Quality compensates for the lack of quantity

The Under 11 County Championships took place recently at Sewell Park Sports Centre, having been postponed from December due to lack of entries. Again the entry was very low, with just nine boys and four girls competing, but all competitors played in good spirit and many of the games were of high quality.

The Under 11 County Championships took place recently at Sewell Park Sports Centre, having been postponed from December due to lack of entries.

Again the entry was very low, with just nine boys and four girls competing, but all competitors played in good spirit and many of the games were of high quality.

The boys singles was played in two groups with the top two in each group going through to the semi-finals and the others going into a plate competition.

One semi-final was particularly close, with Robbie Hobson just emerging victorious over James Salter by 24 points to 22. The other was won by Sean Lott, who overcame George Vickers 21-7.


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The final again was a close fought affair, ending in victory for Lott, beating Hobson 21-19. The plate was won by Steve Hughes.

The boys doubles was played in one group, won by Salter and Lott, with Vickers and Hobson as runners-up.

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The girls singles was won by Lauren Mortimer who beat Kate Sawyer 21-7 in the deciding game and the girls doubles was won by Mortimer and Sawyer with Zoe Rahman-Desgland and Amy Hayhoe as runners up.

A bumper entry descended upon Easton College for the last badminton tournament of the season for non-county players. Established and experienced pairs were challenged by some of the county's up and coming juniors.

With 22 pairs the men's doubles event was played in four groups. In the semi-finals the YMCA pairing of Julian Sharman and Steve Newstead, beat Tom Legerton and Martin Harvey in a close match, while the Tasburgh pair of Simon Spaul and Tom McClure beat King's Lynn's Mike Andrews and Mark Rager in the other semi-final. The final was a pulsating affair. Spaul and McClure held their nerve to take victory.

The ladies doubles was played in one group, and proved competitive as the men. It finished in a three way tie for first place between Janet Marsden and Norma Bowen from King's Lynn, the Norwich pairing of Sonia Barber and Andrea Berger, and the U17 pairing of Holly Bowen and Serena Verney. Barber and Berger won by one point over the junior girls.

The afternoon saw 17 pairs contest the mixed doubles event. In the final Kevin Le Page and Liz Cubitt beat Sharman and Berger.

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