Young Zak mix­ing it with se­niors

BAD­MINTON

Herald Express - - Marketplace - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

YEAR 10 New­ton Ab­bot Col­lege stu­dent, Zak-Ray Lin­ley-Moss, has made his bad­minton sin­gles and dou­bles de­but for the Devon County se­niors team.

Zak, the youngest mem­ber and top ranked player in the team, met op­po­si­tion in the sin­gles and dou­bles com­pe­ti­tion from the Som­er­set and Corn­wall county teams.

In the sin­gles matches, Zak faced the num­ber one player in Som­er­set, beat­ing him 21-6 21-6. His se­cond match against num­ber one player, Harry Dyer, from Corn­wall, saw Zak pushed to play his best bad­minton. De­spite a close, three-end game, Zak se­cured the win 21-10, 22-24, 21-19.

It was a sim­i­lar story in the dou­bles matches; Zak, part­nered with Martyn Sch­midt, com­pre­hen­sively beat both Som­er­set and Corn­wall teams, help­ing Devon to a com­pre­hen­sive 10-1 10-1 over­all win over both Som­er­set and Corn­wall and a top rank­ing.

Zak said of the games: “It was a real plea­sure to be picked for the Se­nior Team. There was such a great at­mos­phere for the games and I gained great ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing with older play­ers with dif­fer­ent play­ing styles.

“I would love to con­tinue win­ning with the county team and also con­tinue to fo­cus on my in­di­vid­ual game.

“This tour­na­ment has helped me pre­pare for the up­com­ing U15 Carl­ton Youth In­ter­na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in Hol­land in De­cem­ber.”

Teacher of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, Ian Patch­ett, said of Zak’s win: “We are so in­cred­i­bly proud of Zak and his con­tin­ued suc­cess on the bad­minton court.

“His ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion to­wards his sport is gen­uinely in­spir­ing and we can’t wait to see just how far this tal­ented player will go.”

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