points
Against

Canute (J) Junior 'A'

6

5

1

0

11

28

8

713

553

Rudheath (J) Junior 'A'

6

3

2

1

8

22

14

691

569

Nantwich (J) Junior 'A'

6

2

1

3

5

18

18

633

648

Canute (J) Junior 'B'

6

0

0

6

0

4

32

474

741

 

 

Division 3 – had some intra-club rivalry going on. Shavington B and C competed. In the end it was a non-event as Shavington C had to pull out on the day. They still ended up on 4 points. Nantwich B propped the table up on 1 point. That meant Shavington B and Alsager B were vying for the title. Alsager won the match between the two 5-1 which proved decisive. Alsager took the title by the margin of 1 point from Shavington.

 

Junior Division 3

Team Name

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Games
For

Games
Against

Points
For

Points
Against

Alsager (J) Junior 'B'

5

3

1

1

7

20

10

567

509

Shavington (J) Junior 'B'

5

2

2

1

6

17

13

558

521

Shavington (J) Junior 'C'

3

1

2

0

4

12

6

340

292

Nantwich (J) Junior 'B'

5

0

1

4

1

5

25

454

597

 

 

Division 4 – had a busy day. There were 5 teams in this division meaning several more matches. They started earlier than most of the others. Canute C had not competed on day 1 back in January so carried no points forward. They added just the 1 point through a 3-3 draw with Crosses ending up at the base of the table. Crosses themselves came 4th. There was another intra-club rivalry going here with Wizards B and Wizards C. As the form book would expect their B team beat their C team by 6-0 hence ensuring a 2nd place finish over their club rivals. Top spot went to Kidsgrove who in their first season got a maximum 14 points from their 7 matches. Congratulations to them.

 

Junior Division 4

Team Name

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Games
For

Games
Against

Points
For

Points
Against

Kidsgrove (J) Junior 'A'

7

7

0

0

14

37

5

867

456

Wizards (J) Junior 'B'

7

5

0

2

10

32

10

816

576

Wizards (J) Junior 'C'

7

2

0

5

4

12

30

629

781

The Crosses (J) Junior 'A'

7

1

1

5

3

12

30

520

803

Canute (J) Junior 'C'

4

0

1

3

1

3

21

236

452

 

 

Division 5 – was a fascinating contrast in size and style. Weaverham brought a team of older kids and they ended up facing some of our youngest kids. This is the beauty of Junior League. No gender barriers, no age barriers beyond 18 years old. Nantwich C gave their best but salvaged just the one point. Wizards D  ended up with a creditable 5 points. Shavington D were on 6 points, however Weaverham cleaned up winning all their matches across two sessions dropping just two games in the process. Congratulations to Weaverham.

 

 

Junior Division 5

Team Name

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Games
For

Games
Against

Points
For

Points
Against

Weaverham (J) Junior 'A'

6

6

0

0

12

30

6

714

428

Shavington (J) Junior 'D'

6

3

0

3

6

20

16

639

551

Wizards (J) Junior 'D'

6

2

1

3

5

14

22

580

604

Nantwich (J) Junior 'C'

6

0

1

5

1

8

28

355

705

 

We meet in the summer to discuss and set up season 2017-18. As always if any of the participants wish t send in suggestions of how we can make it even better – we are listening. Why not call Dave Sumner or Brian Horrocks with your ideas. We’d love to hear them.


Latest Results
16 Mar Canute 'A' 15-3 Welsh R 'A' Mi 1
16 Mar Goostrey 'A' 15-3 North'ch 'A' Mi 1
19 Jan CEGELEC 'B' 3-9 Welsh R 'B' Ve 2
19 Feb Knutsford 'A' 17-1 Crosses 'A' Mi 1
07 Feb CEGELEC 'B' 4-8 Congl'n 'B' Ve 2
27 Oct Canute 'A' 18-0 Crosses 'A' Mi 1
19 Mar Congl'n 'A' 5-7 Wols 'A' Ve 1
20 Mar Welsh R 'B' 18-0 K'grove 'A' Me 1
20 Mar Welsh R 'A' 11-1 Goostrey 'B' Ve 1
22 Mar South Ches 'A' 12-6 Weav'm 'A' Me 3
Pending Results
14 Mar Knutsford 'A' v. Goostrey 'B' Me 2
20 Mar Whitfield 'A' v. Knutsford 'A' Me 2
20 Mar Holmes C 'B' v. CEGELEC 'A' Ve 2
23 Mar Goostrey 'A' v. Welsh R 'A' Me 1
Result Pending, but in date
Result Pending, 5 days overdue
Result Pending, 7 days overdue
This Week's Fixtures
24 Mar North'ch 'B' v. Crosses 'B' Mi 3
24 Mar Goostrey 'B' v. Alsager 'A' Me 2
24 Mar Wols 'A' v. Knutsford 'A' Me 2
24 Mar North'ch 'B' v. Malbank 'B' Me 4
27 Mar Welsh R 'A' v. Knutsford 'A' Mi 1
27 Mar Crosses 'B' v. Canute 'C' Me 3
27 Mar Holmes C 'B' v. South Ches 'B' Me 4
27 Mar Holmes C 'A' v. South Ches 'A' La 2
27 Mar Welsh R 'B' v. Congl'n 'B' Ve 2
28 Mar CEGELEC 'A' v. Canute 'B' Mi 2
29 Mar South Ches 'A' v. Holmes C 'A' Mi 2
29 Mar South Ches 'A' v. Wols 'A' Ve 1
30 Mar Goostrey 'A' v. Welsh R 'B' Me 1
31 Mar Weav'm 'A' v. CEGELEC 'A' Mi 2
31 Mar North'ch 'A' v. Knutsford 'A' Me 2
03 Apr Welsh R 'A' v. North'ch 'A' Mi 1
03 Apr Holmes C 'A' v. Canute 'C' Me 3
03 Apr Holmes C 'A' v. Canute 'A' La 2
04 Apr Knutsford 'A' v. CEGELEC 'A' Me 2
05 Apr South Ches 'A' v. Holmes C 'A' Me 3
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