The 34th Duchy of Cornwall Badminton Championships is due to be held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, 2016.
The tournament is promoted by the Cornwall County Badminton Association, and has the honour of a Silver ranking on the Badminton England Senior Circuit
A new venue will be hosting this year - the new Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre at Truro School.
Entries are invited online, or the entry form can be downloaded here if preferred.
Sunday, 1 May 2016
For the second time in three seasons Truro and Penwith College Badminton Team have claimed the National Team Title. The Team which consists of a full compliment of 8 Junior and Senior County Players have travelled far and wide over the last six months competing against top class opposition.
This success has resulted in the College achieving its most successful season ever at the National Level, following on from their Top girls pairing of Amy Polglase and Kellen Moore winning the first ever Individual College title in the doubles at Newcastle two weeks ago and the Top boy Milo Semonin gaining a Silver runner up medal in the singles.
On their way to the final at High Wycombe Badminton Performance Centre(Buckinghamshire) on Tuesday 26th April the team defeated the following Teams ;
Peter Symonds College (Hampshire)
Cirencester College (Gloucestershire)
Farnborough College (Hampshire)
Runshaw College (Lancashire) were their opponents at High Wycombe. Runshaw boasting a strong group of boys two of whom compete at the very top level on the National circuit. Both Lancashire County players and one of whom has represented England at U17 Level.
Tactical decisions on Team selection were of paramount importance and the “Cornish” players responded in resounding style.
The girls leading the way taking both singles and the boys accumulating a good points total. In the doubles the girls again led the way with 2 great wins and the boys running the no1 pair, which included their opponents top two players, so close with a narrow 21-19 21-18 loss. However the no2 boys pairing stormed to a fantastic 21-6 win and then a close 21-16 win in the second end.
Five games to three to “Cornwall” going into the mixed. The experience of the last two pairings shone through in both mixed doubles with straight sets wins after their opponents put up cracking first end games.
Noah SEMONIN (CAPT) ST AUSTELL BAY BC
Milo SEMONIN ST AUSTELL BAY BC
Sam LAITY MOUNTS BAY BC
Duncan COVEY TRURO BC
Amy POLGLASE FIRST EDITION BC
Kellen MOORE (CAPT) TECANS BC
Laura GALLEY CAMELFORD BC
Agnes ALLISON MOUNTS BAY BCTeam Manager/Coach Jon Wotton Truro and Penwith College Badminton Academy.
Thanks must go to the continued support that Truro and Penwith College Sports Academy provide to their Badminton Academy and commitment to ensuring all fixtures are honoured no matter what the distance across the Country.
Monday, 25 April 2016
The CCBA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 6pm.
This will be followed by the end of season presentation with buffet from 8pm.
Venue: White Hart Hotel, Church Street, St. Austell, PL25 4AT.
DONATED PRIZES FOR THE RAFFLE GLADLY ACCEPTED!
Tickets are £15, please contact Lorna Riggs - telephone: 01726 862878
Sunday, 24 April 2016
A group of 5 players from Truro and Penwith College represented South West Colleges at the National Association of Colleges British Championships over 3 days starting on Friday 15th April.
This meant a 1200 mile round trip to compete at Northumbria University. The players competed at the nearby Tyneside Badminton Performance Centre ,built to International competition standard in 2013.
The Players Milo Semonin (St Austell). Amy Polglase (Hayle). Kellen Moore(Camborne). Noah Semonin (St Austell) and Duncan Covey (Truro) have all developed through the Cornwall Youth Badminton organisation over the last 7/8 years, some from the age of 9 years old. As South West Regional winners back in November in Plymouth they took their place at the National Finals.
The competition was of a high class with players from England, Scotland, and Wales some of whom having represented their Country and a high percentage being experienced Junior and Senior County players from across the United Kingdom.
Amy and Kellen took the Ladies Doubles by storm, playing controlled dynamic doubles in all 6 matches. The Cornish Girls winning all matches in 2 ends with many close ends which required making full use of their experience, calm nerves and no little amount of skill. National Ladies Doubles Champions ! A thoroughly deserved National Title after many years of training and competing across the Country. Truro and Penwith College gaining its first ever individual National Badminton Title over the 26 years of this competition !
