Gwent Open

Posted by Carissa Turner at 09:11 on 25 November 2016

Gwent Youth County Badminton Open Event 20th November 2016

Following problems at Ebbw Vale the event this year was held in Abertillery Leisure Centre. The facility proved excellent with a nice viewing gallery for spectators and helpful staff. Thank you to all the players and parents who braved the snow and road closures to get there on time. The event was oversubscribed this year so apologies to those who we were unable to accommodate this year.

With a full itinerary we started with the U15s and U17s singles at 9 o’clock. In the boys U15 favourite Adil Khan won his box despite being taken to three sets by Jonathan Ewins. Tom Morgan won box B after a three set match with Joe Howells and Archie Bult comfortably won box C with Nabil Taufiqurrahman also going through to the quarters. Archie played well to beat Jonathan in the quarters and Tom in the semi. In the top half of the draw Joe beat Nabil in the quarters but lost to Adil in the semi. In a three set final Archie proved just too strong on the day for Adil.

The girls U15 singles event was dominated by Aimee Whiteman as she showed no mercy for her opponents, dropping just 13 points in four sets. Jasmine Owen finished runner up against Saffron Morris.

In the boys U17 event Iwan Price and Ray Torii-Cousins reached the semi-finals from box A with Iwan’s brother Dafydd Price and (the unrelated) Ewan Price getting through in box B. Brothers Iwan and Dafydd both reached a much anticipated final with Dafydd triumphing on the day 12 and 6.

The U17 girls singles was a popular event with 8 entries this year. Jasmine Owen won box A without dropping a set, with Bethany Jones joining her in the semis. In box B Kelly Yip responded by also taking the box without dropping a set, Saffron joined her in the semis after a very close 3 set encounter with Victoria Beavans. Both semis were close with Jasmine being taken to 3 by Saffron and Bethany just losing out to Kelly 13 and 11. Kelly took the title after coming back from being a set down.

Lunchtime saw the arrival of the U13 and U19 players as well as the doubles specialists. In the U13 boys Matthew Logan powered his way through box A without dropping a set, Harper Leigh joined him in the semis. Llwyd Crump won box B following a close 3 set match with Nanditha Malagamuva. Nanditha also had a close 3 set match against Joseph Barnes which Joseph took 15-14 in the 3rd. Matthew won his semi in straight sets whilst Harper was involved in a close three set tussle with Llwyd before coming through 15 – 13 in the final set. Harper continued his form into the final beating Matthew 14 and 9.

The U13 boys then paired up for the doubles event. Harper and Matthew played together and won the event although the scores were closer than expected with Nye Bennett and Nanditha getting to 13 and 14 in their match. Nye and Nanditha won a 3 set match with Joseph Barnes and Reuben Probert to be runners up.

The U15 boys doubles was ultimately decided in the first match of the round robin and won by the pairing of Jonathan Ewins and Archie Bult although they did drop a set to eventual runners up Joe Howells and William Vaughan. Having taken the second set 15-14 Joe and Will took Jonathan and Archie to 13 in the 3rd.

There was no U15 girls doubles event but the U15 mixed was boosted when Ella Morante kindly stepped in for snow bound late withdrawal Ceryl Phillips. The strong pairing of Aimee Whiteman and Jonathan Ewins took the title but dropped a set along the way to runners up Adil Khan and Saffron Morris. Adil and Saffron had one of the closest matches of the day against Archie Bult and Lucie Whiteman winning 14-15, 15-14, 15-10.

The U17 boys doubles was a straight final with the experienced top seeds Iwan and Dafydd Price beating William Jowett and Ray Torii- Cousins 9 and 10.

With no U15 girls doubles event Aimee and Lucie Whiteman played up an age in the U17s event and took the title. Kelly Yip and Lauren Edwards were runners up after a close fought 3 set match with Eleanor Stansbury and Victoria Beavans.

With time at a premium we had to run the U19 boys doubles event alongside the U19 singles. In the singles Carl Fordham won group A with Declan Beech also reaching the semis. In box B Tomos Jones won the group with Luc Sinnadurai in second place. The semi finals were some of the most exciting matches of the day with Carl edging out Luc 13-15, 15-12, 15-12 and Declan putting up a strong performance against top seed Tomos Jones before Tomos prevailed 15-11, 11-15, 15-13. The final was also a tense affair with Carl taking the title 12 and 10.

The U19 boys doubles was won by Tomos Jones and William Hughes despite being taken to a third set by Carl Fordham and Thomas Malins. Ewan Price, playing up an age, with partner Ellis Wainwright were runners up.

The U19 girls singles was won by top seed Megan Pritchard although runner up Isobel Adams took Meg to three sets.

Finally the U19 mixed event was a straight final with Tomos Jones and Rebecca Williams taking the title against Max Bowman and Isobel Adams.

Thanks go to Simon Ewins, who supported the event throughout the day, Alyson Price and Rachel Summors.

The full results can be downloaded here.