Hat Trick for Lefevre
Kurtis Lefevre from Notre Dame was the star performer at the Under 14s County Schools Tournament picking up a hat trick of titles. The tournament attracted a large entry from schools throughout the county.
The boys singles was played in six groups with the top two from each group having to play a knock-out round, before four players emerged to compete in the semi-finals, in which Lefevre beat Luke Cox (Acle) 21-14 and Mark Robinson (Acle) also achieved a 21-14 victory over Andrew Carrier (Notre Dame). In the final, the power and strength of Lefevre proved too much for Robinson, giving him a comfortable 21-5 win to claim his first title of the day.
The boys plate competition was full of closely fought games, with Simon Brett (CNS) beating Marcus Evans (Lynn Grove) 21-18 in the first semi-final and Edward Allen (also CNS) defeating Ben Wymbs-Maskrey (Blyth Jex) 21-13 in the other. Allen then beat Brett 21-16 in the final.
Lefevre won his second title when he teamed up with Robinson to beat Carrier and Ashley Robb (Thorpe St Andrew) 21-15 in their semi-final and then Cox and Adam Stubbing (KES) 21-11 in the final. Cox and Stubbing had earlier put out Chris Parrott (Thorpe St Andrew) and James Bailey (Taverham) in the other semi-final. The doubles plate final was won by Brett and Allen who beat Adam Simmons and Michael Manson (Framingham) 21-19.
The two girls events were also well contested. In the singles semi-finals Rebecca Heeles (Thorpe House) beat Bryony Lund (Attleborough) 21-16 and Holly Bowen (KES) knocked out her doubles partner, Rebecca Chapmen (Springwood) 21-10. The final was a hard fought game, which Heeles eventually won 21-17.
In the doubles Bowen and Chapman were the clear winners of their group to qualify for the final. However, in the second group, three pairs,Heeles and Bethany Hughff, Amy Bonham and Kelly Goodman and Louise Thacker and Sophie Piper finished equal on games, but Heeles and Hughff reached the final by just two points on count-back. In the final the established partnership of Bowen and Chapman won the title 21-11.
Kurtis Lefevre made it a hat trick of titles when he teamed up with Rebecca Heeles to win the mixed doubles crown. The pair beat Mark Robinson and Holly Bowen 21-14 in the final.