Two golds and three silvers for Albury

18/10/10

Partick Maher & Nick Weinstein - Winners U15 Boys DoublesCharlotte Gubby returned to the national badminton circuit this season starting with the Berkshire U15 Silver at Reading. Charlotte partnered her friend, Cayleigh Bambrick of Hertfordshire, to face a tough qualifying group of experienced grade two players; however, they started off straight away with very aggressive play, executing constant rounds of fast paced attacks putting non-stop pressure on their opponents. The two girls won all their games in the qualifying group and set up a meeting with a pair of U13 but grade one girls. At various point of the semi-finals, the two younger girls troubled Charlotte and Cayleigh by returning a lot of their attacks with their amazing reactions but Charlotte and Cayleigh continued to apply more pressure and earned themselves a place in the finals. However, their opponents in the finals proved to be far more consistent with their rallies and Charlotte and Cayleigh were edged out in two games. Charlotte and her partner can be well satisfied with their achievement in Berkshire as this was their first time formally partnering with each other. It is also Sophie Walton & Nick Weinstein - Runners Up U15 Mixed DoublesCharlotte first U15 Silver Tournament so good luck to the two girls in their other tournaments.

In the Surrey Championships, last Sunday was the doubles and mixed doubles events for the U15 age category. In the B section, Albury was represented by Patrick Maher and Nick Weinstein. The two boys went on court fresh and confident as they knew they have trained hard and prepared well for this tournament and it showed when the two boys comfortably defeated all their opponents to set up their place in the finals. However, the boys did not expect the games in the finals to be easy as they knew their opponents from Carlshalton also won all their games without much trouble. The games were indeed very exciting as the two boy were trailing 9-14 behind but they crawled back to take the first game 15-14! Pat and Nick went into the second game full of positivity but again, they were 9-14 behind but they would not let this chance go and took the second game again with 15-14 to win themselves a pair of gold medals.

Tess Glynne-Jones & Patrick Maher - Third Place U15 Mixed DoublesIn the mixed doubles, Patrick was partnering with Tess Glynne-Jones and Nick was partnering with Sophie Walton. The eventual winners were a strong and consistent pair from Swifts so the final game of the event was a silver medal play off between our two pairs. Since all four players knew each other very well and train together, many of the rallies were very long and exciting for the spectators. However, this time, the games went to Nick and Sophie who were very pleased with their silver medals.

In the A section, Albury was represented by two pairs of girls: Margaret Raftis partnered with Charlotte Gubby and Olivia Trevor partnered with Tilly Ip. Margaret and Charlotte did well to reach the semi-finals but they fell to Pranavi Agarwal and Victoria Kilcran who eventually won the event. Although Olivia and Tilly did not accumulate enough points to get through to the knock out stage, they did however beat Pranavi and Victoria 21-17 in the qualifying stage, which shows that they are capable of taking on some of the older girls.

It has been a very tough weekend for all and many congratulations to all who competed and well done to those who came to support. The next events are the doubles and mixed for the U13 and U17 age categories on Sunday 7th November at Epsom College, please come and support our players.