Posted by Rob Short at 10:09 on 17 September 2013
This year’s event will be remembered for an administrative error which allowed U18 players into what is an U17 (and normally an U16) event. The unfortunate outcome was that in many cases there was a 2-3 year age gap between players. Not the players' fault of course but in essence the older Scottish team had the event won after the first round in defeating England, rendering rounds 2 and 3 meaningless. This was repeated in the individual event with Scottish players winning all 5 titles, highly unusual in the games. The Wales team, with some U15 players playing, fought well losing a close match to Ireland by 3-2 and having two close three set matches against England. In the individual events Tsung Fong Mo was close to two semi-finals losing close three setters in mixed with sister Gean Sou and doubles with Matthew Pritchard. Pritchard himself should have put out the top Irish player Lau but could not take advantage of his match point. Gean Sou took games from both Newall and Bong showing that she has the ability to be a top singles player. Many of the teams were also beset with injuries with the physio's room well used, perhaps highlighting the demanding nature of three events being squeezed into one long day.
The event was brilliantly run by Nick Budden and his team with a top class hall layout, upbeat music and professional announcement throughout.