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Youths showcase their talent in SPH National Age Group Challenge

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Carrying the momentum of their second game to the third, Alex and Chin An emerge the winners. (Photo by VOXSPORTS)

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) hosted the National Age Group Doubles for the second year running, with the tournament taking place from 18th to 23rd November 2013 at the Singapore Badminton Hall. This year’s event saw the shuttlers battling it out in the Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, and Under-17 categories.

There were additional categories, the Men’s and Women’s Open, and a total of 300 participants strutting their talent on the court for top honours. The finals on 23rd November was graced by SPH Foundation Director, Yatiman Yusof.

The competition first burst onto the scene in 2003, and with the increasing interest in the sport of badminton, has seen more participants as the years went past.

Mr Chew Keet Hou, the Team Director of Singapore Badminton Association, said: “The National Age Group Doubles has been a major local competition for national and local players to compete in. It is also a platform for our national coaches to identify potential talents for the national intermediate squad (NIS).”

Yeo Jiamin, 14, who won the U-17 champion title with doubles partner Elaine Chua, attributes their success to “encouraging each other” when they fail to perform at their best or are tired.

The pair were also the champions in the Girls U-17 category the previous year.

Elaine, 16, agrees, adding, “We are very happy with our win, but we hope to do even better.”

For Boys U-17 champions Ryan Ng and Bernard Ong, getting to know and understand each other’s “playing style” was what helped them beat their opponents.

“We know our playing style very well, and we coordinate well with each other because we’ve been training together for the past few months,” says Ryan.

With it being Bernard final opportunity to play against Ryan, who will be turning 18-year old soon, they gave their all in what the former described as ‘good opponents’.

This year also marks the highest ever amount of prizes that will be awarded to winners. A total of $10,000 will be given out in prize money, in addition to sponsored prizes.

Below are the results for the finals!

Girls U-11: Cleonice Lim & Rennie Yow vs Chermaine Chiang & Ng Jing Ting 21-11, 21-9

Boys U-11: Kendric Cheng & Lim Ming Jin vs Jacob Tan & Marcus Tan 21-17, 21-19

Girls U-13: Melissa Chua & Abigail Yeo vs Bernice Lim & Nicole Ng 18-21, 22-20, 21-13

Boys U-13: Ryanne Lim & Leslie Lim vs Wee Lim Ng & Edward Png 21-18, 21-19

Girls U-15: Lim Ming Hui & Tan Zhiyi vs Nicolette Tan & Mandy Wong 21-17, 21-17

Boys U-15: Ezekiel Ng & Xu Jin Kai vs Mason Fung & Andy Kwek 21-15, 21-18

Girls U-17: Elaine Chua & Jiamin Yeo vs Ren-Ne Ong & Crystal Wong 21-15, 17-21, 21-13

Boys U-17: Ryan Ng & Bernard Ong vs Daryl Ng & Jackie Tan 21-14, 21-18
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