Juniors step up to the mark

PUBLISHED: 09:03 17 February 2017

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club.

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Three junior players impressed while playing for Uphill Badminton Club’s B team at Clevedon.

Uphill Badminton Club B team travelled to Clevedon to take on Clevedon Feathers B, with three junior players subbing in and giving a good account of themselves.

The three mixed went the way of Feathers, despite Billy and Becky taking a 20-22 and Harry Gardner and Lucy Loud a 18-21.

The ladies all went to Clevedon, with Anna Bickell and Becky nearly going to three, losing 16-21, 22-24.

The men’s saw Uphill’s successes with Billy firstly teaming up with Rob and then Harry to win both men’s in two games.

Special mention for 16-year-old Harry, winning a rubber on his Division 2 debut.

Uphill C team had two home matches in a week, both ending in heavy defeats.

Firstly St Katharines A were hosted. The team of Craig, Rhys, Dong, Maureen, Bethan and Jess all put up a good fight but were beaten 9-0 by the stronger team on the night.

It got no easier in the second match with league leaders Frys B being the opponents.

The team of Maureen, Tom, Bethan, Craig, Bethany and Paul all gave a good account of themselves. Despite several close games, the match was won 9-0 by Fry’s with Tom and Paul managing to take their men’s to three games.

Uphill juniors were invited by the Somerset county squad to take part in three friendlies in Wellington.

A triple header took place with Under-14s, 16s and 18s matches taking place, all being 20 rubbers, best of three games to 15 points.

With more than 30 players involved, it was a feast of junior badminton over six courts. All three matches had some great games and the Under-18s match in particular could not have been any closer.

The Uphill Under-14 team of Zion, Shuo Shuo, Marcus, Elliot and Sophie all played well and ran out worthy 15-5 winners.

Harry, Dong, Jimmy, Bethany and Lucy all combined well to share the Under-16 singles element five each, but then took the doubles 7-3 to run out 12-8 winners. This was another close match with Harry and Dong in particular proving just a bit too strong.

The Under-18 team of Jack, Tom, Rhys, Jithin and Anna were involved in an absolute thriller. Somerset edged the singles 6-4 with some great battles. The doubles started to go the way of Uphill.

With the match poised at eight each, Jithin and Jack won 15-7, 15-8 to put Uphill on the brink. Tom and Anna went the full distance, losing 13-15, 15-12, 14-15, with the match ending in a nine-all draw.

Thanks go to Amy Reddaway and all at Somerset for their hospitality, both teams are looking forward to the same again next season.

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