Gwent Gold Results

Posted by Carissa Turner at 02:11 on 9 November 2017

Most people choose to spend November 5th stood out in the cold starring at the skies watching various firework displays, whilst here in Gwent we put on our very own indoor extravaganza, the Badminton Wales Junior Gwent Gold. Those who attended witnessed an array of “colourful” displays and “sparkling “ performances by all involved.

Under 17

Boys Singles.

The event started bright an early with the Under 17’s which saw the largest entry, this event had the potential to be a fantastic  display of badminton with some of the top junior badminton players in Wales participating , and it didn’t disappoint. As expected the seeds progressed through their boxes , then the contest heated up, first we saw Adil Khan (No 1 seed ) knocking out Arnav Patil (4) in a close and thrilling three game match, winning 15-8, 13-15,15-11. Next seed to go was Archie Bult (2) who was  beaten by Will Vaughan in a close 16-14,16-14 match. Adil and Will were joined in the semi finals by the two Dan’s, Dan Kite (3) and Dan Clarke. Dan Kite took on Adil in a fantastic display eventually coming out on top with a 15-9,12-15,15-13 win. Dan Clarke continued his winning spree , beating Will closely 15-11,15-8.
We were in for a thrilling final and we knew the name of the winner was going to be Dan; but which one? The game didn’t disappoint, each point played to the maximum and after 22 minutes Dan Kite came out the victor with a 15-10,11-15,17-15 win. Well done to both boys who put on a spectacular display of badminton.

Boys Doubles

This events saw two groups battle it out, Group A proved to be the closest fought group with it all coming down to points as the three teams involved all won and lost 1 game each. It was the No 1 seeds of Adil Khan and Dan Kite who paid the price and failed to progress. Group B saw the seeded pair of Jonathan Ewins and Archie Bult join Andrew Salvador and Owen Milton in going through. The semi finals then saw Jonathan Ewins & Archie Bult  beat Will Vaughan & Will Summors 15-12, 15-10, it was a similar score in the other semi final with Andrew Salvador & Owen Milton beating the favoured pair of Dan Clark & Arnav Patil 15-12,15-11. The final saw a rerun of the Group B match, the result was the same, with Jonathan and Archie beating  Andrew & Owen  14-16, 15-9,15-12.

Mixed Doubles

This event consisted of one box of 5 pairs battling it out for the title, the honours finally went to the pairing of Lucie Whiteman & Archie Bult who won all their games beating Jonathan Ewins & Carys Jones in to second place.

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Under 19

Boys Singles

This event saw 7 entrants competing for the title, the boxes went with form and the two seeded players of Brandon Adams and Iwan Price progressing through joined by Luc Sinnadurai  & Ewan Price. Again the seeds won through and saw Brandon take on Iwan in the final, Brandon proved too strong and beat Iwan 15-2, 15-7, with no one managing to take Brandon to double figures - a feat in itself!

Girls Singles

This was a straight final between Rebecca Williams and Carys Jones. Both girls were determined to walk away with the Gold medal, Rebecca got the upper hand and took the first game 15-12 and then we saw a comeback by Carys who took the second game 15 -5, with honours even it was down to the last game, both girls traded point for point and it finished a nail biting 16-14 with Carys taking the Gold and Rebecca getting a deserved Silver.
Boys Doubles

This event was a straight final with Dominic Hodsdon & Matthew Glancy taking on Iwan Price & Thomas Malins . The winners were Dominic & Matthew who won with a convincing 15-13, 15-8.
Mixed Doubles

This was a round robin event which saw 3 pairs taking part. After winning both their matches in 2 games Aimie Whiteman & Iwan Price were crowned champions, second place proved where the battle lay, and in a close 3 match game it saw Lucie Whiteman & Will Vaughan take the silver winning in the only 3 game match of the event  15-11,11-15,15-13.

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Under 15

Boys Singles

Boys under 15’s singles kicked off mid morning, entries comprised of 2 groups of 4, with No 1 seed Matthew Logan proving too strong for his group with no one able to take more than 5 points from him, he was joined by Oliver Griffiths who won 2 out of his 3 games. Group B saw the other seed Nabil Taufiqurrahman convincingly through and joined by Nye Bennett. The semi final saw Matthew continue his winning streak beating Nye 15-7, 15-6.Whilst Oliver pushed Nabil in a much closer first game with Nabil eventually winning 15-12,15-5. The final was the No 1 seed versus No2 seed. With both Regional Academy players well aware of each other’s game, the match proved a close encounter with Matthew being taken to double figures for the first time, but Matthew retained his composure to take the title with a 15-11,15-13 win.
Girls Singles.

The Under 15 girls singles saw the biggest entry for girls in this competition, with 5 entries in a round robin format. The girls battled away, the closest fought match proved to be between Fearne Williams and Maisie Kite, the girls who were paired up for the doubles event later in the day put their friendship aside to prepare for battle. The first game went to Fearne 15-11, then Maisie fought back claiming the second 13-15, it was all down to the final game, the girls gave their all with Fearne eventually pulling through winning 15-3 to claim the match. The only girl to win all her games and therefore claim the title was Chloe Barton, 2nd place went to Lydia Morris .

