Young Dragons Dominate in England

Posted by Carissa Turner at 10:12 on 14 December 2016

Last weekend some of our Welsh Juniors travelled to England to compete and returned with plenty of medals!

Saturday morning and the mixed doubles gets underway at the Warwickshire U14 Bronze event.

With 22 entries across 5 groups Daniel and Jasmine started well and topped their group. 
The Regional Academy players then competed in the Quarter Final match for group winner, beating Thomas Bonser and Lucy Brierley 21-12.

The Semi-Final was a step too far as the pair went out in a hard-fought set 21-18 to Joylon Ellis and Lily Clark leaving them to settle for a bronze medal.

 

Thomas Morgan arrived that morning, joining Daniel in the Singles along with 47 other players. Daniel made quick work of his group opponents with Jonty Wright getting the highest score of 13 against him.  Thomas Morgan had a tougher opening match against Jolyon Ellis where he held his nerve to win 21-20, he managed to relax and win his next two group matches with ease. 

In the last 16 elimination round Thomas had another tight match but drew on the mornings performance to beat Joe Howells, who he had lost to in Welshpool Junior Open Plus, 22-20. 
Thomas had another battle in the Quarter Finals against 3/4 seed Ryan Evans who he beat 21-18.

Daniel made swift work in his last 16 match against seeded Owen King and also of the second seed Rishabh Bharadwaj in the Quarter Finals who he beat 21-13. 
Both Boy's had secured themselves at least a Bronze Medal by advancing to the Semi Finals. Daniel was faced with an incredibly strong opponent in Zak Linley-Moss who he could not overcome. Thomas face the first seed Tighe Crook and continued to deliver a strong mentality in the final stages of the match winning 22-20. He then faced Linley-Moss who again proved too strong.
A great achievement for both Thomas and Daniel coming away with Silver and Bronze.


Jasmine was one of 19 girls competing for a Single medal. She topped her group with ease defeating first seed Lucy Brierley 21-14. Winning Group A set her p for a Semi Final against Lily Clark who she had lost to in the Mixed, but Jasmine made sure that the earlier result wasn't repeated and won 21-13. In the Final she faced second seed Grace Sachdeva of Yorkshire. Having been in many Finals the  occasion  did not overwhelm her and Jasmine took the Gold Medal 21-15.


With 5 Medals already in the bag Daniel & Thomas teamed up in the Boys Doubles. They were uncontested in the group winning one of their matches 21-1! They had a tough Quarter Final draw facing the second seeds but weren't fazed and beat Ryan Baker & Albie Marriott 21-12. Their Semi Final was against 3/4 seeds Owen King & Lewis Whyley which was a hotly contested battle that they won 22-20. After a great run they faced first seeds Karthik Ajith & Jacob Marron who unfortunately proved too strong for the scratch pair and Daniel & Thomas came away with a Silver Medal each.

 

A fantastic tournament for all three players who won a medal in each event entered! 


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The following day Daniel and Jasmine arrived in Hatfield for the DKWay U14 Bronze Hertfordshire event.  This was a well run and organised event with all from Wales being welcomed by the impressive Stephen Willis and his team.

 

First up again was the Mixed Doubles with the West Walians' off to another great start in their opening match. After a loss in the second game, travelling coach Huw John offered some tactical advice which did the trick and saw the pair ease through the rest of their matches!  This change in form and attitude secured the Gold medal in impressive style dispatching of Surrey pair Tom Nightingale and Lilac Osborne 21-13 in the final set.

 

In the Boys Singles Daniel was 5/8 seed and flew through the group, dominating every game. Prabav Santhosh pushed Daniel hard, early in the Quarter Final before being dispatched 21-13. He then demolished his Semi-Final opponent Harry Jones 21-5 to set up a final against first seed Rishabh Bharadwa.

With the whole venue watching both players performed well but at 17-17 Daniel's fitness paid off as he picked up the pace and pushed ahead to win the Gold 21-17.

 

Again, Jasmine qualified for the Quarter Final where she beat 3/4 seed Emily Chen 21-18 in a very tough match. She then went on to beat second seed Holly Clayton 21-14 in the Semi Final before easing to Gold with an assured performance beating Deborah James 21-8.


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Lowri Hart was also in action on the weekend at the U15 Gold Star Leigh Tournament. 
On Saturday Lowri entered the event unseeded and found herself in a group with 3/4 seed Lisa Curtin, however she made quick work of all group opponents to progress through to the Semi Finals on Sunday.

She faced the second seed Gauri Shidhaye and after a slightly rocky start she gathered herself to take the match 14-21, 21-18, 21-14. In the Final she played first seed Eleanor Butler who is ranked 2 grades above Lowri. She got off to a great start winning the first set 21-18 but Eleanor fought back to take the second set to 15 points. However Lowri is known for her grit and determination which proved vital in aiding her to take the final set and match 21-17. This was Lowri's first win at a Gold tournament and a fantastic achievement for her in the first half of the season.


Matthew Hughes, Performance Manager & National Coach said: "It's great to see our players performing well and winning medals at Badminton England events. It was a  very impressive and fruitful weekend for all players involved.  Congratulations to all players and coaches for their continued hard work and great performances."