Hayley and Jorge take pride of place

THE Ipswich and District Badminton League Championships for the under-18 age group took place at Northgate Sports Centre, with pride of place going to Hayley Moore (Meridians) and Jorge Reis (Adastral Park), who both won two events.

THE Ipswich and District Badminton League Championships for the under-18 age group took place at Northgate Sports Centre, with pride of place going to Hayley Moore (Meridians) and Jorge Reis (Adastral Park), who both won two events.

There was also success for the Thorpeness club, who had competitors finishing in top or runner-up spots in all five events.

There was some fierce rivalry in the early stages of the boys' singles, with several matches needing a third game to decide the outcome.

Michael Hand (Bosmere) overcame club-mates Simeon Pattison and Philip Nash before bowing out at the semi-final stage to Tim Scott (YMCA).

In the bottom half of the draw, Tom Samuel (Thorpeness) was stretched in his matches against Ross Slade (Abbeygate) and James Adderson (Stowmarket) before defeating Luke Burgess (YMCA) in his semi-final.

In a marathon contest, Scott won the first game of the final against Samuel, 22-20, but, despite having four match points, lost the second game 25-23.

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The third game was an epic contest and, at 19-19 Samuel raised his game to take the title.

In the semi-finals of the girls' singles, Moore overcame Claudette Reis (Adastral Park) in three games while Charlotte Clouting (Thorpeness) reached the final with victory over Louise Christopher (Stowmarket).

Clouting retained a narrow lead throughout the first game of the final, winning 21-19. Moore raised her game in the second and with a run of nine points, won 21-9 to level the contest and completed her victory by a 21-16 margin in the third.

In a round-robin boys' doubles event, Jorge Reis and Tim Scott won all their games to lift the trophy. The Thorpeness duo of Samuel and David Kerrison finished as runners up, losing only to the eventual winners, 21-19.

A small entry in the girls' doubles event was decided in the match where Clouting and Moore played Kym Gormer (Belstead) and Claudette Reis.

With honours even after the first two games, Clouting and Moore triumphed 21-13 in the third to retain the title.

The day ended with six pairs contesting the mixed doubles in a round-robin format. This was won by Gormer and Jorge Reis, who won four of their five games, losing only 21-20 to Moore and Burgess.

Three pairs each won three of their five games - Clouting and Samuel, Moore and Burgess and Claudette Reis and Scott, but it was Clouting and Samuel who finished as runners-up, having scored more points overall.

Boys' Singles: Semi-finals -T Scott beat M Hand 21-15, 26-24. T Samuel beat L Burgess 21-14, 21-16. Final: T Samuel beat T Scott 20-22, 25-23 21-19.

Girls' Singles: Semi-finals - H Moore beat C Reis 24-26, 21-15, 22-20, C Clouting beat L Christopher 21-15, 21-17. Final: H Moore beat C Clouting 19-21, 21-9, 21-16.

Boys' Doubles: Winners - J Reis & T Scott, Runners-up - D Kerrison & T Samuel.

Girls Doubles: Winners - C Clouting & H Moore, Runners-up - K Gormer & C Reis.

Mixed Doubles: Winners - K Gormer & J Reis, Runners-up - C Clouting & T Samuel.

Boys' Plate Winner: J Adderson.

Girls' Plate Winner: C Reis.

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