Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The First Matches of 2020

Cornwall’s top badminton players travelled to Bath again at the weekend to play the next set of matches in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships, the flagship county tournament which sees 120 teams of players representing their home counties across England.
1st team stars

First up were a young Avon team, and the Cornish boys got off to a flyer in the singles with three stunning victories for Tyler and Liam Sillifant from Launceston, and Truro’s Harry Dyer. Tyler’s victory was an impressive 2 ends in the number one slot, and Liam and Harry dug deep to come through in three.
In the top women’s singles, Cara Collins the young international from Liskeard, showed excellent consistency and court coverage to win in two tight ends, while Truro’s Melissa Lin, making her first team debut fought hard but lost in two, to make the score 4-1 going into the doubles.
Tom Lyle and his fellow Launceston compatriot Liam, gave no quarter in their men’s doubles, cruising to a fine win, but St Austell’s James Whetter and Guy Michell found it tougher going in the number two slot against an experienced and wily Avon pair.

Guy and James poised for action

The women’s doubles were also split, with Cara and Melissa battling the whole way and coming out on top after a tense and exciting three ends which gave Cornwall the overall victory with 6 games. Camborne’s Bronwen Wotton, this time partnering Amy Cox from London also pushed their opponents hard but just lost out, to go into the final two mixed doubles games.

Melissa and Cara winning

First up were Tom and Bronwen playing a good Avon pair – this game also went the distance, with some great rallies and thrilling attack and defense before the result just going to Avon. Harry and Amy finished the match on a high, a brand-new pairing which triumphed in three ends of nerve-biting badminton and amazing retrieval as the final end finished 23-21 to Cornwall, to give the match score 7-4 to Cornwall.

Some smiles after the win

The afternoon match was against a strong team from Gloucestershire, and this time Tyler and Liam were up against talented singles players and lost out, before Harry won the first end, lost the second, then stunningly won in the third. Cara once again saved the day winning comfortably in two, and Amy put up a brave battle but went down fighting.
The two Cornish men’s doubles pairs were no match for the Gloucestershire boys as everyone tired, in the women’s doubles Cara and Melissa were very unlucky to go the distance but lose in three, and the opponents had to concede the second doubles due to injury.
The match finished with the mixed doubles, and again Tom and Bronwen resisted hard but lost in two, leaving Harry and Melissa to complete the day, buy unluckily losing after an epic battle which had the Cornish supporters gripped, to make the match score 8-3 to Gloucestershire.

Amy and Harry in the mixed

This result gives Cornwall a very creditable mid table position to take to the final weekend at the end of March.
1st team – Tyler Sillifant, Liam Sillifant (both Launceston), Harry Dyer (Truro), Guy Michell, James Whetter (both St Austell), Cara Collins (LIskeard), Melissa Lin (Truro), Bronwen Wotton (Camborne), Amy Cox (London).

Monday, 13 January 2020

The Master’s County Challenge 2020

Cornwall’s two badminton veteran teams travelled to Bournemouth and Southampton at the weekend to take part in Badminton England’s County Challenge this year. This is a single weekend of competition with over 125 county teams and 1200 players competing in age groups from over 40 to over 70 years.

Cornwall over 50s

The “younger” Cornish team, with ages ranging from 52 to 70, were competing against Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Avon over 2 days in their age group, and it was tough going for a team missing some regulars. With a fine battling draw on day one against Oxfordshire, Liskeard’s Janet Santillo and regular partner Lynda Beer from Callington had a good weekend, winning 3 of their games against tough opposition

Lynda and Jan win again 

Richard Jones made a welcome return to the team, travelling from North Devon for the occasion, winning two of his mixed games with Truro’s Sue Biscoe, and team Captain Lorna Riggs of Newquay had a well-deserved women’s doubles victory with Sue in the last match of the final day, while debutant Tony Wong from St Ives, tasted victory in a men’s doubles game.

Tony makes his debut

Bob and Richard

Despite the overall results and league position, a good time was had by all, on the badminton court and on the dance floor on Saturday evening, before the long trip home.

Captain Lorna and Pete

Before the dancing began

The over 65 team, had an excellent weekend in their competition played in Eastleigh near Southampton, finishing a very creditable 2nd place in their league, led by Captain Brian Hannibal from Penzance.

Over 50s team – Bob Bell (Callington), Richard Jones (Minehead), Pete Bazin (St Austell), Tony Wong (St Ives), Lynda Beer (Callington), Jan Santillo (Liskeard), Lorna Riggs (Captain, Newquay), Sue Biscoe (Truro).

Monday, 6 January 2020

Cornwall Badminton Veterans Championships 2020

With an age range of 42 to 73 years, over 25 vets badminton players from all over Cornwall, from St Just to Callington, spent the day at Cornwall College’s Sports Hall at Pool in the annual Veterans Championships at the weekend.

All the players, officials and fans

The women’s doubles was won by the narrowest of margins, by Newquay’s Lorna Riggs and Sue Biscoe from Truro, while the men’s doubles champions were County Chairman Bob Bell from Callington and his partner, Liskeard’s Jon Wyatt.

