Feltwell and North Wootton pair make all-West Norfolk county schools final

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West Norfolk Junior Badminton players Harry Wakefield and Luc Widdowson both brought home winners’ trophies from the Norfolk Schools Badminton Association under 12 championships.

There was a large entry in the boy’s singles, so the first round was split into eight groups of three.

The top two from each group went into the main draw, with 10 year-old Harry from Feltwell and Luc, 12, from North Wootton easily qualifying after winning their respective groups. Alfie Cator, 12, from Docking and 9 year-old David Flannigan from Downham did extremely well to join them after winning at least one game in their groups.

Cole Fowler-Emmerson, 10, from Downham won the plate event. After winning two games in the first round he then won the final 21-11.

In the main draw Harry and Luc continued to win their next round groups to reach the quarter-finals, and were joined by Alfie who won two games in his group.

But it was the more experienced players who progressed, winning both their quarters and semi-finals to make it an all-West final.

There was not much between the pair at the change of ends at 11-9, but Harry then pulled away to win the title defeating Luc by 21-12.

Jamie Streets from Methwold played in the girls singles, competing well against much more experienced opponents.

The boys doubles was played in two groups, with Luc and Harry unbeaten in their group to reach the semis which they proceeded to win easily 21-5, then won the final against two other county players 21-10.

In the play-off games for the other placings, Cator (with Sam Dixon from Fakenham) finished fifth out of nine and Flannigan (with Norwich’s Conor Bell) came sixth.

The mixed doubles saw probably the best match of the day. This time the honours went to Luc, with partner Jasmine Hudson, who defeated Harry and Eden Harrison 21-19 in a close deciding match, which could have been won by either pair.

l WNJB is sponsored by Roythorne’s Garage of North Wootton.