31 August, 2023
Oliver Butler picked up two silver medals on the Danish Junior Cup in what was a busy month for our junior gamers, with a number of occasions throughout the continent.
Motion began on the European Junior Championships in Vilnius, the place our ten-strong workforce secured second place of their pool within the workforce competitors earlier than particular person competitors obtained underway.
That was adopted by Junior Cup motion in Denmark, the place Butler completed on the rostrum within the combined and males’s doubles, whereas Leona Lee and David Ng additionally starred on their solution to singles finals.
Right here’s our round-up of the very best of junior motion throughout August.
U17/U19 Danish Junior Cup
Oliver Butler’s runs have been among the many highlights of U17 and U19 Danish Cup motion, with a number of English gamers competing in Copenhagen throughout the 2 age-group tournaments in direction of the top of August.
Butler and Chloe Dennis have been second seeds within the combined U19 competitors and fell in an exciting last to Calvin Lundsgaard and Anna Klausholm, the Danish duo prevailing 21-19 19-21 21-19.
Afterward that day, after a equally profitable run, Butler picked up a second silver medal alongside Jia Bin Lee within the males’s doubles, overwhelmed 21-12 21-13 by David Eckerlin and Simon Krax of Germany.
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Eckerlin and Krax had beforehand overwhelmed Robin Harper and Harry Wakefield within the final 4, the English pairing – seeded third – falling 21-11 21-19 to the Germans.
There was additionally an additional silver medal received by Leona Lee, overwhelmed 21-18 21-13 by India’s Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye in a battle of the highest two seeds within the girls’s singles last.
It was nonetheless a robust week for second seed Lee, nonetheless, having not dropped a sport in her solution to the ultimate – together with a 21-8 21-18 win over compatriot Lila Dundas of their spherical of 16 conflict.
After competing on the U17 European Championships earlier within the month, David Ng starred as he reached the ultimate of the U17 males’s singles.
Seeded fifth, Ng beat high seed and compatriot Sonish Hathi from a sport down within the final eight, earlier than overcoming residence favorite Mikkel Eilersen Bouet within the final 4.
He was then defeated within the last by one other Dane within the type of Philip Kryger Boe, shedding 21-7 21-13, although it was nonetheless an massively encouraging week for the English shuttler.
Alongside reaching the final eight within the singles there was additionally a robust run for Hathi within the combined doubles, alongside accomplice Rajvi Parab.
Hathi and Parab defied their unseeded standing to progress all the best way to the final 4, the place they competed nicely in a 18-21 21-12 21-13 loss to residence pair Saxo Norman and Nicoline Tang.
U17 European Championships
England despatched a ten-strong workforce to the U17 European Crew and Particular person Championships in Vilnius from 4-12 August, led by coach Kat Hurrell.
Within the workforce competitors, England picked up a slim 3-2 win over Israel to begin their marketing campaign, earlier than a dominant 5-0 win over Italy.
That meant a troublesome tie in opposition to high seeds Ukraine was to resolve who progressed to the knockout phases, and in the end the England workforce have been defeated 5-0, although it was nonetheless a constructive begin to motion in Lithuania total.
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Within the ensuing particular person competitions, David Ng and James Music spearheaded English curiosity as they reached the quarter-final of the boys’ doubles within the Lithuanian capital.
Dropping only one sport on their solution to the final eight, Ng and Music fell 21-4 21-15 to French pair Ewan Goulin and Swann Hardi of their quarter-final encounter.
Edward Davey and Sonish Hathi additionally reached the spherical of 16 of doubles, whereas Sia Pandit reached the final 16 in her singles marketing campaign earlier than tasting a 21-9 21-11 loss to fifth seed Siofra Flynn of Eire.
Progress and Have interaction Camp
The NBC welcomed the Progress and Have interaction squad over the 15-18th August. The programme was led by Kat Hurrell, supported by information and expertise of a variety of coaches from the community throughout the 4 days.
For singles group there was additionally a concentrate on beneath tape abilities and blocking with management and handing over defence, whereas for doubles, the important thing themes have been sustaining stress from internet and mid with management and persistence, together with coping with stress in defence.
Off courtroom, Energy and Conditioning lead Kathryn Canham put the gamers by way of a 30:15 take a look at, whereby the brand new minimal requirements launched for this Programme 12 months have been monitored and with additional testing happening in the course of the 12 months.
Along with this, all gamers attended workshops from our Efficiency Way of life practitioner Clare Stacey, Nutritionist Jordan Liggins on fueling for coaching and competitors, and from our Safeguarding Crew, Victoria Brown and Angela Toon.
It was a productive and busy week for the juniors and all of the coaches concerned with numerous onerous work put in by the entire group, and additional camps for this group are scheduled throughout September and October to construct on the periods accomplished this month.
U19 Bulgarian Junior
Dillon Chong was the only real English participant to compete on the Bulgarian Junior Open Championship in Pazardzhik from 3-6 August.
Seeded fifth in U19 singles motion, Chong began his marketing campaign with a battling 21-19 8-21 21-13 win over Welsh participant and doubles accomplice Harper Leigh, earlier than falling in a 17-21 21-17 24-22 epic to Eire’s Dylan Noble.
After their spherical one singles conflict, Chong and Leigh joined forces on the doubles courtroom and have been in advantageous type of their opening spherical, easing previous residence pairing Vasilen Galabov and Kristian Pashov – dropping simply seven factors.
And, regardless of defeat, they carried out nicely of their quarter-final, a 21-16 21-16 loss to high seeds Hrvoje Mavriček and Roko Pipunić of Croatia.
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