Sunday 27th January 2019 saw this season’s County Junior Championships held at Stowupland Sports Centre. A total of 43 entrants competed for Under 11, 13, 15, 18 honours as well as participating in a couple of all inclusive events; Handicap Singles and Pot Luck Doubles.
The latter 2 events gave the less experienced players the opportunity of beating their higher rated opponents in the Handicap, and to play with the more experienced players in the doubles.
In the Handicap Singles all players were given a rating according to ability and played 1 single game up to 31. The handicap king, Kian Burgess, won the event for the 4th time in 6 years, despite a prohibitive -12 starting point. In total, over the 6 rounds he amassed 258 points, conceding only 18. Astonishing levels of determination and skill.
The aforementioned Kian in combination with Finlay Andrews went all the way to the final in the pot-luck doubles but lost out to Guy Attew and Joseph Kulesa in a well fought final.
The age-categorised events, allow players to compete against their peers, to crown the top players in Suffolk.
The U11 mixed event went the way of the seedings with Isaac Kingham defending his title against Alexander Graham.
The U11 girls event saw Aiva Tendengu victorious with good friend Shannon Heffer runner up in an emotional match.
The U13 mixed event also went the way of the seedings with Henry Shaw defeating Isaac Kingham in the final.
Orlaith Burgess scared off all other opposition and was the only entrant in the U13 girls event.
The U15 mixed event produced one of the matches of the day when Henry Shaw defeated McKenzie Lowe in an epic semi-final match. Number 1 seed Luke Davies Stokes defeated Callum Barrett in other semi and went to win the final for the third year running.
The U15 girls produced an upset when Lucy Needham defeated top seed Isobel McGerty. This was the third time they had played each other during the day and Lucy finally got the result she wanted.
The U18 boys event resulted in a fantastic final to watch when for the 4th consecutive year, James Davies Stokes took on Kian Burgess. Unlike the previous 3 years however, James was more dominant and came out on top in 5 blistering legs to take home the crown.
The U18 girls event had 3 strong competitors playing a round robin event. Isobel McGerty won both her matches without losing a leg and Lucy Curtis narrowly defeated Lucy Needham to be runner up.
Congratulations must go to all the players for their sportsmanship throughout the day and their assistance in ensuring the smooth running of the tournament.
Summary of finals results
U11 Girls – Aiva Tendengu defeated Shannon Heffer
U11 Mixed – Isaac Kingham defeated Alexander Graham 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
U13 Girls – Orlaith Burgess victorious
U13 Boys – Henry Shaw defeated Isaac Kingham 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7
U15 Girls – Lucy Needham defeated Isobel McGerty 15-13, 11-5, 12-10
U15 Boys – Luke Davies-Stokes defeated Henry Shaw 12-10, 11-5, 14-12
U18 Girls – Isobel McGerty victorious, Lucy Curtis runner-up
U18 Boys – James Davies-Stokes defeated Kian Burgess:
10-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4
Handicap singles – Kian Burgess defeated Callum Barrett 31-23
Pot Luck Doubles – Guy Attew & Joseph Kulesa defeated Kian Burgess & Finnlay Andrews 11-8, 9-11, 11-5