SUMMERSIDE – It was a busy weekend of badminton in Summerside.
A total of 160 athletes, accompanied by coaches and parents from P.E.I., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, competed in the 2014 Atlantic junior badminton championships. Preliminary play was held on Friday and Saturday, and Three Oaks Senior High School was packed to capacity on Sunday for 15 finals in three age groups – under-14, under-16 and under-19.
P.E.I. athletes won two of the singles events, and finished second in boys doubles. Tony Fei of Charlottetown won under-14 singles and Charlottetown’s Tihan Hewagama, a newcomer to the local badminton scene, won under-16 boys singles.
Hewagama then teamed up with Alex MacFayden of Summerside for a second-place showing in under-16 boys doubles.
On his way to the under-14 final, Fei won all his matches in straight sets. He beat Zachery Titus of New Brunswick 21-4, 21-10; Devin Shewan of Nova Scotia 21-16, 21-10; Hugo Power of New Brunswick 21-13, 21-14, and Aaron Beals of Nova Scotia 21-14, 21-19.
The final between Fei and Hudson Johnston of New Brunswick was an exciting match. Fei lost the first game 8-21, but came back strongly to win the second and third games 21-6, 21-6.
In the top half of the under-16 boys singles draw, P.E.I.’s Spencer Beaton eliminated Cory Singh of Nova Scotia and Alex MacFayden of P.E.I., before meeting and losing to Kael Boucher of New Brunswick 12-21, 16-21.
On the bottom half of the draw, Alex McCloskey of P.E.I. put out New Brunswick’s No. Two seed, Ethan Kwan, in the first round in three tough games – 15-21, 21-12, 21-19. He then went on meet Hewagama and lost in straight games.
Hewagama continued his way to the final by beating Nova Scotia’s Bryce Reid Mason and New Brunswick’s Chris Jiang in straight games.
In the final, Hewagama beat Boucher in two games – 21-17, 21-6 – to take the under-16 singles title.
P.E.I.’s Beaton and McCloskey won the under-16 boys doubles championship. They beat Kyunmook Lee and Charlie Lew in three games – 14-21, 22-20, 21-16.
There were 39 entries in the tough under-19 boys singles draw.
Matthew Barlow and Zachery Visser were the only P.E.I. players to reach the quarter-finals. Barlow lost to Nova Scotia’s Miklos Kanysia 9-21, 13-21, and Visser was defeated 16-21, 14-21 by Jinwoo Park.
Park went on to lose to Drew Hubley of Nova Scotia. Hubley then defeated unseeded Sunil Ruparelia of Nova Scotia in straight games in the final – 21-16, 21-16.
In under-19 doubles, P.E.I.’s Jesse Cameron and Luke MacKinnon beat Kyle Bower and Colin Pyke of Nova Scotia to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to New Brunswick’s Park and Sunno Na in three hard-fought games – 7-21, 21-18, 21-16.
All the finalists in under-14 girls were from Nova Scotia, and the two outstanding competitors were Janay Beals and Cecilia White.
Beals and White were finalists in singles, and Beals emerged as the winner in a three-game match – 12-21, 21-19, 21-11. They then combined to win doubles over another Nova Scotia pair, Olivia Hong Bazot and Patricia Fortin, 17-21, 21-13, 21-19.
The two girls met again in mixed doubles as Cecilia paired with Shewan to record a 21-17, 21-15 win over Beals and her brother, Aaron.
Nova Scotia won the under-14 team trophy by a significant margin.
In under-14 mixed doubles, Jack Digout and Kathryn McEwen of P.E.I. reached the semifinals with wins of 21-11, 21-18 over Evan Gilliland and Anna Gillies of New Brunswick, and 21-19, 22-20 against Aaron Min Yi Ashlton and Emma Jewkes of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia dominated under-16 girls, yielding only a second-place finish in mixed doubles.
