National Badminton Success for BJBA Club
On the 13th of May 2018 BJBA Under 14s badminton players won Gold and were crowned 2018 National League Champions at the National Junior League Finals.
Regional competitions were held in age groups of under 12, under 14 and under 16, in a team format mirroring that of the Senior National Badminton League, 1 boys singles, one girl's singles, one boys' doubles, one girls' doubles and one mixed game. As winners of the Surrey South Plus regional round in Epsom in April, BJBA Club U14’s qualified the U14 finals.
In the group stages of the final the BJBA team started with an emphatic 5-0 win over Stowmarket BC and followed it up with a another 5-0 win over North Hertfordshire. Little did BJBA team realize that the final group match against Kesteven Superzone was going to be the most important of the day. A loss would have resulted in a draw for 3rd or 4th spot whilst a win would give the BJBA team a very strong chance of winning the championship. The match was tied 2-2 after the first 4 rubbers and would be decided by the mixed doubles. Shreya and Adthi held their nerve and won the game.
BJBA played against last year's runners up Chew Valley JBC in the finals, and managed to win 4-1, so BJBA were crowned the National Champions in the U14s category.
Gold in the National Junior League Finals is a great achievement for the club which is participating for the first time. The competiton was won by 6 young players but belongs to all junior players with the club, coaches and committee members. Big thanks to the Head Chris Tonks and Team captain Adam Weston for travelling 150 miles to support the young team.
BJBA U14s team– Anuva, Lydia, Shreya, Adhi, Jason & Adhvyth - presentation by Badminton England Games Director Julia Strong.
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For more information please visit our website: https://www.berkshirejuniorbadminton.co.uk
COUNTY SUCCESS 2018!
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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