This week saw the finals of both the Southern and Northern Shuttle Time tournaments being held, with over 200 players turning out to join us.
The finals of the Mid- and Southern rounds were held at the Sport Wales National Centre on the 10th of March, with play kicking off as soon as we had players in the hall. The Girls’ Year 7/8s were battled out for by St. Michael’s, St Cyres, Gwyr, Gwernyfed and Glantaf - with some seriously close matches! After several hours of heated play, Glantaf clinched the gold with St. Michael’s claiming silver just behind them. Meanwhile, the Boys’ Year 7/8s were as closely contested with St. Cyres winning the gold with 14 games their name, and Gwernyfed coming in silver. Olchfa and St. Michael’s narrowly missed out, with both schools putting forwards some exceptional play. Ymdrech ragorol, all!
On the other side of the hall, the Girls’ Year 9/10 teams were undergoing some tough competition. With five schools competing for gold, it was tough! Eventually, and with 16 games each to their name, it was between Gwernyfed and Glantaf. Gold was decided by the fact that Gwernyfed had beaten Glantaf 3-2. St. Cyres, Olchfa and St. Michaels all put on a brilliant show, fighting for every point. Ymdrech da gan y tîm from all schools!
In a group of four, the Boys’ Year 9/10 competition was made up of St. Michael’s, Olchfa, St. Cyres and Gwernyfed. With some extraordinary play and surprising results, Gwernyfed narrowly won with 10 games to St. Michael’s 9 games.
Congratulations to all of the players for playing a brilliant tournament and for displaying excellent sportsmanship. Gwaith gwych!
Two days later and the North Wales finals were in full swing! Held at Deeside Leisure Centre on the 12th of March, it was one of our busiest tournaments to date. All age categories had an A group and B group, with the winners and runners up of these groups going on to clash over the gold.
The Girls’ Year 7/8 – Group A – was made up of Anglesey A, Denbighshire, Castell Alun, and Caereinion. In a series of excellent games, Denbighshire won the group with 14 games, with Caereinion coming in runner up with 6 games. Both Angelsey A and Castell Alun won 5 each, putting on a superb show.
In Group B, made up of Anglesey B, St. David’s and Ysgol Bro Idris, the final result was tight. St. David’s won the group with 6 games, Ysgol Bro Idris came runner up with 5 games, and Anglesey B won 4 games. Well played, all!
With the results in, it was left to Ysgol Bro Idris to play Denbighshire and St. David’s to go up against Caereinion. Denbighshire won 4-1, and Caereinion won 3-2, leaving the two teams to play again in a finals that Denbighshire won 5-0.
In Group A of the Boys’ Year 7/8s, Anglesey A, Denbighshire, Llandidloes and Connah’s Quay were playing some brilliant badminton. Connah’s Quay won with a convincing 13 games, with Anglesey A coming in runner up with 7.
On the next courts, Group B was contested for by Anglesey B, Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn and Flint. With both Anglesey B and Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn winning 6 games each, the winner was decided by the fact that Angelsey B had narrowly lost to Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn.
The semi-finals saw Connah’s Quay beat Anglesey B in several excellent games, and Anglesey A beat Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn. The two schools met in an incredibly close final, with Connah’s Quay winning 3-2. Gwych – edrych ymlaen i weld sut mae pethau’n datblygu!
Over on the other side of the hall, the Girls’ Year 9/10 Group A was won by Denbighshire with 15 games, with Flint coming in runner up with 8. Anglesey A and Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn showed some superb sportsmanship throughout – Llongyfarchiadau!
Group B was played by Anglesey B, Caereinion and Argoed, with Caereinion winning the group and Argoed coming in runner up, with 7 and 5 games apiece. The semi-finals were a whirlwind, with Denbighshire winning 5-0 against Argoed and Caereinion winning 3-2 against Flint. With the finals played just as the day drew to a close, the atmosphere was superb. Denbighshire claimed the gold with a 4-1 victory - Perfformiad ffantastig!
Finally, the Boys’ Year 9/10 teams split into Group A – made up of Denbighshire, Argoed, Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, and Anglesey B – and Group B – made up of Anglesey A, Flint, Llandidloes and Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn.
Group A was strongly contested. Denbighshire eventually went through as the winner, with 13 games, with Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen hot on their heels with 9 games. Group B was won by Anglesey A – again, with 13 games – and Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn – again, with 9 games. Exceptional play, teams!
Going into the semi-finals, Denbighshire narrowly lost out to Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn (3-2) with Anglesey A just clinching the win from Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen (3-2.) Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn and Anglesey A met again in the finals, with Anglesey A triumphing with a 5-0 win.
Badminton Wales would like to congratulate all of our players for showing sportsmanship and teamwork throughout both tournaments. We would also like to thank all who have taken part as a player, a supporter, and a volunteer for helping make these two tournaments a great experience. Diolch yn fawr, see you next year!