Jack Burgess, Daniel Belfield (U17 squad), Lauren Peter, Sarah Wong and Mihar Nandha (U13s) have all been selected for next year's State Squads.
Selectors announced the U13 squads recently, although U17s had been named earlier. Jack and Daniel, as members of the U17 squad, will have a chance of selection into the Victorian Team (5 girls, 5 boys) to play in the Australasian Championships in New Zealand next April.
Playing the New Zealanders will be a challenging prospect, especially on their home soil. We hope our Academy boys are successful in attaining this valuable experience.
Luke Peter is a player who deserved to make the squad but misses the age cut-off for next year's U17 team. Luke finished the year ranked fourth in his age group, with especially good form at the end of the season. We look forward to hearing more of Luke in the future.
Congratulations to our five Medico Hygiene Services Badminton Squad members on their selections.
Academy players showed great form at the recent Ballarat Tournament, one of the last events on the calendar.
In the U17 boys Luke Peter won the singles, defeating team-mate Jack Burgess in the final. Luke was also runner up in the doubles.
The U13 players had an extraordinary day at Ballarat. Lauren Peter and Sarah Wong each won their divisions in the singles, with Lauren winning their final play off. Lauren and Sarah also teamed up together to win the doubles. Mihar Nandha and his partner were runners up in the doubles.
Murray Purvis also played into the finals rounds at Ballarat. Murray made the quarter finals of the U17 boys singles, but had to eliminate his Academy team-mate Thomas Hunter on the way. Murray also made the quarters of the mixed doubles. Daniel Belfield was yet another of the Academy’s strong contingent of U17 boys at Ballarat. Daniel also made it through to a quarter final, this time in the boys doubles.
We congratulate our Badminton Squad members on their successful year.
Academy athletes were successful at last weekend’s U17 and U13 State badminton titles. The championships were held at Traralgon Sports Stadium.
Several Gippsland Sports Academy Medico Hygiene Services badminton athletes competed with great success.
Luke Peter and his partner were surprise winners of the U17 boys doubles winning an epic final against the number one seeds in a three set match. The final score was 19/21 21/19 31/21. Luke also played well in the singles, losing to the number one seed in the semifinal.
Jack Burgess also had outstanding results on the day. Jack was runner up in the U/17 mixed doubles losing to the number one seeds in straight sets, 21/16 21/15. Jack was also a semifinalist in the boys doubles and a quarterfinalist in the boys singles.
In the U13s, the Academy pair of Lauren Peter and Sarah Wong comfortably won the State title. It was the highlight of an undefeated season in the girls’ doubles.
Also as part of the day the U17 Victoria Team Squad was announced. From this squad two teams of five boys and five girls will be selected to compete in the Australian Championships next April in New Zealand. Jack Burgess and Daniel Belfield who are Academy athletes were selected for this squad.
Congratulations to all the athletes that competed and it has shown that there hard work and determination has placed these badminton players among the states best. Thanks to Medico Hygiene Services for supporting the athletes to reach their full potential in the sport of badminton.
The Gippsland Sports Academy Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad had great results in the W.S.B.A Altona Junior Open Tournament.
Athletes had excellent results in the U13 boys and girls with Lauren Peter and Sarah Wong coming runners in the girls doubles. Sarah Wong and her partner were runners up in the mixed doubles, and Lauren was again runner up in the girl’s singles.
Mihar Nandha and his partner completed the runners up pattern after they reached the the boys U13 doubles final.
Jack Burgess also played well in the U17 mixed doubles (3rd place), boys doubles (4th), and boys singles (3rd).
At last weekends Bendigo State selection trials Lauren Peter and Sarah Wong won the girls u/13 doubles. Lauren also teamed up with Mihar Nandha to win the mixed doubles. Lauren was also runner up in the singles, and Mihar also partnered in winning the boys doubles.
The U/17 Boys also had successfully results. Jack Burgess won the singles with Luke Peter going through to the quarter finals. Luke partnered in the boys doubles as runners up, with Jack also runner up in the mixed doubles.
