Start of Season Success

Posted by Carissa Turner at 03:10 on 13 October 2017

The Welsh juniors have been crossing the border over the last month to compete in England and are making their mark on the circuit early on in the season! 

Adil Khan got Welsh success off to a start at the U15 Gold in Derby last month.
Entering the event unseeded, Adil found himself in the same group as the no.1 seed, Islam Arachchige. Not to be one to shy away from a challenge, Adil fought back after losing the first set to take the match 17-21, 21-16, 21-7. He then eased through his Quarter Final match and took his Semi Final game against 3/4 seed Fred Robertson 21-13, 21-19. 
Next up was the no.2 seed, Charlie Castle. The pair had never met before and so it was a match which could have gone either way but unfortunately, this time, the match went to Charlie. But Adil can surely be pleased to have reached a Final of an English Gold event!


A couple of weeks later Lowri Hart was in action at the Gloucester PC U19 Bronze. It offered a good opportunity for Lowri to peg herself against older English players and get a feel for her standard beyond U17s. 
Lowri started the day  well with two easy wins over her group opponents Sian Evand and Lucy Hull who failed to get double digits against her. Next up was Maisie Marriott in the Quarter Finals whom Lowri eased past with a 21-7 21-4 win. The West Walian continued her form and focus in the Semi Finals against no.2 seed, Robyn Haysom who she defeated 21-11, 21-10. Next up to try and take on Lowri was Hannah Craig, but she fared as the others did and lost 21-10 21-10 giving Lowri the Gold medal! 
I think it's safe to say that Lowri can now feel confident that she can not only perform well against older players, but beat them too!

The next Welsh medallist in England was Thomas Morgan who competed at the Webber U15 Silver event earlier this month. 
Thomas flew through his group defeating Amay Verma 15-3, 15-2, Jonty Wright 15-5, 15-8 and Ryan Baker 15-8 15-8 with ease. Next up was the no.2 seed, Ethan Desouza who gave Tom a more competitive match but he couldn't do enough to over come the Welsh player and lost 15-11, 15-13 in the Quarter Finals.
Thomas' Semi Final opponent was, Joe Howells. They have had a few close battles against one another and this was to be no different. After a hard fought match, Thomas came out as the victor, winning 18-16, 15-6.
In the Final, Tom faced no.3/4 seed Ryan Evans who shocked Tom by taking the first set 16-14. But, being the fighter that he is, Tom wouldn't give in easily as he came back to take the second set 15-9. The third set went point for point, but Thomas managed to maintain his focus and composure at the end of the match taking the Gold Medal with a 16-14 win!


Last weekend Liam Hird was competing in the Liverpool U15 Bronze tournament. He was drawn in a group alongside the no.1 seed and fellow Welsh player Matthew Swash as well as James Duffin. He beat Duffin 21-14 and Swash 21-16 before challenging Alex Speakman who he defeated 21-12 to advance to the Semi Finals.There he faced 3/4 seed Ryan Baker who he fended off with a 21-16 win.  In the Final he faced Mirzanoor Ali who had battled through a very tough group to reach the elimination rounds. Liam played well from the offset but a couple of mistakes cost him in the end as Ali took the Final 21-18. However, this is certainly a result Liam can take confidence from moving forward in to the next few tournaments!


Well done to all players who have been competing and putting in great performances over the border!