Yonex Junior National Badminton Championships 2015

Posted by Laura Morgan at 02:03 on 16 March 2015

 2015 Junior Nationals

What a brilliant weekend for Welsh sport! Not only were the Welsh rugby team and fans celebrating a win in Cardiff, keeping them in the 6 Nations race but Jade Jones (taekwondo) took another title in the Dutch Open and Sara Head (table tennis) became Ladies British Champion. However, in our wonderful sport, it was the Junior players’ time to shine with many 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 Under 19 age groups compete with the Under 15 age group kick- starting the competition. In the Boys' Singles, 1st seed Oliver Stansfield (Gwent) took the title, defeating 2nd seed Tomos Sudder (NEWBA) in two sets, 21-16, 21-14. Meanwhile, Katie Whiteman (Gwent) bettered her runner-up spot of 2014 to take the singles title defeating No. 2 seed Rhea Hemmadi (South Glamorgan), 21-8, 21-14. Oliver Stansfield and Jamie Noble (NEWBA) claimed victory in the Boys' Doubles, winning all four matches whilst twins Iwan and Dafydd Price (Gwent) took second place. Top seeds Katie Whiteman and Rhea Hemmadi triumphed in the Under 15 Girls' Doubles with Isobel Adams and Bethany Jones claiming the runner-up spot. It was a hat trick of wins for both Oliver Stansfield and Katie Whiteman as they claimed the mixed double title with Caitlin Rees (Mid Glamorgan) and Tomos Sudder finishing runners-up. 

In the Under 19 events, brother and sister Tsung Fong and Gean Sou Mo (Mid Glamorgan) were able to replicate their clean sweep of National titles in their new age group. In the Singles, Tsung Fong Mo defeated 2nd seed William Kitching (Warwickshire) 21-6, 21-5 whilst sister Gean Sou won her final in 3 sets against Emilie Gwilt (Powys), 20-22, 21-7, 21-11. In the Boys' Doubles, Tsung Fong won with partner, Tomos Whiteman (Gwent) whilst William Painter (Mid Glam) and Adam Stewart (NEWBA) took the runner-up place. The mixed saw the Mos claim the top spot with Emilie Gwilt and Scott Oates finishing second.

The Under 11 Boys' Singles event saw Daniel Kite (Pembrokeshire) take the title, overcoming Adil Khan (South Glamorgan) in the final in 3 sets 18-21, 21-15, 21-10. Kite and Khan teamed up in the doubles and claimed the title, winning the final 21-14, 21-10 against Liam Hird (NEWBA) and Thomas Morgan (Gwent). Lydia Morris (Gwent) took the Girls' Singles title beating Freya Cottrill (Conwy) in the final, 21-3, 21-4 and partnered Saffron Morris to clinch the doubles title 21-18, 21-5 with Freya Cottrill and Maisie Kite (Pembrokeshire) taking second place. Both Lydia Morris and Daniel Kite achieved the triple crown after pairing up to win the mixed title, defeating Saffron Morris (Mid Glamorgan) and Thomas Morgan in the final, 21-11, 21-7.

Day 2 saw the Under 13 and Under 17 events. In the Under 13 Boys' Singles, Michael Pritchard (NEWBA) defeated William Summors (Gwent) in the final 21-4, 21-4. The top 2 seeds in the Girls' Singles met in the final with Lowri Hart (Pembrokeshire) claiming victory over Aimie Whiteman (Gwent),16-21, 21-14, 21-7. Michael Pritchard and partner Shamanth Moodalbyle (NEWBA) went on to take the Doubles title with Daniel Clarke (Carmarthenshire) and Daniel Kite finishing in the Runners-up spot. Lowri Hart and Kelly Yip (Gwent) had few problems en route and claimed the Under 13 Girls' Doubles title with twins Aimie and Lucie Whiteman (Gwent)  finishing in second place. Michael Pritchard made it 3 titles in the Under 13 age group by pairing up Aimie Whiteman to take the mixed title against Daniel Clarke and Lowri Hart 21-15, 21-18.

The final event of the tournament was the Under 17 age group. Gean Sou Mo continued her winning ways by claiming the Under 17 Girls' Singles title defeating Amy Jukes (NEWBA) in the final, 21-10, 21-6. Tomos Whiteman (Gwent) took the Under 17 Boys' Singles title, winning the final 21-11, 21-13 against No.2 seed Andrew Oates (NEWBA). Whiteman added a second title to his name, pairing up with Scott Oates (NEWBA) to claim the Under 17 Boys' Doubles title with Scott’s brother Andrew and Joe Cottrill (Conwy) taking second place. Last year’s Under 15 Girls' Doubles Champions Gean Sou Mo and Katie Whiteman were able to replicate last year’s success clinching the Girls' Doubles title with Bethan Evans-Brain (Avon) and Rhea Hemmadi taking the runner-up spot. Katie Whiteman and Andrew Oates became Mixed Doubles Champions with Scott Oates and Gean Sou Mo claiming second place. 

For the full set of results, please click here.