David Lang has had a busy few weeks!!!
U14 Hampshire on 29th May - Silver in singles,
U16 Hampshire on 30th May - Bronze in doubles with Lukas Dimatteo
U14 Dorset on 2nd June - Gold in the singles and silver in the doubles with Felix Wright
(U16 Kent on 26th May and U16 Yorkshire on 19th May he reached quarter finals in singles)
Kent U14 Open. May 2018.
An amazing weekend for David Lang winning all three golds with doubles partner Felix Wright and mixed doubles with Sofia Bao.
29th April 2018 - the date we had been waiting for.
Walthamstow Hall's U14 school badminton team travelled to Milton Keynes to the finals (last six) of the 2018 School Team Championships following their domination of regional Kent and South East rounds of this competition.
AND THEY WON IT!!!
Sofia Bao and Holly Williams brought all their National tournament experience to the squad but could not have achieved this result without the other three team members: Hannah Sarshar, Annabel Sykes and Rosie Williamson who had only taken up badminton 3 years ago when they joined the school but have made enormous progress and made this result possible, with a little help from Jo obviously!
You can see from the photos how delighted Jo was to be back in her spiritual home (??) celebrating the success of this team. Hopefully the first of many.
21-22 April U13 English National Championships
A new age group National champion arrives! Sofia Bao wins the girls doubles title with partner Lucy Brierley and adds that to two bronzes in mixed (partner Ben Horseman) and singles.
Following this amazing weekend for Sofia she was contacted by the England junior pathway coaches as she is now on the junior programme.
21-22 April U17 English National Championships
Holly Williams Bronze medal in mixed doubles with partner Will Atkin. Both are still one year young in this age group so a solid result for them.
2018 ICT U18 Tournament: KENT ARE SECOND!!
An amazing achievement from the Kent U18 squad to finish 2nd in the country behind the ever strong Bucks team. Jo Muggeridge tells me that the last time Kent finished this high was when she was still eligible to play in the team (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Ie a VERY long time ago.
HBC members who were selected in the squad of 10 and participated in this event were:
Shivani Bhoombla, Mehar Bijral, Rory Easton, Emma Goddard, Sankalp Ramanen, Emily Tilman, Holly Williams
This team has also qualified into the top 8 to play off for the title in the U18 Shires league.
Sat/Sun 23/24th Feb Nottingham Senior Gold
Another golden weekend for Rory winning the singles and doubles at this senior gold event, helped along in the doubles by Matt Nottingham. Matt and Holly Williams also reached the semi final of the mixed doubles taking a set from the eventual winners Roe/Hopton who are full time players!
Sunday 18th Feb
Annabel Sykes and Hannah Sarshar win their first Badminton England doubles medal taking bronze at the Sussex U15 Bronze tournament. Hopefully the first of many!
9th-11th Feb U19 Nationals
GOLD!!!! Finally a single title for Rory Easton on his 8th attempt. With a head to head v Harry Huang of 15-1 (17-1 if you include Internationals) it was a great result for Rory.
Also silver in the Mixed Doubles.
Sat 3rd Feb
David Land and partner Felix Wright win gold at the East of London U15 Bronze.
Kent Schools Championship sees the Wally Girls winning their way through to the next round which will include schools from the whole of the South East. Watch this space! The last time we had a local school team make the National finals was many years ago. 2018 could be the year.
Team was Hannah Sarshar, Rosie Williamson, Annabel Sykes, Sofia Bao, Holly Williams.
This weekend the medals came flying through the door - great start to the year!!
14th Jan U15 Essex - David Land won bronze in the boys singles and gold in the boys doubles with his partner Harry Wakefield
13-14th Jan U17 Gold Redbridge
Emma Goddard: Silver in girls singles gold event
Sankalp Ramanan: Silver in boys singles gold event
Holly Williams: Silver in girls doubles with partner Gauri Shidhaye
13th-14th Jan Senior Gold Northumberland
Triple Gold for Rory with partners Hope Warner and Matt Nottingham
Silver in the mixed for Emily Easton and Matt Nottingham.
