The boys who were selected to represent Oakhill, in the Annual District Badminton Tournament, are a multi-talented group. Their commitment to lunchtime football training has meant they haven’t been regulars at Badminton Club, which runs at the same time. However, raw talent prevailed and the boys made an excellent start in the group stage of the competition.
In the round robin section, Oakhill had to play four other schools. In each event there were two singles and three doubles matches.
Opponents found Sam Jack’s agility and long reach a real problem. His refusal to give up on any point resulted in two excellent wins as our number two singles player. However, the surprise of the tournament was Jacob Lutwtyche, who showed he is not only talented at ice hockey and skiing but also very effective on the badminton court. Jacob also played a couple of games in the number two slot. With little training he almost sneaked a victory against a very skilful league player from Clitheroe Grammar School, losing by 11 points to 9.
Various pairings were tried in the doubles matches. Sam Blackburn and Alfie Marriott played intelligently, winning points through placement as well as power.
The team began the tournament on a high, beating Mount Carmel 4-1 and Rhyddings by 5 games to 0. They then found St Augustine’s and Clitheroe Grammar School ‘A’ teams too much of a challenge. However, the boys finished in third place in their group and met Bowland School in the Plate Competition. Sadly, they were unable to finish on a win but are now inspired to find time to practise, ready for some friendly games next term.
Well done boys, it was a pleasure for Mrs Lee to take you to this event.