2023 JUNIOR BADMINTON WIND-UP TOURNAMENT
No doubt "Badminton" was the winner when the Annual end of year Junior wind-up Tournament was held on Sunday 17th September, with a 9am start & finishing at 3pm, it was an extremely lavish afternoon tea Party.
Once again special thanks must go to Jane DePaoli who has been responsible for both lunches & setting up the upstairs Party for many years-once a Junior herself-her work has been invaluable.
The tournament was played as a "Round-Robin" event and, being divided Into 3 divisions, meant every junior was able to compete at their own level- in singles to 15 points- and doubles & mixed doubles to 21 points.
The many parents & family members present were able to see the results of the 22 winter coaching sessions put into practice resulting in great sportsmanship & some fiercely contested games showing all the new skills & expertise learnt.
The Sub-Juniors (Subbies) joined in the day at 11am & were put through their skills, games & special events.
The Centre seldom sees so much energetic activity with fun & laughter being the order of the day, mixed in with lots of flying shuttles. Junior Coach Robert Italiano expressed special thanks to Annie & Rusty for keeping the next generation of young Baddy players happy & involved on the day.
At the end of play each Sub Junior was presented with a Medal & the happy looks on each & every face was priceless.
The most improved girl award went to Niamh O'Malley & most improved boy was Dylan Lawrence. The Coaches Award went to Adnan Shaik & a Special Encouragement Award went to Lauren Leigh from the Senior Association.
Tournament wins on the day were shared by many players - (See separate results sheet) with most games being won or lost by the smallest of margins. Derek Garcia who has been with the Juniors for many years is an inspiration to all, having first joined Juniors aged 8. He won all of his events on the day-an excellent achievement Derek.
Most Improved Girl: MIGHA VIPIN
Most Improved Boy: JOSEPH JOHN
Coaches Award: JORJA HORSFALL
"JONO BARBETTI MEMORIAL AWARD"
Best Club Person: PERRIE GOATER
For their help & expertise leading up to & during the tournament, Robert thanked Rusty Richards, Rosemary Smith, Dylan Leigh, Nathan Campbell, Annie & Kiel Jackson, Mark Dhu, David Lawrence, Billy Wauhop, daughter Vivienne Italiano, Wife Minnie & the Senior Association as their input ensures that the next badminton generation have continual support in our special game of Badminton.