Milo had 3 other top class players in his opening group, Surrey, Lancashire and Worcestershire County players with High National rankings. Milo worked tirelessly and won through by a 4 point margin on a 3 way tie. In the semi-final a classic 3 ender against a Lincolnshire County player came out in Milo's favour. In the final Milo had a rematch against Ryan Quek from Worcester ranked 13 at National Senior Level, England U19 squad a high class opponent. First end was a nail biter going right down to the wire, Milo missing a game point at 15/14,just losing 18/16. The shot execution and court coverage of both players on a technical, tactical and physical level was breathtaking. The second end continued with long demanding rallies but eventually Quek ran out a deserved winner 15/8.
A truely memorable final, Milo taking the game to his opponent and demonstrating what a fantastic developing talent he is, with more to come over the next few years. National Silver Medal !
Noah and Duncan started well in their Mens Doubles Group box winning 2 from 3 matches. Needing a win in their final match to progress to the semi-final they changed 8/5 up in the final end. Unfortunately the pressure told and they narrowly lost 15/10 against a Middlesex pair. They then competed for a final placing of 5/6 and in three great ends of badminton and ran out deserved winners against a Worcester Pair. A final 5thplace finish in the Nationals!
Team Manager/Coach. Jon Wotton - Truro and Penwith Badminton Academy
Personal thanks must go to Truro and Penwith College under the stewardship of Julie Penprase, the Sports Academy Co-ordinator who although recognising the high level of commitment that the players put in outside of College at both County and National competition level, ensures two coaching sessions a week at College are provided. In addition she ensures full support in the logistical challenge of competing across the Country in both Individual and Team College Badminton competitions.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Our 2016 Team travelled to Nottingham University on Wednesday 30th March for our 10th ICT since 2007, this being the 51st year of the competition.
A very young team by ICT standards with three U15 players. Only two of the squad of ten having competed in 2015. A building year having achieved our "best ever" result of 16 in 2015 starting from 39th place in 2010.
|Day one - early 9.30am warm up|
What a roller coaster !
So so many amazing matches,so much experience gained,such a wonderful team spirit and two very able captains in Lewis and Sarah.
Highlights were that every member of the team won at least one match,fantastic for each player.
Sarah and Elliot having two match points v the England no1 Mixed Players ! In our very first match v Buckinghamshire the current champions and eventual winners .
Harry winning his first match ever at an ICT at 13 years of age on day one v Lincolnshire in an epic 3 ender 18-16 in the third, against a 17 year old!
Mark winning 2 unforgettable singles in 3 ends,the second against Bedfordshire from 14-11 down in the third 16-14,his opponent 150 places above him in the National rankings !
Melissa winning so so many matches at no2 singles doubles and mixed and still only 13 !
Charlotte winning at doubles with Ellie as our 2016 U15 County doubles champions!
Ellie going out at no1 singles time after time and working so hard,winning doubles matches with Charlotte and Sarah.
Amelia so strong at no1 mixed some fantastic wins,so confident at no1 and 2 doubles and 2 great no.1 singles wins !
Nathan a great partnership with Mark at no1 doubles and several great wins !
Elliot great wins at no2/1 mixed and no2 doubles! Mixed with Sarah only losing 2 matches in their mixed.
Sarah winning at no2 mixed and No1 doubles.
Lewis winning at no1/2 mixed and no2 doubles. Elliot and Lewis only lost 2 matches playing doubles together.
|Day four - 7.30 am breakfast|
Overall final placing 30, so so close to a final group of 24/28.
The first of 4 days competition meant 4 matches,and still competing at 11pm at night.
Buckinghamshire(2015 and 16 winners) Cheshire(top 10 team 2015 and 16) Warwickshire (top 10 team 2015) Lincolnshire!
The team won their target game v Lincolnshire 6-4 on the first day.
The second day still competing at 10.45pm
Eleven matches in total our most ever.. WON 4 v Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Isle of Man (10-0), Cumbria, DREW 1 v Nottinghamshire lost on count back by one end. LOST 5.
LEWIS JEFFREY-CAPT -TECANS
MARK PEARSON-FIRST EDITION
ELLIOT DYER-FIRST EDITION
HARRY DYER-FIRST EDITION
SARAH FROST-CAPT-FIRST EDITION
ELLIE WATKINSON-FIRST EDITION
CHARLOTTE GRIGG-ST AUSTELL
Sincere thanks to all the parents that travelled to support..Guy and Patricia LIN,Ian and Deborah GRIGG and David,Kim and Jack DYER,fabulous support in every match.
