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Dingley double act take top badminton honours

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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ROBERT Dingley and his father Alan completed a notable double in Uttoxeter Badminton Club’s Parent and Child Tournament.

One year after picking up the junior trophy – for year nine children and under – the duo reigned supreme in the senior competition.

Year 11 Thomas Alleyne’s pupil Robert had played alongside his father in the tournament for three years.

Their experience proved too much for final opponents Sarah Jackson, another year 11 Thomas Alleyne’s pupil, and Alex McGregor, who suffered a 21-10, 21-13 defeat.

In the round-robin group section, year 13 Denstone College student Charlotte Flower formed a new partnership with year 13 Thomas Alleyne’s pupil Ben Cresswell.

They began well, taking the first game against George Roobottom and his uncle Paul Yates, 21-7.

The Dingley combination also made a good start, winning their opener against year 11 Weston Road, Stafford student Toby Poxton and his mother Sue, in a tight 21-17 game.

The Poxtons lost by the same score to Flower and Cresswell, but beat the Roobottom/Yates team 21-17.

The Dingleys continued their winning streak against Roobottom and Yates (21-11) before securing top position by beating Cresswell and Flower 21-16.

In the second group, year 12 Thomas Alleyne’s student Kiara Holmes and new partner Will Davis started off strongly, showing their match experience to beat Dan Harding (year 12 Thomas Alleyne’s) and his cousin Shaun Kinsella 21-5.

Jackson and McGregor had a close game against Gemma Foot (year 12 Thomas Alleyne’s) and Chris James (year 13 Thomas Alleyne’s), finally winning through 21-16.

They then beat Harding and Kinsella 21-8, while Foot and James had a much closer game against Harding and Kinsella, but still won through 21-15.

The next game would decide who would go through to the final, with Jackson and McGregor edging past Holmes and Davis 21-15.

In the knock-out competition for those not making the final, Gemma Foot and Chris James came out on top.

In the junior event, youngest competitor Grace Mackey, aged nine, of Valley Primary, Oakamoor, partnered her father Phil against Jack Manning (year eight Oldfields Hall Middle School) and club chairman Dave Walters, who won 21-11.

Jack Brown (year nine, Thomas Alleyne’s) and his mother Jenny Tivey had an excellent first game against Shiri Green (year eight, Oldfields Hall) and her mother Sue, winning 21-17.

They then beat Manning and Walters 21-17 – and their winning streak continued with victory by the same margin over Henry Macpherson (year nine, Thomas Alleyne’s) and his father Neil.

The Macphersons won their next game 21-17 against Manning and Walters.

The Greens proved too strong for the Mackeys, who came storming back to beat Brown and Tivey Jack 21-15 and then the Macphersons 21-15 for third in the group.

In the final game the Greens secured their place in the final by beating Manning and Walters 21-19.

The scene was set for a great final, and it did not disappoint.

The Greens took the opening game 21-20, but Jack Brown and his mother came back to take the second game 21-20.

In the decider the mother-son combination reached 20 first, but a well-placed shot from Shiri Green made it 20 apiece.

But Jack and his mother took the trophy after taking the next two points.

Tournament organiser, Veronica White said: “The games were very close in both the round robin games and the finals.

“The young players definitely improved as the tournament progressed – and they settled down to enjoy the matches.

“That is what the tournament is all about, it allows youngsters to gain experience of competitive play in a friendly environment.”

“This is my favourite event on the calender and it is heart-warming to see so many families involved in Uttoxeter Badminton.”

Uttoxeter Badminton Club meets on Thursday nights at Thomas Alleyne’s Sports Hall.

Juniors are in action from 5.30pm to 7pm, with adults from 7pm to 10pm.

Courses at Thomas Alleyne’s also run on Saturday mornings (juniors) and Monday evening (adults).

For information ring Veronica White on 01889 562727).

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