November 7, 2016 by Jo Pike
Saturday 5th November saw fireworks both on and off the badminton court for some of Team Leicestershire’s U16/U17 players when Harry Clare, Sameer Chenia, Marcus Kilby, Joe Goodenough, Izzy Pike and Jess Rodgers made the short trip to Birmingham for the U17 bronze event.
First up – the mixed – both Leics pairings of Sameer/Jess and Harry/Izzy won through from their groups, recording good wins in the semi finals thereby making it an all Leics final. Both pairs played out of their skins with Izzy showing excellent defence despite being pummelled by Sameer’s smash. In the end gold went to Harry and Izzy with Sameer and Jess taking the silver in a match which saw fierce competition combined with great sportsmanship.
Next up came singles and Izzy continued her winning streak, progressing through from group stages before winning her semi final against Hampshire’s Amy Chapman. Despite a very tight final against Yorkshire’s Lucy Walker which was point for point the whole way, Izzy was unable to make it double gold, just losing out to 18.
Last up, the level doubles and our girls and boys pairings of Harry/Sameer and Izzy/Jess proved just how dominant Leicestershire is in the doubles. Harry and Sameer were unbeaten in the boys event, winning to 5, 5 and 11 in the group stages, dispatching their semi final opponents to 12 before seeing off the top seeds 21-14 to secure gold. Izzy and Jess continued their good form, beating the top seeds to 12 in their group before winning a much more competitive final 21-18.
Well played all!