Friday, 29 April 2022

The Vets Tournament is back!


Last weekend, badminton players joined together to partake in a closely fought badminton tournament hosted at Cornwall College, Pool. The veteran handicap tournament saw players across the county go head to head in this annual event, which after the turmoil of the last two years, was wonderful to see happen again. 

Mens doubles action

Mixed games get underway

More mixed

Plymouth v Truro

The eventual winners in action

Congratulations to all the winners: Mixed Doubles Winners: Tony Wong / Vicki Meade, Ladies Doubles Winners: Vicki Meade / Kay Bossenger, and Men’s Doubles Winners: Tony Wong / Gary Braunton, with a mention to Kay Bossenger and Gary Braunton, who narrowly missed out in the mixed finals.

Mixed winners Tony & Vicki

Gary and Tony

Kay and Vicki

Doubles winners

The event finished with all players enjoying crème eggs for their efforts in the games, presented by tournament organiser Helen Pennells. A big thank you to all those who supported the event; it was great to see so many friendly faces and watch some fantastic games.  

All the competitors


Sunday, 24 April 2022

From 6th to 3rd in one day!

 The last, delayed, match of the season

Cornwall’s top team had to travel to Wellington in Somerset to play a rearranged match against West Glamorgan at the weekend, after Welsh covid rules had prevented the team playing on Badminton England’s earlier set weekends.

The stars

Both teams had to call on other players because of absences due to holidays, injuries  or illness, and West Glamorgan had already conceded three games before the match began, with a shortage of women competitors due to last minute covid issues.

Cornwall were keen to gain at least one point to make sure that relegation was avoided, and ended up with a fine 8-3 win which shot them up the table to finish in third place in the final standings.

The great supporters!

The 3 men’s singles were a mixed bag for the Cornish players with Milo Semonin just losing out to a talented opponent, before Tyler Sillifant made a welcome return to the team with an excellent win in two, showing all his old speed and skill around the court. Younger brother Luke Sillifant, making his debut, fought valiantly but came up against a tough Welsh player, and he lost in two.

With West Glamorgan conceding both women’s singles and one doubles, it was all to play for for Cara Collins and Mollie Bailey, and they didn’t disappoint. A nail-biting three ender was won by the Cornish girls in a great display of women’s doubles.

Cara and Mollie show their class

The men’s doubles were even more exciting for the large group of travelling loyal supporters, as two new Cornish pairings took to the courts. Milo and James Whetter put on a stunning exhibition of attacking doubles and triumphed in three ends against a very good Welsh pair.

Milo and James triumph 

Luke and Guy Michell were not to be outdone and they cruised to win the first end, then lost the second, and just won an extremely close third to great excitement all round.

Guy and Luke impress

The match ended with the two mixed games - Milo and Bronwen Wotton battled hard but came up just short to a talented pair, and James and Jo Spooner finished the match off in style with a comfortable victory in two ends.

Bron and Milo battle on

Jo and James storming to victory
This fine result means that Cornwall finish in a very creditable third place and have every reason to look forward to next season with confidence.

Friday, 1 April 2022


                                 Volunteer of the Year 2022

Jess with her award

Jess Canfield was recently presented with Badminton England’s prestigious national award at the All-England tournament in Birmingham in March, the first person from Cornwall to receive such an honour.

Jess, 22, from St Cleer near Liskeard, was nominated by fellow volunteers for all her hard work in making badminton an inclusive sport to as many people in the community as possible. She has been playing badminton since she was 8 years old, and has already made a huge contribution.
Jess plays a key role in running Liskeard Inclusive Badminton Club, which offers coached sessions to children, young people and adults, reaching up to 70 people three times a week, with a satellite club in Launceston. They now also support local league badminton by entering a team to offer more competitive play.
With her fellow coaches, Jess also runs a para badminton/special Olympics session, and set up the first Plymouth Disability Badminton Festival last September, aiming to run similar events in Cornwall in future.
Another string to her bow, is putting on coached sessions for over 55 year olds, to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Not only does Jess volunteer all of the above, but she has recently started Badminton England’s Female Leadership and Performance programme, has joined Cornwall Badminton Association’s committee, and played her first county match this year!

Jess said - “I try to do as much as I can for badminton in the community, and it’s amazing to achieve recognition just for doing what I love”.

Monday, 28 March 2022

 The Final Weekend

Cornwall’s top badminton players triumphed in the final weekend of Badminton England’s Senior County Championship at Bath University at the weekend. Needing points to avoid relegation, and missing some key players, manager Brian Hannibal led the team to some inspired victories against tough opponents over the two days of play.

