Havering youngsters serve up badminton bronze
PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 March 2017
Coopers pupils pick up London Youth Games rewards
Havering youngsters claimed a pair of bronze medals at the London Youth Games badminton finals at Crystal Palace this week.
Coopers Coborn represented the borough in all four age groups, having won the borough and east London rounds, and the year seven to nine boys team of Liam Purton, Anthony Weingarten, Will Marshall, Joe Read and Alex Chau beat Alexandra Park 4-1 (15-6, 12-15, 15-3, 15-3, 15-5).
But subsequent games were reduced to 11 points by rain and Coopers lost 4-1 to Wilson’s (10-11, 9-11, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9) to finish in a share of third place for their bronze.
The girls’ team of Ella Madle, Abigail Michelow, Hannah Panchal and Evie Smart beat Bexley Grammar 4-1 (11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5), but then lost 5-0 to St Helens.
That sent them into a bronze-medal play-off with Bancroft and they claimed a podium place with a thrilling 3-2 win (4-15, 15-2, 14-15, 15-10, 15-5).
The year 10/11 boys’ team of Thushar Jitesh, Harley Whittlestone, Jamie Squance, Kieron Davison-Pearce and Neo Wren were edged out 3-2 by Wilson’s after a topsy-turvy contest.
They took the first game 15-5, lost the next 15-8, won the third 15-10, but lost the fourth 15-8 and the decider 15-13, before beating Isleworth 3-0 (11-5, 11-10, 11-6) in a plate competition.
The girls tournament was reduced to a straight knockout format, due to rain and injury delays and Havering were beaten 5-0 by a strong Bancroft team.
Community coach Amanda Austin said: “It was good to have won two bronze medals, but a shame that due to the weather and other circumstances that games had to be reduced.
“In longer games results may have been different. Good luck to the schools progressing and the Havering Schools will be back again next year.”