Following their success in the district competition the KS4 boys and girls badminton teams headed to the K2 centre in Crawley to compete in the county competition. It was another day packed with activity with both teams taking on different schools in several rounds of best of 5 matches, which were a mixture of doubles and singles. The games were more difficult to win at this competition with the first team to 21 (rather than 11) taking the win. Both teams played exceptionally well and really showed off their skill as well as determination and great sportsmanship.
The girls team won all their group games before taking on Uckfield in the semi-final which they won. In the final they faced a strong team in Lewes Priory and after 5 tight games were just pipped to the post 3-2, taking the runners up spot, an amazing achievement, especially when it was such a close final. All the players, Millie Whiteside, Alyx Maskell, Chloe Jones and Jessi Lownds gave their all and were skilled and committed players. A special mention to Alyx and Millie who were both unbeaten in all of their singles games throughout the day.
The boys team produced a dominant performance. Led by Scott Haysom, who is ranked number 1 in the county for his age, Drew Hammersley, Oli Wadeson, and Joel Butler all put in exceptional performances. They won each of their group games 5-0 and then continued with their incredible form to beat Uckfield in the semi-final and Tanbridge in the final, again not dropping a game. They were deservedly crowned county champions and will go on to play in the Southern regional finals in Guildford after half term.
Tom Pickford, Director of PE and Dance at DHS, said, ‘It was great to see both teams play so well at the county competition. Their dedication was inspiring and both teams played so well. To be county champions and runners up is a huge credit to their talents and determination, well done to them all.’