Academy players had a key role in Gipplsland's good showing in the Victoria Junior Regional Championships last weekend.
Playing against 4 other country and three metropolitan regions, Gippsland performed well in most age groups.
The U15 competition was closely contested. Any of the top three sides could have won, with Gippsland finishing equal second. This team was comprised mainly of Academy players - Damien and Haydn Hector, Daniel Belfield, Chris Wong and Ryan Hosken. All of these Academy players are experienced in State selection tournaments so they were well-prepared.
The third-placing U13s included Lauren Peter, Sarah Wong and Mihar Nandah. The U17s finished fourth, with Jack Burgess, Luke Peter and ex-Academy player Murray Purvis.
Few regions contested the U11s event, which was won be Gippsland. Although the Academy does not have any squad members at that age level, it shows that badminton is a strong sport in our region and that there is a lot of young potential which the Academy, in the future, can support and nurture.
For the third consecutive year, former Academy badminton athlete Jessica Lyons was been selected to represent Victoria in last week’s Clendinnen Shield team’s competition. Previously selected in the Victorian No2 side, Jess was advanced to the No1 team, which also meant that she faced a tougher draw.
At the end of the series Jess’s scorecard showed equal match wins and losses, with more points won than lost. Jess also had the honour of being a member of the winning team.
Until last year Jess had been a member of the Academy's Badminton Squad. She is currently a part time staff member and provides occasional support to the current Squad.
Sarah Wong and Lauren Peter won the girls' U13 doubles at last weekend's Kilsyth State Selection Trials. Both girls joined the Academy's Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad this year and have been showing solid performances. Sarah went a step further with a win in the mixed doubles.
Mihar Nandah, another new face, was a semifinalist in the boys' U13 singles. Mihar is also having a good year.
In other results, Luke Peter was runner-up in the U17 singles, and Jack Burgess made the semifinals of the U17 boys' doubles.
Under 13 and under 17 selection trials will continue for the next few months.
Playing yet another international tournament, Jess Lyons and her partner made the quarter finals of the womens doubles before being eliminated by the second seeds.
In the singles Jess had made the second round where she was eliminated by a Japanese player.
Jess is having her best season. Next month she will play for Victorian in the Clendinnen Shield national championship events. Jess has been promoted from the Victorian No 2 side, in which she played for each of the last two years, into Victoria No 1.
Jessica Lyons was runner up at last weekend's Melbourne Tournament women's doubles event.
Jess and Alison Crowe were runners up to the same pair who recently beat them in the Eureka International Tournament. After the match Jess said she was pleased with result as they had pushed the winners much harder than in last tournament.
Jess is a former Badminton Squad member and provides coaching support to this year's Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad.
Jessica Lyons was a surprised and delighted runner up at last weekend's Ballarat Eureka International Badminton Tournament.
As unseeded players, Jess and partner Alison Crowe triumphed over an unfavourable draw to go through to the final in the women's doubles
Jess was a member of last year's Badminton Squad and provides coaching support to this year's Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad.
A number of Academy athletes performed very well at last weekends State Badminton Titles at Ballarat. The titles were also another State Selection Tournament round.
Haydn and Damien Hector, having moved from U13 to U15 this year, looked to be still finding their feet. However, they turned that around and in the boy’s doubles and were runners up to the no1 seeds..
A large number of players made it through to the quarter finals of their singles and doubles events. For so many to make the final eight is quite an achievement. Those players were Luke Peter, Daniel Belfield, Andrew Damsma, Chris Wong, Stefanie Treloar, and Nicola Duffield. Both of the Hector boys also made quarter finals in the singles.
The Academy has a number of strong U15 boys players. However, draws against other Academy players means fewer will progress through the rounds. Daniel Belfield and Ryan Hosken had unfortunate draws that stopped them one step from the quarter finals.
Congratulations to all players on their results.
At last weekend' s Badminton Selection Tournament, held at Cheltenham, a number of Academy players finished high enough to have caught the selectors' interest.
New squad members Lauren Peter and Sarah Wong were outstanding as runners up in the girls' u13 doubles.
