BADMINTON: Rugby teams champions again

Rugby's winning Under 17s team
Rugby's winning Under 17s team

Warwickshire Junior Tam Badminton Tournament

Stunning performances see Rugby Youth Badminton Squad retain team titles

The Under 13s champions

The Under 13s champions

This year Rugby Youth Badminton Squad hosted the annual Warwickshire Junior Team Badminton Tournament. Nine teams travelled from across the region on June 19th, including Stratford and Coventry, to Rugby School Sports Centre. Showing great team spirit, coupled with some excellent play and determination the Rugby teams came away with the Under-13 and Under-17 trophies.

The two separate titles were contested through a series of round robin matches. For both age groups this included individual boys and girls singles games as well as a number of doubles (boys, girls and mixed) matches. The competition excluded County players above 11 years of age.

A stunning performance ensured that the Under-17 trophy returned to Rugby for the sixth year running. The under-17 team came out on top winning 21 games out of 27. Impressive performances were seen from Catie and Ellie Taylor, who won all of their singles games, as well as Luke Francis and Anna Piercy, who won all of their doubles games. Ashley Bodycote and James Fletcher both won four out of their six games whilst Parth Joshi and Lina El-Daly also claimed wins and helped the team amass a huge 128 points more than their nearest rival.

Building on success the Under-13 squad brought home the title for the second consecutive year. The team were pushed all the way by Jubilee Juniors, both winning 24 games out of 32. However, the Rugby team claimed the trophy by winning more matches. Daniel Burgess, Alistair Sirman, Isobel Porter and Jess Naylor all won seven of their games, losing the eighth by just one point. Euan Peasland, Michael Yu, Ava Farren and Ruby Slatcher all won games and added valuable points to secure another team victory.

Coaching starts again in September. For more details visit www.juniors.rugbybadminton.org.uk, email john.wardropper@gmail.com or contact John on (024) 76 543268.

PICTURED:

The Under-17 team winning trophy and gold medals for 6th year in succession and the Under-13 team winning gold medals for second time.