Berkshire U14 Closed Tournament - results
The U14s BJBA badminton tournament held in February 2015 had a great entry with 32 boys and 20 girls contesting the singles events and 10 boys pairs and 7 girls pairs in the doubles.
The boys were seeded into eight round robin groups of four, the top two going into a the qualifier knockout, 3rd and 4th going into the plate knockout. All the top seeds made it through to the quarter finals. The top 3 seeds progressed easily into the semis. An excellent and close match between Karthik Nooli (5th seed)and Max Taylor (4th) resulted in 5th pipping 4th, to the last semi final place 21-20.
The final was contested between the top two seeded players. It was a ding dong match with first Josh Monkhouse racing to a 7-2 lead, Anson replying with a string of points to level at 9 all. Anson continued to take what looked like a commanding lead, only for Josh to re-group and fight to a 19-18 . However, Anson dug deep,held his nerve, and took the BJBA U14 boys Singles Title with a very close 21-19 victory.
The Plate winner was Anish Bhadresa
The doubles was played in two groups of five. With Anson pulling out of the doubles Karthik was paired with first reserve Josh Philip, potentially opening up group 1 as they were top seeds for the event.
However the top 4 seeds made it through to the semi-finals. The semi finals saw Karthik/Josh making it through to face Luke Weston/Lukas Di Matteo. The other semi final was contested between Josh Monkhouse /Max Taylor and Anish Bhadresa/Martin Dunlop.
Luke and Lukas put in a good display to beat Kaththik and Josh 21-14, Max and Josh beating Anish and Martin 21-10 in the other semi final.
Josh and Max (pictured above left) were too strong of the U12 pairing of Luke and Lukas (pictured left) and went on to take the BJBA U14s Boys Doubles Title 21-12
A good girls entry the best in may years, they were split into four round robin groups of five, with the top two from each group qualifying for the quarter finals. Tournament favourite Riya Jamthe took a surprise loss to Amiee Lammin, whilst at the other end Lizzie Tompkins fought off a gallant effort from Sanjana Prasad 21-18. Vidisha Sahoo and Carmen Nualart winning their respective quarter-finals matches to take up their semi finals places.
In the first semi-final Vidisha played an excellent match to beat Amiee 21-15 and progress to the final. The second semi was an extremely close affair with the match close throughout. Carmen with some really good smashing held on for a narrow 21-19 over Lizzie.
The final saw the power of Carmen’s shots prove too much for Vidisha, and she took the Girls U14 BJBA Title 21-5.
The finalists are pictured above left.
The girls doubles was a round robin group of seven pairs. The crunch match was between the two unbeaten pairs Parki Garg & Riya Jameth and Aimee Lammin & Lizzie Tompkins. Parki and Riya winning the match to take the BJBA U14 Girls Doubles Title (pictured left), with Lizzie and Amiee taking the runner up spot (pictured below). 3rd place went to Mahika Gupta an Eimly Rodenburg.