Girls' Badminton Team Fifth Best In The Country
In the wake of easily winning the District, County and Midlands rounds of the National Badminton Tournament, the Year 10/11 girls from Higham Lane were looking forward to finals day.
Around 1,500 schools enter the competition annually, so being in the 2014 finals at the Center Parcs complex in Sherwood Forest, involving only nine schools, is an amazing achievement. Competition is very high with several independent schools vying for honours.
In their first game, Higham took on Monkseaton High School from Tyne and Wear and got off to a fantastic start, beating them 5-0.
In their second qualifying game they faced Surrey’s Wallington High School for Girls. This proved to be a very tough match with several games going down to the last point. Unfortunately, Higham just missed out, losing 3-2, meaning they qualified second in their group and were in the fourth, fifth and sixth place play-off.
With morale low, Leicester’s Beauchamp College were Higham’s next opponents and, despite a late fightback, the girls narrowly lost 3-2.
In their final game they were up against Millais School from Sussex, against who they produced some of their best badminton on the day to win convincingly 4-1.
So, after four tournaments and playing for around six-and-a-half hours in total, Higham Lane finished the fifth best school in the country.
Well done to Grace Taylor, Nicky Potts, Katie Apted and Shaniah Wilkes for all their effort and ability in attaining such an outstanding achievement.
Below: Higham Lane’s Year 10/11 girls’ badminton team who finished fifth best in the country at the 2014 National Badminton Finals. Left to right: Katie Apted, Grace Taylor, Shaniah Wilkes and Nicky Potts.