17 May 2015

The East Devon Junior League Annual Tournament took place on Sunday 10 May at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter.  73 players from Queens, Cranford, Chulmleigh, Ottery and ISCA Badminton Clubs took part, contesting events for U10s, U13s and U17s.

32 of the players were from Queens Badminton Club in Crediton and it was good to see a lot of our young players fighting hard and doing their best.

In the U10s, Rowan Manning reached the semi final of the boys singles and Toby Brookes was Runner Up.  Toby then teamed up with Hayden Herkes in the doubles where they were Runners Up, with Rowan Manning and Jacob Moffatt reaching the semi final.

Learna Herkes and Nick Jones starred in the U13s, each winning the singles and also achieving Runners Up in the doubles, Learna’s doubles success came with Amy Housley, while Nick teamed up with Anton Torres from Ottery.  Nick Jones and Amy Housley were also Runners Up in the Mixed Doubles.

Luke Clifton came through a strong field to win the U17 boys singles, beating fellow Queens player Callum Parker in a final that couldn’t have been closer.  Unfortunately Luke was unable to contest the boys doubles as partner Jamie Dawe was injured and unable to play, and it was Sam Clark and Callum Parker who won the U17 boys doubles.  U13 player Nick Jones teamed up with Jake Rice from Chulmleigh to reach the semi finals of the U17 boys doubles, while U13 player Learna Herkes was successful in reaching the semi finals of the U17 girls singles.  In the U17 Mixed doubles, Luke Clifton & Hannah Partridge, and Callum Parker playing with Chulmleigh player Verity Greenaway, reached the semi finals.  Sam Clark played with Chulmleigh’s Leoni Bishop and they won the U17 Mixed.

Sarah Preece, Head Coach of Queens Badminton Club said, “I was delighted that so many of our players came along and took part in the Tournament, it’s a great experience for players to be able to play in a local tournament like this.  I was pleased to see all the players trying so hard in their matches and it was great too to see that all the players demonstrated a good attitude and showed respect for their opponents.  Queens now have the annual club tournament at the end of June and I look forward to seeing many of our Junior players in action again at that tournament.”