What an amazing weekend of badminton!
Congratulations to the following HBC juniors Alex Berry, Guy Jones, Rory Easton, Emily Easton, Alisha Gupta, Alice Xu who were 60% of the Kent ICT squad which finished an amazing 9th in the country at the end of the four day competition hosted at Nottingham Uni. More reports in Live News.
Not to be outdone by her junior players Jo Muggeridge was competing at the All England Masters and won the ladies doubles title. She also reached the final of the mixed but had to give a walkover due to an injury. This is an event that is open to players from all over the world.
And the Senior Men's A team played their last match to complete an undefeated season and take the premier title once again!
Coming up: 19th April Junior inter-regional event, 26th April Senior inter-regional
Good luck to all those selected to represent TWBL in these events.
U17 Inter County Tournament, 9-12th April 2015 - Kent wins fabulous 9th place overall!
The team consisted of:
Alex Berry, Emily Easton, Alisha Gupta, Hannah Spring and Alice Xu
Rory Easton, Guy Jones, Tom Long, Rico Shergill and Thomas Wade
The first group they played in was crucial. It contained Bucks who were holders and favourites so 2nd place was the aim and this was achieved.
The next group would decide what places they could play for in the last two days. Losses against super strong Yorkshire and more narrowly against Warwickshire meant that a win against Essex was crucial to take them into the play-offs for 9th- 12 places. This was achieved with the match decided in a crucial girls doubles game that went to 3 sets with both sides having numerous match points and at 11.30pm on Friday night the result went to Kent!
Then with confidence high over the last two days the team went on to beat Leinster, Dorset and Cheshire to confirm their 9th place.
This is the best result Kent have had in recent times and with many of these players still young for the age group next year could be even better.
Aros Cup, April 2nd-5th
Success for the travelling England quartet of players, Jack Macgregor and Freya Patel-Redfearn won the mixed title beating the 1st seeds who had knocked out Rory Easton and Helen Kelly in the quarters.
Jack and Rory also played well to reach the final of the U15 doubles but had to settle for runner-up place.
It is a challenge to take on the Danes on their home turf and excellent to come home with these results. The tournament also included strong teams from ever improving Sweden and regular rivals from Germany.
28th/29th March Redbridge
Heartbreak at the U15 Nationals but 3 medals!
Rory fought strongly all weekend at the U15 Nationals and came away with 2 bronzes and a silver medal but the elusive doubles gold that he and his partner Jack Macgregor had set their hearts on was not to be. Jack had been ill earlier in the week and with the competition at the top between the top u15 boys so close and fierce, Jack and Rory could not fulfil the promise their results had shown all season. So the number 1 seeds lost their Semi final to Russ/Donegan who went on to win.
However for Rory to medal in all three events while still U14 is an achievement and the boys move on to the Aros Cup in Denmark (2nd-5th April) looking forward to the next challenge.
U17 Nationals- 21st/22nd March 2015, Redbridge
Congratulations to all the HBC players who competed valiantly at this year's U17 Nationals. Even just qualifying to be in the tournament is an achievement.
Alice Xu performed well reaching the last 16 of the girls singles and the quarter finals of the doubles. She has another year at this age group as do many of the other players.
Rory Easton reached the last 16 of the boys singles.
Luke Bailey had a difficult singles box but took the 5/8 seed Sam Lyle to 3 sets before having to admit defeat to a stronger older player.
Some huge positives to take forward to next season.
22nd March 2015
Two for the future.................