Hannah Robertshaw wins a hat-trick of badminton titles
Abbeygate’s Hannah Robertshaw captured three titles at the Ipswich & District Badminton League Junior Championships, at Northgate Sports Centre.
In the Badminton Base-sponsored event, Jonathan Kuribayashi-Coleman (Meridians) was the winner of two titles in the competition for the under-15 age group.
Hannah won the singles title as well as the doubles and mixed doubles, while Kuribayashi-Coleman won the male singles and doubles events.
In the boys’ singles, Kuribayashi-Coleman made comfortable progress to the final including a semi-final win against Matthew Cross (Corinthians), while in the bottom half of the draw, Alex Hunt (Abbeygate) advanced, following two hard-fought matches which required a deciding third game, against Paddy Miller (YMCA), and against Levi Hoang (YMCA) in the semi-final.
Kuribayashi-Coleman took the title, beating Hunt, 21-15, 21-12, in the final.
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The first match losers entered a plate competition and Fionn O’Reilly (Thorpeness) won his three matches to emerge as the winner, defeating Tommy Hunt (Abbeygate), in the final.
Robertshaw and Rebecca Easy (YMCA) halved their match in a round-robin girls’ singles competition, but Robertshaw won the event by winning her other matches, with Easy finishing as the runner-up.
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The boys’ doubles competition saw some new entrants playing competitive badminton together for the first time. Their energy and enthusiasm could not be faulted.
Three pairs dominated the event, each winning six of their seven games and total points scored decided the outcome of the final positions.
Alex Hunt and Kuribayashi-Coleman won the event with 145 points, despite losing their last game, 21-19, to Cross and Hoang, who were runners-up for the second year running. O’Reilly and Miller had played well, but just missed out and had to settle for third place scoring 141 points.
The Abbeygate pairing of Robertshaw and Georgia Carr were the victors in the girls’ doubles. Easy and Mathilda Barnard (Woodbridge), who were defeated 21-11, 21-10 by Robertshaw and Carr, were the runners-up.
Robertshaw completed her hat-trick of victories, by winning the mixed doubles, partnered by Cross. The duo won all their games, including a 21-17 defeat of Carr and Matthew Osborne (Abbeygate), who finished as runners-up.
Boys’ Singles: Semi-finals – J Kuribayashi-Coleman beat M Cross 21-10 21-16. A Hunt beat L Hoang 21-16, 19-21, 21-15, Final: J Kuribayashi-Coleman beat A Hunt 21-15, 21-12.
Girls’ Singles: Winner – H Robertshaw, Runner-up – R Easy.
Boys’ Doubles: Winners – A Hunt & J Kuribayashi-Coleman, Runners-up - M Cross & L Hoang.
Girls Doubles: Winners – G Carr & H Robertshaw, Runners-up – M Barnard & R Easy.
Mixed Doubles: Winners – H Robertshaw & M Cross, Runners-up G Carr & M Osborne.
Boys’ Singles Plate: Winner – F O’Reilly