Welshpool Winners

Posted by Carissa Turner at 01:10 on 31 October 2016

The Welshpool Junior Open Plus took place on the weekend and the players showed why it is one of Wales’s pinnacle junior events.


The day began with the U13 Boys Singles where Matthew Logan and Matthew Swash were seeded, who both reached the Final. Logan had to fight through a tough three set battle against Nandith Malagamuwa in his Semi Final while Swash beat Nye Bennett in straight sets. Both boys put on a great performance in the Final which Swash won 15-17, 15-5, 15-12.
The Girls Singles was decided by the overall group results which Saffron Morris eased through and Chloe Barton came Runner Up.
The Boys Doubles was also decided on overall group results but all three pairs won the same amount of matches and games, so the placement would be decided on points. Piyush Pradeep & Matthew Swash came out as winners with 83-70 points and Matthew Logan & Owen Porter came Runner Up with 77-74 points.
The Girls Doubles was a straight Final between Saffron Morris & Lucy Dray and Chloe Barton & Prarthana Reddy. It was another exciting three set match which Morris & Dray won 10-15, 15-13, 15-11.

The U17’s began later in the morning with the Boys Singles. Morgan Harding and Michael Pritchard dominated the group, while U15 player Archie Bult put in some great performances against the older boys. Morgan’s strength and experience proved a little too much for Michael in the Final winning 15-11, 15-6.
The Girls Singles saw both seeds reaching the Final, with Saffron Morris and Eleanor Stansbury reaching the Semi Finals. Jasmine Owen put in a great performance, but couldn’t manage to get the few extra points needed to beat Abi Cottrill in the Final.
The Boys Doubles was a straight Final between Shamanth Moodalbyle & James Spendlove and Michael Pritchard & Archie Bult. Despite never having played together, Michael & Archie gelled from the start and won 15-9, 15-9.
The Girls Doubles was also a straight Final between Abi Cottrill & Lily Hird and Victoria Beevan & Eleanor Stansbury. Abi’s Singles play helped a lot during the match which she and Lily won 15-11, 15-10.
The Mixed Doubles was a group of three with the deciding match being played between Morgan Harding & Abi Cottrill and Michael Pritchard & Saffron Morris. The younger pairing of Michael & Saffron fought hard and put on a strong performance taking the top seeds to three sets. Morgan & Abi came out on top winning 15-13, 11-15, 15-5.



The U19 event was short and sweet but all Finals provided the spectator with some great matches! Both Singles Finals went to three sets with Michael Pritchard beating Declan Beech 15-7, 13-15, 15-7. The Girls Singles between Abi Cottrill and Ellie Roberts was another exciting match which Abi won 15-9, 13-15, 15-12. The Mixed Doubles Final was between Michael Pritchard & Abi Cottrill and Tomos Jones & Rebecca Williams. Michael & Abi made use of the chance to add more Gold medals to their robust collection winning in two sets.


The U15’s was the most competitive event of the weekend with some incredible badminton played.
The Boys Singles was extremely competitive from group stages right through to the Final. Unseeded Joe Howells and Prithvi Sekar made it through to the Semi Finals, losing to the top seeds; Daniel Kite & Adil Khan. Prithvi and Daniel had a thrilling three set match which Daniel won 16-14, 12-15, 15-12 while Adil defeated Joe in straight sets. Given their track record it was clear that the Final would be a tight match and the boys did not disappoint! Both players showed true grit, determination and fight in a nail biting match which Adil eventually won 10-15, 15-7, 18-16.
The U15 Girls Singles Final saw a rematch from the previous day between Jasmine Owen and Saffron Morris. Owen had won in two sets the day before but Saffron fought hard and both girls put on a phenomenal show.
The U15 Boys Doubles Joe Howells & Will Vaughan topped their group beating second seeds Archie Bult & Jonathan Ewins and Adil Khan & Daniel Kite topped their group with Om Reddy & Prithvi Sekar coming in second. Both Semi Finals were won in three sets with Khan & Kite coming back from a set down to beat Bult & Ewins. Reddy & Sekar vs Howells & Vaughan was an edge of your seat match which was neck and neck right to the end with Reddy & Sekar advancing after winning 15-8, 17-19, 19-17. The Final was another three set thriller which Khan & Kite again managed to win after coming back from losing the first set 10-15, 15-12, 15-12.
The Girls Doubles was decided by the group results. Freya Cottrill & Jasmine Owen proved too strong for scratch pair Jessica Ding & Saffron Morris in the gold medal play off winning in straight sets.
The Mixed Doubles concluded the day and due to time constraints the matches were played as one game to 21 points. The final match to decide who would win gold and silver was a repeat of the Additional Junior Nationals Final in September. It was neck and neck up to 11 points but Kite & Owen pushed ahead and managed to defeat Khan & Morris 21-14. 

Performance Manager and National Coach, Matthew Hughes attended the event and said; "The event was a huge success with an excellent display of talent with players travelling from all around Wales. The event provided me with a great opportunity to see the players compete in all formats of the game over a competitive 2 days. Badminton Wales will be looking to build on these events by providing more opportunities for players to compete be it tournament or league based. I look forward to discussing the players performances at the weekend with all the coaches and working with them to improve their level."

Many thanks to the umpires who volunteered their time at the weekend.

For a full list of results please click here.