Badminton season starts in style for Herts
PUBLISHED: 10:51 11 November 2012
THE season is now underway for Herts Schools Badminton Association as they held their first tournaments of the new campaign.
As competitive as expected was the U18 tournament.
Thirteen boys entered the U18 boys’ singles event, all but two being county squad players.
They played in two groups of four and one group of five. Group winners were Conor Bambrick, Lyall Daniels and Duncan Williams, who went into the main event quarter finals along with runners-up and Sherrardswood/Comets player David Maughan, Jack Goode and Swifts’ Daniel Fox. Bambrick and Williams had byes into the semis.
Goode beat Fox only to come up against Bambrick in the semi. Daniels beat Maughan and went on to beat Williams to reach the final where he lost to Bambrick.
In the plate Greg Benson had a bye to the semis, Sam Newlove beat fellow Swifts player Robert Smith 21-12, Edgar Titterton beat James Kennedy (Townsend/Swifts) and Wesley Chan beat William Pickworth 21-19.
Newlove beat Benson 21-14 and Chan beat Titterton 21-17 to reach the final which Newlove won.
Disappointingly only three pairs played in the U18 boys’ doubles. They played best of three games to 21 points, with Conor Bambrick/David Maughan running out easy winners.
Fifteen girls took part in the U18 girls’ singles, playing in three groups of five.
The only really close game was in group B where Laura Monk narrowly defeated Renu-Chopra-Dhall 21-20 to take first position. Group winners were Cayleigh Bambrick, Laura Monk and Lia Willis. They and runners-up Ying Cen Tee, Keya Patani and Kate Hill played in the main event.
Bambrick and Willis had byes into the semi-finals and they were joined by Patani and Monk. Both semis were hard fought with Bambrick and Willis reaching the final which was won by Bambrick.
In the plate Ruby Hui beat Charlotte Clark 21-13 in the first round and went on to win her quarter final match against Stephanie Shone 21-6.
She then beat Charlie Small (Queenswood) 21-14 in the semi. In the other half Sarah De Souza and Renu Chopra-Dhall won their quarters to play in the semis which Chopra-Dhall won 21-6 and then went on to win the final.
For once there were considerably more girls than boys playing doubles. Fourteen pairs took part in the event.
Group winners were Cayleigh Bambrick/Isabel Hatt, Keya Patani/Lia Willis and Laura Monk/Ying Cen Tee, who played in the main event with the runners-up.
Bambrick/Hatt and Monk/Tee had byes into the semis while Patani/Willis beat Alex Crowther/Sophie Day in one quarter and Renu Chopra-Dhall/Hannah McLaren beat Charlotte Clark/Kate Hill in the other.
Bambrick/Hatt and Monk/Tee reached the final but Bambrick/Hatt went on to win the final easily.
In the plate event Sarah De Souza and Josephine Harrison defeated Ruby Hui and Tam Lok Hung Tung in the final.