Sunday 7 December 2008

Cornwall U13 vs Somerset

The second match of the season for our U13's was an away match against Somerset held on Sunday 9th November at Taunton - always predicted to be a close encounter neither side was to be disappointed.

Our team comprised of:
Ben Johnson Alice Sporik
Adith Kumaravel Georgia Higgs
Toby Bamforth Francesca Ellis
Vinodh Arumugham Sophie Laskowski
Ellis Savage Olivia Mortimore-Luscombe
William Powell Kendall Royden

After both the boys and the girls singles the score was equally placed at 7 -5 to Somerset. There were great victories for Ben, Adith, Ellis, Will and Georgia - commiserations to Toby and Vinodh for so narrowly missing out on their tough games.

The doubles also resulted in some very close games with two fantastic three-ender victories for Ellis/Will and Francesca/Sophie. At this stage of the match Somerset were still ahead at 17 - 13.

At the beginning of the mixed Cornwall needed to win all six of the games - with lots of determination and a desire to secure the match all the observers were treated to some VERY exciting badminton. Cornwall did win three of the mixed - congratulations to Ben/Alice, Ellis/Olivia and Will/Kendall - but we lost the other matches with two of them going to three VERY close ends!!

After a great day's badminton the overall score was 20 - 16 to Somerset. Cornwall so narrowly missed their second victory of the season with FIVE closely fought three-enders just slipping away from us! However, BOTH teams performed extremely well and Peter Fairey of the Someret Team commented on the day, "There have been some brilliant games played in a brilliant spirit by all players on the both sides" - a comment echoed by Paul Johnson and Alison Higgs, managers of our own U13 Team.

Congratulations to ALL players and a special mention to Will Powell who earned a well-deserved Player of the Match Certificate and also to Olivia and Kendall who received their first county Caps.

Alison Higgs