Great Orme Junior Shuttle and U19 Open

Posted by Carissa Turner at 01:10 on 12 October 2016

The Great Orme Junior Shuttle and U19 Open took place over the weekend. What the tournament lacked in numbers was more than made up for in the quality of the games. 

The U15 Girls Singles started the tournament with Jessica Ding (N.E.Wales) beating Meera Sharma-Singh (Cheshire).The two then teamed up to win the Girls Doubles beating the Conwy pair of Susie Eastwell & Amy Heginbotham in the final.
In the Boys Singles Semi Finals, Alfie Moorcroft faced Joe Casey and Charlie Cahill faced  Liam Hird. Doubles partners Alfie and Charlie progressed into the final which was won by Alfie Moorcroft after a tight two set match. 

charl and alf

This event was followed by the U11 and U19 Open. The U11  Girls Singles was won by Evie Thomas (Conwy).  Both girls then joined in the  Boys Singles event which was won by Johan Varghese (N.E.Wales) who beat Luke Doughty (N.E.Wales).

Abi Cottrill won the U-19 Girls Singles beating Ellie Roberts (Northumberland) in the final game. Carys Jones (N.E.Wales U-17) put in a masterful display playing up an age group and came third after just losing out in a three set battle against Ellie.

It was then the turn of the U13 Boys Singles and what a finale to the tournament. Both groups, despite some of the score lines, were hotly contested. Danwei Liu and Piyush Pradeep (both Cheshire) Matthew Swash (N.E.Wales) and Harper Leigh (S.Wales) all went through to the Semi-Finals. Danwei played Piyush winning 21/19 and Matthew played Harper also winning 21/19. This pitched Matthew against Danwei and what a good final that was to watch with Matthew winning 15/12, 19/17. Tournament Organiser Joe Hill was very impressed by the standard of play and is confident that all 8 boys could go on to bigger and better tournaments and do well in them.

The U-17 Boys Singles was an all N.E.Wales affair. Daniel Roberts won the event beating Rhys Jones in the final game with Daniel Hilditch 3rd.

The numbers were well down with a lot of cancelled events and we hope that the 19th Great Orme Junior Open and Shuttle goes back to the days when it took two full week-ends to complete.

After playing in the U-19 tournament in Deganwy, Abi Cottrill went to Liverpool to play in the U-17 Badminton England Liverpool Open Silver and came away with a silver medal for the girls singles, after beating the 2nd seed in her group matches she lost the final to Katherine Jong (Shropshire).

Full results for the tournaments can be downloaded below:
U19 Open