BADMINTON: Bancroft's School smash county round at Nationals

3:31pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

Bancroft's School swept aside all in front of them to win both the boys and girls competitions at the county stage of this year's National Schools Badminton Tournament.

The youngsters from Years 7, 8 and 9 won the chance to represent Redbridge in the previous round and both teams did themselves proud, enjoying 100 per cent records at London 2012's Copperbox Arena.

The two teams, who are entering the competition for the first time, now progress to the regional stage which will be held at Crystal Palace in April.

Bancroft's faced schools representing the East London boroughs of Newham, Havering, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich.

The boys won all four of their matches including comprehensive 5-0 victories over Newham's Brompton Manor Academy and Hackney's Stoke Newington School.

They also beat Havering's Coopers' Company & Coburn 3-2 and Tower Hamlets' Swanlea Secondary School 4-1.

The girls meanwhile, who only lost one game all afternoon, enjoyed 5-0 victories against Hackney's Stoke Newington School, Greenwich's Harris Academy and Sir John Cass from Tower Hamlets.

In their final match, they beat Havering's Coopers' Company & Coburn 4-1.

Team coach John Raw said: "I was thrilled with the performance of the squad in what was our first venture as a school into the National Schools Championships. "They proved themselves to be more than worthy of playing in the Olympic venue of the Copper Box."



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