U13 Girls GIYBC 2016

Posted by Carissa Turner at 09:05 on 24 May 2016

U13 Girls Individual Report written by Nic Strange

All the girls U13's events took place in the Craig  Reedie  Badminton Centre.

The  girls  singles was an exceptionally high standard with French, Danish, Scottish and English National players all in attendance. First up was the Singles where tough groups saw Saffron, Jasmine, Aimie and Freya fall at the first hurdle, albeit through no lack of effort.   

Lowri started both group games confidently and was able to make quick work of both players in two sets which set her up for a last 16 match against  Kelly  Banchonpanith  who managed to defeat Aimie in the group stages. After some cagey play  by both Lowri was able to pull away winning 21-15- 21-11.  

After a quick recovery Lowri was up against Lisa Curtin setting up  a Wales Vs England U13s National Champion head to head which did not disappoint in its quality. Both players put everything into the match which made for nail biting viewing. Lowri was able to take the first set to 13 but Lisa came back to win the second to the same score. The third set was point for point all the way up until the 3 rd  quarter of the set where a dispute in the score from Lisa led to the players returning to 0-0 and playing the set again. Lowri showed great calmness and fire to hold it all together and come out the better winning 21-10 to take a place in the semi-final of the Singles on the Sunday.      

Despite some good performances from the other team members, Saffron, Jasmine and Freya were unable to make it out the group stages.

In the Doubles, Aimie and Lowri made quick work of all pairs in the group stages to move into the quarter finals against Megan Diggle and Sofia Nicolson. Again this game did not disappoint with the level being extremely high. The girls battled through and came out the winners in 3 sets securing a Semi Final spot.
The Sunday saw the Singles being first up with Lowri up against Gauri Shidhayathe number one seed for the whole event. Both players showed passion and heart but unfortunately Lowri's time in the singles came to an end with her narrowly losing out 21-19 and 23-21. Gauri went on to comfortably defeat a French girl in the Final later in the day to take Gold.
After a short rest for Lowri the doubles was up and both girls were ready to get on court. The girls narrowly lost the first set to 18 but came back to take the second set to 18 which meant a third set battle would commence. Point for point scoring continued throughout the third but unfortunately the girls were not able to convert a match point and lost out 21-23. The French  then went on to comfortably beat the Danish in the Final.   


The event has been very successful and all the players have played extremely well. Clearly the stand out performances go to Lowri and Aimie who were able to come away with bronze medals for Wales. From myself as Lead Coach a big thank you has to go to all the coaches/support staff who were at the event making it the success it was. Furthermore another thank you has to go to the parents who were at the event which helped things run smoothly alongside  providing support for all the players involved. This is the last team event  of the year for all the players so the hard training begins for next season where we will be pushing on with the development of the players with hopefully more medals to come. The work does not stop here and this is just the beginning of a long journey for all the players.

Full lists of results can be found at the below links: