Saturday, 26 May 2018

Best in the West – West Cornwall’s Badminton Championships 19.5.18


In Penwith College's sports hall at the weekend, the West Cornwall Badminton League held their annual championships and around 40 players representing clubs from all over west Cornwall took part.

The day started with the men's and women's doubles with some close fought matches resulting in the men's winners from the Tecans club in Pool, Chris Glasson and Sam Spencer beating First Edition's (Camborne) brothers, Jack and Elliot Dyer.


Chris and Sam with runners up Jack and Elliot

In the men's restricted category, two scratch pairings led to Chris Cordell from Truro, and Jake Turpie from Falmouth triumph over the young pair from Cornwall Youth Badminton, Potae Sheppard of First Edition, and Alexander Beaumont from Tecans.


Winners Chris and Jake with Jake and Potae

In the combined women's doubles there was high level play throughout, and in the end tournament organiser Amy Cox and her partner Yinling Tan both from the CSM club in Penryn university beat sisters Mollie and Beckie Bailey from First Edition in an exciting match.


Tournament organiser Amy Cox with winning partner Yinling, plus Mollie and Beckie

After refuelling thanks to The Cornish Oven pasties, sponsored by Glasson's Garage, the players started the combined mixed doubles event. Eventually, after some tight games, the final was between Chris Glasson and Kellen Moore from Tecans against the First Edition pairing of Jack Dyer and Mollie Bailey, and Chris and Kellen just came out top after a see-sawing battle.


Mixed doubles finalists and winners Chris and Kellen with Jack and Mollie

The last events of the day were the men's and women's singles - in the men's restricted the young doubles pair were this time against each other, with Potae Sheppard narrowly beating Alexander Beaumont. The open men's event saw Jack Dyer, who had beaten title holder Sam Spencer, finally get revenge over Chris Glasson and take the singles title for the first time. The women's singles was won by first team county player Kellen Moore, who just edged out Mollie Bailey in a nail-biting game.


Singles finalists, winners Jack, Kellen and Potae, with Chris and Mollie (missing Alexander)

And so the championships came to a successful end as the weary players dispersed to catch up on Royal weddings and FA cup finals.

17-20 English County Challenge Report


On the 7th and 8th of April, Cornwall badminton competed in the 17-20 English County Challenge, which took place in York. After taking over 10 hours to get to York the previous day due to a broken down mini-bus, the team faced an exciting challenge against a number of top players from all over the country.

Their box consisted of teams from Cheshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The first match against Cheshire was a huge success, with Cornwall winning 6-0 and only dropping two sets.
Their second match against Lincolnshire proved to be a tougher challenge. It all came down to the final mixed game in which Milo Semonin and Ellie Watkinson fought hard but lost in three sets, meaning that Cornwall lost 4-2.

Their third match, against top seeds and the eventual winners of the tournament, Yorkshire, proved too much for Cornwall. Whilst there were some very close matches, with Amy Polglase and Liam Sillifant losing 28-26 21-17, the team lost 6-0 overall. This meant Cornwall came third in their box, and were into the 9th-12th place play off.


After a night celebrating Noah Semonin’s 21st birthday, the team came out fighting the next day facing tough competition against Avon in their first-round match. Tyler Sillifant won his singles comfortably, whilst Ellie Watkinson’s opponent proved too much. The Semonin brothers lost their match, whilst Amy Cox and Amy Polglase were victorious in their level doubles games. This meant that the teams were tied at 2-2, and everything came down to the mixed doubles. Amy Polglase and Liam Sillifant won comfortably in two sets, meaning that Tyler Sillifant and Amy Cox just needed to win one set to beat Avon overall. They were successful in doing so, and the Cornwall squad won on points overall against Avon.

