Alfie takes inaugural tournament

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The YMCA Docking Junior Badminton Club, which runs every Friday after school, ran its first-ever badminton tournament, with head coach Janis Baker organising the event over eight weeks with all 16 children playing in the competition.

It was split into two groups of eight, with games played to 15 points. In group A Alfie Cator was the outright winner, winning all seven games. The runner-up position was between Noah Wells, Jack Matkin and Jack Leveritt in a three way tie. Matkin went through having scored more points.

Group B was even closer, with Molly Skeen, Toby Birkhead and Freddie Hudson all winning six games each. After a count back, there were only four points separating the three players. Going through were Birkhead in first place and only two points behind, Hudson as runner-up.

In the semi-finals Birkhead beat Matkin and Cator beat Hudson. Freddie and Jack then played for third place which Jack won by 15-9.

The final was the most exciting of all the 59 games played, with the first point played being a 52-shot rally! Then Cator, year 6, stormed into the lead against year 5 Birkhead by 10-4. Toby then mixed up his shots and took the next 10 points on the trot. Alfie then came back to tie the game at 14-all. The winning point was won by Alfie who took the title.

A presentation of medals was awarded to the first three competitors, and a trophy also was awarded to the player of the half term; the child who had the best attitude towards learning, and improvement at the club, and it was awarded to 8-year-old Joe Thorpe.

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