National success for the young stars of St Ursula’s Badminton Club

July 04 2016

St Ursula's Under 14 team secured a great result at the Finals of the Junior National Badminton League where they secured bronze medals.

Badminton

St Ursula's Under 14 team secured a great result at the Finals of the Junior National Badminton League where they secured bronze medals. 

The badminton team comprised Will Mullaney, Om Reddy, Saty Mishra, Izzy Mullen, Hannah Warren and Trinity Fernihough. Avon clubs took all 3rd places for the three age groups with Chew Valley U12s and Uphill U16s competing on the Saturday.

Coach Mark Marsh said: "It was a great performance from all the players over the Avon and National competitions with a particular thanks to Trinity who stood in as a younger player to ensure we could compete in the preliminary rounds.”

The U14 tournament was organised by Matt Hammond of Badminton England in two groups of four teams where the top two played off for positions 1-4 and the 3rd and 4th teams played off for positions 5-8.

The first match was against favourites, Swifts of Surrey, which proved to be a tough one. Will took on the Swifts number one singles player Chris Chong (ranked ~100 places above him and who also played for the U16s on the Saturday) and through determined play took the first game before Chris drew level with the second. 

The final game was only to 5 points and went with the Swifts boy. It made the difference in the overall result, which went to the Swifts 3-2, after a great girls performance by Izzy and Hannah winning in two games and Hannah and Om in the mixed also in two games.

The second match was a good result against High Wycombe & District League who looked to pose a threat but wins in both singles from Will and Hannah plus Will and Om in doubles produced our first win 3-2.

The third game was against Hertfordshire League producing a winning 5-0 scoreline with Saty playing in the doubles and Trinity as an U12, winning with Saty in the mixed, placing the team second behind Swifts and playoff for the 1-4 positions.

Playing the Group A winners, Corsham, the 1-4 loss belied the closeness of the match where boys singles and both straight doubles were lost in the 5 point deciding game whilst another deciding game in the mixed, produced the only win.

The 3rd and 4th place playoff was against Durham Schools where St Ursula's proved to be too strong and only a girls' singles loss in 3 games prevented another 5-0 win.

The club play at the the St Ursula's E-ACT Academy Sports Hall in Brecon Road on Sunday mornings. For details see
www.stursulas.co.uk/juniors-nbl-finals .