The best badminton school in Surrey!
Glyn School is officially the best badminton school in Surrey!
It has been a wonderful few weeks for Glyn’s badminton teams. Having breezed through their respective district competitions, both teams qualified for the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Surrey finals.
On Thursday 9 February, the teams headed down to Guildford Spectrum feeling both excited and apprehensive about the day ahead. All students involved had attended Friday morning training sessions every week since the start of the school year, and this event was by far their biggest test and a chance to see if their hard work and dedication had paid off.
Key Stage 3 Team
Team: Ryan Purvis, Elliot Roberts, Tom Nightingle, Oliver Gray and Fraser Buchan-Davis.
Glyn’s Year 7, 8 and 9 team faced Collingwood, Warlingham and George Abbott schools in the group stages. They dispatched all three schools, having not lost a single match.
The team then faced Woking High School in the semi-final. This was a tough game but the Glyn students played some excellent matches: notably, Nightingale and Fraser Buchan-Davis won their matches convincingly, both winning 15-4 in singles and doubles. Glyn eventually won the game which set up a very competitive final against St Bede’s who had replicated the Glyn side’s performance in their respective group matches.
Ryan (seed 1) faced a fellow County representative, who on a number of occasions he’d lost against, so he was unsurprisingly anxious about this match. Having given Ryan a stern motivational talk, he was ready to play and put in an unbelievable performance; by far the best performance of the day. Ryan managed to win 15-12 in an absolute thriller. Elliot also played a familiar opponent – his County doubles partner! This match was again exceptional and Elliot came out on top, winning 15-11, to give Glyn a two match lead going into the doubles. Ollie and Tom then played their part, dispatching the St Bede’s pair 15-3 before the last two pairings also won their matches.
Glyn won the final 5 -0, meaning they will represent Surrey at the South East of England regional competition later in March.
Key Stage 4 Team
Team: Marcus Roberts, Tom Davey, Brendan Thompson, Nathan Yeates and George Saunders.
Our Year 10 and 11 side faced St Bede’s and Tomlinscote in their group of three. St Bede’s proved tricky opponents, however Glyn won 4 out of the 5 games to start off their afternoon nicely. They then faced Tomlinscote School in their next match and a special mention must go to Marcus Roberts who played phenomenally well against Tomlinscote’s England representative, narrowly losing 15-12, but came back with interest in the doubles, winning his game with Tom. Brendan and George then sealed the deal for Glyn who again won the overall match 4-0, progressing through to the semi-final.
In the semi-final we were drawn against Woking High who had also won their group. However, Marcus, Tom, Brendan and George made light work of their opponents, winning all five matches needing just one more win to emulate the Key Stage 3 team’s success and be crowned Surrey Champions.
Oxted School stood in our way and this proved to be a scintillating final. Marcus (seed 1) narrowly beat the Oxted top seed 15-13 and Brendan narrowly lost his singles match leaving the doubles to decide who would take home the bragging rights. Tom and Nathan put in a sterling performance coming from 11-7 down to win 15-13 on a replayed match point whilst Brendan and Nathan played a superb match winning 15-8.
The winner of the last match would decide who qualified for the regionals and at 14 points all. After some silly mistakes were made by the Glyn pair to throw away a comfortable lead, it came down to a deciding point. Fortunately Marcus and Tom were able to regain their previous form and won the deciding point which mean that Glyn again claimed top spot – the best team in Surrey.
Well done to both teams, it was an incredible effort and thoroughly deserved. Good luck at the regionals and hopefully we can emulate our success on the bigger stage.
Mr Tanner, Rackets Academy Lead