Uphill youngsters clinch national bronze medals

PUBLISHED: 09:53 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 17 June 2016

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club.


Uphill Badminton Club Under-16s earned bronze medals at the National Badminton League finals day at Milton Keynes.

Having just won the Avon Junior Under-16 League, Uphill Badminton Club qualified for the National Badminton League finals day.

The team had a fantastic day and represented the whole club superbly at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

After a hotly-contested day of matches, they came home with a bronze medal each after four wins and two agonising 3-2 losses.

In the group stages, Uphill started with a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Wolves Community Trust, before an agonising defeat against eventual winners Swifts, only going down 3-2, with Dong Hao losing out 7-9, 8-9 in the singles decider.

An even closer match followed against Kestevens, again losing out 3-2 with both Dong and Bethany losing in third game deciders in their singles. Uphill bounced back with two emphatic wins, 5-0 v Stoke FC and a 3-2 win over Wigan FC.

It was a fantastic effort from Anna Short, Bethany Chadwick, Lucy Loud, Tom Miller, Harry Gardner and Dong Hao. All six players were a credit to the club and coach Mark Edwards and the whole club is proud of their achievements.

The results took the team into a third place play-off against Wolves. With the two singles and doubles being shared, it all came down to Harry and Lucy.

With the tension at its highest, the young Uphill duo coolly despatched their opponents with ease 9-4, 9-5 to clinch the bronze medal and end a memorable day. The bronze medals were presented by Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms MBE

Thanks go to Badminton England for putting on quite an event for all the young players. With referees, umpires, photographer and electronic scoreboards, they made it a special day for all the children who took part.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More from Weston Mercury


Weston boss Marc McGregor has hailed the performance Tom Llewellyn in the Seagulls’ defeat at Welling United, after the teenage starlet marked his first league start with a stunning goal.

Read more

Pupils turned out in droves, sporting yellow ears and eye patches, in support of Children in Need.

Read more

A Weston boy, who has been long been hailed as an inspiration to children suffering from bullying, has added another prestigious prize to his collection.

Read more

Children as young as 12 have been caught running on the roof of a derelict factory and trespassing in the collapsing building.

Read more

A six-year-old has raised more than £500 for a Wraxall charity with a sponsored hair cut.

Read more

The following cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from October 4-16.

Read more
In The Dock

The Government is set to invest more than £1million to improve pothole problems in Weston and North Somerset.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00

Pantomime season will return to Weston-super-Mare next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

A six-piece jazz band will entertain a Portishead crowd on November 30.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:41

Westonians have criticised North Somerset Council’s commercial investment decisions after the authority spent more than £50million on acquisitions this year.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists