Mixed results for badminton players

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Nelson Badminton hosted the inaugural under-13 National Championships on behalf of Badminton New Zealand, at the Nelson stadium over the weekend.

Being the first, there was no way of knowing how many entries would be received, however organisers were pleased with the final total of 33 entrants. Twenty-one of those came from the North Island while many of the South Island entries came from as far south as Invercargill and Dunedin. There were five competitors from Nelson.

As expected, the championship events were dominated by the North Islanders, with all five winning players and combinations coming from the Auckland region. The Nelson players all tried hard and even surprised themselves with some of the results they achieved against much more experienced opposition.

Overall, there were 109 matches played, and they ran very much to time, which was a credit to the organisation skills of Nelson secretary Cassie Marwick. Friday evening saw the first two rounds of singles and mixed doubles, and a round of the plate competition for first round losers. Saturday morning’s session consisted of getting all the draws through to the semi-finals, so that those matches could be played in the Saturday afternoon session. Sunday’s session consisted of the finals in all 13 events that were contested.

Of the Nelson players, the best performer was Matthew Earle who made the final of the boys’ doubles plate with his Auckland-based partner, as well as having a win in the singles plate and two close losses in the mixed doubles and plate events. Kate Standish won her first round plate singles match, but lost both her mixed doubles, where she was playing with fellow Nelsonian Shiloh Edmonds.

Harry Tilsley achieved a win in the boys’ doubles plate where he played with Ben Perkinson of Waikato.