Mak­ing fi­nal is a Silver lin­ing for young Phil

The Chronicle - - Grassroots Sport -

THE an­nual Northum­ber­land Se­nior Silver Tour­na­ment at the Ty­ne­side Bad­minton Cen­tre at­tracted the usual qual­ity field.

It was led by Josh Young from Teesside who was top seed in both sin­gles and dou­bles, with part­ner Martin Drab­ble, de­fend­ing both his ti­tles from last year.

Northum­ber­land’s young guns fea­tured strongly with five semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ances and one fi­nal.

Sec­ond seed Philip Pa­ha­touridis made the men’s sin­gles fi­nal with a min­i­mum of fuss, as did Young, who de­feated Gar­rylee McMullen in his semi-fi­nal.

In a re­peat of last year’s de­cider, McMullen fared bet­ter but in the end lost out to Young’s con­sis­tently ac­cu­rate, high-tempo game 21-15, 21-18.

The fi­nal fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern with Pa­ha­touridis, while com­pet­i­tive, un­able to get ahead and he too lost in straight games.

Sev­en­teen play­ers con­tested the ladies’ sin­gles with New­cas­tle Univer­sity stu­dent CiCi Lu top seed.

She duly made the fi­nal with­out the loss of a set and came up against Scot­tish ju­nior in­ter­na­tional Ba­sia Gro­dyn­ska from Loth­ian, who had made the fi­nal un­seeded hav­ing beaten Becky Boyle in her open­ing game and Northum­brian ex-pat Vicky Brewis in the semi in three sets.

Lu started the bet­ter and took the open­ing set be­fore Gro­dyn­ska grad­u­ally worked her way into the match, lev­el­ling at one set all be­fore es­tab­lish­ing, and keep­ing, a lead to take the de­cider 21-15.

The men’s dou­bles saw McMullen part­ner Ryan Quek from Worces­ter­shire and they made the semis be­fore los­ing in three sets.

How­ever, the shock re­sult was in the other half of the draw, Young and Drab­ble go­ing down in three sets in their open­ing match to James Lauder and Jack Smith from Ox­ford­shire.

They went on to de­feat Robert Cooper of Staffs and Alex Hutch­ings of Jer­sey 21-18, 15-21, 23-21.

Emily Har­ri­son, an­other prod­uct of Northum­ber­land and a ‘Gold’ ju­nior player, was the next to make a semi - part­ner­ing Lu from York­shire.

They were de­feated by Brewis and Elena John­son of Guernsey, the top seeds, 11-21, 21-19, 21-19.

The lat­ter had three more close sets in the fi­nal but lost to sec­ond seeds So­phie Brealey of Der­byshire and Rachel Vick­ers of Cheshire.

In the mixed dou­bles, Pa­ha­touridis and Lu beat the top seeds Drab­ble and Vick­ers in the quar­ter-fi­nal 21-14, 23-21.

In the last four they faced John­son and Jor­dan Tre­bert of Guernsey, tak­ing the first set 21-17 be­fore los­ing the sec­ond to 18.

The North duo led the de­cider 15-9 and 17-12 but even­tu­ally went down 25-23 af­ter hav­ing a match point and also sav­ing two!

Phil Pa­ha­touridis made the men’s sin­gles fi­nal

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