2013 Yonex Welsh Junior Nationals Weekend

Posted by Rob Short at 12:03 on 18 March 2013

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This past weekend has seen some brilliant moments for Welsh sport. Not only were the Welsh rugby team and fans celebrating the 6 Nations win in Cardiff but many junior badminton players were celebrating gaining National titles at the Yonex Junior National Badminton Championships held at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff.

Day 1 saw the Under 11, Under 15 and Under19 age groups compete with the Under 15 age group kick starting the competition. In the Boys singles, 1st seed Scott Oates (NEWBA) took the title, defeating his brother Andrew in 2 sets, 21/18 24/22. Meanwhile, Kelly Saunders (Gwent) retained her singles title defeating Gean Sou Mo (Mid Glam) in a close 3 setter, 21/17 16/21 24/22. Scott Oates and Tomos Whiteman (Gwent) claimed victory in the Boys doubles defeating Andrew Oates (NEWBA) and Joe Cottrill (Conwy) 21/13 21/16 in the final. Girls doubles top seeds Kelly Saunders and Sophie Arrighi (Cardiff) triumphed over Gean Sou Mo and Katie Whiteman winning the encounter, 11/21 21/18 22/20.  There were some good matches in the Under 15 mixed event, however it was Scott Oates and Sophie Arrighi who took the title, winning 11/21 21/7 21/14 against Andrew Oates and Morgan Williams (Gwent).

Following this was the Under19 event. Michael Kinnear (Gwent) won his first Under 19 National Singles title, defeating Tsung Fong Mo (Mid Glam) 21/19 21/11. Jordan Hart (Pembrokeshire) added yet another Under 19 singles title to her name, making it her fourth consecutive year as National Champion. Hart prevailed over opponent Aimee Moran (SAWGBA) in the final 21/18 21/19. The well-established pair of Adam Stewart (NEWBA) and Matthew Vacher (NEWBA) teamed up to take the Boys doubles title defeating Michael Kinnear and Matthew Barrell (Cardiff) in 3 sets 21/12 15/21 21/16. Kinnear added a second title to his name, pairing up with Ellen Mahenthiralingam (Cardiff) to claim the Under 19 mixed title.

The Under 11 Boys singles event saw Shamanth Moodalbyle (Conwy) take the title, overcoming Michael Pritchard (NEWBA) in the final in 3 sets 21/18 19/21 21/19. Kelly Yip took the Girls singles title beating reigning champion Aimie Whiteman (Gwent) 21/13 22/20. The Whiteman twins, Lucie and Aimie, retained the Girls doubles title, winning the final against Lydia Morris (Gwent) and Kelly Yip (Gwent) 21/15 21/11. Michael Pritchard and Lili Thomas (NEWBA) became the mixed doubles champions, winning a close final against Will Summors (Gwent) and Lydia Morris 22/20 15/21 21/18.

Day 2 started with the Under 13 events. In the Boys singles, Oliver Stansfield (Gwent) defeated Tomos Sudder (NEWBA) in the final 21/12 21/17. The top 2 seeds in the Girls singles met in the final with Katie Whiteman claiming victory over Rhea Hemmadi (Cardiff) 21/18 21/6. Jac Clarke (Carmarthenshire) and Tomos Sudder went on to take the doubles title with Oliver Stansfield and Elliot Simmonds (Gwent) finishing in 2nd position. Katie Whiteman (Gwent) and Elis Richards (SAWGBA) had few problems en route and claimed the U13 Girls doubles title with Cerys Brackenbury (NEWBA) and Rhea Hemmadi finishing in 2nd position. Katie Whiteman made it 3 titles in the Under 13 age group by pairing up with Oliver Stansfield to take the mixed title against Jamie Noble (NEWBA) and Cerys Brackenbury 21/11 21/14.

The final event of the tournament was the Under 17 age group. Matthew Vacher (NEWBA), having lost to Tsung Fong Mo (Mid Glam) the previous day in the Under 19 boys singles event, made it 1-1 by winning the Under 17 Single title in 2 sets 22/20 21/18. Ellen Mahenthiralingam took the Under 17 Girls singles title, winning the final 21/14 21/17 against Gean Sou Mo. After winning the Under 19 Boys doubles, Matthew Vacher and Adam Stewart added the Under 17 Boys doubles title to their name prevailing over Tsung Fong Mo and Tomos Whiteman. The last event of the day saw Tsung Fong Mo pair up with sister Gean Sou Mo to take the Under 17 mixed title. Kelly Saunders and Sophie Arrighi took their second doubles title of the weekend by winning the final against Emilie Gwilt (Powys) and Gean Sou Mo 8/21 21/16 24/22.

For a full set of results please visit the Yonex Junior Nationals page.