Easy does it for duo at Ipswich and District Badminton League Under-15 Championships

Top row from left to right - Matthew Cross, Levi Hoang, Ben Bennett-Day and Joshua Braker
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Top row from left to right - Matthew Cross, Levi Hoang, Ben Bennett-Day and Joshua Braker Bottom Row from left to right - Rebekah Easy, Katie Scott, Samantha Knott and Emma Jobbins - Credit: Archant

Hamlets’ Rebekah Easy and YMCA’s Levi Hoang notched a hat-trick of victories at the Ipswich and District Badminton League Under-15 Championships, at Northgate Sports Centre.

They gained victories in the singles, level doubles and mixed events.

In the boys’ singles, Blake Hoang, nine, the youngest competitor of the day, put in a spirited performance in his defeat by Craig Newcombe (Stowmarket), and showed that he will be a serious challenger for titles in years to come.

There were semi-final wins for Levi Hoang over Newcombe, and Matthew Cross (Corinthians) against Joshua Braker (Stowmarket).

In the final, Hoang took an early lead in the first game against Cross and remained ahead to win 21-12. The second game was a see-saw contest, Hoang took a 7-0 lead, then soon found himself 12-7 down, before recovering to win 21-18 and secure victory.

The girls’ singles event was played in two groups with Easy and Katie Scott (Corinthians) emerging undefeated to contest the final. Easy, last year’s runner-up, won the first game 21-11 and went on to win the match in a closely contested second game, 21-19.

The boys’ singles finalists, Cross and Levi Hoang, paired up to take the boys’ doubles title. In their match against the Stowmarket duo, Braker and Ben Bennett-Day, who were the runners-up, they came out on top in a 21-12, 21-14 win. For Cross and Hoang it was third time lucky, having been runners-up in this event for the previous two years.

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The girls’ doubles trophy was won by Easy and Scott. They secured a 21-7, 21-4 victory over Emma Jobbins and Samantha Scott of Stowmarket who finished as runners-up.

In the last event of the day Easy and Levi Hoang completed their treble by taking the mixed doubles title. In a round robin competition, they won all their matches including the 21-14 defeat of Cross and Scott, who finished in second place.

Boys’ Singles: Semi-finals – L Hoang beat C Newcombe 21-6, 21-3. M Cross beat J Braker 21-16, 21-11. Final: L Hoang beat M Cross 21-12, 21-18.

Girls’ Singles: Final: R Easy beat K Scott 21-11, 21-19.

Boys’ Doubles: Winners – M Cross & L Hoang, Runners-up - J Braker & B Bennett-Day.

Girls Doubles: Winners – R Easy & K Scott, Runners-up – E Jobbins & S Knott.

Mixed Doubles: Winners – R Easy & L Hoang, Runners-up – K Scott & M Cross.

Boys’ Singles Plate: Winner – B Bennett-Day

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