Twelve pairs braved the pubbles and downpours of the morning to take part in the second annual Whitnash Windmill PC Under Over 16 pairs. Each pair has to consist of one player under 16 years of age and one over. With 8 teams from the home club and 4 from travelling up from Hereford the games were played in a very social spirit, although the quality of play from the youngsters, some as young as 11, made for a very competitive days play.
It was a very successful morning for the Hereford players, after the three qualifying rounds three of their teams had made it through to the Gold knockout, lead by undefeated Rachel Powell and Steve Bradley. Such was the close competition that they were the only team to have won all 3 games and every pair had won at least one game in the mornings play.
Their winning run wasn’t to last long as they went out in the semi finals to their club collegues Jordan and Steve Deburgo in the semi finals. Meanwhile Whitnash pair Neil Muddemen and Amy Thompson triumphed over Daniel Deburgho and Bill Wood in the other semi final. In the Silver Brean bound Connie Bell playing with Dave Hancox from Half Crown progressed to meet last years winner Aimee Colley and Ian Dyson in the final. Whilst the bronze saw Whitnash pairs Jeff Rand and Jordan Waite and Ross Woodward and Sinead Coyle progress.
The finals were played out in glorious sunshine with Ross and Sinead taking the Bronze 13-2 and Ian and Aimee getting some consolation for losing their title by taking the silver 13-10. With all other games finished all eyes, including several players who had turned out simply to support the event, turned to the gold final. In a tense game with excellent pointing by both juniors the teams were all square at 12-12 before a thrilling final end saw Jordan and Steve crowned 2011 champions.
It was an excellent days play, played int he right spirit and where the youngsters learned a lot from playing with some experienced adults in a competitive event. Dave Hancox, who was seeing some of the youngsters for the first time, was particularly impressed and if the standard of play from this competition is any indication the future of the sport in the West Mids is bright.