Sonish Hathi and Advaith Kandala from Year 6 represented St Martin’s In the IAPS U11 National Badminton Championships on Saturday 12 January. Sonish was looking to defend his title, having won the tournament last year, and together with his new partner started well, winning the first game 15-1 against Castle Court. Both boys were organised in their roles with Advaith serving with good control and using his feet and height to reach any attempted drop shots from the front of the court. Sonish communicated from the back of the court and showed a strong mix of deft drop shots and powerful overhead clears.
Seven groups games later the boys had won all of their matches and therefore finished top of their group. They faced York House in the quarter-finals and won 21-1 in a dominant display. With confidence high they out-played Davenies in the semi-final winning 21-4. That meant they faced a tough ‘best of three’ game final against the other group winner, the undefeated Bristol Grammar.
The tight first game was a delight to watch as both pairs showed some fantastic touches with St Martin’s just coming out on top with 21-13. The second game showed a step up in level from Bristol Grammar with their mix of good angled drop shots; St Martin’s lost the second game 18-21. This meant a final game decider. After a quick chat between the boys with some revised tactics, St Martin’s were able to hold their nerve, winning the decisive game 21-14 to give a triumph for the second year running. Sonish and Advaith are deservedly the U11 National Badminton Champions.
v Castle Court – Won 15-1
v Davenies – Won 15-1
v Lanesborough – Won 15-1
v Lockers Park A – Won 15-4
v Milton Keynes Prep – Won 15-4
v St Helen’s A – Won 15-2
v Bedford Prep B – Won 15-2
QF v York House – Won 21-1
SF v Davenies – Won 21-4
Final v Bristol Grammar – Won 21-13/18-21/21-14Return to news