IT PROVED to be a hugely successful start to the new season for Alveston Juniors after they came away from the first restricted tournament of the new campaign with no fewer than nine medals.
Over 100 youngsters came to Warwick to compete and the Alveston players were well amongst the medals against high quality opposition.
The first gold of the day came in the first event when Louis Smithson beat former club mate Luke Stanley to take the boys Under-11 title. Team mate Thomas Weaver won bronze as a beaten semi-finalist in the same age group.
Hopes were high when three of the four Under-13 semi-finalists were wearing the club’s green and white colours, but Alveston had to settle for silver when Ollie Wear lost out in the final to Solihull’s impressive Atithya Maheshwari.
Meanwhile, across the hall Faith Christopherson had to settle for bronze in the under-13 category, losing in the semi-final to the eventual winner Coventry Racqueteers player Esha Tumber.
In the under-15 boys event, it was an all Alveston final as Thomas Smith won a close 21-19 battle with Sam Christopherson.
Smith’s win was all the more impressive after playing through pain barrier with an in-growing toenail for which he delayed a necessary operation in order to compete.
Alveston’s final gold of the day came when Tabitha Sinclair won the girls under-15 comfortably beating Activ Sport’s Tvisha Handa in the final.
The next county restricted tournament in the calendar will be on December 12 when players will be competing in the ‘even’ age groups from Under-10 to under-16.
Any new players looking for coaching in preparation for this should contact the club through its website – www.alvestonJuniors.co.uk.