Dana Pothier won the singles crown 21-8, 21-17 against Sara Hirtle, who had been successful against Renae Shewan in an all-Nova Scotia semifinal.
The doubles final featured sisters against sisters as Carly MacDonald and Courtney MacDonald met Abby Singh and Cassidy Singh. The Singhs prevailed 21-13, 21-12.
While there was no doubt about the merit of their victory, the match featured more exciting moments than the score might suggest.
The Nova Scotia winning streak continued in mixed doubles, but in this final the winners and Nova Scotia’s No. 1 seeds, Chris Jiang and Renae Shewan, had to go to three games to overcome the top-seeded New Brunswick team of Boucher and Amy Head 19-21, 21-19, 21-15.
Nova Scotia won the juvenile (under-16) team trophy.
In under-19 girls, P.E.I.’s Tiffany Cameron won her first match against Nova Scotia’s Sarah Galbraith 21-12, 21-8, but then lost 21-14, 21-14 to Stephanie Tompkins of New Brunswick.
Jacqueline Hughes won her first match 21-10, 15-21, 21-18 against Emma Brideau of New Brunswick, but lost the following match to Nova Scotia’s Delia Boulton 21-15, 21-16.
Contrasting with the under-14 and under-16 divisions, New Brunswick proved to be the dominant province in under-19 girls singles and doubles. This, coupled with a second place in mixed doubles and a victory in boys doubles, resulted in New Brunswick winning the junior (under-19) team trophy.
As in under-14, the under-19 group featured two girls who competed against each other in the singles final and combined to win doubles, but only one of them reached the mixed final.
Shuaijn (Jenny) Wang of New Brunswick and New Brunswick’s Samantha Rogers had to go to three games before Wang emerged with a winning score of 21-16, 15-21, 21-19.
In doubles, they defeated New Brunswick’s Sophie Skinner and Sarah Stewart 21-14, 21-11.
Sarah Rogers, with partner Pascal Roy, got New Brunswick to the final of mixed doubles, and competed strongly in three games. But Sunil Ruparelia and Marie Tompkins of Nova Scotia took the final game for the title – 11-21, 22-20, 21-19.
The under-19 men’s doubles consolation went to P.E.I.’s Joel Arsenault and Alex Cyr, who beat Michael Head and Phonputt Pronoprai of Nova Scotia 22-20, 21-16.
Atlantic junior badminton
1. Tony Fei, P.E.I.
2. Hudson Johnston, N.B.
1. Janay Beals, N.S.
2. Cecilia White, N.S.
1. Hudson Johnston and Luke Khitab, N.B.
2. Trevor Hayne and Devin Shewan, N.S.
1. Janay Beals and Cecilia White, N.S.
2. Olivia Bazot and Patricia Fortin, N.S.
1. Devin Shewan and Cecilia White, N.S.
2. Aaron Beals and Janay Beals, N.S.
1. Tihan Hewagama, P.E.I.
2. Kael Boucher, N.B.
1. Dana Pothier, N.B.
2. Sara Hirtle, N.S.
1. Chris Jiang and Miklos Kanyasi. N.S.
2. Alex MacFayden and Tihan Hewagama, P.E.I.
1. Abbey Singh and Cassidy Singh, N.S.
2. Carly MacDonald and Courtney MacDonald, N.S.
1. Chris Jiang and Renae Shewan, N.S.
2. Kael Boucher and Amy Head, N.B.
1. Drew Hubley, N.S.
2. Sunil Ruparelia, N.S.
1. Jenny Wang, N.B.
2. Samantha Rogers, N.B.
1. Francois Dionne and Jaryd Morrissey, N.B.
2. Harry Coteras and Sunil Ruparelia, N.S.
1. Jenny Wang and Samantha Rogers, N.B.
2. Sophie Skinner and Sarah Stewart N.B.
1. Sunil Ruparelia and Marie Tompkins, N.S.
2. Pascal Roy and Samantha Rogers, N.B.