7th February 2017
Writing: Shayor Ghosh (Year 10)
Editing: Jay Carter (Year 13)
2017’s Badminton County Championship tournament took place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, where three teams, one from Key Stage 3 and two from Key Stage 4, participated in the day-long competition. The tournament consisted of seven other schools across the county, who had also got through their qualifier - and the competition was assisted by a handful of DCGS Sixth Form students too, who were acting as scorers.
Coached and managed by Mr Cadman, all three teams played exceptionally well.[IMAGE:3d1d537b]
Unfortunately, the Key Stage 4 B team of Tejus Sahajpal, Will Hardman, Brendan Emanuel, Matt Levine, Sathya Thavaraj and Max Skelton just missed out on qualification for the semi finals. Despite winning their first match against John Hampden with an outstanding 4-1 victory, they sadly lost the next two matches.
However, the Key Stage 4 A team managed to progress all the way through to the final. Although in their first match they lost 5-0 against AGS, the team quickly gathered up their spirits and managed an easy 5-0 victory against Bourne End. This was followed up by a 3-2 victory against Denbigh. The semifinals saw the boys face Royal Latin: the final game reached a tense 20-20 score, but doubles pair James Arnold and George Deste managed to win the game 21-20, securing with it a sweet 3-2 victory against Royal Latin.
In the finals the A team were against Ousedale, however they narrowly missed out in a 2-3 loss for the regionals. The A team consisted of James Perks, Shayor Ghosh, James Arnold, George Deste and Ayan Banerjee.
They won all their group games, adding to being unbeaten all season
The Key Stage 3 (of Phillip Campion, Ben Cross, Brendan Dunne, Aayush Mukherjee and Aditya Anne) team managed to smash their way right through to the final. Along the way they defeated Denbigh 4-1 in the semi-final and Ousedale 3-2 in the final - as a result they have won all their group games to add to being unbeaten all season, and amazingly they also won all their doubles games at the tournament - a fantastic achievement! The boys are now looking forward to the regionals.
Congratulations to all the boys involved!