Saltus Grammar School won Three of the Four Divisions at the Bermuda School Sports Federation’s Senior School Girls Badminton Tournament inside the Warwick Academy Gymnasium.
Emily Hartwig got things started for Saltus with a straight game win over Warwick Academy’s top seed G-zai Dyer. Hartwig avenged her pool stage loss to Dyer with an 11-8 11-7 victory. Hartwig defeated Kayla Raymond from Mount Saint Agnes 14-12 in their Semi-Final while Dyer overcame Saltus top seed Sanna Volger 11-7 to advance to the final.
In the Quarter-Finals, Hartwig defeated Warwick’s Grace Arrowsmith 11-8, while Dyer knocked off teammate Amber Simmons 11-8. The other Quarter-Finals saw Raymond defeat Saltus’ Kara Dallas 11-7 and Volger got past Ahziah Hunt 13-11.
Dyer and Simmons teamed up to capture Gold in the Under 16 Doubles competition in an all Warwick Academy final. Dyer and Simmons edged past Hunt and Arrowsmith 11-8, 12-10. Dyer and Simmons defeated the Saltus pair of Dallas and Morgan Rossiter 11-5 in their Semi-Final while Hunt and Arrowsmith joined forces to defeat the Saltus pair of Volger and Hartwig.
Saltus senior Kelly Simmons dug deep to win the Over 16 Division in a three game battle over Kayley Longworth from Mount Saint Agnes. Simmons took an early 5-1 lead in the first game before losing focus with Longworth scoring 10 straight points to take the first game 11-5. Simmons refocused to win the second game 11-9 before winning the third and deciding game 11-5 comfortably.
Simmons defeated teammate Laura Hope 11-9 in her Semi-Final, while Longworth again scored 10 straight to win her Semi-Final 11-5 over MSAs Kayla Henderson.
In the Quarter-Finals, Simmons got by Warwick’s Riley Jackson 11-5, while Hope got by her teammate Alice Kooiman 11-9. Longworth defeated Warwick’s Zurri Seymour 11-2, with Henderson getting by Warwick’s top seed 11-7.
Simmons and Hope rallied from a first set loss to win the Doubles Tournament in three games over the MSA pair of Longworth and Henderson. The MSA duo won the first game 11-2, but Saltus stormed back to win the next two games 12-10, 11-9.
Saltus defeated their second seed team of Kooiman and Kathlene Brown 11-7 in their Semi-Final while the MSA duo defeated Warwick Academy 11-6.