European U17 Championships, Prague, 25th - 29th November 2017
Team bronze for England already in the bag. On to the individual competition. Rory chose to concentrate on mixed and doubles this time hoping to stand on the podium in both disciplines. He won bronze with partner Harry Huang losing to the pre-tournament favourites from France who went on to win the final against the other English doubles pairing Ethan van Leuven and David Hong.
Then for the big one a mixed doubles final against Sebastien Groenbjerg and Clara Graversen who had won the mixed title the last time this age group competed at a European Championship in 2015.
The final did not disappoint and a tense third set was required to separate the two pairs.
Congratulations to all involved. A good week for the whole England U17 squad.
EUROPEAN U17 MIXED CHAMPIONS 2017
RORY EASTON and HOPE WARNER
Coverage is on utube - it was a very close final!!
18th 19th November Wimbledon Senior Gold.
Holly Williams and Matthew Nottingham win the mixed title only dropping one set on their way. The tournament organiser referred to Holly as "ice maiden" such was her composure in what must have been a very pressured situation. Huge thanks to Matthew Nottingham for partnering Holly - an invaluable experience for her.
DAVID LANG wins his first international singles title taking the U13 Trophy home from Edinburgh at the weekend as part of the East of Scotland Yonex Open Tournament. Well done David as the Scots never like to be beaten on their home turf (especially by someone from England!)
Final result England finish 9th. The only other European team to make the top 10 was France.
Images live from World Juniors Indonesia, England make it through to 9-12 play-off with 3-0 win over Belgium
Kent Senior Restricted 2017
Ladies Doubles Champions: Gemma Whiting and Jo Muggeridge
Mixed Doubles Champions: Rory Easton & Holly Williams, runners up Mark & Gemma
Mens Doubles Champions: Rory Easton & Mark Law
Ladies Singles Champion: Gemma Whiting, runner up Holly
It was so very nearly a clean sweep of all 5 Kent titles for our members of our HBC training groups and their coaches!! Mehar Bijral was runner up in the mens singles.
Full list of results see live news feed and notice board at Wally.
Congratulations to all those who took part and huge thanks to Walthamstow Hall access to the training facilities. The results are showing.
England Selection news, September 2017
Holly Williams: selected into U15 Danish Cup team travelling to Denmark 12th Oct 2017
Rory Easton: Selected into England U19 squad travelling to World Juniors Team and Individual event, Indonesia, 9-20th Oct 2017
Rory Easton: Selected into England U17 team for European Championships Nov 2017
Masters World Championships - India, September 2017
Jo win the Ladies Doubles title with Tracey Middleton, but has to settle for silver in the mixed competition.
Wimbledon U19 Gold 9th/10th Sept
Rory won the boys doubles title with Harry Huang, reached the singles final losing to Harry and reached the mixed doubles semifinal with partner Hope Warner.
Kent Junior Restricted 2017 9th/10th Sept 2017
A fantastic set of results from the Kent Junior Restricted this weekend despite an unfortunate clash with a Gold circuit event that took a few players away. Many young players were participating in their first Junior Restricted. Particular mention to the Bagshaw Family who only moved to Kent from Cumbria at the beginning of September but this did not hold them back! Several players won multiple titles including:
Holly Williams U18 singles and doubles
Emma Goddard U18 Mixed and doubles
Shivani Bhoombla U16 Singles and doubles
Prabhav Bhamidipati U16 Singles and doubles
Sofia Bao U14 Singles and doubles
Full Results here and also on the Wally Hall noticeboard. Well played everyone.
Eurasia Bulgarian Open 14th-17th August 2017
Then on to the Eurasia Bulgarian Open 2017 which the juniors were really just playing for experience against senior players. Rory and his mixed partner Hope Warner were drawn to play a Rio Olympian Stoeva (also recent European doubles finalist) in their first match. They surprised everyone by winning that one and the next so are now through to day 3 of the tournament and playing in the last 8.
Bulgarian Junior International 11th-13th August 2017
1st International news of the 17/18 season. Rory wins a surprise bronze at the Bulgarian Junior International (U19) knocking out 3rd seed Rossi in the last 16.