Fighting performances by Wales in the European Mixed Team Qualification event

Posted by Rob Short at 11:11 on 10 November 2014

Lydia Morris

Wales were drawn in a group with two higher ranked nations in Poland (31) and  Finland (33) with Hungary making up the group.

First up were the group favourites who fielded their strongest team and achieved a 5-0 win and, although the Wales players fought and competed well, the Polish team, playing at home, were well rested and ready for the match. Next match was against Finland who on paper were only slightly weaker than Poland and this time the Welsh players showed their qualities in losing a very tight match by 3-2. Had they been able to capitalise on a first set win in the men’s doubles the score could easily have been 3 -2 in favour of Wales. A strong performance was carried into the final match where a 5-0 win was recorded against Hungary. Poland then went on to defeat Finland by 3-2 to win the group and qualify for the final early in 2015. 

Losing Nic Strange to illness the day before travelling was a set back to the players but the team stepped up and performed well. Special mention to the younger girls Aimee Moran and Jordan Hart, with Hart winning her two doubles matches with Carissa Turner and Moran her mixed with Oliver Gwilt against Hungary. Dan Font found the men’s singles very challenging, whilst Carissa Turner could easily have achieved a 3 from 3 record had she been able to take her match against Poland to three sets. Font and Gwilt, who haven’t played together since the Commonwealth Games, never quite reached the level they showed in Glasgow but were comfortable enough in the last match.  All in all the three days were positive for the Welsh team who played some top class Badminton. 

The team were well supported by coach Matt Hughes and by physio Hannah Williams.

Elsewhere Lydia Morris (pictured above) had a good day at the  East Staffordshire U11 tournament taking Silver in the singles and Gold in the doubles.