November 10, 2014 by Laura Cowperthwaite
MATCH REPORT U15 Shires Tournament -Leics ‘v’ Norfolk2Sunday 2nd November 2014.
The kettle is on, snacks and cakes on the table and our 10 county players are warming up ready for their first U15 Shires match of the season against Norfolk2 team – bring it on!
11.09am and the Mixed pairs games begin … only 5 minutes in and Ella and Martin are victorious in their 1st game and after another 5 minutes see their 2nd and final game in the bag. Closely followed by Eve and Ryan, Jasmin and Tom and Hritika and Nikhil who only conceded 12 points in both their games.
MIXED RESULT 4 – 0
Next came the Singles, with some great smashes from Ella, Martin moving his opponent around the court conceding only 11 points in two games, Tom C’s great net shots, Issy’s drop shots and cross court net shots and all four players managing to beat their opponents to two games. Nikhil, TomL, Jasmin and Hritika were next on the courts and followed suit with four winning matches to two games, noticeably some great point winning shots from Hritika with her overhead cross court, TomL showing us his strong clears right to the back of the court, Jasmin’s defence and drop shots and Nikhil’s shuttle placement right in the back corners. SINGLES RESULT 8 – 0
Team Fitness was shown to have definitely improved especially when our Norfolk opponents requested a 5min break between the Singles and Doubles games; all our players were ready to go again after a quick drink.
Doubles teams next with the boys TomL and Ryan showing great team partnership with good combinations, solid defence and control at the net, two games down and both wins to 4 and 12. TomC and Martin following suit with great team play and victory over their Norfolk opponents winning to 9 and 7 points. The girls doubles teams also worked well together with Eve and Issy’s shot positioning only conceding 13 points over their two games and Ella and Jasmin’s court coverage and team play with strong attacks at the net, both girls teams won their games. DOUBLES RESULT 4 – 0
Cross-over matches next, with the boys teams sticking to their winning streak and finishing their matches in two games. Ella and Jasmin also came out on top with only 7 points conceded over their two games. Eve and Issy’s first game was a quick finish to 21-6. Their 2nd game was a nail-biting 22-24 score with our girls just losing out to the top Norfolk pair. All eyes were now on court 2 watching the final game decider …. you could hear a pin drop at each serve. Our girls kept their cool, showed excellent defence and produced some great badminton especially cross court drops and jumping in for those all important net kills. Our girls triumphed to rounds of applause with a final 21-10 win. CROSS-OVERS RESULT 4 – 0
End Result : Leicestershire : 20 Norfolk2 : Nil
What a great start to the Shires season, WELL DONE and congratulations to all the players, it was a pleasure to watch and see how every player has improved since the start of the new season. Here’s to our next Shires gathering against Yorks2 at The York Railway Institute on 23rd November.