Their next opponents were Kent, in the play off for 9th or 10th place overall. They came out strong, with both Kellen Moore and Tyler Sillifant winning in 21-17 23-21 and 22-20 21-11 respectively. The level doubles were also a success, with Milo Semonin and Liam Sillifant winning a very long and exciting match, winning 21-18, 18-21, 21-18 against a tough pair from Kent. Amy Polglase and Amy Cox found their game a little easier, winning in two sets. With this giving a 4-0 lead for Cornwall, they could not lose whilst they entered the mixed doubles stage of the match. After a long and tiring weekend, the team beat Kent 4-2, meaning that they came 9th overall, one step up from their 10th place last year.

A big thank you to Brian for driving the team up there and back at the last minute.



The team consisted of Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), Liam Sillifant (Launceston), Noah Semonin (St Austell), Milo Semonin (St Austell), Amy Polglase (Cambourne), Kellen Moore (Cambourne), Amy Cox (Falmouth) and Ellie Watkinson (Cambourne).

Friday, 4 May 2018

RISING STARS SHINE AT COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over 40 entries were received for the U15 and U17 County Championships which took place over the weekend of 28th-29th April at Treviglas Sports Hub, Newquay. U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS The boys singles final was won by Sam Phelps ( Falmouth ). Sam played a confident, well structured, tactical match winning comfortably in two ends. The girls singles was won by Cara Collins ( Liskeard ). Cara, fresh from competing at the U17 National championships the previous weekend, dominated the event finishing with a resounding victory in her final match. The boys doubles saw Jason Ayliffe and James Wright (both Truro) deservedly win the County title. The girls doubles was a fascinating event. Cara partnered her school friend Emily Geach who is a new comer to the sport. Both worked tirelessly in their matches and won the event showing great determination and willingness to support each other during long, tense rallies. The mixed doubles winners were Cara and Regan Hull (Falmouth). Trophies were presented by Mrs Jenny Netley-Reseigh (County U14 Team Manager). U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday saw the U17 players competing against some of their younger peers in the U15 and U13 squads. The boys singles final saw the top two seeds going head to head. Harry Dyer ( First Edition BC) had a close match with Luke Sillifant ( Launceston). Luke agonisingly losing the second end 22-20, and the match in 2 ends. Harry taking his first U17 County singles title. The girls singles final was repeat of 2017. Cara defeated her county team mate Mollie Bailey ( First Edition B) in two ends. The match was of a high standard. The boys doubles final saw Luke, partnering his school friend Joe Tucker ( Launceston), defeating Harry and his partner Potae Sheppard ( First Edition BC) in 3 close ends. Without doubt the match of the day was the girls doubles final between Cara and Beckie Bailey (First Edition BC) against Mollie her elder sister and Melissa Lin (First Edition BC). It is worth noting that both Melissa and Beckie had competed in the National Schools finals in Aylesbury the previous day, returning home at 1am Sunday morning. Cara and Beckie won in three incredible ends: 13-15, 15-14, 15-13. The final match of the day was the mixed doubles. Again, high class badminton was on show. Harry and Cara defeated Luke and Melissa in three very close ends. The trophies were presented by Mr Guy Lin (Under 18 Team Manager). The standard of badminton throughout the weekend, and especially on Sunday, was exceptionally high. A high percentage of Cornwall’s youngsters compete on the National Badminton England tournament circuit. The players have achieved National tournament success and high National rankings due to their dedication and commitment to the sport throughout a long season. U15 BOYS SINGLES WINNER SAM PHELP U15 GIRLS SINGLES WINNER CARA COLLINS U15 BOYS DOUBLES WINNERS JASON AYLIFFE/JAMES WRIGHT U15 GIRLS DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/EMILY GEACH U15 MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/REGAN HULL U17 BOYS SINGLES WINNER HARRY DYER U17 GIRLS SINGLES WINNER CARA COLLINS U17 BOYS DOUBLES WINNERS LUKE SILLIFANT/JOE TUCKER U17 GIRLS DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/BECKIE BAILEY U17 MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/HARRY DYER

Monday, 16 April 2018

The Kernow Carlton Cup


On Sunday, social and league badminton teams came from all over Cornwall to the Sir Ben Ainsley Sports Centre in Truro for Cornwall Badminton Association’s brand-new tournament, the Kernow Carlton Cup.

