Junior crowns are captured by Chan and Bird

Girls Junior Invitation Tournament winner Nicole Bird
Girls Junior Invitation Tournament winner Nicole Bird

Miles Chan, an early season winner of the Masters Invitation Singles for the senior men, proved too strong for the opposition in the Junior Boys event.

However, in Group One Thomas Wildman started well to take the opener against Chan before going down in four ends while Corby’s Kyle Murie was another Chan victim after taking the second.

Wildman also excelled against Ben Tombs who edged through 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 to take second place in the group.

Chan’s straight-game win against Tombs confirmed pole position while the otherwise unbeaten Tombs had to settle for second place with Wildman third after a 15-13 fifth-end verdict against James Allington who finished fourth.

In Group Two Aiden Smith dominated the exchanges and it was not until his final encounter against Leon Chan that he dropped a solitary end.

Aaron Lee was well beaten by Smith but peservered to win all his remaining matches.

Ross Campbell provided the sternest test with Lee easing through 11-8 in the fifth while Ryan Cassidy was accounted for with a 15-13 finish.

One of the closest finishes saw Guy Sparrow shade William Shepherd 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 12-10 while in another fifth-end finish Shepherd got the better of Joathan Edlund after trailing by two games to one.

In the play-offs Chan took the gold medal with a straight-game success against Smith who had to settle for silver.

Ben Tombs then did exceptionally well to beat Aaron Lee 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 in the battle for the bronze.

There was only going to be one winner in the Girls Top Six Tournament and the highly-rated Nicole Bird made no mistake.

Heather Sawyer, Sidney Wright and Rachael Brown were beaten in straight games but both Bhavika Mistry and Lauren Ashworth earned second ends before losing in the fourth.

Mistry conceded age advantage to Ainsworth but excelled to win 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 to finish in second place.

Closest match of the day was at the opposite end of the leader board where Sidney Wright just held on to beat Sawyer 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9.