11 Feb National School Games – Badminton
The next round of the National Schools Badminton took place at Redbridge Sports Centre on 11th February, with Havering being represented by three Coopers teams and a team from Sacred Heart. It was a really good day with three out of the four teams progressing to the finals at Crystal Palace in March 2016.
In the morning it was the turn of the boys. The Coopers year 7/8/9 team consisted of Thushar Jitesh, Liam Purton, Neo Wren and Daniel Hawkes. They finished the morning top of their group claiming their spot in the finals in really convincing style. Their first match was against Royal Russell (Croydon), the second Hurstmere (Bexley) and the final game against Willowfield (Waltham Forest). Coopers won all three of their matches 5-0 winning 225 points and losing just 83 points in all games. A truly convincing victory.
In the year 10/11 boys again it was Coopers representing the borough with this time Harley Whittlestone, Toby Dunlea, Jamie Squance and Kieron Davison-Pearce. The lads started in style beating Bonas Pastor (Lewisham) 5-0. The next game was to prove the decider in the group with what looked like the two strongest teams playing. St Olaves (Bromley) were a very strong team with several county players in their team. The Coopers boys battled hard but lost this match 4-1. This meant that even though they won their last match 5-0 against Robert Clack (Barking & Dagenham) they would finish in second place with the qualification going to St Olaves.
It was the turn of the girls in the afternoon with the younger girls being represented by Sacred Heart. Their team were Emily Thompson, Jacquie Montague, Grace Lane and Jade Dennis. Again a thoroughly convincing win claiming their spot in the Crystal Palace final. The girls won all three matches 5-0 and won 225 points and lost only 88 points. Their first match was against Eastbury (Barking & Dagenham), the second against The John Roan School (Greenwich) and their final game against Alexandra Park ( Harringey).
Again another convincing win for the older Havering team represented by Coopers and Chloe Lamprell, Phoebe Menear, Harriet Lynch and Rya Sethi. Their first match was against Alexandra park (Harringey) which they won 4-1. The second match was against Brampton Manor (Newham) which they won 5-0. Meaning the last game would determine if they joined the other two teams in the final. It was against Stoke Newington (Hackney) and the girls pulled out a determined performance winning 4-1.
A very good performance from the Borough. It is great to have three teams progressing to the finals at Crystal Palace and I am looking forward to seeing our teams compete in the finals and hope that they can put in more good performances and we can have some Borough success.