KS4 Boys Badminton—County Champs and through to the South West Regional Final
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Friday 13th proved to be a lucky day for the KS4 boys badminton team as they went to Truro School, having qualified for the County Badminton Finals.
They had to play the winners of the other Cornish Sports Partnerships in singles and doubles, with the first to 21 points winning each game, and the matches were the best of five games.
Our first opponents were Torpoint School and they were dispatched by 5 games to nil. Our second opponents were the Roseland School who also found themselves beaten by 5 games to nil. The deciding match was against Mounts Bay Academy. Both teams had won their first two matches so this was, in effect, the County Final. Our team, described later by the tournament referee as a “strong four” won by 4 games to 1 to claim our first ever County Badminton title.
This meant that on Thursday 12th March we would go forward to represent Richard Lander and Cornwall in the South West Regional Finals which were to be held at the University of Exeter, playing against the county champions of Devon, Somerset, Avon and Dorset.
The team comprised Elliot Dyer, Luc Lombard, Charlie Newman, Matt Tapson and James Overend.
A special mention goes to Charlie Newman, and in particular his dad. Charlie’s dad had booked a family holiday to the USA with a stopover in New York. Unfortunately the flights he booked were due to leave Heathrow on the same day as the tournament. Charlie was desperate to play and not let his team mates down so persuaded his dad to change their flights to the next day, which could have cost them an additional £1,000. Good job we came back with the trophy then!
The South West Regional finals were a great experience for the team and considering that it was the first time they had competed at this level, the results were pretty good too. Most importantly, we beat Devon 4—1 but lost to Dorset and Gloucestershire 4—1, so our final match was a play off for 5th/6th place against Somerset which we were unlucky to lose 3-2
Mr I Robinson - Badminton Coach