December 10, 2014 by Carole Spencer
Rowan and Sameer cruised through the group phase of the doubles with wins of 21-5,
21-13 and 21-13.That then put them through to the Semi final against Goode and Goddard from
Hertfordshire. ( Harry Goode is the son of England Legends Jo Goode and Andy Goode) This was a rematch from the U12 Leicester invitational final. On that occasion Rowan and Sameer won 21-13. On this occasion however it was a much tighter affair with both pairs playing some fantastic badminton, but it was once again Rowan and Sameer who came out on top 21-19. In final they came up across the biggest and strongest pair in the draw from Warwickshire, In fact Rowan was about a foot shorter than his opponents.
The start of the match went totally the way of the Warwickshire pair, leading 11-6 at the mid way point. It was as though the Leicestershire pair were stunned by their opponents size and power. As the pair changed ends I (Anthony Clark LSBA coach and father of Rowan)shouted out to Rowan that the match wasn’t over and they could still win.
That seemed to ignite the after burners because Rowan and Sameer started to play some incredible badminton. They managed to claw back the lead and move past their bigger opponents with real skill and determination. from 11-6 down they turned it round into a 21-16 win. All in all it was a great display of junior badminton with all four boys playing fantastically well. But it was the Leicestershire pair that possessed that extra bit of class on the day.It was a fantastic day for Leicestershire badminton with a gold medal for Sameer Chenia in the boys singles, gold for Rowan Clark and Sameer Chenia in the
boys doubles. Finally a Bronze medal in the girls doubles for Jessica Allen and
Jess Rodgers.As the Performance Director for LSBA I was left emotional and so proud of all the Leicestershire players, not just the ones in this event. We are now
starting to win medals in all age groups. This is down to the fact that our players are training more regularly and also down to the fact they are working incredibly hard in every session they attend. The future certainly looks bright
for Leicestershire badminton.