Deeside Junior Shuttle

Posted by Carissa Turner at 03:11 on 22 November 2016

The Deeside Junior Shuttle took place on the 13th November and saw a huge entry in what was the most successful Deeside Shuttle tournament.

There was a terrific entry of over 50 players from NEW and Conwy, Cheshire and Warwickshire and some pleasing badminton of a high standard. Mold’s Johan Varghese continues to dominate the U11s. In the singles he beat runner-up Abhishek Aravind (Ch) 21-8 and teamed up with Luke Doughty (CQ) to win the doubles 15-4,15-8 against Aravind and Ramavath (Ch).

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There were 14 entries in the U13 boys singles. In the quarters Matthew Swash (Mold)beat Nanda Kishor (Cy) and Rohith Muthuvelu (Ch) beat Max Gilbert (Prestatyn – who excelled in his first tournament) 21-19. In the semis Swash narrowly beat Zafer Ahmed Warks) 21-19 and Piyush Pradeep (Ch) beat Muthuvelu 21-13. Pradeep then won a tight final 15-10,15-12 against Swash. In the doubles Millen Batra (Ch) and Muthuvelu won the group of 4 beating Pradeep and Swash 21-15. Nithikka Kumar won the girls singles 15-4,15-5 against Holly Hughes (CQ).

13 entered the U15 boys singles. In the quarters Nathan Troake (Castell Alun) played with real determination and guts to beat Anshul Ramavath (Ch) 21-19 and Liam Hird (Mold) beat Joe Casey (Mold) 21-15. In the semis Alfie Moorcroft (Flint) beat Troake 21-9 and Hird just got the better of Charlie Cahill (CQ) 21-18. Hird won a thrilling, hard fought final 13-15,15-13,17-15 against Moorcroft . The doubles semis saw Cahill and Moorcroft beat Tomos Tustain (Llanferres) and Ramavath 21-9 and Hird and Casey beat James Maddocks (CQ) and McMahon (Ch) 21-10. Cahill and Moorcroft won the final 15-13,15-10 playing with greater consistency than Hird and Casey. In the girls singles Jessica Ding was too strong ( showing constant aggression and powerful, accurate smashing) for Hannah Harrison (Llan) winning 15-7,15-5  and then won the doubles with Hughes against Harrison and Kumar.16-14,15-5.

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The U17 boys singles was an all Mold affair. James Spendlove beat Ellis Gilkes ( who had earlier had a great victory over Daniel Hilditch (CQ) 21-5) and Rhys Jones beat Tom Lancely 21-16.Spendlove played superbly to win the final 15-8,15-8 against Jones who refused to give in. Spendlove and Jones had a comfortable victory over Hilditch and Sam Harrisan (Llan) 21-6. The girls singles was a tremendous struggle with both Lily Hird (Mold) and Carys Jones (Llan) playing at their best, fighting for every point in many long and exhausting rallies. Hird just came through 15-13,13-15,15-14.

The U19 boys singles was another cliff-hanger; Harry Hughes (CQ) beat Rhys Williams (Buckley) 15-10,13-15,15-8. Spendlove and Jones scored a great win in the doubles beating Hughes and Williams10-15,15-11,15-12.

Our thanks are due to Jane Liddle and her team.

The full results can be downloaded here.