ICT 2019 – Worcestershire Junior Report

Worcestershire Junior Report –  ICT 2019
Worcestershire juniors were extremely pleased we managed to enter a team into the ICT championships this year after failing to do so last year due to the lack of girl to field a FULL team last year.
We have been rebuilding the team this season with all our coaches working hard to get the players up to speed. We now have a real good young team where some have a potential to be in the ICT team for the next three years.
The team consisted of 5 boys and 4 girls.
Girls
Sophie Singleton
Diya Dinu
Sri Pradeepta Anantha
Emily Carpenter
Boys
Toby Beckett
Dileep Dhanda
Zak Malik
Varun Latte
Jamil Sama
There were 32 counties, this year in the event which is the lowest number of teams I’ve known for a long time. Ten years ago before I started running the County Juniors there were 44 teams. Worcestershire then came 44th. We have come a long way since. Over the past 10 years our highest placing has been 18th. So Far…..We were seeded in 2019 (25-32). So all the players knew the stats and we were on a mission to set our own benchmark with this young squad. Not one of these players had been to ICT before so it was exciting and nerve racking at the same time.
Day 1
Our first match was a local one but also against the Number 1 seeds Warwickshire. We knew it was going to be tough and we eventually lost 10-0 but a lot of good performances and a good game to get the team going. 2nd match v Lincolnshire a great effort as we were up 4-2 and getting excited. Eventually losing 6-4. Winning mixed and 2 girls singles and 1 boy’s singles. 3rd Match v Avon we lost 8-2. The girl’s singles putting up a good performance and winning both of their matches in three sets.
Day 2
4th Match v Nottingham (9/24) seeds. Strong opponents yet again so we lost 9-1 winning one boys singles. 5th Match another local battle v Hereford (9-24). A really good close hard fought match with Worcestershire eventually winning the match 6-4. Our first win at ICT we were so pleased. We won 1 mixed, girl’s singles, 1 boys doubles and both girls’ doubles.
6th Match v Northamptonshire (25/32). We knew we had a chance to win as Hereford had already beaten them. We won 8-2. GREAT DAY in the office an excellent effort from the all the players. Everyone slept well that night. Players and coaches.
Day 3
7th Match v Staffordshire. (9/24) We lost to a strong Staffordshire team but some good close matches and performances final score being 7-3. We won girls singles and both girls’ doubles. 8th Match v Oxfordshire (9/24). We played around with the team in this match, as there were a lot of tired legs and aching bodies as the schedule was relentless. We lost the match 8-2. Winning girls singles and a girl’s doubles. The matches were over for that day and we had the Disco that evening to look forward to.!!!!
With such a young team I think all of them would have preferred to go out for a pizza or play pool!!! Coaches, Team managers included…
We survived the disco.
Day 4
9th match. Only 1 more game to go v Gloucestershire (9/14 seeds). We threw everything at this last match as not saving ourselves for anything anymore. A great team effort and performance but sadly we lost 7-3. We won both girl’s singles and one boy’s singles.
Final position 24th
We are so pleased with our position especially with such a young squad.
I would like to say special congratulations to Emily Carpenter who played every game of ladies singles and doubles 16 matches in total. She won 7/8 singles only losing to Warwickshire. This was an awesome effort from her.
Also a special well done to Diya Dinu who has only been playing badminton for 18 months and has made massive strides in her development and being a big team players in this squad and representing Worcestershire for the first time.
It was a fabulous 4 days of hard work, determination, and dedication from all the players who were Proud to be part of this Team and county.
Thank You,
I would like to thank Stephanie Cartwright Randle who sponsored the Squad Including Coaches/Team Managers with Forza Kit, which brought the team together, and they looked very smart throughout.
Junior County Committee
Thank you for all your time you dedicate to put the program together. This contribution allows all the squads a clear pathway to be able to develop and compete. It gives children the chance to make friendships, learn lessons and create some fantastic memories during their County Junior Badminton Experience.
Steve Cosgrove (chairman)(treasurer)(lots of other roles)
Sarah Becket (fixtures secretary)
Luke Beckett (Team Manager)
Dave Prior (development)
Liz Hamar(Child Welfare Officer)
Stephanie Cartwright Randle (secretary)
I would like to thank our Coaches, Julia Quinn (Mann), Stephanie Cartwright Randle, Dave Prior, Ramesh Singh and Bradley Ross. Who have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically with all the players involved in this team but are also developing the younger players of the future. Without everyone’s commitment to these roles the county Junior squad would just not happen.
Parents/Team managers – A good team of parents being there for the most of the experience was great. A noisy bunch as ever. Thank you for trusting your children to our care and allowing us to push them to their limits. Thank you also for all your time and dedication in fetching and carrying you children to all the training that they do to enable them to be competitive and follow their dreams. The ICT squad was a credit to you and the County.
Worcestershire Badminton Association the senior committee for paying the entrance fees for ICT enabling the junior team to enter. Thank you from all the players.
It has been a great honor and pleasure once again to be Head Coach and part of Worcestershire Junior County.
Lorraine Cole
Worcestershire Junior Head Coach

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