ALVESTON Juniors Badminton Club had a successful day at the weekend’s junior county restricted event held at St Nicholas Park, Warwick.
The club’s first medal came in the boys’ U10 event as Vernon Aun took bronze but it was the boys’ U12 in which Alveston took over the rostrum.
Three of the four semi-finalists are current Alveston players and even the fourth was a former member. Noah Smithson edged out team-mate and Stratford newcomer Ollie Wear 21-18 in a closely fought final after having come from behind to beat a distraught Louis Kendrick 23-21 in the semi-final.
Wear had beaten Harrison Sainsbury in the other semi.
Meanwhile, Faith Christopherson claimed gold in the girls’ U12 event.
The medals continued in the U14s as Esme Fergusson took gold ahead of club-mate Caitlin Voges. This was an extremely tight event as all three medal winners dropped just one game each and standings were decided on points scored. Voges edged out third placed Kiri Chohan from Coventry by just one game point.
Sam Christopherson was unable to match his sister’s earlier achievement and had to settle for U14 boys’ silver after going down narrowly 22-20 in the final against Nathan Aldulami from Activ Sport.
The final age group of the day, the U16s, saw two more medals for the white and greens. The boys’ event was a tight affair as another three-way tie was decided on games points.
This time James Scott missed out on gold by just one game point to Ravi Bodalia from Virgin Active.
Caitlin Voges, this time playing above her own age group, gained a highly creditable bronze U16 to add to her silver U14.
Due to the popularity of the club’s coaching sessions, Alveston have added a new weekly slot at Meon Vale Leisure Centre which now runs between 6.30-8pm on Mondays. Players interested in joining can contact the club via www.alvestonjuniors.co.uk.
Girls’ U14 players Caitlin Voges, Esme Fergusson and Kiri Chohan. (s)