Martin, Haywood out front in Junior badminton Nationals

Shae Martin playing a backhand net shot as the Junior Badminton Nationals got underway.


Monday 9th April 2013

Shae Martin and Amanda Haywood have already signalled their intentions to take the top honours in the 2013 Barbados Badminton Association’s Junior Nationals which got going on Saturday at the Barbados Community College.

Martin started his campaign in the Under-17 Singles division when he easily defeated Jaleel Arthur 21-7, 21-9. Arthur fought well, but Martin was clearly the superior player demonstrating good footwork and excellent technical skills. The sailing was not as smooth in his second match against Jehu Gaskin who made Martin work much harder for every single point. Gaskin’s stroke consistency failed him during the long rallies and in the end Martin won the match 21-10, 21-10.

The girls’ equivalent saw Amanda Haywood not tested as she easily dismissed her opponents. Showing no signs of fatigue after competing against the senior players the previous night in the Dominance tournament, Haywood defeated Gabrielle Croney and Onika Moe 21-3, 21-5 and 21-3, 21-5 respectively.

In the Under-13 Boys’ division Deroni Hurley, son of Marion Johnson-Hurley led all competitors within the round-robin draw having defeated Joshua Archer 21-8, 21-12 and Daniel Tseu 21-6, 21-3. The Under-11s competed within a mixed division with young Shalea Wood, the lone female entrant, holding her own. She will take a 1-1 record into next week as she defeated Jaheem Bailey 21-3, 21-7 but was then beaten by Aiden Woodvine 21-11, 21-11.

Keenan Scantlebury is the current leader with group A having defeated Bailey 21-2, 21-1 and survived an intense contest against Woodvine in a 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 victory. Keenan’s brother, Dominick Scantlebury leads the ‘B’ grouping with wins against Kennie King and Harrison Griffith 21-12, 21-17 and 21-10, 21-7 respectively which could be possibly shaping up to an eventual sibling showdown.

The competition continues next Saturday starting at 10 a.m.