Our Under 12s County team finished top of the Shires League, having played matches against six other counties over the course of the season, and as one of the top 8 performing counties travelled to Aylesbury on April 8th to play in the Shires League Finals.
The team of ten players: David, Vinay, Ethan, James, Moksha, Sofie, Holly, Tranthini, Simone and Avani, led by team manager Chris H, played 60 matches between them over six hours.
In the first round they faced Hertfordshire. Berkshire made a great start and won convincingly, taking them into the semi final. Next they faced the mighty Yorkshire, who won the title last year. The team pulled together really well- supporting each other and all giving 100%, and after a hard fought battle we overcame them, taking us through to the final.
In our last match we met Warwickshire, another strong and organised team. With incredible determination and fantastic teamwork we came through to win the match, and were crowned 2018 Shires League Champions!
Special thanks must go to Andy and Ruby, who were unable to be at the final. Andy managed the team and Ruby played in all six matches the team played on the way to the finals. They both played a vital part in the team's success.
Thanks must also go to Chris H, who managed the team brilliantly at the finals, simultaneoulsly watching three matches, giving inspirational mid-match tips and encouragement, and cheering on all the players.
And finally, thanks to all the parents who brought their children to the finals, and tirelessly cheered on, encouraged and supported all the players. You should be very proud of your childen!
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Our Raw Potential squad enjoying a training session:
Wycombe U19 Bronze
Gold, Sliver and Bronze medals for Berkshire in the Wycombe U19 Bronze on the 4th of February.
Both Gold and Silver medal were courtesy of Berkshire boys in the mixed doubles. After winning all of their matches the number one seeds Mattie paired with Gunjan Randhawa (Middlesex) met Toby and Serena (Surrey) – a last minute pairing - in the final. In a well contested final the number one seeds, [2 years older and higher ranking] managed to secure Gold, with Toby and partner gaining Silver medals.
Earlier, Ben Hudson secured Bronze in boys singles. After getting through his box he narrowly missed out on making the final in a really close semi-final.
U16 Shires League
The U16 county team had a great 14-6 victory over Oxford on 29th January.
Oxford had a couple of England boys but our team were too strong for
them overall and got the match win. All of our boys and girls played
really well and everyone got at least one win. Well done guys!
Badminton Nationals Competition Sept 2016
U19 England Nationals
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.