Docking youngsters taste double success

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Docking Primary School had the highest amount of entries and was West Norfolk’s most successful school during two recent badminton tournaments.

Both events were organised YMCA Docking Junior Badminton Club coach Janis Baker and were held over the last eight weeks.

A total of 57 games were played with youngsters from years 3 and 4 in a round-robin group of seven and year 5 and 6 in a separate group of nine.

Each pupil played each other in games to 15 points.

In the younger tournament, third place went to Olivia Matkin and runner-up was Ella Hudson.

Amy Howard took the title without dropping a single point.

The year 5 and 6 competition was much closer with Freddie Hudson finishing in third place.

The deciding game was an exciting contest between year 6 pupil Toby Birkhead and year 5 youngster Jack Leverett.

It was incredibly close the whole way through and at 14-14 the final point was won by the former.

The pupils were presented with trophies before Baker chose the most improved player for the season, based on improved ability, attitude towards learning and good attendance.

This was awarded to Freya Sands, 11, who was awarded her trophy at the last session of the season.

Meanwhile, nine students and two ex-students recently entered the West Norfolk Championships, with many trophy winners.

Hudson was the under-8 girls’ singles runner-up, Howard the under-10 girls’ singles winner, and doubles runner-up with Olivia Matkin.

Leverett was the under-10 boys’ singles winner and Freddie Hudson runner-up.

Together, Leverett and Hudson also combined to win the under-10 boys’doubles event.

Megan Skeen was the under-12 doubles runner-up.

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