Tournament attracts 100
BADMINTON Gloucester hosted their annual restricted tournament at GL1.
The competition is open to all people either born or resident in Gloucestershire, and nearly 100 players took part in age groups ranging from Under-13s to senior.
The boys' singles success was spread across four local schools, with Koushik Karthikeyan (Pate's) and Reece Watts (Beaufort) coming first and second after a close match that Karthikeyan won 21-19, 21-16.
With more entrants, the girls' singles went to an elimination stage with Naomi Culpepper (Katharine Lady Berkeley) winning the final against Amy Oakley (All Saints) 21-12, 21-15.
Culpepper and Oakley also claimed the crown in the girls' doubles with Katie Elder and Alex Neal (both of Stroud High School).
For the Under-15s, KLB duo Henry Jones and Rory Farwell went head to head in a tense three-set match.
Farwell took the first game 22-20 but a fightback by Jones saw him capture the crown by winning the last two games 21-14, 21-14.
Forgetting their singles opposition, Farwell and Jones went on to win the final of the boys' doubles by pipping the second-placed pair of Francis Ryan (Newent) and Jamie Pearcy (Cleeve) in a close 21-19, 21-17 match.
KLB look like a team to watch in the Sainsbury's School Games in March 2014.
Joanna Gresty (Severn Vale) won the Under-15 girls' singles against Ceri Evans (Cleeve).
Evans went one better in the girls' doubles where, with her sister Sian (also Cleeve), they won 21-16, 21-13 against Stroud High School pair of Laura Baily and Hester Miles.
Neither Henry Jones nor Joanna Gresty had finished in this age group yet – they won the mixed doubles 21-8, 21-11 against the second pair of Reece Watts and Naomi Culpepper.
The Under-17s boys' singles final was contested by Henry Jones and Andrew Chan (Cheltenham College). Jones had beaten Chan's brother Tiger in a very close semi-final 21-13, 18-21, 21-14, but family honour was restored as Chan won 21-11, 21-6.
The Under-17 girls' singles was contested between Joanna Gresty (Severn Vale) and Matilda Tierney (High School for Girls), with Tierney edging out Gresty 21-13, 21-18 after a spirited but eventually unsuccessful rally by Gresty in the second game.
The Under-17 boys' doubles saw Henry Jones again appearing in the honours list with his partner Callum Farrington (Chosen Hill).
This pairing proved to be a winning one when they beat the Chan bothers in a close and tense three-setter 20-22, 21-17, 21-16.
The Under-17 girls' doubles saw Joanna Gresty and Matilda Tierney come out winners 21-9, 21-7 against Khloe Martin (Stroud High School) and Gabrielle Ponting (Severn Vale).
The last event in this age group, the mixed doubles, produced one of the closest matches of the day as Henry Jones and Matilda Tierney lifted the trophy after beating Jamie Pearcy (Cleeve) and Joanna Gresty 21-20 and 21-20.