Chester wins Ipswich badminton title for third straight year
- Credit: Archant
Some 30 youngsters competed in the Ipswich and District Badminton League Junior Championships for the under 15 age group at Whitton Sports Centre.
Grace Chester (Woodbridge) won the girls’ singles event for the third year running and the Stowmarket pairing of Oliver Pearmain and Robert Wing retained the boys’ doubles title.
The boys’ singles was played in four groups with the group winners progressing to the semi-finals where Rylee Hoang (YMCA) defeated Oliver Pearmain (Stowmarket) and Sam Rahmanpour (YMCA) was the victor against Robert Wing.
In the final, Rahmanpour gained an early lead against Hoang winning the first nine points, taking the first game 21-14, and went on to lift the title winning the second game 21-18.
Rahmanpour and Matthew Wilson (YMCA) won all their games in Group A to reach the boys’ doubles final.
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In Group B, Pearmain and Wing and the YMCA pair, Zheng Chok and Hoang, were both unbeaten when they met in the last game. Pearmain and Wing came out on top by a single point, 21-20 and became champions for the second year running by defeating Rahmanpour and Wilson 21-16, 21-19 in the final.
The remaining events were played in round-robin format. Seven girls contested the girls’ singles with Chester winning her 6 games including a 21-15 victory over Kayleigh Williams (YMCA) who finished as runner-up.
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Williams and Zofia Campbell-Robson (YMCA) won the girls’ doubles trophy which included a 21-16, 21-15 victory against Maesie McKenna and Georgina Sait of Abbeygate, who finished as runners-up.
The mixed doubles was the closing event and there was an exciting climax as two pairs with five victories each contested the final game where Chester and Lucas Campbell-Robson defeated Williams and Hoang 21-20.
Boys’ Singles: Semi-finals – R Hoang beat O Pearmain 21-11, S Rahmanpour beat R Wing 21-13.
Final: S Rahmanpour beat R Hoang 21-14, 21-18.
Girls’ Singles: Winner - G Chester, Runner-up – K Williams.
Boys’ Doubles: Final – O Pearmain & R Wing beat S Rahmanpour & M Wilson 21-16, 21-19.
Girls Doubles: Winners – Z Campbell-Robson & K Williams, Runners-up – M McKenna & G Sait.
Mixed Doubles: Winners – G Chester & L Campbell-Robson, Runners-up – K Williams & R Hoang.