Teams of two men and two women competed against each other for the trophy in level doubles and mixed doubles events with a final play-off for the overall winner.


The finalists - winners Mounts Bay and runners-up Newquay 


The clubs that took part were Choughs (Camborne), TruFal (Truro/Falmouth), Mounts Bay (Penzance), St Austell Bay, Newquay, Par, Wednesdays (St Austell), CSM (Penryn), and Truro, in an enjoyable day of good badminton.

After some close fought games, Newquay came through as the Box B winners, over nearest rivals, the CSM club based in Falmouth University’s Penryn campus. In Box A it was the Mounts Bay team that dominated with a big gap to second placed St Austell Bay.

And so, the final began with the men’s doubles, which Newquay’s powerful combination of Nathan Holmes and Drew Daniels taking both ends, despite a fight back from the Mounts Bay boys in the second end.

Next up was the women’s doubles, and Mount’s Bay Marianne Fowler and Choi Wong combined well to outpoint Lorna Riggs and Jane Hamberg of Newquay, leaving it all down to the two mixed doubles games to decide the outcome.

Jamie Dunn and Marianne proved too strong for Drew and Lorna with their careful placement and attack, to give Mounts Bay an advantage, and then Nathan and Jane levelled things up yet again by beating Tony Wong and Choi with some hard hitting and fast court coverage.


Jamie and Marianne v Drew and Lorna


Tony and Choi took on Nathan and Jane


Some quick calculations and the winners were announced – by only 4 points, Mounts Bay had triumphed, after an exciting, high quality final, to end the successful day of this new tournament.


Friday, 13 April 2018

Best in the West


Please see details of the tournament below.  Entry forms to download here

The West Cornwall Badminton League: 2018 Championships


Who will be the Best in the West?

Saturday 19th May 2018
Approx 9 – 6pm

Porthcurno Sports Hall at Penwith College. St Clare. Penzance. TR18 2SA


Open & Restricted Categories (times tbc)
·       Level doubles – Morning
·       Mixed doubles – Early PM
·       Singles – Late Afternoon

**This tournament is purely for players who are members of an affiliated club in the WCBL, and who have played at least once in the league that season**



Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Time for change

Dear fellow county members,

As many of you will know, I have served this county badminton association for several years now, from my early days as Development Officer to my current role as County Chairman.  It has been an immensely rewarding time and has enabled me to witness and assist in some memorable achievements within Cornwall badminton. However, I now feel that the time has come for me to “hand over the reins” to someone else.  Accordingly, I will be formally resigning my post as Chairman at the forthcoming County AGM and Presentation event at the White Hart, St Austell on May 5th.

I will remain involved but at a distance, in that I will continue to be one of the authorised document checkers for those applying for or renewing a DBS certificate.  Similarly, I will continue my work with Truro Junior BC for the foreseeable future and hope thereby to retain my links with CYB. True to say that I love this sport and this county, but I feel that I have little more to give and that it is time for you to seek someone with new and probably younger ideas and energy.

There is plenty of time for you as individuals and as clubs, to discuss the situation and for one or more of you to offer yourselves to replace me – it shouldn’t be difficult.  The post is not onerous, and you will have the support of a very able committee, most of whom are standing again for re-election and who are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in organising our sport within Cornwall and beyond.  You should also consider coming onto the committee even if you don’t feel ready to take on the chairmanship at this point. Please, everyone, see if you can give just a little time to serving this wonderful sport and county of ours.