Winners Lorna and Sue, Bob and Jon

There were also some excellent mixed doubles to finish off the day, and the final came down to a play-off between the experienced Penzance’s Brian Hannibal and Celia Hilman from Truro, against the relatively young James Whetter from St Austell and St Just’s Vicki Meade. After the new handicapping system was applied, Brian and Celia were declared champions, to end a thoroughly satisfying day of good badminton and a great start to the 

Runners up James and Vicki with champions Celia and Brian

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Under 21 Champs

Cornwall Under 21 Championships 2019

Over 25 young players from all over Cornwall played in this year’s Championships at Carn Brea Leisure Centre at the weekend, showcasing the talent that exists in Cornish badminton.
The women’s singles came down to the top two seeds, Cara Collins from Liskeard and Truro’s Mollie Bailey battling the final game, which was a tight affair as Mollie fought back to push young international Cara hard in the last end, before Cara’s consistency won the day.
Cara and Mollie

In the men’s singles semi-finals, top seed Launceston’s Tyler Sillifant defeated younger brother Luke, and Harry Dyer from Truro beat St Austell’s Misha Higgerson to reach the final as predicted. Despite Harry pushing Tyler hard in the first end, it was the more experienced and steady play of Tyler who triumphed in two ends to retain his title for the last time in this age group.
Tyler and Harry

The women’s doubles again came down to a play-off of the top two seeds, Cara and her partner Melissa Lin from Truro against the Bailey sisters, Mollie and Beckie. This was one of the best games of the day, played across two exciting ends of skilful badminton, with the results going the way of the second seeds, Mollie and Beckie, who pulled off a famous victory after several years of trying.
Mollie and Beckie

In the men’s doubles final, group winners and top seeds Elliot and Harry Dyer were up against Tyler and his partner from Pool, Alex Beaumont, a new pairing who found it tough going against the more established pair, and the Dyers ran out winners in two ends.
For the last contest of a long day the players drew on all their fitness and strength, and played the mixed doubles event, with the final being between experienced partners, Harry and Cara against Tyler and Mollie who had had an excellent and hard fought victory against the seeded Elliot and Melissa in the semifinal.
Harry and Cara in action
Mollie and Tyler

The final went the distance, with Harry and Cara storming the first end before Tyler and Mollie edged the second, then found it too hard to resist the eventual champions Harry and Cara, to end a successful day’s badminton.
The mixed doubles finalists.

Monday, 9 December 2019

U21 Championships

The annual CCBA U21 tournament will be held at Carn Brea Leisure Centre on Sunday 22nd December. 

Entry form available here

Friday, 29 November 2019

Veterans Tournament

The annual CCBA Veterans Tournament will be held at Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth. TR15 3RD

Date: Sunday 5th January 2020 - 10.00am to 5.00 pm

Entry forms available here

Monday, 18 November 2019

A Bonanza of Badminton, Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, 17 November 2019

A Bonanza of Badminton, Carn Brea Leisure CentrePool, 17 November 2019

Over 50 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Plymouth and north Devon, gathered at the 8 court Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Pool 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.
Men’s singles finalists

This year’s tournament at Pool was another great success, with some close fought battles in all the 5 different disciplinesand a great day of badminton.
The social players combined with the league players, and then played their own finals and there were some tightlycontested matches, with many familiar faces battling alongside some first-time entrants in the men’s and women’s events.The men’s doubles was a closely fought event, with regulars Mark Griffiths and Martin Penney from Camborne’s Choughs Club narrowly beating David Wong and Joseph Tse for the first time. In the mixed doubles, Martin and his partner Dee Frost again triumphed after beating their fellow Choughs players Mark and Della Griffiths in an exciting final. The men’s singles final pitted old foes Martin against Mark, and once again Martin came out on top, after a tight battle. The women’s singles final was one of the most absorbing events of the day, when Millie Bray narrowly beat the more experienced Sanaa Roff by a single point to win the title for the first time, after both women had played in the combined mens and womens division. 
Millie and Sanaa
Men’s social doubles finalists

For the combined women’s doubles, after many close games, the Penzance Mount’s Bay Club pair of Marianne Thomas and Choi Wong won the title after just outpointing Kay Bossenger and Rachael Williams from the Pool based Tecansclub, with Dee Frost and Deborah Peters of Camborne once again winning the social women’s doubles.
Women’s doubles finalists

The league events also had some hard fought, skilful badminton, and in the men’s singles once again the current champion from St Ives, Tony Wong showed his fitness and skill in overpowering Truro’s Chen Yu Zhao just to retain his title for yet another year. There was another very tight final for the men’s doubles with Ben Hamill and Matthew Harveyfrom Chulmleigh taking on St Ives’s Tony Wong and Jake Turpie - after two ends the score was even and after a short, intense play-off, the Devon pair ran out deserved winners to keep their title from the previous year. The mixed doublesthis year was a family affair, with the Hamill brothers playing each other with their partners. In the end, Ben Hamill and Michelle Wylde overpowered the scratch pairing of Matt and his partner from Pool, Anne Herlihy, to complete an excellent day’s badminton.
Cornwall v Devon
Mixed doubles league finalists

League men’s singles – winner Tony Wong, runner up Chen Yu Zhao                                                                                                  
Social men’s singles  - winner Martin Penney, runner up Mark Griffiths
Social women’s singles – winner Millie Bray, runner-up Sanaa Roff
League men’s doubles – winners Ben Hamill/Matthew Harvey, runnerup Tony Wong/Jake Turpie
League women’s doubles – winners Marianne Thomas/Choi Wong,  runners up Kay Bossenger/Rachael Williams
Social men’s doubles – winners Mark Griffiths/Martin Penney, runners up David Wong/Joseph Tse
Social women’s doubles – winners Dee Frost/Deborah Peters
League mixed doubles – winners Ben Hammill/Michelle Wylde, runners up Matt Hamill/Anne Herlihy
Social mixed doubles – winners Martin Penney/Dee Frost, runners up Mark/Griffiths/Della Griffiths