Rhyl Junior Shuttle

Posted by Carissa Turner at 04:02 on 14 February 2017

Over 50 entries made the Rhyl Junior Shuttle the best supported tournament this season and included U19 players; players from Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Cheshire and Merseyside all took part in the event.

In the U11 boys singles group Johan Varghese (Mold) beat Luke Doughty (CQ) 15-8,15-5. Both are improving steadily. There were 11 entries in the U13 boys singles. In the semis Piyush Pradeep (Cheshire) beat Nanda Kishor (Conwy) 21-11 and Matthew Swash (Mold) beat Oliver Kendall (Ch) 21-11. Swash played really aggressively to win the final 15-13,15-10. Kendall and Millen Batra (Ch) won the doubles group beating Swash and Pradeep 21-17 in the key group game. Grace Evans (CQ) won her first tournament, winning the girls singles against club mate Summer Williams 21-14. Evans partnered Holly Hughes (CQ) to win the doubles 21-14 against Williams and Casey Wynne (Prestatyn).


The 16 entries in the boys U15 singles produced some quality and exciting badminton. In the quarters Liam Hird (Mold) beat Tomos Tustain (Llanferres) 21-10, Nathan Troake (Castell Alun) played his heart out to beat Joe Casey (Mold) 21-14, Charlie Cahill (CQ) beat Anshull Ramavath (Ch) 21-8 and Flint’s Alfie Moorcroft beat William McMahon (Ch) 21-4. In the semis Hird beat Troake 21-16 and Moorcroft beat Cahill 21-20 in a battle containing great tactics and long, punishing rallies. Moorcroft won the final against Hird 15-4,15-5. In the doubles semis Moorcroft and Cahill beat McMahon and James Fitzsimons (Ch) 21-9 and James Maddocks (CQ) and Ramavath  beat Casey and Hird 21-15. Moorcroft and Cahill were too strong in the final winning 15-6,15-10. In the key game of the girls singles group Darci-Lee Martin (CQ) beat Hannah Harrison (Llan) 15-9,15-8. Martin and Harrison teamed up to win the doubles 21-9 against Hughes and Evans.


The U17 boys singles semis were won by Rhys Jones (Mold) 21-4 against Elliot Gilbert (Prest) and Dan Hilditch won 21-4 against Matthew Jones (Prest). The final could have gone either way but after 3 fiercely competitive games Rhys squeezed home 15-9,13-15,16-14. Rhys and Harrison beat Hilditch and Dathusan Partheepan (Prest) 21-19 to win the doubles.

5 entered the U19 boys singles. Harry Hughes (CQ) was in total command in the final beating Sam Alsop (Merseyside) 21-5. Hughes and Alsop then won the doubles beating Denbigh’s Dewi Griffiths and Matthew Vaughan 21-10.