There has been some changes to the NEWBA Junior League this year, but it's safe to say the passion and commitment that all the players, coaches and parents involved has not wavered.
The 2018/19 League season, which has now come to a close, consisted of 8 Rounds taking place between October and March. During each Round over 70 junior players from 8 clubs from N.E. Wales and Cheshire, played across 5 Divisions, which makes us the biggest Junior League in Wales.
Division 1 saw 8 teams competing over the course of the season, which just shows the strength and depth of the level of play across the league, but it was Mold A who dominated proceedings throughout. With two of their players part of the Badminton Wales Regional Academy, they were always going to be a force to be reckoned with and that showed with Mold winning 14 out of their 16 matches, finishing on 28 points. In second position was Connah's Quay, who put up some stiff competition throughout finished on 20 points. In third position, were our neighbours from Christleton, who found great form in the second half of the season, finishing on 12 points. Llanferres facing a lot of competition from several other teams, managed to claim 4th spot on the final Round of the season.
In Division 2, 9 teams competed for the top 4 positions throughout. Buckley A found themselves at the top of the division, finishing on 19 points. Connah's Quay B took 2nd spot, Mold B took 3rd place and Flint a finished in 4th.
Deeside who were consistent in competing in Division 3, held onto 1st position, in a very closely fought out division. Wrexham A finished 2nd, Mold C 3rd and Buckley B 4th in a division where only 1 point separated each team.
Division 4 saw Connah's Quay C take the top spot, with Christleton B, Flint B and Wrexham B taking up the remaining positions.
Division 5 consisted mainly of younger players, many of whom were new to the Junior League. This provided some nerves and much excitement for the players who were competing and throughout the season their confidence and quality of play grew each time. Taking top spot was Connah's Quay D who won 7 out of their 10 matches. 2nd were Llanferres B, 3rd were Christleton C and 4th were Wrexham C.
We'd like to congratulate all the teams and players who have taken part this year and especially to Mold who have shown how strong they are as a team by taking the title in such a dominant way. We would also like to thank all the clubs and coaches who took part, who work incredibly hard to organise their teams and make this League such a success and joy to be part of.