Girls Doubles

Girls doubles saw a straight final between Fearne Williams and Maisie Kite against Felicity Preston & Georgia Turvey who played up an age category to allow the match to be played. Despite the age difference the girls gave their all and played exceptionally well which was not reflected in the score. Fearne & Maisie claiming the victory 15-2, 15-5.

Boys Doubles

The event consisted of 4 pairs in a round robin, the group saw Nabil Taufiqurrahman pair up with Arnav Patil. Having won 2 games they faced Llwyd Crump & Nanditha Malagamuwa who also had won 2 games, this would be the group decider. The match started well with Nabil & Arnav pulling away and taking the first game 15-6, Llwyd & Nanditha fought back well in a close second game but couldn’t quite get the better of the Regional Academy players eventually losing 15-10 in the second.

Mixed Doubles

This event had 2 groups of 3,Group A saw the No1 seeds Nanditha Malagamuwa & Lydia Morris take the group followed closer by brother and sister pairing of Chloe & Josh Barton, Group B again saw the seeds progress with Llwyd Crump & Alys Milton taking the group followed by Vlad Vitske & Fearne Williams. The semi finals brought close games with Nanditha & Lydia beating Fearne & Vlad 15- 10, 15-8, the other semi final proved the tougher battle with Llwyd & Alys going to full time and eventually winning the three match epic 15-10,11-15,15-13.This set the scene for an entertaining final, Nanditha & Lydia taking the first 15-13, Llwyd & Alys then coming back and taking the second 15-7, the final game saw the lead change sides with every point with no one prepared to give the other the advantage , but the can be only one winner and that was Nanditha & Lydia who took the third 15-8.

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Under 13

Boys Singles

Another healthy group of 8 entrants, this events saw the closest scores of all the tournament. Group A  saw Llwyd Crump, Amay Patil, Eli Owen & Josh Barton all fighting to get to the semi finals, the group was won by Llwyd Crump who narrowly overcame his opponents with Amay pushing all the way with a 15-14,15-14 result, this result also saw Amay progress from the group. Group B was contested by Harper Leigh, Owen  Porter, Eshaan Patil & Faaris Ahmed. Harper stormed through the group along with Eshaan who joined his brother Amay in the Semi finals. The closest game of the entire Gold tournament belongs to the other members of this group, Owen & Faaris who fought tooth & nail with Owen eventually winning  13-15,15-13,15-14, a monumental effort by both boys! The question of the semi finals was whether Amay & Eshaan could overcome the seeds to produce an all Patil brothers final? Alas this was not to be with Llwyd beating Eshaan  15-13,15-8 and Harper doing likewise winning 15-6,15-5.
The Final started with Harper winning the first 15-7, then Llwyd delivering Harper's first game loss of the event winning the second 15-12, it was all set for a classic last match. Like most of the Gwent Gold Finals this was going to be too close to call by those who were watching but it was Harper who eventually pulled ahead winning the third game 15-9. A hard earned and deserved win by the Regional Academy player.

Girls Singles

This saw a small group of 4 girls participating but the level of badminton, the effort and the standard of play these girls showed was phenomenal. Georgia Turvey won the event by winning all her games and pushing Felicity Preston into silver. A special mention for a superb performance goes to Bethany Preston who played in a category well above her age and narrowly lost out to Sian Jones with a creditable 15-14,14-15,15-13 a fantastic badminton performance by both involved and epitomised what these events are all about.

Boys Doubles

Again a hotly contested group of 4 pairs eager to wear the Gwent Gold medal around their necks. We had the newly crowned Boys medallist of Harper Leigh & Llwyd Crump  both trying to add to their medal haul, Boys semi finalists Amay & Eshaan Patil seeking revenge along with Owen Porter & Faaris Ahmed and Josh Barton & Eli Owen with all to play for. But revengewas not on the cards as it was Harper & Llwyd who walked away with the golds winning all three matches and Amay & Eshaan coming away with the silver.

Mixed Doubles

With only three pairs involved this was going to be a close call, Harper Leigh & Felicity Preston, Amay Patil & Bethany Preston and Faaris Ahmed & Georgia Turvey. It should be pointed out that these pairing had never played together before and had only met at this tournament. Harper was going for the dream treble, a Gold in all three events; could anyone stop him? No  was the answer, as Harper along with Felicity took the top spot, Bethany joined her sister in the medals along with her mixed partner Amay.

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With over 9 hrs of badminton played and 135 games I would like to thank our shuttle sponsors Lenstec Optical, all of the participants and their parents and all the Gwent Gold Volunteers who helped throughout the event. We now pass the South Wales Junior Gold tournament baton over to Carmarthen and hope to see you all there in February.

A full list of results can be viewed here.

Badminton Wales would like to thank Gwent County Badminton Association for hosting this event and Tournament Organiser Simon Ewins for yet another well ran event and well written blog.
Well done to all players and volunteers involved in making this another successful event.