March

Quarter-final exit for Grimleys

Matthew Grimley feels he and twin Christopher can reflect on a successful YONEX Dutch Junior as their campaign came to an end at the quarter-final stage.

The pair were looking to make the final day of competition in Haarlem but lost out in the second of their two Saturday matches, though they could bow out with their heads held high.

First came victory over Denmark’s Sebastian Groenbjerg and Oscar Sunekaer, a three-game thriller where the Scots prevailed 20-22 21-16 21-16 after coming from behind.

That 51-minute match seemed to take its toll however as, despite winning the opening game, the twins fell 19-21 21-12 21-19 to Ghifari Anandaffa Prihardika and Ferdian Mahardika Ranialdy, from Indonesia.

“Against the Danes we struggled in the first as they had a strong attack but we managed to change our style of play in the second and third which helped us get the win,” said Matthew Grimley.

“In our second match against the Indonesians we played really well but were unlucky to lose 21-19 in the third set.

“Overall, I’m happy with the way we played at this tournament and I am looking forward to the German Junior next week.”

Both games were classics upon which the Swedish Junior champions can build, the first match seeing them come from behind after losing the opening game against Groenbjerg and Sunekaer.

The second was also an incredibly tight affair, trading points until 13-13 where the Grimleys took a stranglehold to send the game to a decider.

And from there one major blow proved the difference, the Scots coming from 6-5 down to win seven straight points en route to sealing their place in the last eight.

They initially carried that momentum forward into the match against the Indonesians, coming from behind to win the first game 21-19.

But they couldn’t keep it going to fall just short of a place in the semi-finals, despite putting up a mammoth fight in the decider.

Christopher added: "I thought we played really well but we were just unlucky in the end against the Indonesian pair.

"Both games were close and good matches but now we need to get ready for another hard competition next week at the German Junior."