Excellent England Debut in 6 Nations

Charlotte Bardsley now ranked 3rd in the England Cadets was selected to represent England in the Home 6 Nations competition held at Cardiff from 13-15th of March, 2015.

Charlotte was partnered in the Cadet team by Surrey's Isabelle Joubeily. It was the first time both players were representing England in the Home nations competition.

In the team event, both Charlotte and Isabelle played strong singles matches. The girls only lost one singles match each out of the ten they played. They also had an excellent partnership in doubles, winning every time they went to the table. This meant that as a team they were undefeated and claimed team gold for England.

For the individual competition, the draw and then the way the groups played out meant that Charlotte faced Isabelle in the quarter-finals, when both players were hoping to only meet later in the competition. Charlotte got off to a blistering start opening up an 8-0 lead in the first end. Though Isabelle fought back hard, Charlotte was able to hold on with a 3-0 win and move into the semis where she faced Mia O'Reilly Egan from Ireland. Again Charlotte made a strong start and despite Mia's pressure in the 3rd end, Charlotte came out on top with a 3-0.  Another Irish girl faced her in the final, Kate Whelan who Charlotte had overcome in the team event with a 3-2 win after being behind 2-0. This time it was Kate who fell behind after the first end and it looked like Charlotte was on course for a double gold on her debut. However Kate levelled in the 2nd and used all of her experience to press home the change in momentum of the match, running out with a 3-1 victory to claim Gold.  Charlotte had to settle for Silver this time.

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