County Badminton Report

Norfolk juniors were well represented at Under 13 and 15 level and struck gold at the Eastern Region Single Sex Tournament played at Luton. Playing singles and doubles in teams of two over three sets, Norfolks Under 15s  A pair, Georgia Moyes and Kathryn Adamson  beat a strong Essex A pair  to take the girls gold medal in a closely fought final, winning the doubles set 21-15. Katie Witting and Lisa Vickers beat Essex B to deservedly take 3rd place overall, having put in some strong performances throughout the day.

Norfolk A boys, Dominic Ely and Olivier Widdowson  battled their way through to the Under 15s boys final, eventually taking silver against a very good Suffolk pair in three entertaining and well contested sets. Norfolk's second pair, Robert Fletcher and Tim Hughes came 6th in the same, very competitive age category.

At Under 13 level, a brilliant performance from Lauren Mortimer and Kate Sawyer saw them take the gold medal
from a strong Hertfordshire pair. Again, the final was tied after the singles, with the Norfolk girls winning through in the doubles to win the match 2-1.  The Norfolk second pair of Atlanta Harrison and Beth Underwood played well together, eventually finishing in seventh place.

In the boys Under 13 competition, Norfolk A, George Vickers and Robbie Hobson, found themselves in the unenviable position of having to play off for 3rd and 4th places  against Norfolk B, James Salter and Sean Lott. The match was tied after the singles, but Vickers and Hobson won a hard fought deciding doubles game 22-20 to take third place.

*   The top teams of the four mixed divisions of the Norwich and District League were CP81, YMCA, SOS 2 and Eaton Eagles.They met in a handicapped and timed tournament, played at the Bob Carter Centre. All the matches were closely contested and it was very encouraging to see a wide range of ages, from 13 to 53 years, competing in a friendly, yet competitive atmosphere. It was the CP81 team, represented by Eric Plane, Jon Atmore, Tim Vickers, Louise Culyer, Ann Jenkins and Devon Minnis, who eventually emerged as the 2011 Top Team, a team which brilliantly blended youth and vintage, veteran experience. SOS 2 finished in second place, followed by YMCA and Eaton Eagles.