In u15s five of our players performed very well. Nicola Duffield and Stephanie Treloar made the girls doubles semi-finals, while Damien and Haydn Hector had a similar result in the boys doubles. Stephanie also played into the quarter finals of the singles.
Also in U15s, Ryan Hosken, another new player this year, made a great start by getting through to the quarter finals in the mixed doubles.
Jack Burgess has just had a successful two weeks in Perth when he played in the June Bevan Tournament and then followed up with the Australasian Championships.
The June Bevan Trophy, now in its 24th year, is an Australia-New Zealand tournament for under 17 players. Five regions represent New Zealand against 9 Australian teams, including two from Victoria. The northern New Zealand regions have extremely strong teams.
Jack’s team, the Victorian Rebels, finished second in the tournament. Over four days Jack played in 15 matches, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles competition. Jack won 10 of them. His toughest day was the second last of the competition, where Jack was scheduled to play six matches, and was successful in them all.
The Australasian titles followed straight after, and Jack continued his fine form, working through the opening rounds. However, Jack was eliminated in the third round of the singles and doubles.
Jack was more successful in the mixed doubles. He and his partner comfortably made it through to the 4th round. However, drawn against the championship-winning pair, they were defeated just one step before the semi-finals.
In a count of all of Jack’s championship matches, he had 6 wins and 3 losses. This made his total for the two events 16 wins and 8 losses, exceedingly good against the best Australian and New Zealand players. In consequence, Jack has finished with a no. 7 Australian U17 ranking.
A number of Academy players competed in the Altona State Selection trials for u11 and U 15 age groups (on 4th February).
Daniel Belfield was the Academy’s most successful player, with a win in the U15 boys doubles. Jack Burgess was eliminated early, but went on to be runner-up in the consolation plate.
Badminton Squad athletes, Damien and Hayden Hector won a tough final to win the Badminton U13 doubles title at Altona last weekend (12-13 November). The brothers have shown a steady improvement over the year, as well as great consistency in their match performances.
Damien Hector and Stephanie Treloar were runners-up in the U13 mixed doubles. Stephanie, in just her first year with the Academy, has proved to be an exceptional player. Stephanie was also runner-up in the girls doubles Championship.
The U17 girls doubles saw Melanie Smith as runner-up after making the final. In the mixed doubles Melanie was eliminated in the semi-final by the championship-winning partnership, so she ended up with two fine doubles results.
Following the Championships, Badminton Victoria announced their U13 and U17 teams which will include four Academy players. Congratulations to Jack Burgess on his selection in the Victorian U17 no.1 Team; and to Hayden Hector, Damien Hector, and Stephanie Treloar for gaining places in the Victorian U13 Team.
Melanie Smith’s wins in both the U17 girls singles and doubles at the Badminton Junior Selection Tournament at Ballarat, last weekend, were highlights for the Academy’s Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad. However, selectors are also likely to take note of sound performances from a number of other players.
Jack Burgess had a great tournament and was runner-up in the U17 boys singles final. In the mixed doubles, his partnership played successfully through to the quarter finals where the top seeds and eventual winners knocked him out. Jack also made the quarter finals of the boys doubles.
Melissa Clarke and Luke Peter also played well in the mixed doubles but were eliminated in a close and exciting quarter final struggle. Melissa also made the quarter finals of the singles, and Luke, likewise, made the quarter finals of the doubles.
Daniel Belfield was eliminated to the consolation series but played strongly through to the semi-final
Jessica also played for Victoria No 2 last year, even though still a junior. With a extra year’s experience behind her, Jessica’s supporters were hopeful that she would make a successful showing. Having a No 2 team is a privilege won by the defending champions.
As a State player, Jessica was involved in a one-and-a-half week program in mid-September. The first event was the Australian Open Championship at Ballarat, contested by 130 players from 15 nations. Next, in Melbourne, followed the Clendinnen Shield, which is badminton’s national teams competition. The final event was the Australian Closed Championship. All three events were critical tests for Commonwealth Games selection.
