Grantham players enjoy success at county level
Players from Grantham enjoyed remarkable success at the Lincolnshire County Junior Badminton Championships.
Held at Priory Witham School in Lincoln on two dates in June, between them they won an unprecedented total of 11 gold and seven silver medals.
Maddie Dobson, 10, a student at Barrowby Primary School, began proceedings by landing the U12 girls' singles and doubles trophies, as well as finishing runner up in the U14 girls' doubles and mixed doubles events and third in the U14 singles.
Elder brother Harvey Dobson, 11, continued the winning theme by triumphing in the U14 boys' singles. After beating doubles partner Ethan Curtis, a Year 7 student at King's School, in a nail-biting three set semi-final, Harvey continued his good form by defeating Year 8 Priory Ruskin student Leo Garton in the final.
However, Leo, playing in his first county championships, exacted revenge in the boys' doubles by beating the all-Grantham top seed pairing of Harvey and Ethan in a closely fought final to secure his first county title.
In the U14 mixed doubles, success continued with Ethan winning gold.
In the U16 category, George Railton, a Year 9 student from Priory Ruskin, was in dominant form and in a class of his own, completing a clean sweep of the boys' singles, doubles and mixed doubles events, without dropping a set. Eleven-year-old Harvey did well to reach the singles semis.
Ryan Curtis, from Great Ponton, playing in his last junior championships, signed off in perfect style by winning the U18 boys' singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.
In the U18 singles, Ryan triumphed in a thrilling three set semi-final against a tenacious George Railton, before beating another Grantham player, Will Sadler, in the final, winning in straight sets. The same pair were also involved in the boys' doubles final, with Ryan once again coming out on top.