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Havering youngsters shine at Copper Box

17:01 05 March 2014

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Coopers Coborn's girls won gold and silver at the Copper Box

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Coopers Coborn's boys enjoyed the Copper Box ArenaCoopers Coborn's boys enjoyed the Copper Box Arena

Havering youngsters got the chance to play at the Copper Box Arena, which hosted the East London finals of the National Badminton Championships.

And Coopers Coborn’s under-16 girls squad rose to the occasion to win a place at the regional finals at Crystal Palace next month.

Phoebe Maloney, Amelia Acreman, Emma Sharp and Sarah Hurley started with a 5-0 win over St Pauls Academy, then beat Stoke Newington by a 4-1 margin.

And after exciting 3-2 wins over Barking Abbey and Chingford, they were presented with gold medals.

Albany's boys got to play at the Copper BoxAlbany's boys got to play at the Copper Box

The under-14 girls squad of Lucy Scrutton, Riay Sethi, Phoebe Menear and Harriet Lynch stormed to 5-0 wins over Eastbury and Sarah Bonnell.

But they suffered a 4-1 defeat against Bancroft’s before bouncing back to beat Sir John Cass 5-0 to claim silver.

The under-14 boys squad of Thushar Jitesh, Tobi Dunlea, Oliver Morter and Flynn Astbury beat Stoke Newington School 5-0 before a tense clash with Bancroft’s.

Having lost the first two games 15-14, Coopers dug deep to win the next two to set up a decider.

But Bancroft’s claimed a 3-2 victory and Coopers were left to fight it out for fourth place, which they secured with 5-0 wins over Harris Academy and Eastbury.

Albany represented Havering in the under-16 boys event, with Luke Gilmurray, Alex Grant, Luke Taylor and Lewis Gott edged out 3-2 by Bexley, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar in their first match.

After beating St Pauls by the same margin, Albany saw off Harris Academy (3-2) and Rokeby (4-1) to claim fourth place.

Amanda Austin, Havering’s badminton community sports coach, said: “Congratulations to the year 10/11 girls team from Coopers. It was a really strong team performance with everyone helping the team achieve victory.

“Havering had one gold, one silver and two fourths – a good result and one that all the players should be proud of.

“To get the chance to play in a competition at an Olympic venue will be an experience the players will not forget. The next round of the competition will be extremely tough, but hopefully we will see the Coopers girls putting in another good performance.”

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