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Fusion Juniors on Form in Middlesbrough

01 Nov Fusion Juniors on Form in Middlesbrough

An impressive weekend for Fusion up in Middlesbrough: Ben Hee won the Fast Fund 4 star in the Cadet Singles.  On the way to his success he beat the England no. 5 Tom Rayner in the semi-finals and no. 2, Louis price in the final.

Ben Hee, winner of the Cadet Singles, presented his £40 cheque for first place

In the Junior Team Event the Fusion boys, Ben and Joseph,  1st team lost to Grantham in the final 3-1.  Joseph beat Shyan Siraj, England’s top seeded Junior Boy.

The Fusion Girls team of Lois and Tiana lost in the finals to Kingisher 3-1, but not without a fight after
Tiana beat the England no. 5 Darcie Proud.
Elsewhere, Josh had a good win against Rhys Davies the England number 5. While Robert Pelc managed an unexpected win against Danny Bajwa of Scotland, in the team event.
The second day of competition in Middlesbrough saw the Junior Boys and Girls singles event. Fusion sent a full squad down on the day: Alexander Ahl and Darius Xavier joining those who had played on the first day.
The morning started with the boys qualifiers. Alex, Ben, Joseph and Joshua progressed through their groups, whilst Robert and Darius were unlucky to exit the competition at the first hurdle.
Later in the day, Tiana and Lois eased through their groups to reach the first round of the knockout stage.
Ben and Alex progressed through to the second round with good wins over Rhys Davies and Peter Smallcombe. While Joseph had a bye into the second round. Joshua succumbed to Kieran Wardle 3-1.
In the second round Ormesby’s Ben Piggot was impressive against Joseph,  but Joseph fought off the onslaught of this intelligent player to win in the deciding game. Ben and Alex were knocked out by Freddie Osenton-Brown and Sam Chesterman respectively.   Alex held a 2 – 0 lead but was unable to hold on for the win.
Joseph was the last man standing for Fusion in the semi-finals, but he had to face Sam Chesterman who on the Saturday beat him in the team event.  He was not going to be denied this time and cruised through into the final 3-1.
The finals was a spectacular contest against the England number 1 Shayan Siraj. The match went to the wire with high class rallies and Joseph fought all the way but was pipped to the title 11- 9 in the 5th.
Lois and Tiana played with spirit, pressing on to the second round.  Lois battled through Paul Callaghan from Scotland 3-2, whilst Tiana triumphed to a 3-1 win.
The next round would see the Fusion girls play against the tournament’s top players.  Tiana started against Darcie Proud, the current England junior number 5 and she looked to repeat her feat from Saturday, where she beat Darcie in a close five setter.  Today was no different, both girls battling hard, displaying their quality. Again it was to be Tiana’ s day with another 5 set victory.  Lois’ was less fortunate than her teammate, succumbing to Millie Rodgrove 3-1.
In the semi-finals, Tiana did not make the most of her opportunities against Raquel San Pedro.  Another great match full of dynamic shot making and great tactical play. The Fusion top girls junior was so close but yet so far, losing an exciting match 3-1.

Elsewhere, in the banded junior singles for players rated out side the top 20,  Robert Pelc fought his way to the finals.  He was finally defeated by Scotland’s Martin Johnson, but not before recording another win against Danny Bajwa, the Scottish no. 2.

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