Thank you to our sponsors Dairy Crest Davidstow, Probus Surgery, The Christine Parsons Legacy, Eastbrook Limited and Truro and Penwith College.
Team Managers Neil Pearson Cathryn Bick .Coach Jon Wotton
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
The final weekend of Badminton England’s senior county championship season saw the top Cornish players travel to Cheltenham and Gloucester to take on Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Guernsey, and seek to maintain their position in Division 3.
|Mens singles players|
After an early start, first up for the team in Cheltenham were Gloucestershire, and the Sillifant brothers, Tyler and Liam, gave Cornwall an excellent start with wins in the opening men’s singles, followed up by another emphatic victory by James Whetter in the 3rd singles slot. The girls were not to be outdone, and both Amy Polglase and Vicki Thomas secured victories to give Cornwall an amazing 5-0 start.
|Ladies singles players|
The mens doubles began with a tough match for number 1 pair Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend, who found the top Gloucester pair just too hard to handle, and Cornwall’s Guy Michell and James Whetter also lost out after going the distance of the maximum 3 ends in a closely fought game.
Things got better in the ladies when Jo Philp and Bronwen Wotton had a great win over the best Gloucester pair in two straight ends to secure the match for Cornwall, but Amy and Vicki lost out to the second duo after a hard fight, leaving the match at 6-3 going into the mixed doubles.
The opening mixed was a see-sawing battle with 2 good pairs demonstrating tight net play, fantastic retrieving and powerful smashing to thrill the watching crowd. Finally, Ross and Bronwen triumphed over their very experienced opponents after 3 ends. Guy and Jo duly followed with a very comfortable victory in the second mixed, to make the overall match score a fine 8-3 to Cornwall.
This set the team up for the next match against Oxfordshire, which began in the afternoon, and once again, young Tyler Sillifant took the number 1 men’s singles slot and again demonstrated his fitness, all round court play, and unflappability to beat a tough opponent. Liam Sillifant found the second singles a step too far and lost in two ends, although James Whetter successfully used all his experience to beat a younger player in two. Again the Cornish girls stepped up to the plate and both won in two, Amy Polglase again calmly converting her superiority, and Jo Philp powerfully using all the court to win the second singles.
This time the men’s doubles was split, with Oxfordshire narrowly winning the first game after 3 exciting ends against Ross and Richard, who were unlucky to lose out 20-22 in the final end. James and Guy also went the distance, but this time beat their opponents with precision and force in three ends.
The ladies’ doubles both went to Cornwall and so the overall match was won. Despite losing the first end and very nearly the second, Jo and Bronwen dup deep and triumphed, and Amy and Vicki won a more comfortable victory against the second string pair.
Both mixed games were tight affairs and both went to the maximum 3 ends, with Ross and Bronwen just losing out and Guy and Vicki having better fortune against the other Oxfordshire pair and winning to make the match result a very creditable 8-3 to Cornwall.
The doubles results were halved – in the men’s Ross and Richard were out muscled, but James and Guy won their game in two ends, and although Amy and Vicki lost, Jo and Bronwen made it 3 excellent victories in a row by winning their ladies in 3 skilful ends.
The match came down to the mixed results, Guernsey only needing one more to win the match, and Cornwall needing to take both – Guy and Vicki set up the nail biting finish by easily winning their mixed to leave all Cornish hopes resting on Ross and Bronwen. Their game swung wildly, with the Cornwall pair easily taking the first and the Guernsey pair the second end, unfortunately the third end saw the Guernsey pair pull away and win, to give them the overall match 6-5, in what was a thrilling encounter between two evenly matched teams.
So the weekend finished and the Cornwall players can be very proud of their performances this weekend and throughout the season in this division, played to a high standard with a wide range of experience and top skills, alongside excellent team spirit.
Cornwall team –
Tyler Sillifant, Liam Sillifant, James Whetter, Guy Michell, Ross Lashbrook, Richard Townsend, Amy Polglase, Jo Philp, Bronwen Wotton, Vicki Thomas.Managers – Brian Hannibal and Sue Biscoe