Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A Bonanza of Badminton, Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro, 16 October 2016

64 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Plymouth and mid Devon, gathered at the 8 court Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre in Truro at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s latest Bonanza.
The idea of Badminton Bonanza tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players. The many regulars were joined this time by some very welcome new faces, some playing in a tournament for the first time, as the Bonanza goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing badminton in Cornwall.
This year’s tournament at Truro was another great success, with some close fought battles in all the 5 different disciplines and a great day of badminton.
In the social events there were some closely contested matches, with St Austell’s Sanaa Roff winning a hat trick of titles, as the only woman singles player, then teaming up with fellow St Austell players Joanna Southey in the women’s doubles, and visiting Malaysian Qing Da Soon to win the mixed with runners up Martin Penney and Marnie Boston from Redruth. The men’s singles final was won by Luke Jannaway from Penzance, who beat Redruth’s Russell Tucker, and in the men’s doubles an all St Austell match saw Ashley Southey and Mohammed Dulal prove too strong for David Head and Chris McCarthy.
Left to right, Gary Braunton, Stuart Larter, Jo Southey, Sanaa Roff, Joan Bontoft, Pam Martindale, Mohammed Dulal, Ashley Southey, Karen Parish, Michelle Wylde, John Zarb, Ryan Lambourne, Debbie Blight, Kay Bossenger.
 Runners up in the social women’s doubles, Pam Martindale and Joan Bontoft.
Left to right, Luke Jannaway, Qing Da Soon and Sanaa Roff, Marnie Boston and Martin Penney.
Left to right, Stuart Larter, Kay Bossenger, Qing Da Soon, Sanaa Roff, Marnie Boston, Martin Penney, Debbie Blight, Gary Braunton
In the league events, the final of the day was the men’s singles, which was an exciting, tense affair between last year’s winner Tony Wong from St Ives, and the young, skilful Qing Da Soon. After some breath-taking rallies Tony finally emerged triumphant with a very close score of 21-19. The men’s doubles had seen two very close semi-finals but in the final the pair from Pool, Gary Braunton and Stuart Larter were just too quick and powerful for Plymouth’s John Zarb and Ryan Lambourne. The mixed doubles final had the partnership playing against each other, with Gary pairing up with Debbie Blight, and Stuart with Kay Bossenger in an all Tecans club match, with the skill of Stuart and Kay winning in the end.
Left to right, Qing Da Soon and Tony Wong, Stuart Larter and Kay Bossenger, Gary Braunton and Debbie Blight

League men’s singles – winner Tony Wong, runner up Qing Da Soon 
Social men’s singles  - winner Luke Jannaway, runner up Russell Tucker
Social ladies’ singles – winner Sanaa Roff
League men’s doubles – winners Stuart Larter/Gary Graunton, runners up John Zarb/Ryan Lambourne
League ladies’ doubles – winners Kay Bossenger/Debbie Blight,  runners up Karen Parish/Michelle Wylde
Social men’s doubles – winners Ashley Southey/Mohammed Dulal, runners up David Head/Chris McCarthy
Social ladies doubles – winners Sanaa Roff/Joanna Southey, runners up Joan Bontoft/Pam Martindale
League mixed doubles – winners Stuart Larter/Kay Bossenger, runners up Gary Braunton/Debbie Blight
Social mixed doubles – winners Qing Da Soon/Sanaa Roff, runners up Martin Penney/Marnie Boston

Monday, 3 October 2016


Cornwall’s top stars made their way to Polkyth Leisure Centre at the weekend for two days of quality badminton in the annual County Championships. 51 players from all across Cornwall, including 20 under 18 year olds, took part to find this year’s champions in singles and doubles. It was very much a family affair in some events, with the three Sillifant brothers from Launceston and Truro’s three Dyer brothers plus the two Bailey sisters taking part, alongside some other very promising juniors from Cornwall Youth Badminton on show taking on the established competitors.

DAY 1:

In the men’s singles three of the top four seeds made it through to the semi-finals, although Chris Glasson narrowly lost to Sam Spencer in a tight quarter final. Tyler Sillifant, the defending champion, cruised through to the final, to once again meet his older brother Liam in a repeat of last year’s match. Liam had had a harder passage, with two closely fought previous rounds to narrowly beat Ross Lashbrook and James Whetter. The final was once again a thrilling match with no quarter given, but in the end Tyler’s speed around the court and consistency won through in two close ends, and he retained his crown.
Men’s singles champion Tyler Sillifant on right with runner up Liam Sillifant.

