Successful season for Jack
Jack Taylor had a successful season in the six U13 Gold tournaments. In the boys’ doubles, with his partner Will Atkin from Yorkshire, he won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. In the gold star boys’ singles he won one bronze medal. In the National Championships held in Milton Keynes at the end of March, he won a silver medal in the singles, beating the number 1 seed in the semi-final and losing a close final to Neil Bhabuta from Lancashire. In the doubles, he won a bronze medal losing in the semi-final to the eventual winners.
On 23/24 May, Jack played in the Glasgow International Youth Badminton Championships. Over 160 competitors from a number of European countries competed in U13 and U15 age groups. In the U13 boys' singles, Jack beat players from Scotland, Ireland and England to reach the semi-final. He then beat a boy from France before facing Neil Bhabuta in the final. After a long and tense match, Jack eventually won 23-21 in the third. He also won a bronze medal in the doubles, losing a close semi-final to the eventual winners from Scotland.
Jack is a member of the West Cheshire and Manchester Performance Centres, as well as the Cheshire U13 Squad.
National Schools Champions for the 3rd Consecutive Year
Upton by Chester High School were crowned National Schools Champions for the 3rd consecutive year at the finals played at Center Parcs in May. The team (left to right) of Rachel Barrett, Laura Williams, Alex Goodwin and Beth Newis have competed together for 4 years finishing in 2nd place 4 years ago, before clinching the top spot for 3 years in a row. This is the end of their reign however, as they are too old to play again next year and must retire. Full details can be found on the Badminton England website.
Thanks to their teachers Mrs Lynch and Miss Collinson who have, for the last five years, taken them through the rounds managing probably the most successful schools badminton team ever!!
Cheshire Teams 14/15
Cheshire O50s completed a successful season finishing in 3rd place in the ICC National Finals. Their first match against Yorkshire was very tough, with some very hard fought games, which finished with an 8-4 win for Yorkshire. In the 3/4 play-off on Sunday morning, they managed to secure an 8-4 win against Avon, despite having to concede 3 rubbers through injury. The final between Yorkshire and Essex was also marred by injury, as Essex were forced to concede 3 games in an eventual 8-4 win to Yorkshire.
Cheshire O50s Team after their match against Derbyshire in the West Midlands League, from left to right:
Derek Neary, Jill Jackson, Mark Smith, Wendy Eastwood, Richard Eastwood, Sian Williams, Andy Buckley, Kay Vickers
Cheshire 1st Team completed another successful season finishing 3rd in the Premiership, behind Yorkshire and Surrey.
Cheshire Team from the 2nd weekend from left to right:
Andy Cooper, Mike Roe, Adam Dolman, Greg Mairs, Dave Edgar, Jenny Moore, Jojo Minihan, Claire Weaver and Rachel Vickers.
The 2nd and 3rd Teams both had challenging seasons. The 2nds finished 4th above Nottinghamshire after facing strong opposition in almost every match. The 3rds were runners up in Division 6 North to Derbyshire, finishing above Northumberland and Leicestershire.
In the Masters Section, the O40s struggled in a strong Northern Division, being unable to win any matches. The O45s finished 3rd in the Northern Division. They were unlucky that confusion over Hall bookings meant that Derbyshire claimed the Home fixture, when Cheshire had secured an 8-4 win in Derby. The O55s, O60s and O65s all played in the Northern Divisions, where they faced old rivals Lancashire and Yorkshire. Only the O65s were able to secure a win against Lancaashire 2nd team and they finished 3rd above Lancashire 2nds with a better games difference.
Masters Teams also competed in all age-groups except the O70s in the Masters County Challenge at the beginning of January. With all teams except the O55s in the Premier Divisions, there were lots of tough games for everyone. The O40s, who struggled to field a full team were unfortunate to finish bottom, but the O45s were 5th, the O50s finished 4th, above last season's winners, Yorkshire, and the O60s and O65s finished 5th and 6th respectively. The success story of the weekend though was the Cheshire O55 Team who beat all their opponents, without dropping a game to win Division 1A and secure promotion into the Premiership for next season.