THERE was a record entry for Warwickshire’s first restricted badminton junior singles tournament of the season, which was held in Warwick over the weekend when more than 100 youngsters competed.
Alveston Juniors were well amongst the medals, bringing home nine despite both the quality and quantity of the opposition.
This time, the age groups were the ‘odd’ age groups and Alveston took gold in the first event of the day when Louis Smithson beat former club-mate Luka Stanley in the final of the boys’ U11 event.
Alveston’s Thomas Weaver won bronze as a beaten semi-finalist in the same age group.
Hopes of victory were high when three of the four U13 semi-finalists were wearing Alveston’s green and white but they had to settle for silver as Ollie Wear lost out in the final to Solihull’s impressive Atithya Maheshwari.
Meanwhile, across the hall, Faith Christopherson had to settle for U13 bronze after losing in the semi-final to the eventual winner Esha Tumber of Coventry Racqueteers.
In the U15 boys’ event it was an all-Alveston final as Thomas Smith won 21-19 in a close battle with Sam Christopherson.
Thomas’ win was all the more impressive as he had been playing with the discomfort of an ingrowing toenail and had delayed the necessary operation in order to compete.
Alveston’s final gold of the day came when Tabitha Sinclair won the girls’ U15 event by comfortably beating Activ Sport’s Tvisha Handa in the final.
The next county restricted tournament in the calendar will be on December 12 when players will be competing in the ‘even’ age groups from U10 through to U16 and Alveston Juniors will be preparing for this at their weekly Tuesday evening sessions at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School in Shottery.
New players looking for coaching in preparation for this should contact the club though its website at www.alvestonjuniors.co.uk.