The women’s’ singles were dominated by exciting young players, with over half of the entrants under 16. Top seed Johanna Philp from Port Isaac was beaten in the semis by Falmouth’s Emily James, and in the other half of the draw, number two seed, 15-year-old Amelia Burrell from Camborne lost to 13-year-old Cara Collins from Liskeard in an epic battle. Cara then lost her semi-final to 15-year-old Ellie Reed from the same town, for Ellie to reach the final for the first time. The last match was a close, tense affair which went the distance with three tight ends of attacking power and speed around the court, eventually won by the more experienced Emily James for the third time in her badminton career.
On the left women’s singles champion Emily James, with runner up Ellie Reed
Saturday’s final event was the women’s doubles, contested by 8 pairs, and again the top two seeds made it through to the final relatively comfortably. Johanna and Amelia were paired against Camborne’s Kellen Moore and Amy Polglase, and Jo and Amelia’s power and precision comfortably won in two ends to take  the title this year.

Women’s doubles champions Jo Philp and Amelia Burrell on left, with runners up Amy Polglase and Kellan Moore

DAY 2:

The next day the players once again filled the hall, and gave the large watching crowd more excellent badminton thrills and spills in the men’s and mixed doubles competitions.
A big entry of 17 pairs in the mixed saw the top four seeds progress to the semi-finals, with a new pairing of Ross Lashbrook and Isabel Victoria Martinez doing well, particularly in the quarter finals against Sam Spencer and Amelia Burrell. They then had a well fought three ender against number two seeds Guy Michell of St Austell and Vicki Thomas from Penzance and came out winners to reach the final, against top seeds James Whetter and Jo Philp. James and Jo’s accuracy and tight net play saw them take the title in two ends against the battling Ross and Isabel, to once again be crowned champions.
From the right mixed doubles champions James Whetter and Jo Philp with runners up Ross Lashbrook and Isabel Victoria Martinez
The last event of the weekend was the men’s doubles, where the Dyer brothers, Jack and Elliot did well to reach the semi-finals and came up against the Launceston/Saltash pairing of Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend the defending champions who proved too powerful and experienced in the end. St Austell’s Guy Michell and James Whetter had reached the final comfortably but proved no match for Ross and Richard, who won in two ends of accurate smashing and quick retrieval to defend their title.
Men’s doubles champions Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend on the left in action against Guy Michel and James Whetter

In the plate events, Sean Havis from Penryn capped off a good weekend with a hat-trick of victories in the singles, doubles and mixed, with his partners Tony Wong from Penzance and fellow student Amy Cox. The women’s singles plate final was contested by two 14 year olds from Truro – Melissa Lin and Mollie Bailey with Melissa winning in the end.
Plate singles winners and runners up – from left Sean Havis, Mark Pearson, Melissa Lin and Mollie Bailey
Plate mixed doubles winners Sean Havis and Amy Cox

Plate women’s doubles winners Aabha Mate and Melissa Lin

Plate men’s doubles winners Sean Havis and Tony Wong

A fine weekend of matchplay with some new plus some defending champions and a promising mix of youth and experience bodes well for the new season for Cornwall’s badminton.

Men’s singles – Tyler Sillifant beat Liam Sillifant 21/19 21/18
Women’s singles – Emily James beat Ellie Reed 17/21 21/16 21/15
Women’s doubles – Jo Philp/Amelia Burrell beat Kellan Moore/Amy Polglase 21/17 21/9
Mixed doubles – James Whetter/Jo Philp beat Ross Lashbrook/Isabel Victoria Martinez 21/18 21/17
Men’s doubles – Ross Lashbrook/Richard Townsend beat Guy Michell/James Whetter 21/16 21/17

Plate events
Men’s singles – Sean Havis beat Mark Perason 21/14
Women’s singles – Melissa Lin beat Mollie Bailey 21/14
Men’s doubles – Sean Havis/Tony Wong beat Harry Dyer/Josh Richards 21/6
Women’s doubles – Melissa Lin/Aabha Mate beat Mollie Bailey/Beckie Bailey 21/16
Mixed doubles – Sean Havis/Amy Cox beat Tony Clarke/Beckie Bailey 21/19

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Kerrier Open

Entry forms are now available for the Kerrier Open, which will be held at Carn Brea on 12th and 13th November:

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Badminton Bonanza

Cornwall Badminton Association's latest Bonanza will take place on Sunday October 16th at the Sir Ben Ainslie 8 court sports hall at Truro School.

The idea of Badminton Bonanza tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players. Last year's successful tournament saw over 50 regular players from all over Cornwall and Devon joined by some very welcome new faces, some playing in a tournament for the first time, with any profits going towards developing new clubs in Cornwall.
Closing date for entries is October 9th - entry form available here.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Duchy Open

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.

Closing date for entries is 6th September 2016.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Truro and Penwith College - National Badminton Champions 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 ;
Cornwall College
Exeter College
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.


Team 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

CCBA AGM & End of Season Presentation

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.   


Tickets are £15, please contact Lorna Riggs - telephone: 01726 862878