Yonex Junior Nationals 2017 Results

Posted by Carissa Turner at 11:03 on 19 March 2017

The Yonex Junior National Championships took place over the weekend at the Sport Wales National Centre and it's fair to say that the future is bright for badminton in Wales!

The Saturday began and ended with the U15 events where there were some great matches! 
In the Boys Singles Semi Finals and while Adil Khan had a relatively straight forward match against Thomas Morgan, Daniel Kite however had a battle against Archie Bult which he managed to win 21-14, 16-21, 21-18. 
Adil and Daniel often have long matches but Khan managed to hold off Kite's comeback in the second set to win the Title 21-9, 21-18.
In the Girls Singles both Lowri Hart and Jasmine Owen justified their seeding by reaching the Final. Both girls have been getting great success on the English Circuit this year however Lowri dominated and won in straight sets 21-9, 21-11.
The Singles Finalists joined forces in the Level Doubles and while the girls proved unstoppable winning comfortably 21-6, 21-12 against Jessica Ding and Saffron Morris the Boys Doubles was a real battle! 
Daniel Clarke is back competing and after success in England last week he carried the performance through to Cardiff. He and Archie Bult teamed up and caused Adil Khan & Daniel Kite some concern in the Final. However Khan & Kite's experience paid off as they won 17-21, 21-17, 21-16. 
In the Mixed Doubles it came down to the deciding match for Gold and Silver between Daniel Kite & Jasmine Owen and Daniel Clarke & Lowri Hart. All four from West Wales had featured in all Finals so far and continued their good form. But Clarke & Hart proved too strong and took the Gold, 21-14, 21-9.


The U11 featured only the Boys Singles and Boys Doubles events.
Amay Patil performed well to beat second seed Eli Owen in the Semi Final to secure a spot against reigning Champion, Llwyd Crump in the Final where Llwyd  retained his title by winning 21-11, 21-10. 
The Boys Doubls was an exciting event and it was great to see such tenacity from the young players. Brothers, Amay & Eshaan Patil took the first set 22-20, but failed to convert the second and lost to Llwyd Crump & Eli Owen 21-14 in the third set. 

Tom Sudder caused an upset in the U19 Boys Singles beating Oliver Stansfield 21-19, 17-21, 21-15 in the Semi Final. But Andrew Oates' determination overcame Sudder as he won 21-16, 21-11. 
Saffron Morris also caused upset by beating Ellie Roberts 22-20 in the third set, however Abi Cottrill was determined to win her first U19 Title and beat Saffron in straight sets to achieve this. 
Established pair Joe Cottrill & Andrew Oates remained focused and did as expected winning their group. They didn't drop a set and beat the Runners Up Tom Sudder & Jamie Noble 21-13, 21-10. 
The Mixed Doubles followed and the Cottrill siblings had their eyes on a second title, as did Andrew Oates. He teamed up with Gean Sou Mo and managed to secure his hat-trick 21-12, 21-17. 


Sunday began with the U17 Singles.
Oliver Stansfield managed to regroup overnight and came to the hall with determination. Morgan Harding had a three set battle in his opening match against Michael Pritchard followed by a 52 minute long match against Dafydd Price. But Dafydd's hard work paid off as he won the game 21-15 in the third. However the Final was one step too far as Oliver dominated the game winning 21-15, 21-8.
Both seeds reached the Final of the Girls Singles, despite Abi Cottrill having a bit of a scare in her Semi Final against Saffron Morris. Lowri remained unshaken and continued to perform fantastically not dropping a single set throughout the entire tournament in any of her events and lifted the trophy once more.
Four U15 boys played up in the U17 Doubles but despite some good performances they couldn't beat their older opponents. Dafydd Price & Michael Pritchard are a new pairing and Oliver Stansfield & Morgan Harding's experience together paid off as they won all of their matches in straight sets to win the title.
The Mixed Doubles was an exciting match between Michael Pritchard & Lowri Hart and Oliver Stansfield & Abi Cottrill. Despite being the younger pair Pritchard & Hart worked well together and won 21-17, 21-19 giving Michael his first title of the day and Lowri a clean sweep across all events which she had entered.


In the U13 Boys Singles Matthew Swash took out second seed Harper Leigh in a tight two set match with plenty of lengthy rallies. He then faced Matthew Logan in the Final and while they had a marathon three set match in Welshpool Junior Open Plus earlier this season, Logan's ambition for a National Title was clear to see from the start. He fought hard and won the match in two sets, 21-11, 21-7.
The Girls Singles was a straight Final between friends Saffron Morris and Maisie Kite. Maisie started strongly against Saffron, who she lost to in the U11's last year, but Saffron pushed ahead and won another title 21-8, 21-4.
The Boys Doubles was the most competitive group of all with most matches being decided in three sets! The deciding game between Harper Leigh & Matthew Logan and Llwyd Crump & Matthew Swash was a nerve wracking game which was eventually won 21-19, 20-22, 21-19 by Curmp & Swash.
The day concluded with the Mixed Doubles. Owen Porter & Maisie Kite took on brother and sister Zachary Morris & Saffron Morris. Despite being only 7, Zachary fought hard and gave the match his all alongside his sister however it wasn't enough as Porter & Kite won 22-20, 21-17.


Performance Manager & National Coach, Matthew Hughes said:
"The National Championships provides an excellent opportunity to view our Junior players from across the country competing at the highest level in Wales. There were some great performances with a lot of matches going to three sets. I look forward to seeing the players continue their good form in the upcoming Junior Quadrangular, Junior Olve Tournament and Glasgow Youth International."

A big thank you also goes to our Officials.

Bernard Lorenzo, Stephen Temple
Pei Xuan Mo, David Shore and Margaret Redfern

The full results can be found here.
Photo Credits: Marcus Thomas, Yonex