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).

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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.

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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.