Welsh 4 Nations

Posted by Carissa Turner at 12:09 on 26 September 2017

Wales hosted their leg of the 4 Nations Para Badminton Championships on Saturday 23rd September at the Sport Wales National Centre.

While the Physical Disability players are now focusing on their international events and the World Championships in November, the Learning Disability players were out in force at this year's event.

There were 4 separate classes in the Men's Singles, 2 in the Women's Singles, 3 in the Men's Doubles and 2 in the Mixed Doubles.

Men's Singles

Class 1 consisted of a group of 5 players who offered much excitement for all at the event. After all matches had been played, 3 players had won the same number of matches; James Pert, Murrie Robertson and Stephen Davies. The standings were then decided by the number of games for and against which saw Stephen Davies come out on top and Murrie Robertson left with Silver.

MS Class 1

The 6 players in Class 2 were divided in to two groups, with the top 2 from each group going through to the Semi Finals. John Hooper had a tough 3 set battle with James Savory where he won 18-21, 21-18, 21-16. Joshua Gratten also fought hard to defeat Jordan Maddox in three sets 15-21, 21-12, 21-18. 
The final went point for point and Gratten came out the winner after a nail biting match which he won 21-19, 21-19.

MS Class 2

The 6 players in Class 3 were also split in to two groups.Joseph McLaughlin faced Dylan Crolla in the Semi Final, which he won 21-16, 21-15 and David Adie defeated Daniel Grinter 21-14, 21-11 in the other Semi Final. The two Scotts battled it out in the Final with Adie's experience boosting him to win the Gold 22-20, 21-15.

MS Class 3

A tough group of 5 players fought it out for the Gold and Silver Medals on offer in Class 4t. There were some brilliant matches but in the end it was Joey Courchene who left with Gold after beating Silver Medallist, Daniel Kent 21-12, 21-16. The other players in the group;  Jonathan Pugh, James Cameron and Thomas Singleton all put in a great effort and showcased some fantastic badminton.

MS Class 4

Women's Singles

The Women's Singles offered two groups of 4 players. 
In Class 1, Nikki Welch topped the group and went on to dominate it with Demelza Grace scoring the most points against her 21-9, 21-10. The Runner Up was Dee Weiner, who later partnered Nikki in the Doubles. Dee beat her other opponents in two sets but overall there were some competitive matches throughout Class 1 which provided spectators with much joy.

WS Class 1

In Class 2, Vicky Iles topped the group. Runner Up, Hayley Richards caused her some bother early on in the first set of their match as she went in to the mid way interval in the lead. But Vicky used her strength to out-power Hayley and take the Gold. Other players, Flora Bliss and Gemm Thomas-Green had a long three set battle for third and fourth place where they showcased their badminton and cardiovascular abilities very well.

WS Class 2

Men's Doubles

Class 1's results were pretty straight forward as Scottish duo James Pert and Murrie Robertson dominated the event, winning all of their matches comfortably. The other three pairs battled it out and after winning two close games it was Welsh pair, Stephen Davies and James Savory who secured a position on the podium.#

MD Class 1

Class 2 saw another Welsh pair on the podium, but this time it was Wales' Lloyd Crawley and Ethan Orton who took Gold with David Adie and Jordan Maddox coming in second after being defeated 21-18, 21-10 in a hotly contested match.

MD Class 2

Class 3 consisted of 3 pairings; Joseph McLaughlin & Jonathan Pugh, Joey Courchene & Daniel Kent and James Cameron & Thomas Singleton. All put in brave performances but it was McLaughlin and Pugh who came out trumps proving too strong for the rest of the group with Courchene and Kent taking Silver.

MD Class 3

Women's Doubles

The Women's Doubles was one group of 4 pairings. The Singles Medallists, Nikki Welch and Dee Weiner, were too much for the other girls as they ran away with the Gold Medal without dropping a set. Going home with Silver were Rox Gilmore and Vicky Iles who also won their matches in two sets.


Mixed Doubles

In Class 1 there were some lengthy battles for Silver after James Pert and Nikki Welch dominated to take the Gold. Eventual Medallists, Joshua Gratten and Rox Gilmore fended off James Wyatt and Demelza Grace 20-21, 21-18, 21-14 and then Jordan Maddox and Dee Weiner 21-18, 20-21, 21-19.

Class 2 provided much excitement too as Joseph McLaughlin and Flora Bliss beat David Adie and Gemma Thomas-Green 21-14, 19-21, 21-19.  They then had another battle for Gold and Silver against Joey Courchene and Vicky Iles which they won 21-13, 13-21, 21-20. 

XD Class 2

The event proved a success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

For a full list of results click here.

Thanks go to our dedicated Umpires who volunteered their time at the event.
Stephen Temple, David Bayliss, David Evans, John Walsh, Martin Godfrey, Bernard Lorenzo and Simon Ewins.