Rafe and Temi victorious

PUBLISHED: 10:50 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 May 2010

The annual North Herts under-12 badminton tournament took place on Saturday at Knights Templar Sports Centre in Baldock. Boys and girls were competing for the medals and a chance to represent North Herts in the Herts Youth Games in May. In the boys event

The annual North Herts under-12 badminton tournament took place on Saturday at Knights Templar Sports Centre in Baldock.

Boys and girls were competing for the medals and a chance to represent North Herts in the Herts Youth Games in May.

In the boys' event, last year's runner-up was out to go one better and in the girls, last year's winner was aiming to make it two years in a row!

The quarter-finals of the boys saw Rafe Hawkins-Hill beat George Eva 11-2, Daniel Farrugia defeat Joshua Kirby 11-6, Thomas Stuart seal an 11-2 victory over Graham Birch and Harry Williams saw off Matthew Hazeldene with an 11-5 scoreline.

The pick of the semi-finals was between Rafe and Daniel, with Rafe just edging it 11-9. In the other match Thomas caused an upset by notching up a convincing 11-3 win over Harry.

The final was the tightest of games with Thomas just losing out by 9-11, which meant that Rafe had gone one better than last year's silver.

The girls' singles had fewer entries, so all the players were in the same group. Temi Fajobi won the title for the second year and the runner-up was Hannah Woodhouse who took the silver medal by only losing to Temi.

The boys' doubles title looked destined for Rafe and Harry but they got a real scare in the semi, where Christian Farrugia and James Abrams led all the way, only to be pipped 11-9.

In the other semi-final, Daniel Farrugia and Matthew Hazeldene had a solid win over James Berry and Toby Harvey 11-6.

They were no match for Rafe and Harry in the final, losing out 11-5.

The girls' doubles had Temi and Hannah as the hot favourites.

They stormed to the title, with three being the most points scored against them in any game. The silver medal was taken by Anna Collis and Alice Bennett who only lost to the winners.


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