Top Schools Finals 2018

Posted by Carissa Turner at 03:02 on 13 February 2018

The Top Schools Finals commenced at 11am on 6th February in Aberystwyth University Sport Centre. It was the second time the event had been hosted there as Badminton Wales continues to develop their partnerships with Universities. 

Sadly, due to the yellow weather warning and snow which had fallen overnight some schools from North Wales were unable to attend the event. Because of this the decision was made to change the scoring system to allow 3 games to 21 with extended play, providing all players who had travelled to the event with more time on court. 

The Girls event saw one group of 4 battle it out for placements. Crickhowell continued to dominate as they have done in previous years with Aimie and Lucie Whiteman leading the team and it was clear from the offset that they would be taking home the Gold Medals. 
Ysgol Gwyr fought hard and displayed great sportsmanship. While some of their games were very close, going to setting they didn't manage to convert any matches in their favour and ended up in fourth position overall.

The battle for second and third place was on between Ysgol Glantaf and St Cyres. The girls in each team performed fantastically and coped well under pressure. The matches were close with Glantaf taking the first singles 22-20, 21-15 and one of the doubles matches 21-17, 19-21, 21-16. While St Cyres tried their best and remained positive, they weren't able to convert any matches and had to settle for Bronze as Ysgol Glantaf won the Silver Medals. 

The Final Placement for the Girls Event was:
1st – Crickhowell High
2nd – Ysgol Glantaf
3rd – St Cyres
4th – Ysgol Gwyr


Disappointingly, the Boys event had only three entries due to the weather conditions. 
Last year’s winners, Chepstow A got off to a great start beating Crickhowell B, 4-1. The 3rd & 4th Doubles was a nail biting three set match which Criockhowell took, 21-19, 18-21, 21-17. Chepstow did well to come back from a set down and save some match points in the second set of the 2nd & 3rd Doubles which they won 19-24, 26-24, 21-16.

Crickhowell A then played their school mates, Crickhowell B. The players competed well but the A's dominated, winning each match in two sets to finish with an overall 5-0 win setting up a Final against Chepstow A.

Chepstow got off to the perfect start winning both of the Singles matches in two sets, but Crickhowell retaliated in kind by taking the 3rd & 4th Doubles with ease. All eyes were on the final two doubles matches as the title was still up for grabs. In the 1st & 3rd Doubles Crickhowell began well taking the first set 21-16 but after a change of ends they let the lead slip as Chepstow took the set 21-18. But Chepstow couldn't produce the same performance in the third set as they lost it 21-11. 
On the court next to them was the 2nd & 4th Doubles match which was also in the third set after Chepstow had taken the first 21-16 and Crickhowell the second 21-14. Upon realising the overall result weighed on their shoulders as the match score stood at 2-2 tension began to build. Both pairs responded well to this pressure and showcased some brilliant determination, throwing themselves around the court while diving to return the shuttle in an attempt to win every point! Neither pair could gain a significant lead, but the match was determined by a couple of errors at the end which produced a 21-18 win for Crickhowell and won them the title!

The Final Placement for the Boys Event was:

1st – Crickhowell A
2nd – Chepstow A
3rd – Crickhowell B