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School Sport: Benhurst earn badminton bragging rights

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 July 2017

Benhurst pupils celebrate their badminton success

Benhurst pupils celebrate their badminton success

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Havering Primary pupils serve up a treat

Bower Park hosted a badminton event for Havering schoolsBower Park hosted a badminton event for Havering schools

Benhurst came out on top at the end of two days of primary school badminton action in Havering.

The first event was held at Emerson Park, including Scargill A and B and Branfil A and B, with the second at Bower Park including Benhurst, Newtons, Scotts and Rise Park.

All schools included eight playing members, who completed a multitude of skills tests, followed by an individual rally and team rally, with scores collated from each event to form a final table.

Solomon Sankoh had the highest total of ‘hit ups’ with 35, while Dylan Perry recorded the most ‘hit up and catch’ moves with 16 and Benjamin O’Konkwe and Sam Pulikkottil achieved the most points on the forehand and backhand serves.

Emerson Park hosted a badminton event for Havering schoolsEmerson Park hosted a badminton event for Havering schools

Pulikkottil and Jayden Lippal hit the most targets on the forehand, while there was a five-way tie in the backhand competition between Pulikkottil, Tommy Jacobi and three other youngsters.

At the end of the two days of competition, Benhurst finished with a grand total of 698 points, with Scargill A (556) runners-up and Scotts (532) in third place.

The other scores were Rise Park (493), Newtons (454), Scargill B (445), Branfil B (405) and Branfil A (236).

“It was great to see so many youngsters really enjoying their badminton,” said Havering’s community coach Amanda Austin.

“The totals for the individual rally were really good and amazingly we had a tie with 65 hits between Ben from Benhurst and Cameron from Scargill. The highest team rally over the two days went to Benhurst with 60 shots.

“The competition was overseen by young leaders from Emerson Park and Bower Park which proved very successful. Thanks to these leaders for their help.”

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