In the Australian Open, Jessica’s ranking meant that she was drawn against top seeds. In consequence, she was eliminated in the opening rounds of the singles and doubles.
However, in the Clendinnen Shield Jessica hit top form. Playing a total of 9 matches in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, Jessica won 6 and lost three. Even in those losses, she played two of them to closely-contested results.
Jessica’s team was not drawn against the strongest states, Victoria No1 and Western Australia, and Jessica proved to be highly competitive against the best from any of the other States. However, not enough Victoria No 2 players had as good a win rate as Jessica and her team finished 6th out of eight sides.
The Australian Closed Championship commenced the following day. Jessica won her way into the second round in both singles and mixed doubles where she was eliminated. In the women’s doubles she lost in the first round to a highly-ranked doubles partnership.
In two weeks of national and international competition Jessica played a total of 17 matches, winning 8 and losing 9. Overall, it was an outstanding achievement for a player who has only recently graduated into senior ranks.
Academy badminton players Melissa Clark, Jack Burgess, and Damien and Hayden Hector moved a step closer toward State selection. They played extremely well at the Geelong Junior Selection Tournament, which is one of a series of selection events to choose the junior players to represent Victoria. All four Academy players went through to quarter finals, semi-finals, or finals of at least one event.
Melanie Smith, whose age allows her to play the tournaments but is not eligible for selection, also played very well. She was runner up in the mixed doubles and made the semi-finals of the singles.
The next selection tournament will be at Ballarat in late October.
Congratulations to Jessica Lyons on her selection to the second Victorian senior team for the Australian Championships. Jessica’s selection followed last weekend’s Victorian Open where she played in the women’s open and mixed doubles. Although beaten each time in the quarter finals, they were hard-fought contests, and Jessica’s performances were strong enough to impress the selectors and win her a place in the second team.
As the defending titleholders, Victoria has wins the opportunity to field a second State team in the Australian Championships. This allows Victorian selectors to open up opportunities for young prospects and expose them to top-level competition. This year the Championships take on extra significance as one of the test events for Commonwealth Games selection.
Academy badminton player Jessica Lyons performed well at last weekend’s Ballarat Eureka Tournament. She had a win in the A grade mixed double and was runner-up in the doubles. She also made it through to the semi-finals round of the singles.
Jess also entered the International competition. Against stiff overseas competition she was unable to go beyond the first round as her mixed doubles and women’s doubles opponents, in both events, went through to the finals.
Despite going down to the top international competition, Jessica showed her mastery in top-ranked A-grade competition. She is yet another of the Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad in great touch at present. Well done Jess!
Adding to the great run of recent successes the Academy’s badminton athletes, Jack Burgess has now been selected to represent Victoria in the National Championships in October.
Jack, who played in two State title winning doubles partnerships last week, will play in the No 1 under-15 State side. This year the Championships will be held in Geelong.
It’s great to see so many members of the Medico Hygiene Badminton Squad coming into top form.
Two academy athletes won Victorian Titles. Luke Peter of Morwell won the under-15 boys singles title, winning the final comfortably against Ai dan Jewell 15/7, 15/7, while Jack Burgess of Labatouche took out the under-15 boys doubles and mixed doubles. Jack and his partners won both finals easily. Daniel Belfield of Ripplebrook also performed well in the under-15 making the semi final of the boys doubles.
Brenton Pump and Melanie Smith performed well in the under-19 section. Brenton made the semi finals of the under-19 boys doubles and mixed doubles, while Melanie lost the consolation under-19 girls singles.
All athletes competed to the best of their abilities and gained some excellent results to end the under-15 and under-19 season.
Academy badminton athletes competed in the U/19, U/15 tournament on the 7th of May, with some outstanding results.
Congratulations to Jack Burgess who won the U/15 boys singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Jack defeated Academy athlete Luke Peter in the final of the singles by default as Luke succumb to injury. Also congratulations to Jessica Lyons who won the U/19 mixed doubles consolation.
A week before the State Titles these results are most encouraging.
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