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North Herts win 2008 Youth Games
[posted 26/05/08]

Nine Hertfordshire districts, battled it out to become 2008 Badminton champions on May 10th at Hertfordshire Sports village, in the Hertfordshire Youth Games. The tournament, in a round robin format was played in great spirit and sportsmanship. Olympic silver medallist, Colin Jackson, and international wheelchair badminton gold medallist, Gobi Ranganathan, presented winners North Herts with the cup and gold medals (pictured) and Hertsmere with silver medals as runners up (also pictured). East Herts were the bronze medallists. Well done to all who participated.


Photo shows North Herts, Herts Youth Games Winners 2008.


Photo shows Hertsmere, Herts Youth Games Runners Up 2008.

[Submitted by Barbara Lewczynska]
HSBA Primary Schools Team Tournament Results
[posted 26/05/08]

There were 19 boys teams and 14 girls teams (100 children) taking part in the tournament. It was good to see some new school teams such as Knebworth, Lordship Farm (Letchworth), Lodge Farm (Stevenage), Northwood prep, the return after an absence of St Giles (South Mimms) and Sherrardswood (Welwyn Garden City), plus old stalwarts who always support us so well Wilbury and Norton St Nicholas (Letchworth), Little Heath and Lochinver (Potters Bar).

The tournament, preceded by a very successful coaching session, was played in a round robin format, with placings for boys girls and combined teams. It was played in excellent spirit and great sportsmanship.

In the boys section, Lochinver, St Giles, Norton St Nicholas 2 and Northwood Prep all won their boxes to proceed to playing off for positions one to four, however within the boxes there were some very tight games with invitation team, Letchworth Badminton club, giving Norton St Nicholas 2 a very close run and Wilbury 1 and Norton St Nicholas 4 coming in at very close second positions.

In the girls section, first round, Little Heath, S Giles and Norton St Nicholas 3 went through to play off for positions 1-3. But again there were some very close games as well, with Lordship Farm just missing out by a few points, as did Sherrardswood.

In the Boys second round, some extremely close matches were seen, with just one point difference between the top two positions. Lochinver became the 2007/2008 Primary schools team champions, with Northwood Prep the very close runners up and St Giles third.

In the girls section, a very close tussle between St Giles and Little Heath saw St Giles take the crown by just 3 points and Norton St Nicholas coming third.

For the combined teams section, boys and girls teams points (from the same school) are added together to give a total of points for the whole competition (although no more matches are played).The final positions were St Giles (1st), Norton St Nicholas 3 (2nd) and Little Heath (3rd).

Boys Winners

  1. Lochinver - Suraj Shah, Archie Preston, Henry Wood
  2. Northwood Prep - Rishav Shah, Alastair Parker, Julian Mann
  3. St Giles 1 - Max Denuiene-Keene, Sean Price, Jake Johnson

Girls Winners

  1. St Giles - Amy George, Charlotte Hathawy, Faye McNicholas
  2. Little Heath - Isabel Hatt, Louise Rapacioli, Cydney Reimers
  3. Norton St Nicholas 3 - Hope Cracunell, Melissa Drake, Ellen King

Combined Winners

  1. St Giles - Max Denuiene-King, Sean Price, Jake Johnson, Amy George, Charlotte Hathaway, Faye McNicholas
  2. Norton St Nicholas 3 - Hope Cracunell, Melissa Drake, Ellen King, Adam Chilvers, Charlie Hall, Danny Kalket
  3. Little Heath - Isabel Hatt, Louise Rapacioli, Cydney Reimers, Anrew Bays, James Ilott, Harrison Palmer
[Submitted by Barbara Lewczynska]
Herts U17 squad takes 4th place at the U17 Shires League final
[posted 19/04/08]

Herts U17 squad, took 4th place at the U17 Shires League final on Sunday 13th April. A victory over Lancs put them in contention for 1st to 4th position, but Hants proved to strong, and the play-off for 3rd/4th position against Avon ended in a draw, which Avon won on points. A good day was had by all and congratulations must go to our vocal supporters led by Laura (for the players) and Hitesh (for the parents).

U17 Shire League Team

Photo shows U17 shires league final team aka the 'united nations'.
Back: Tony Clarke (manager), Ben Vranjkovic, Arjun Shah, Scott Williams, Akash Jhunjhunwala, Mathew McCloskey, Pat Walker (assistant manager)
Front: Daniella Farsiani, Helena Lewczynska, Laura Bygrave, Ying Yee Tee.

[Submitted by Barbara Lewczynska]
Amy George Takes home 5 Golds and 1 Silver in the last 3 U11 BE Tournaments
[posted 18/04/08]

Amy George

An Under 11 National tournament took place at Bracknell, Berks on Sunday 10th February 2008.