The Stars

First up on the Saturday were the Dorset team, and both Harry Dyer and Milo Semonin lost close games, before Jack Dyer turned the tide with a win in two ends, followed by Cara Collins and Joanna Vyvyan winning well in the women’s singles.

In the men’s doubles, Harry and Jack lost to a strong pair, then Milo and Elliot Dyer had a good win in two ends, although both the Cornish women’s pairs, Bronwen Wotton and Amy Polglase, and Joanna and Mollie Bailey went down fighting.

First the selfies

At 5-4 to Dorset going into the mixed, it was all to play for, and Cara and Harry powered to victory at first mixed, with Bronwen and Elliot just losing out, making the final score 6-5 to Dorset.

What followed was an exciting match against rivals Devon, and the Cornish singles players battled hard, with Harry having a great win in the top slot, and although Jack just lost, Milo won his game in three very tight ends. 

Next up Cara once again showed her class with a comfortable win, then Joanna battled against a wily veteran, pushing the Devon player hard but narrowly losing in three.

Classy Cara

Both mens doubles pairs had excellent wins going the distance in each game, and although Bronwen and Amy lost the first women’s doubles, Mollie and Joanna had a good win in 2nd.

With Cornwall having already won the match, more points were on offer, duly taken up easily by Cara and Harry in the mixed, and with Bronwen and Elliot losing, the overall match score was a deserved 7-4 to Cornwall.

Day 2 and the team’s final match was against a strong Avon team, with much needed points at stake. A brilliant start in the singles, with Harry, Milo, Cara and Joanna all winning, to set the team up nicely.

Harry wins again

Milo leaps (and wins)

It was even stevens in the doubles - Harry and Jack just lost a very tight game against a difficult pair, but Milo and Elliot kept up their 100% record by winning in two and looking good. In the women’s, Bronwen and Amy stormed to a close victory in three ends, before Mollie and Joanna narrowly lost theirs in the final end.

Once again the Cornish team had already secured an excellent victory, but powered on in the final mixed doubles. Cara and Harry were just unstoppable again, and Amy and Elliot were on fire to win the last game of the weekend, giving Cornwall an 8-3 win, and avoid relegation with a flourish.

Cornwall team - manager Brian Hannibal

Cara Collins.         Liskeard                    Harry Dyer.     Truro

Joanna Vyvyan    Camborne                Milo Semonin. St Austell

Bronwen Wotton. Bristol.                       Jack Dyer.       Truro 

Amy Polglase.      Camborne                 Elliot Dyer.       Truro

Monday, 14 March 2022

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Sunday, 13 February 2022

Bath time

The Cornwall Badminton team travelled to Bath University’s Sports Training Village at the weekend to take part in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships, and first up were Avon.

Ready to go

The Cornish singles players got off to a storming start with 4 out of 5 wins. Milo Semonin won in two comfortable ends, and all the others went to three with Harry Dyer, Cara Collins and Joanna Vyvyan winning, before a narrow loss in three for Jack Dyer.

Tom’s team talk

Both mens doubles went the distance too, but Milo and Tom Lyle, and James Whetter and Elliot Dyer, the third Dyer brother on his debut, lost out to the Avon pairs.

Milo and Tom back view!

Cara and Mollie Bailey put Cornwall back on track with a fine win in the womens doubles, but it was tough going for Joanna and Jess Canfield, playing in her first match.

The Cornish mixed doubles featured new pairings up against strong opposition, both losing to make the match score a narrow 6-5 victory to Avon.

Another rear view of Jess and Tom in those socks

Next up were much fancied Gloucestershire, and once again Milo won his singles, this time in three ends. Harry pushed his talented opponent all the way in the top singles but just lost out setting in the final end, before Jack went down in three battling ends.

The back of Harry in action

It was a bit of a procession after that as Glocs dominated the doubles, although Cara and Mollie were desperately unlucky to lose their game settling in the third, and Tom and Jess took their opponents to three ends. 

Side view of Cara and Mollie in action

A long, tough day in Bath, with the Cornwall players looking forward to the next challenge to come.

Team -

Harry Dyer (Truro), Milo Semonin (St Austell), Tom Lyle (Launceston), Jack Dyer (Truro), James Whetter (St Austell), Elliot Dyer (Truro)

Cara Collins (Liskeard), Mollie Bailey (Exeter), Joanna Vyvyan (Camborne), Jess Canfield (Callington)