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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.
Hampshire U17 Bronze 19th February
It was a great day for Berkshire badminton as Ben Hudson won the boys singles and Samantha Petch won the girls singles - very well done to both!
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
Improved Gradings for Berkshire players
The latest Gradings update at the end of January has seen 12 Berkshire players improve their gradings. Jolly, Ben and Harry improved their gradings in both Men’s doubles and Men’s singles with Tim, Edson and Michael improved their gradings in Men’s singles, and Matties and Adam in Men's doubles. Anoushka, Hannah and Sanjana improved their gradings in Women’s singles with Samantha improving her grading in Womens doubles.
For further information check the notice boards at Crosfields.
Well done everyone!
Five players from the Berkshire Junior Badminton Association represented Reading School in the National School Badminton Championships, Key Stage 3 (years 7,8 and 9) in 2015, see photo (left to right: Alex , Toby , Anthony , Ian and Micheal ). After comfortably getting through the county and South East regional rounds they headed off to the finals in Nottingham. After only losing one very tight match by a couple of points, due to the format, the team came 4th Nationally in over 1500 school that entered. On the 16th of December during Reading School’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards they were named Reading School’s “Team of the Year”. Congratulations!
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 !