Girls show resolve to grab titles

Bourne's Kate Hassall and Stamford's Meg Anderson
Bourne's Kate Hassall and Stamford's Meg Anderson
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Bourne’s Kate Hassall swept her way to two titles at the Lincolnshire County Badminton U17 Championships last week.

In the girls’ doubles final kATE, 15, partnered Stamford’s Meg Anderson, who was coming into the event fresh off the back of her recent triumph in the U15 girls’ and mixed doubles two week’s earlier.

The pair were top seeds but their opponents from North Lincolnshire almost caused an upset in a tense match.

Kate and Meg recovered from the loss of the second game to post a 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 victory, showing great resilience to hold their nerve and take the title.

In the Mixed Doubles final, Kate and Meg found themselves on opposing sides of the net.

Meg and partner Josh Tilling were seeded first and the stronger pair on paper but Kate and her partner Michael Taylor, of Scunthorpe, proved to be an efficient team as Michael’s impressive court coverage and Kate’s instinctive net play combined to upset the top seeds. After a close first game Kate and Michael won the mixed doubles final 21-18, 21-11.

Meanwhile Megan Hassall claimed the third county title of her short career and backed it up with two runner-up positions at the U13 Lincolnshire Badminton Championships held at Lincoln on Sunday.

Partnering Megan Diggle, of Scunthorpe, with whom 
She also won a doubles titles last year, Megan stormed to a 21-16, 21-12 victory to claim the Girls’ Doubles final.

She showed a great resilience to bounce back after narrowly losing the Girls’ Singles final to Kate 
Garnham, of Sudbrooke, who is a year older than Megan.

In a spirited display, Megan almost pushed the older, favoured girl to the loss of a game, but eventually went down 17-21, 15-21.

After earning her revenge against the same opponent in that doubles final, Megan and Kate continued their rivalry with a third final in the Mixed Doubles.

Megan, partnering Ben Swannack, of Scunthorpe, again found herself the underdog and the first game slipped away in emphatic fashion, but an astounding showing earned Megan and Ben the second game.

The shock didn’t last, though, but despite that 12-21, 21-17, 7-21 loss, Megan still has another year at this level to garner yet more county titles at such a young age.

l Lincolnshire County Trials will take place on Sunday July 7. For further information contact Mandy Garnham 01522 750641.