THERE was a good turnout for a recent badminton tournament.

Players from NEWBA, North West Wales, Hereford, Abergavenny, Penarth, Borth and Cheshire turned out got the Wrexham junior gold event.

The U-15 boys entry was good, as was that for the U-17 boys and girls.

The overall standard was high, with numerous close scores and exciting rallies.

Players certainly demonstrated plenty of skill, fitness and determination.

Nine players entered the U-15 boys singles and in the semi-finals, Liam Hird beat fellow Mold member Matthew Swash 15-7, 15-10.

In the other last-four clash, Nye Bennett (Hereford) narrowly beat Max Gilbert (Prestatyn) 15-13, 15-12.

Hird won the gold, beating Bennett 15-9, 15-12 in the decider.

Then, four pairs entered the doubles.

Hird and Swash won the gold by beating runners-up Bennett and Dylan Turvey (Hereford) 15-8, 15-9.

Six players entered the U-17 boys singles.

It was a very close and exciting contest, with six rubbers going to three games and many were decided 15-14.

Alfie Moorcroft (Flint) and William Vaughan (Hereford) both won four rubbers, losing one apiece.

Moorcroft became the gold champion on the strength of beating Vaughan 15-13 in their third game.

In third place was Shamanth Moodalbyle (Mold) with three wins, while two wins saw Charlie Cahill (Connah's Quay) finish fourth.

Moorcroft and Cahill became doubles champions by beating Vaughan and Maddocks in another cliffhanger, this time 14-15, 15-13, 15-14.

Six players entered the U-17 girls singles.

Hereford’s Vicky Beavan was a worthy champion, beating runner-up Emily Carpenter (Ashton) 12-15, 15-4, 15-7.

Jess Ding (Connah's Quay) came third and she had a fantastic battle to beat fourth-placed Cherisse Lau (Penarth) 15-14, 12-15, 15-14.

The girls doubles gold was won by Beavan and Lau, who saw off runners-up Carpenter and Ding 15-13, 15-4.

Three pairs entered the mixed doubles.

Triple gold champion Beavan partnered Vaughan to beat Gullick and Emily Goode (Penarth) 15-6, 15-8.

Thanks go to all of the competitors and parents, as well as Ron Evans and his team of helpers.