Junior Shuttle Plus

Posted by Carissa Turner at 12:04 on 10 April 2017

Last weekend saw the Junior Shuttle Plus take place at Aberystwyth University.
The tournament was held over two days with players from across Wales competing in four age groups.


The Boys Singles consisted of a group of 4 players who all show promise for the future.
Eli Owen won his 2 opening matches in straight sets while Amay Patil had a three-set battle against his twin brother, Eshaan, which he eventually won 21-18/16-21/23-21.
The final match of the group saw Eli and Amay battle it out for 1st and 2nd place. As always it was a great match where the 8 year olds showcased some great fitness and determination. Amay Patil came out trumps winning 18-21/21-17/21-19.
However, in the Doubles Final, Eli paired with Llwyd Crump against the Patil brothers and dominated from the start winning 21-13/21-11.



The Boys Singles had 8 entries and so two groups of 4 players competed.
Llwyd Crump and Nye Bennett topped their groups with Nanditha Malagamuwa and Eli Owen coming Runner Up they advanced to the Semi Finals and knock out stages. However, there were also elimination rounds for the 3rd and 4th placed players in the group at this event too.
In the main draw Semi Finals, Llwyd faced Nanditha and won 21-16/21-13 and Nye played Eli and won 21-12/21-18 in a hard-fought match.
Both players showcased some fantastic badminton in the Final but it was Llwyd who went home with Gold after beating Nye 21-19/21-16.

The Doubles was one group of 4 pairs meaning that the overall results of the group would determine the final positions. It came down to a battle between top seeds, Llwyd Crump & Matthew Swash, and scratch pairing, Eli Owen & Nanditha Malagamuwa. But Crump & Swash proved too strong as they won the match and Gold Medals, 21-12/21-6.



With only 4 entries the Boys Singles was played out as a group but proved to be one of the closest competitions of the weekend. Eventual third and fourth placed players Kieran Gullick and Matthew Swash, had some close games with two of Kieran’s going to three sets. The 1st and 2nd place play off was between Will Vaughan and Liam Hird. The match had everyone on the edge of their seats as it was neck and neck throughout, but Liam managed to inch ahead to take the win 17-21/21-16/21-19.

The Doubles would see both Singles Finalists competing for medals against one another again. Llwyd Crump teamed up with Will Vaughan and Matthew Swash with Liam Hird. After losing the first set 16-21 Matthew & Liam fought hard but Will & Llwyd kept calm under pressure and won the second set 22-20.



11 players competed in the Boys Singles and 6 in the Girls Singles. Daniel Kite, Arnav Patil and Alfie Moorcroft were all seeded as were Jasmine Owen and Jessica Ding.
William Jowett had a great day, beating Moorcroft in his opening match and both players later made it through to the Semi Finals. As with the U13’s the 3rd and 4th placed players went through to a consolation draw allowing everyone to have more matches.

In the Semi Finals, Arnav Patil played Willim Jowett and Daniel Kite played Alfie Moorcroft. Both matches were hotly contested and tested all player’s fitness levels. Alfie failed to convert a game point in the second set as Daniel won 21-14/22-20. Arnav and Will’s match was a nail biting three sets which Arnav won 21-7/19-21/21-12 setting up a battle of the West in the Final.
The long Semi Final took its toll on Arnav as Daniel used rallying tactics against him to win 21-6/21-13.

The Girls Singles saw 2 groups competing for places in the elimination rounds. Jasmine Owen and Jessica Ding topped their group with Maisie Kite and Amandie Malagamuwa coming in second. Young Maisie gained some valuable experience as she played against National Championships Finalist, Jasmine who won 21-4/21-7. Amandie and Jessica battled it out in the other Semi Final which Jessica won 21-14/21-18 to advance to the Final. But it was one game too far for the second seed as Jasmine took home the Gold 21-12/21-11.

The Girls Doubles was an exciting event too as Jasmine and Jessica faced each other in the Final with partners Chloe Douglas and Amandie Malagamuwa. Jessica & Amandie put in a great performance however couldn’t push ahead during their games eventually settling for Silver after Jasmine & Chloe won 21-17/21-16.

The Boys Doubles concluded the weekend with a group of 5 pairs. Daniel Kite & Arnav Patil went in to the competition as favourites but had a tough opening game against Thomas Ablitt & Rakshith Vijay which they won in three. William Jowett & Raymond Torii-Cousins got off to a good start too beating Daniel Hilditch & Alfie Moorcroft 23-21/21-19. It came down to a match between the two pairs to decide on first and second position.
The first set went point for point with only a 2 point gap advantage forming on occasion but it was Daniel & Arnav who held their nerve to take the first set 23-21. Will & Raymond regrouped during the interval and got off to a good start in the second set taking a lead of 4 points in the second half of the set which they then extended to 7 points winning 21-14 and taking it to a deciding game.
The third set saw Daniel & Arnav fought back in the third getting off to an early lead of 11-3. This gap proved too much for Will & Raymond to close despite a good run of points which threatened a comeback. Daniel & Arnav eventually won the third set 21-17.


Full results can be found here.