I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

Tony Poole, Cornwall CBA Chairman

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Double Delight for Cornwall

Cornwall’s top badminton players have just returned from a hugely successful weekend playing in Badminton England’s regional championships to end a thrilling season. The 1st team travelled to Bristol sitting in the relegation zone of their division and needing all the points they could get in their three matches.
What a team! The 2nd team secured a well-deserved promotion in their division in Torquay after another dominant display – match report to follow. First up for the top team on Saturday was Hampshire, and all three Cornish men stormed to victory in the singles, with Tyler and Liam Sillifant and James Whetter looking strong and purposeful, matched by Cara Collins in the first women’s singles slot seeing off her opponent skilfully. Although Kellen Moore was beaten in two battling ends, a 4-1 lead was a very healthy start. It got even better after that as both men’s and women’s doubles pairs won their games, James and Guy Michell digging in and winning in three, and a new pairing of Tom Lyle and Liam impressing in their first outing. The established pair of Kellen and Amy Polglase did well to come back from an end down, and another new pair of Cara and Amy Cox were far too strong for the Hampshire second pair. 
Guy and James take no prisoners
That left the two mixed games, and Guy and Bronwen had an excellent victory in three ends, followed by Tom and Amy Cox combining well for the first time, to make the overall match score an impressive 10-1 to Cornwall.
This gave a confidence boost for the next match versus a strong Dorset team. The top men’s singles produced one of the best games of the weekend as Tyler took on a talented Dorset man, both players incredibly fast and consistent around the court. Tyler was very unlucky to narrowly lose in the third end in a game that could have gone either way. Older brother Liam then won the second singles in three entertaining ends, and Cornwall’s stalwart James looked imperious in winning his game. The Cornish women’s singles both went the Duchy’s way as Cara and Kellen outplayed the much-fancied Dorset women, giving another great lead of 4-1 going into the doubles.
James and Guy, and Tom and Liam once again took their opposition apart in two very satisfying games, and although Kellen and Amy Polglase just lost to an unbeaten Dorset pair despite winning one end, Cara and Amy Cox triumphed for the second time to win in two.
The mixed was a step too far for the Cornish pairs, although Guy and Bronwen came agonisingly close after taking one end and only just losing the third. Tom and Amy Cox fought hard but lost in two, and the match finished with another excellent victory 7-4 to Cornwall.



Brian puts back some energy post match
The next day it was all to play for with Cornwall now safe from relegation and sitting on the same number of points as their rivals in third place.
The last match was against an experienced Somerset side who had also performed well all weekend. Yet again the Cornish boys stamped their authority on the game with three fine wins. Tyler was particularly impressive in a dominant display, Liam dug deep to turn around a shaky start, followed by James taking another scalp in his long successful career. Cara could not quite match her strong opponent despite some impressive retrieving but Kellen showed confidence and grit to outlast her opponent, to give the match score a familiar 4-1 look.
Then it was situation normal with James and Guy winning in two, and Tom and Liam getting going in the last two ends to victory – meaning that James and Liam had 100% records for the weekend. Both Somerset pairs were too strong for the Cornish girls, Kellen and Amy Polglase, and a new pairing of Bronwen and Amy Cox, and so Cornwall went into the mixed knowing that they needed at least one win to secure an amazing promotion as there were three teams in contention on the same points.
Thank you loyal supporters
Things started badly as Guy and Bronwen were edged out by a very experienced pair leaving all hopes pinned on Tom and Cara to pull off what looked like a miracle.
They stormed to a lead in the first end but Somerset battled back taking the second end so it all come down inevitably to the final end of the whole season – seesawing both ways, after several match points the Cornish pair triumphed to the delight of the whole team and their loyal supporters. Promotion won by a single point – a fitting end to an exciting season for this talented team.
They did it!
Cornwall 1st team – Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), Liam Sillifant (Launceston), James Whetter (St Austell), Guy Michell (St Austell), Tom Lyle (Launceston), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Kellen Moore (Camborne), Amy Polglase (Camborne), Bronwen Wotton (Camborne), Amy Cox (Falmouth).


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