Wrexham Junior Gold

Posted by Carissa Turner at 09:02 on 1 February 2018

The first Junior event of 2018, Wrexham Junior Gold, took place last weekend at Glyndwr University.

Players competed from NEWBA, NW Wales, Hereford, Abergavenny, Penarth, Borth and Cheshire. The U15 boys entry was good, as was the U17 boys and girls. The overall standard was high with numerous very close scores and exciting rallies; players demonstrated skill, fitness and determination.

9 players entered the U15 boys singles and in the semis Liam Hird beat fellow Mold member Matthew Swash 15-7,15-10 and  Nye Bennett (Hereford) narrowly beat Max Gilbert (Prestatyn) 15-13,15-12. Hird won the Gold - beating Bennett 15-9,15-12. Then 4 pairs entered the doubles. Hird and Swash won the Gold beating runners-up Bennett and Dylan Turvey (Hereford) 15-8,15-9.


6 players entered the U17 boys singles. It was very close and exciting with 6 rubbers going to 3 games and many decided 15-14. Alfie Moorcroft (Flint) and William Vaughan (Hereford) both won 4 rubbers, losing one. Moorcroft became Gold champion on the strength of beating Vaughan 15-13 in their third game! 3rd was Shamanth Moodalbyle (Mold) with 3 wins; Charlie Cahill (CQ) was 4th with 2 wins; Kieran Gullick (Hereford) 5th with 2 wins; James Maddocks (CQ) was 6th but only lost to Gullick by one point! Moorcroft and Cahill became doubles champions beating Vaughan and Maddocks in another cliffhanger 14-15,15-13,15-14. In 3rd place Moodalbyle and stand in Josh Barton (Hereford) took a game off the runners-up – a real fighting performance!

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6 entered the U17 girls singles. Hereford’s Vicky Beavan (despite having 3 rubbers going to 3) was a worthy champion beating runner-up Emily Carpenter (Ashton) 12-15,15-4,15-7. Jess Ding (CQ) came 3rd and had a fantastic battle to beat Cherisse Lau (Penarth) in 4th place 15-14,12-15,15-14. The girls doubles Gold was won by Beavan and Lau beating runners-up Carpenter and Ding 15-13,15-4.

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3 pairs entered the mixed doubles. Triple Gold champion Beavan partnered Vaughan to beat Gullick and Emily Goode (Penarth) 15-6,15-8.

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Thanks to all competitors and parents and Ron Evans and his team of helpers.

A full list of results can be viewed here.