Amy, after a difficult draw, won her box, which included one of the Nationally ranked top U11 seed players, which continued her through to a semi final against a Dorset player that she comfortably won to two games 11-5, 11-5.

She continued her winning streak when she met her Herts doubles partner Isabel Hatt beating her 11-8, and 11-5.

Amy then paired up with Isabel for the doubles to again comfortably achieve the Gold medal against the Dorset pairing.

A few weeks later was the U11 BE Middlesex where Amy again took Gold for the Singles again. She met Herts Isabel Hatt in the semi final beating her 11-8, 11-4. and then continued to win against the Dorset player 11-4, 11-8. At the same tournament both Amy and Izzy paired up again to comfortably win the doubles title.

The last U11 BE tournament was held in Sussex on 5th April where again Amy and Isabel again comfortably won the doubles title. This time round Amy felt she was having a bad day at singles and although reached the final lost to the Dorset player taking home Silver.

Amy is now looking forward to the U11 Championships on 3rd May where she will (as always) partner Isabel in the doubles.

[Submitted by Angie George]
U15 nationals
[posted 16/03/08]

Herts players Andrei Donko, Steven George, Dan Hatt, Ryan McCarthy, Elliot Miles, Isabelle Sadler, Howard Stobo and Emily Westwood, gave a good account of themselves (and Hertfordshire) at the U15 National Championships, which took place at Stoke-on-Trent on 1st/2nd March. A fuller report will appear in the next newsletter and all results have just been published on the Badminton England website; follow the links to Young people and schools and Junior results 2007/2008.

[Submitted by Barbara Lewczynska]
Don't forget to enter a team for the HSBA Primary Schools Team Tournament on Sunday April 27th.
[posted 13/03/08]

Parents!!! If your child plays badminton and you know other children in the school do, enter a team on your schools behalf. Its a great day and includes the opportunity for some coaching too. Click HERE to go to the download page for an information letter and entry forms.

[Submitted by Barbara Lewczynska]
Shires League Clean Sweep
[posted 25/02/08]

Triple success for Herts as all three age-groups qualify for Shires League Finals. Herts' U15s and U13s finished off their season, on Sunday 24th February, with a trip to Suffolk, each needing a win to ensure qualification for the finals. The U15s were not at full strength but managed a reasonable 13-7 win. The U13s cut it fine, though. The boys were below par following Sheffield the day before, but the girls held it together winning all their Singles and all their Doubles, to set up an 11-9 victory. The U13s remain undefeated and win the Group. This means that both teams join the U17s in looking forward to the finals. Not many counties will manage that feat.

[Submitted by Phil Westwood]
8-Nations Bronze for Emily
[posted 24/02/08]

England medals were hard to come by at the 8-Nations in Kerenzberg, Switzerland, which finished today. Emily Westwood seeded 5th in the Individual Singles, made the semi-finals where she met No.1 seed Mette Poulsen of Denmark. After the losing the first set 18-21, Emily had to concede due to a worsening hamstring injury, and to pull out of the Doubles. But she had the consolation of going beyond her seeding and picking up that Bronze medal.

[Submitted by Phil Westwood]
U15 8-Nations in Kerenzberg, Switzerland: Follow the results
[posted 22/02/08]

England's U15s are playing 21st to 24th February. To view match results and the England U15 Team's progress click, or cut-and-paste this link: http://www.swiss-badminton.ch/content-n115-sF.html The site is updated late each evening.

[Submitted by Phil Westwood]
U15s High five at Team Challenge
[posted 16/02/08]

Herts' U15s achieved a well deserved 5th place at the Team Challenge, held at Luton Regional Sports Centre on Saturday 16th February. After four wins in the first round, including 5-2 v Notts, a top four place beckoned. But a 3-4 defeat to Surrey (including two games lost 19-21) in the last group game, whilst Notts managed a 7-0 win over Cheshire (6-1 and Herts would have gone through) edged Herts down to earth and into the 5 to 8 play-off's. But in that second round, wins over Essex and Yorkshire (yes, Yorkshire!) saw Herts take that fifth place. The fact that Notts went on to take second place overall, shows Herts perhaps were a shade unlucky, but if offered 5th place at the start of the day the team would have jumped at it, so they can be well pleased with their day's work.

[Submitted by Phil Westwood]
U17s Make it Seven out of Seven
[posted 13/02/08]

A 15-5 win over Lincolnshire on Sunday 10th February saw the U17 Squad complete their season's Shires League Group A programme unbeaten. The squad, lacking their three highest rated boys and highest ranked girl, made the long trek to Market Rasen and emerged with an emphatic win. This was a terrific squad performance, and the win duly confirmed their qualification for the Finals on 12th April.

[Submitted by Phil Westwood]

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