Monday, 14 December 2015

North Birmingham KS4 Badminton Champions!

Monday 14th December 2015

The Arthur Terry School entered the North Birmingham Schools KS4 Badminton competition, which was held at the North Birmingham Academy school this evening. The team was represented by four boys from Y9, Sam Palmer, Dan Evans, Tom Wilcox and Jack Hawkins.

KS4 boys badminton team
The competition format:
Six Teams (including Arthur Terry) entered into the tournament.  The schools/teams were split into 2 groups of 3; each team playing each other once; the top ranked teams in each group progressing through to the final to determine the overall tournament winners!

Each match included two singles (between top two seeded players) and three doubles games, all being played first to 11 points! NB: Winners of each match decided by the total number of games won.

Group A: Arthur Terry; Fairfax (A-Team) and Bishop Walsh. 
Group B: Fairfax (B Team); Bishop Vesey and N.B.A

Tournament/Match Reports:
The Arthur Terry boys first group match was against Fairfax-A.  The first 4 games in this tie were equally taken, leaving the match evenly poised at 2 - 2 going into the final doubles game ( be played by Dan and Tom). After taking a 9 - 4 lead within the game, the match looked certain to be won, however the score line shortly went to a nail biting 10 - 10 ...Next point the winner scenario!! Fortunately the boys held their nerve and secured the decisive point to beat Fairfax 3 - 2 overall.

The second and final group game against Bishop Walsh followed a similar pattern to the first! After the first 4 games were equally taken, leaving the score at 2 - 2, Dan and Tom once again had the pressure of needing to win the final doubles game that would win the match and enable the boys to top the group!  Fortunately, the blood pressure of those spectating was kept reasonably low during this game as we witnessed the boys display a very dominant performance, winning the game 11 - 2.

The boys then waited patiently for the remaining group matches to be completed to see who they would face in the final! 

Overall group standings:

Group A: 1st Arthur Terry; 2nd Fairfax (A-Team); 3rd Bishop Walsh. 
Group B: 1st Bishop Vesey, 2nd N.B.A; 3rd Fairfax (B Team);

The final match was against Bishop Vesey and yet again, it followed a similar pattern to the earlier games of the evening. The opening 4 games were shared equally between the finalists, leaving the score 2 - 2.  This time, Dan Evans 11 - 8 victory in the singles and Sam & Jack's 11- 7 doubles triumph provided the 2 wins going into the deciding game.  Having been in this position twice already, Dan and Tom's doubles partnership again had the responsibility of securing the final game that would this time 'win the team the tournament!'  The formidable partnership came through once more as they completed a personal hat-trick of wins on the evening, winning the final and decisive game 11 - 6 overall! NB: Dan's ninja reflex to return and help win the next point at 2 - 4 proved to be a major turning point and contender for shot of the tournament!

Huge congratulations to Sam, Dan, Jack and Tom who are now crowned North Birmingham KS4 Schools Team Champions for 2015! - Going one better than our KS3 team runners-up last week!

All the boys contributed valuable points in the matches played and displayed some fantastic performances en route to their championship success! NB: The team's tournament results can be seen in the table below.

KS4 Badminton Tournament Match Results
NB: Arthur Terry's weekly Wednesday lunchtime badminton club will resume in the New Year!

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