Carmarthen Shuttle

Posted by James Phillips at 08:11 on 12 November 2013


The tournament was held for the first time at Dyffryn Taf School Sports Hall in Whitland which is close to the border of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. The hall is an excellent sporting facility and is well maintained with good lighting and sprung floor. British and Irish Lions, Mike Phillips and Jonathan Davies are ex-pupils of the school.

Play got underway at 9.30 with U11 and U13 age groups. In the U11’s boys Daniel Kite and Aryan Gupta were added to an U13 group table to have more matches however the match between them counted towards U11 age group with Daniel Kite winning 21-17. In the U13 boys Nikhil Mathias met 10 year old Daniel Clarke in the final with Daniel winning in 3 close games, 10-15, 15-12, 15-12.  There were five pairs in the U13 Boys doubles, and with 3 pairs achieving 3 wins each, the result was deciding by aggregate points with highest positive difference and therefore the winners were Daniel Clarke and Aryan Gupta, 2nd were Ashwin Gunesekeran and Daniel Kite, and in 3rd place by only 3 points Nikhil Mathias and Rakshith Vijay.

In the U13 girls singles Eleanor Downes met Lydia Morris in the final and with 3 hard fought games Eleanor won through 15-6, 11-15, 15-11. There were 4 pairs in the doubles which was won by Eleanor Downes and Emma Cox, with Lydia Morris and Isabella Morris winning two matches for second place. 

There were two groups of five in the U15 Boys Singles. In group A Tomos Jones of Penarth Juniors won all his games to top the group with William Hughes of Pembrokeshire in second. In group B, Lewis Richards of Penarth juniors topped the group and again 3 players had two wins so the runner up was decided by points, therefore Rhys Lewis of Carmarthen Juniors went through to the semi-finals. Lewis Richards met his doubles partner, Tomos Jones in the final and after two close games Lewis won 16-14, 15, 10.  Lewis and Tomos dominated the boy’s doubles, second place William Hughes and Ben Russell, third place Rhys Lewis and Adam Crompton.

There were two groups of three in the U17 Boy’s singles where Tai Griffiths of Ceredigion beat Rhys Wilkinson 15-8, 15-10 in the final. Tai partnered Gareth Griffiths in the Boys Doubles and took the silver medal after losing to Guto Morgans and Jordan Godfrey.  

In the U17 Girls singles, Menna Griffiths, a pupil of Dyffryn Taf School, took the gold after a hard match against Erin Lewis with Tallulah Ray finishing in 3rd place.  Natasha Harries also of Dyffryn Taf School played very well in her first tournament and showed great courage to come back onto court in the doubles where she partnered Menna to take a silver medal against Erin Lewis and Tallulah Ray.

We managed also to find time for some U17 mixed competition. A group of three pairs played, with Tai and Erin taking the gold, silver to Guto and Menna, and in 3rd place were Tallulah and Michel Watson. 

It was fantastic to see so many new players. Everyone enjoyed and look forward to the next time. Badminton is on the up in West Wales.  I would like to thank Darren Stephens, Luke Pearce, Gareth Morris and Tina Lewis for their assistance on the day.

Gary Clarke - Tournament Organiser

For the full set of results please visit the Junior Shuttle page.

Pictured - U13 Girl’s medallists - from left to right. Emma Cox, Eleanor Downes, Isabella Morris, Lydia Morris