*** Saturday Academy Bronze & Silver Squads ***
NO Badminton THIS Saturday
Saturday Academy LC Bronze and Silver squads There is NO badminton this week as per your TERM invites. The Hall is Pre booked for another event.
ALSO Next week is Half Term (no session on the 29th either)
Bronze and Silver Training will resume on Saturday 5th NOVEMBER
Badminton Nationals Competition Sept 2016
A fantastic result for Lucy who was the Silver medalist and runner up in the U19 Nationals. Lucy also reached the quarter finals in the ladies doubles.
Well done to all our other players who achieved entry to the National Competition, Adam Weston, Mattie Tennant Smith, Toby Dillingham, Alex Dillingham, Sofie Chong, David Ng, Ivan Tan, Anoushka McIntosh & Luke Weston. Everyone performed really well (most were a year young and still got out of the 1st round box).
Berkshire win Silver at U13 Shires League Final
The Berkshire U13’s Shires League (national inter-county
tournament) team this seasons did exceptionally well being one of only two teams to win all of their 6 Shires League matches over the season. This qualified them to go directly into the Shires League
Finals, held on the 22nd of May at Aldersley Leisure Village (Wolverhampton), along with 7 other county teams.
Exceeding expectations they won their first two matches against Kent (15-5) and Surrey 1 (14-6). In the final they just lost out to a good county team from Hertfordshire - although a number of the games were close and could have gone either way.
So a huge well done to the Berkshire U13 Shires League team for winning Silver Medals: Toby, Alex (who were 2nd and 3rd respectively as the players across all counties with the best results in the League), Lukas , Luke , Jolyon , Anoushka, Hannah, Sanjana, Lily and Vidisha. Many thanks and well done goes to coach Scott Ellis for his captaincy of the team throughout the season.
National Schools Championships 2016
On 21st April 1026 the National Schools Championships came to an exciting and nerve wracking end with the National Finals held at The National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes. The country’s best young players competed for their schools for the ‘ National Schools Champions’ crown.
The Four players (Anthony, Ian, Toby and Alex ) all play and train at the Berkshire Junior Badminton Association Performance Centre, represented Reading Boys School in the Key Stage 3 Boys competitions.
The team won KS3 National Schools Championship title facing very strong competition this year.They won their group easily and earned the right to play for the top 3 places. Having beaten the third seeded team, the boys beat a highly ranked Altrincham team 5-0 in the final. Astonishingly the boys went though the tournament without losing a single game.
Inter Counties Tournament (ICT 2016)
The 2016 ICT was held over 4 days at the begining of April and included 35 English and Northern Ireland counties counties. The event takes place annually at Nottingham University and attracts all of the top junior players including many of the England junior team who play for their counties
The ICT team for 2016, for the boys, Ben, Tim, Adam, Anthony, Harry and for the girls, Abi, Samantha, Rebecca, Lucy and Nerissa.
The team achieved a good 13th place this year facing some very strong competition this year. Berkshire achieved wins against, Cumbria & Essex in the 1st round, but lost out to Bucks, Herts and Leinster in the 2nd round. We did however finish the competition well to get 13th place wining against Staffordshire, Middlesex and Hampshire in the final round.
Under 11/13 Friendly V Hampshire
Providing 6 boys each, Berkshire travelled to Hamoshire to take part in an Under 11/13 friendly - 12 singles and 9 doubles. Amazingly we won 20 of these, a massive vistory for Berkshire against a strong and challenging Hampshire team. All the boys won their singles and only one doubles was lost but they fought till the end. There were some very close games and some that made a lot of the parents look away they were that close! All credit goes to the boys however: Harvey, Edson, Ethan, Aryan, Nathan and Achyuttam
It was a good weekend for Toby and his partner Alex (Hampshire) at the Surrey U13 Gold on the 12 and 22 November 2015. After cruising through their box against some tricky opponents they met the eventually winner of the concurrent Gold Star singles event and his partner in the semi-final. It was a tight, hard fought contest with points first going to one side then the other; however Toby and his partner eventually won through 21-17, 21-18. In the final they came across the number one seeds, Toby and his partner played well but ending up losing in a close match, so taking the Silver medal. Excellent performance, well done!
U13 Shires – Berkshire win 20 – 0 in 2nd fixture
On Sunday 15th November Berkshire were at home to Middlesex for their 2nd U13 Shires fixture of the season.
The Berkshire players were on fine form securing a 20-0 win. Could not ask for more, nothing else I can say really as the result speaks for itself.
Again, a massive well done to the players and parents who got involved supporting. And, wow! Best grub lay on by a home team in years !
Captain Scott !