This weekend saw more success for FZ Forza Sponsored players.
Ben Lane & Sean Vendy made it through to the final of the men's Doubles at the German Junior International. In the final they were beaten by a top Korean pair in straight sets.
In Portugal Forza sponsored Peter Briggs together with his partner Tom Wolfenden took the Men's Doubles title with a straights sets win over number 1 seeds Campbell & MacHugh.
Forza would like to say many congratulations on these performances.
Gold for Harry at 8 Nations
Congratulations to Harry Huang on winning the Mens Doubles title at the U/15 8 Nations Championships at the weekend. Forza sponsored Harry played with Zach Russ and in the final beat the Number 1 seeds from Denmark D. Lungaard / M Muurholm 17-21 21-16 21-13. Everybody at Forza are very proud of your achievement.
4 out of 5 Titles for Forza Players
Today at the U/19 National Championships Forza sponsored players took 4 out of the 5 titles on offer.
Sean Vendy played with great determination to win the Men's Singles title in 2 sets against David Jones and then teamed up with Ben Lane to take the Men's Doubles title in 2 sets against Pedersen & Widdicombe.
Ben Lane also took the Mixed Doubles title with Jess Pugh in a 2 set victory over David King & Nicola Gresty. The Ladies Doubles title was won by Jess Hopton & Lydia Powell who won a thrilling 3 set match against Jess Pugh & Ira Banajee 22.20 in the third.
There were also Bronze medals for Harry Arksey & Fee Teng Liew and Samodani Wijetunge in Mixed Doubles, Matt Clare & David King in level Doubles and Jess Hopton in Ladies singles.
Forza would like to express how proud the brand is of the players achievements and wishes them all continued success for the remainder of the season.
First Senior National Title for Parsons
Sam Parsons won his first senior National Men's Singles title at the weekend. Parsons the number 5 seed beat 2 higher ranked players in the tournament the number 3 seed Toby Penty in straight sets and then again in the final where he beat Andrew Smith the number 2 seed.
In the final Smith started off very well and quickly led 5-1 but Parsons kept his composure and with Smith making a few unforced errors the game was tied at 7 all. Parsons then started to take control and led 11-9 at the interval. Parsons continued to get a lot of Smith's smashes back and took control at the net and finished the set 21- 14.
In the second set Parsons kept up the tempo and raced to a mid-game lead of 11-6 and this extended to 19-11. At this point Smith hit some good smashes and had his best spell (apart from the start of the match) and closed to within 3 points at 16 - 19. However a quick net error gave Parsons match point and after a good spinning net shot from Parsons his opponent lifted the shuttle out of the back of the court. The victory was met with a roar from Sam and a great reception from the packed crowd. Parsons now holds the National U/19 junior title and the National senior title.
In the Mixed Doubles Ben Lane and Jess Pugh made it to the semi-final stages with some fine wins over more experienced pairings, showing that these 2 players are going to be the next stars of the future. In the Semi's they lost to the World number 6 pair Chris & Gabby Adcock in straight sets.
Ben also featured in the Men's Doubles Semi-final with partner Sean Vendy where they eventually lost to the number 2 seeds Nottingham & Towler.
Forza would like to congratulate the players on their outstanding results and wishes them all continued success for the remainder of the season.
2nd Win for MK Badminton
MK Badminton continue to surprise in the NBL. After the previous win against Nottingham MK badminton last night beat high flying Birmingham Lions in a match full of tension and excitement.
MK started with victory in the Mixed doubles with Toby Penty & Jess Pugh playing some fantastic badminton to beat Ruponen and Lim in 4 sets. Then Jess Fletcher & Sophie Sankey produced the result of the night beating Olver & Hopton in straight sets. At 2-0 up it was the turn of Sam Parsons to take on ex England International Ben Beckman and the match became a real tense affair. Parsons winning the 1st and Beckman the 2nd, Parsons again lead 2-1 before Beckman made it 2-2 and into the tie break. This is a game either up to 5 or for 1 player to get a 3 point lead. Beckman won the first point and then took the power-play shuttle which gave him the possibility to win 3-0 as power-play counts double points. After the longest rally of the night Parsons saved the match point and eventually ran out the winner 5-2 and giving MK Badminton a winning 3-0 lead in the match.
MK badminton star Liz Cann then played England Number 1 Fontaine Chapman and Liz put in a good performance but was eventually beaten in 4 sets.
The final match was the mens doubles where both pairs were defending an NBL 100% record. After some very fast and exciting rallies is was the Anglo / Dutch combination of Ridder & Fox that came out on top against MK's Mills & Van Rietvelde. The night ended with a 3-2 win for MK and everyone connected with FZ Forza would like to say many congratulations to the team and to all the spectators that turned up to cheer the team on.
First Senior Final for Lane & Pugh
Today Ben Lane & Jess Pugh reached their first senior final at the Hungarian International. Already the fast improving Mixed pair have beaten both the Number 2 and 3 seeds on their way to the final. It is even more of an achievement as due to the fact that they have only just started playing senior events they had to come through the qualifying event first. In the final they will play the Number 1 seeds Bitman / Basova of the Czech Republic. Everyone associated with Forza is very proud of the results to date and wish you both the very best for the final tomorrow.