Alveston girls claim hat-trick of gold medals at county tournament

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Alveston's Girls U18 team of (l-r) Esha Tumber, Faith Christopherson, Beth Harris and Alicia Hundal.

AS the autumn began to turn the leaves golden, it was fitting that Alveston Juniors’ girls picked up three medals of that colour at the Warwickshire Restricted badminton tournament on Sunday.

Seven other club players won silver or bronze to complement them, in an event held at Warwick’s St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre.

The first medal of the day came in the opening session when Keerti Bakthisaran went through the Girls U12 unbeaten.

Shortly after that, her clubmate Jonty Burton took to the podium to be awarded the Boys U12 Silver, having suffered his only defeat to the winner, Anirudh Mallisetty from Coventry’s Jubilee club

Two more medals followed in the Girls U14. Caitlin Garnett claimed Silver, suffering just one defeat on the way.

Her only reverse coming against eventual winner Shraya Mistry from Rugby. Both girls caught the eye of the watching county coaches and were delighted to be offered trials with the Warwickshire U14 squad.

Club newcomer Saanvi Saharan enjoyed her first competitive outing with a bronze medal to show for her efforts

Some tight matches in the Boys U14 saw Jubilee’s Surith Thogulava come from behind to beat Daniel Stone 21-19 in an absorbing final — Stone himself having reached the final following a 21-20 semi-final win against Rugby’s Aadi Sharma.

Alveston’s Girls U16 team of (l-r) Izzy Warner, Garima Shrimali and Naila Sheik.

It was tight affair in the Girls U16 but the outcome, by a slender margin, was an Alveston double.

No player was unbeaten and medals were decided on counting up points scored.

Another club newcomer, Garima Shrimali, pipped Izzy Warner by just three points overall — despite having lost 21-20 to her earlier. Warner had to settle for silver, having lost just one game herself — going down 21-17 to bronze medallist Naila Sheik

Such was the number of entrants for the Boys U16, matches were played to 15 rather than 21 points.

Rugby’s Dylan Mistry won the final 15-11 against team mate Matthew Irish, having overcome Enhao Yang from Lawrence Sherrif by the same scoreline in the semis. Alveston’s Joe Maynard was the other beaten semi finalist, picking up a bronze.

In the Boys U18 event, Jubilee’s Irfan Shahrizal took Gold ahead of club colleague Fadil Muhammed

In the final event of the day, Alveston players fought out a close contest for the Girls U18.

Beth Harris gritting her teeth for the final three points to beat club mate and adversary, Faith Christopherson 21-19, having trailed 18-19. Beaten semi-finalists were Racqueteers’ Esha Tumber from Coventry and Alicia Hundal

Players looking to take up, or improve their badminton should contact the club for details of their weekly coaching sessions in Leamington and Stratford. See their website www.alvestonjuniors.co.uk or e-mail them on alvestonjuniors@aol.com