What a Run For Harper Leigh
- Donal O'Halloran, National Junior Coach
For many players the Victor Welsh International is looming large with closing date for entries just gone, but for the last few months many of the Welsh Juniors have been trekking the country playing in events all over.
Recently, Joe Hill organised the Great Orme Gold event in the wonderful Bryn Estyn Badminton Hall, Deganwy. While not overrun with entries, there was a wonderful quality on show in the finals.
However, in the last few weeks it has been Harper Leigh trailblazing across Britain putting in a series of impressive performances. Harper first travelled to Liverpool to take part in the Silver + Bronze event there. He was feeling greedy and took Silver Singles and XD Titles and finishing R/Up in the doubles. Strong games all the way through but in taking the singles title he beat both No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.
Just a few days later he travelled to the Hampshire U15 Silver where again he was in dominant mood and took the Singles title winning the final 10-15 15-9 15-11 against Marcus Pan of England. It is worth noting that Amay Patil only just missed out on the final after winning some wonderful matches and going down in the semi-final 16-14 21-20 to Pan.
Many other Welsh players have been taking to the Junior courts all over Britain.
Llwyd Crump has won through to take the title in the U15B Worcester event. But not content with that , he teamed up with Anest Lewis Fells to win the xd and with Harper Leigh to take the MD. Bhavana Balu had a great run in getting to the semi-final of the Cheltenham U13 Gold in singles. Anest played her best badminton to date and was also in the semi finals of the WD.
But for all the strong performances, bad luck can also strike with some nasty injuries to players including a broken leg. All are well on the way to recovery and deserve great credit for their positive attitude during their spells on the side-lines.
Good luck to all the Welsh players in future events and also a Wales Senior