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November 2013

There was an excellent turn-out of fifteen Pembrokeshire players in the South wales Shuttle Tournament played at Whitland on November 9th.  For some it was their first serious tournament and there was a good haul of medals for Pembrokeshire.


Top performance among the Pembrokeshire players came from Eleanor Downes who took golds in the singles and the doubles under 13 girls.  For both Eleanor and her partner, Emma Cox it was their first tournament so a terrific result for them both.  As well as gold in doubles, Emma also reached 16 points in her semi final against  Lydia Morris of Gwent who has been playing tournaments for a couple of years.


In the under 17 girls Erin Rees was playing up an age bracket and narrowly missed out on gold in the singles losing by just 3 points against Mennah Griffiths of Carmarthen.  She got her revenge in the doubles winning gold with partner Tallulah Ray.


Another great first tournament for 9 year old Daniel Kite who took two medals.  He won gold in the under 11 singles and a silver in the under 13 doubles with Ashwin Gunasekaran. The doubles was a really tight contest as there were three pairs who won three matches each and lost one in the doubles, so the results went on points difference.  The winners were Carmarthen’s Dan Clarke and Aryan Gupta who only just beat Ashwin and Dan 22 – 20.   Dan and Aryan were beaten by Pembrokeshire’s  Nihkil Mathias and Rakshith Vijay but those two also lost to Dan and Ashwin.


So a frustrating result for Nikhil and Rakshith who beat the eventual winners but still ended up without a doubles medal!


In the under 13 boys singles, Nikhil gained some consolation as he took the silver medal.  In a strong performance his closest match was against  young club mate, Daniel Kite  in the pool, and then a good semi-final win of 21-12.  He won the first game in the final but then lost by just three points in the next two.


In the under 15 boys singles, William Hughes won three of his pool matches, narrowly losing the fourth to 18.  That put him in the semi final but he couldn’t progress further and he lost to the eventual gold winner, Lewis Richards of Penarth. A good first tournament also for Jack Miles who won two pool matches which were not quite enough to get to the semi final.


It was a better result for William in the doubles despite playing with a scratch partner - Ben Russell of Whitland. They  played really well  to win silver after taking three close matches in the pool, before losing to a well practised and experienced pair from Penarth.


Report thanks to Phil Gwyther


Pembrokeshire shines at Whitland Shuttle Junior event