BADMINTON: Success in Warwickshire Junior Team Tournament

Rugby's Under 17s
Rugby's Under 17s
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Fourth successive title for Under 17s

This year the annual Warwickshire Junior Team Tournament was held at the AT7 Sports Centre in Coventry, attended by teams from Rugby, Coventry and Stratford.

Eight teams entered the round robin competition in Under 13 and Under 17 groups.

Each match comprised two boys’ singles, two girls’ singles, two boys’ doubles, two girls’ doubles and two mixed doubles.

Except for under 11, County squad players were excluded.

The two Rugby teams rounded off a successful 2013/14 season, retaining the Under 17 trophy and winning silver medals in the Under 13 group.

The Under 17 team were well disciplined, winning 18 games for the loss of only two, and dropping only ten points overall.

A great team effort with a contribution from everyone. Murray Irving, Daniel Nutt, Jess Masters and Catie Taylor won all their singles.

They were joined for the doubles games by Matthew Gunton-Jones, Emily Inns, Woody and Eva Woodbridge. A stunning performance ensuring that the Under 17 trophy returned to Rugby for the fourth year running.

The Under 13 team was quite inexperienced this year but they all supported each other and played very well, finishing in an admirable second place.

In a very tight contest the team beat third placed Jubilee Juniors with a better points tally, and came close to beating Alveston Juniors, the eventual winners from Stratford.

Daniel Watkin, Matthew Sirman, Ellie Taylor and Alex Farren were very successful in the singles games, winning nine of the 12 games and dropping only 23 points overall.

In the crucial match against Jubilee, to secure silver medal position,  James Loraine and Vinaya Boppudi won their mixed doubles to tie the match on games, then Dylan Mistry and Vidhya Boppudi scored a vital 18 points to help Rugby win the match on points.

A great team performance with outstanding contributions from Ellie and Alex winning all their games.

Coaching starts again in September.

For more details visit www.rugbybadminton.org.uk , email john.wardropper@gmail.com or contact John on 024 76543268.