Monday 25 February 2013

Under 11 County Championships

Sunday 24th February 2013

Medal winners: William and Charlotte Freer, Cara Collins, Sam Hammersley and Harry Dyer

Cornwall badminton's premier event for under 11 players had a good entry of both boys and girls attend the championships at Truro School.

The games were keenly contested with many close matches between the enthusiastic players.


Three groups of players contested the boy’s singles competition. Each game was played to 15 points and there were many close games with notable performances from Alfie Hammersley and Charlie Fox. However, it was Alfie's older brother Sam who qualified to play William Freer in the Final. It was a fantastic achievement by Sam to reach the final who was struggling with a cold. The final did not disappoint the packed sports hall with a high level of badminton on display from both players. The eventual winner was William Freer who built upon his recent win in Devon and won in 3 ends 12-15, 15-8, 15-11.

The boys who did not progress through the group stage were entered into a plate event, which threw up some interesting clashes and was well fought out by all players. A close final, with fantastic play, saw Sam Phelps beat Ethan Walsh 15-11.

Two groups of players competed for the girl’s singles event with Cara Collins and Charlotte Freer winning through to the final. There were some fine displays and close games within the group phase with a notable performance from Mollie Bailey who only lost one game. The girls final saw Cara Collins build upon her success in Plymouth with a win over her doubles partner Charlotte, 15-6 15-13. Both girls played to the peak of their ability to create an entertaining match.

The girl’s singles plate saw Molly Pritchard meet Naomi Cavill in the final. A notable performance in the plate event came from was Issy Walsh who reached the semi-final then was out pointed by Molly. Yet another close final saw Naomi Cavill beat her doubles partner Molly 15-12.


The doubles events had 1 group for boys and 1 group the girls with all pairs playing each other for the trophy.

In the boy’s doubles event, the closest game of the day was contested between Ethan Walsh and Sam Phelps against Harry Dyer and Charlie Fox with the latter winning through 15-13. The William Freer Sam Hammersley pairing won all their games and took the winner’s trophy with Harry and Charlie taking the runners up honour.

The girl’s doubles events provided many close matches, with the game of the day between Issy Walsh and Holly Crabb narrowly losing to sisters Mollie and Rebecca Bailey 15-13. The eventual winners were the pairing of Cara Collins who partnered 8 year old Charlotte Freer, who added another competition victory to their recent open tournaments successes. Naomi Cavill partnered Molly Pritchard to take the runners up berth.


The mixed competition commenced with two groups of players pairings, with the winners of each group fighting it out for the final honours. Siblings William and Charlotte Freer won through group 1 to set up a final against group 2 winners Harry Dyer and Cara Collins. The final provided a real warming treat to the crowd in freezing conditions in the sports hall. The rallies were long and highly technical with Harry and Cara eventually winning through 15-9, 16-14 against William and Charlotte.

The days play was enjoyed by both players and spectators and provided Cara Collins with a hat trick and William Freer with a brace of victories during the day.


Boys Singles

William Freer beat Sam Hammersley 12-15, 15-8, 15-11

Boys Plate

Sam Phelps beat Ethan Walsh 15-11

Girls Singles

Cara Collins beat Charlotte Freer 15-6, 15-13

Girls Plate

Naomi Cavill beat Molly Pritchard 15-12

Boys Doubles

Winners - William Freer and Sam Hammersley

Runners up - Harry Dyer and Charlie Fox

Girls Doubles

Winners - Cara Collins and Charlotte Freer

Runners up - Naomi Cavill and Molly Pritchard

Mixed Doubles

Harry Dyer and Cara Collins beat William and Charlotte Freer 15-9 16-14