Glasgow Youth International Team Event

Posted by Carissa Turner at 12:05 on 22 May 2017

A group of juniors travelled to Glasgow on Thursday 18th May to compete in the Glasgow International Youth Tournament which hosts a Team Event on the Friday and Individual on the Saturday and Sunday.

u13 hall

Upon arriving most of the U13 players went straight to the Glasgow School of Sport for an hour long training session to get used to the hall and flush their legs ready for the next day.
The U13's found themselves in a group with Team Skyfall, Leicestershire PC and Scotland NJS while Mike and Archie played for two local teams, Glasgow Thistle and Glasgow Clyde.

Archie's team, Glasgow Clyde, had a tough time of it coming bottom in their group of three but it was positive for Archie to mix with another team and practice in the hall ahead of the individual event.
Michael's team came second in their group and ended up topping the 2nd Teams play offs with the help of Mike winning his matches.

Over in the U13's hall the team got off to a fantastic start with both Adil Khan and Saffron Morris taking their opening singles matches in two straight sets.
Next up were the level doubles which saw Adil Khan & Daniel Kite take on Sam Goddard & Daniel McMillan. The boys got off to a nervous start and lost the first game 18-21 but after the interval and some  coaching tips they turned things around to win the second set 21-10 and managed to maintain their momentum to win the third 21-16 putting Wales 3-0 up and securing the match!
Saffron & Jasmine were next to take to the doubles court and put in a fantastic performance to win 21-14, 21-10. 
After a brief rest Jasmine was back on court for the mixed doubles with regular partner Daniel Kite. The two made quick work of their opponents, David Lang & Sofia Bao, beating them 21-14, 21-13 giving Wales the perfect start to the day with an overall score of 5-0!   

singles

Next up were Leicestershire PC who had also won their first match 3-2 against Scotland NJS.
The coaches and players knew this would be the toughest match and switched the team up in hopes of taking it.
Adil Khan & Saffron Morris took to the court first and played brilliantly, but unfortunately they left themselves a little too much to do at the end of each set and lost 21-18, 23-21 making it 1-0 to Leicestershire PC.
The girls singles was also a marathon three set match in which Jasmine Owen performed very well but again Leceistershire edged ahead and won. 
Both the level doubles were very competitive with Jasmine Owen & Freya Cottrill and Arnav Patil & Thomas Morgan all putting in a solid performance, however again these matches went to the opposition.
The top performance of this match was from Daniel Kite, who managed to get Wales a point on the board with a brilliant win over Harrison Griffith, 21-13, 21-6!
While disappointed with the 4-1 loss the players remained positive with the standard of their performances ahead of what was sure to be another tough match against Scotland NJS.

doubles

The Scottish had beaten Team Skyfall 4-1 however lost in a close 3-2 battle with Leicestershire PC and so the battle for 2nd or 3rd place in the group began!
Adil Khan & Saffron Morris took to the mixed doubles court again and got off to a similar start where they just missed out on taking the set, however they showed grest determination to come back and win the  second set. The third set was neck and neck right the way through but a couple of mistakes crept in in the middle of the second half which allowed Logan Ireland & Brooke Stalker a cushion. The Scottish took  advantage of this and closed out the third set to take the win 21-19, 16-21, 21-18.
Next on ourt was Daniel Kite who remained calm and covered the court with ease! He controlled the game against Hammish McCallister from start to finish winning 21-10, 21-12 giving Wales their first point and bringing the overall score to 1-1.
Saffron Morris was back on court for the singles against a very strong and tenacious Keryn Swan. Saffron started well but the physical difference in the two girls took it's toll as the sets went on as she eventually lost with a very respectable score of 15-21, 16-21.
Adil Khan was back on the doubles corut but this time partnered Thomas Morgan, while the pair train together they do not play together and so this would prove an interesting pairing. The boys were both very focused and determined against Hamish McCallister & Grant Lewis. They executed the tactics perfectly, puttin in this match's top performance by winning 21-10, 21-12 and bringing the score back even to 2-2.
Jasmine Owen & Freya Cottrill then took to the court to play the deciding match against Keryn Swan & Brooke Stalker. The girls tried their best but their lack of practice together became clear as they lost  in straight sets leaving the overall score Wales 2, Scotland NJS 3.

mixed

As they came third in Group A, Wales would now face the third placed team in Group B for a 5th and 6th position play off.
Although the players were tired they were all up for this final match against Shires and were determined to maintain the high standard of play which they had demonstrated throughout the other matches.
Again, Adil Khan & Saffron Morris were the first to step on court and faced Fred Robertson & Lucy Atkins where they faced another 19-21 loss in the first set. But the young pair did what we knew they could as they fought back to take the second set 21-17. It was all to play for in the third but a slight blip in concentration saw Shires push ahead and the Welsh pair failed to claw back the game as they lost 14-21 in the third.
Next on was the singles played by Daniel Kite and Jasmine Owen. Jasmine played extremely well in her match but just lost out in the first set losing 21-19 and then 21-14 in the second set despite a very good performance. Daniel however continued to dominate the singles court and won himself a 100% win record in the team event by beating Robin Harper 21-12, 21-9 making it Wales 1, Shires 2.
Adil Khan & Thomas Morgan took to the court again and were confident following their win ealier in the day. It started off perfectly for them as they eased through the first set to win 21-10 but lost track in the second set which they lost 12-21. Robin Harper & Fred Robertson weren't going down without a fight and it was neck and neck right up to 17-17 in the third set. But it was the Welsh boys who had more fire in their bellies and took the match 21-18 to bring the score to 2-2! 
All eyes were on the girls doubles again but Freya Cottrill & Jasmine Owen let their nerves and the pressure get the better of them in the first as they lost 8-21. They got off to a better start in the second set and were never more than a point or two behind. After the interval a couple of mistakes crept in as well as nerves and unfortunately they lost 16-21.

team

Every single player gave each match their al and the coaches could not have asked more of them.
Overall Wales came in 6th position and showed everyone in the Glasgow School of Sport that they had something to be worried about should they face any of our players in the individual competition the next day!

For a full list of results please click here.