Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Cornwall Veterans Tournament

The annual veterans tournament will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on Sunday 6th January 2019 - 10.00am to 5.00 pm

Entries can be made by telephone or email by 20th December 2018

Cost £16 for one element or £20 for 2 elements

Entry forms available here.

Under 21 County Championships


2018/19 Under 21 County Championships

will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on Sunday 16th December 2018

SINGLES commencing at 10 am
DOUBLES commencing at 12.30pm
MIXED commencing at 2.30 pm

Entry form available here

A Bonanza of Badminton, Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro, 18 November 2018

Over 50 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Plymouth and north 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.

Bonanza action Team 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 many tightly contested matches, with some new winners in the men’s and women’s events. The men’s doubles proved to be the final of the day and was won by Suwan Islam and Saidul Haque who just beat their St Austell colleagues Mansell Ahmed and Shab Uddin for the first time. In the mixed doubles, Martin Penney and his partner Dee Frost triumphed after beating their fellow Choughs players Steve Knuckey and Deborah Peters. The men’s singles final saw playing partners Dan Woodcock and Alan Spencer from St Ives battle through fatigue at the end of a long day, with Dan winning the title for the first time.

Winners and runners up social men’s Winners and runners up social mixed

For the combined women’s doubles, the Devon pair of Michelle Wylde and Karen Parish won the title after just outpointing East Cornwall’s Emma Ziajka and her partner Rachael Williams, with Dee Frost and Deborah Peters of Camborne once again winning the social doubles medals.

Winners social women’s doubles Winners league women’s doubles

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 just outlasting Pool’s Gary Braunton to keep hold of his title. There was another tight final for the men’s doubles with Ben Hamill and Matthew Harvey from Chulmleigh taking on St Ives’s Tony Wong and Luke Jannaway, with the Devon pair running out deserved winners in two ends. The mixed doubles this year was again won by the Devon partnership of Ben Hamill and Michelle Wylde who pipped runners up from Plymouth Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker to the top spot, to complete an excellent day’s badminton.

League men’s winners and runners up League mixed winners and runners up

League and social singles winners and runners up

Results –

League men’s singles – winner Tony Wong, runner up Gary Braunton

Social men’s singles - winner Dan Woodcock, runner up Alan Spencer

League men’s doubles – winners Ben Hamill/Matthew Harvey, runners up Tony Wong/Luke Jannaway

League ladies’ doubles – winners Karen Parish/Michelle Wylde, runners up Emma Ziajka/Rachael Williams

Social men’s doubles – winners Suwan Islam/Saidul Haque, runners up Mansell Ahmed/Shab Uddin

Social ladies doubles – winners Dee Frost/Deborah Peters

League mixed doubles – winners Ben Hammill/Michelle Wylde, runners up Ryan Lambourne/Waine Parker

Social mixed doubles – winners Martin Penney/Dee Frost, runners up Steve Knuckey/Deborah Peters

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Cornwall's top badminton team's challenge

The best players in Cornwall made their way to Bristol recently to start the new season of inter-county matches, in Badminton England's Senior County Championships. The team were anticipating a challenging day as this was the first set of games since their promotion last year, and so it proved.

Brian flies the flag
Tom’s team talk

First up were the talented Wiltshire team, and Cornwall's singles players struggled to gain a hold, despite a battling three ends from Liam Sillifant, and Kellen Moore's close contest in the women's singles. In the top singles, Tyler Sillifant and Cara Collins were up against two strong opponents playing consistent, skilful badminton who took both their games in two ends.

Tyler in action
Being 5-0 down, it was always going to be a struggle in the doubles, although James Whetter, and Sean Havis making his very creditable debut, pushed the Wilts pair very hard and were unlucky to just lose in the third end.

Cara Collins and Amy Cox also went close in the women's, in a match that could easily have gone either way, followed by a tight game involving new pairing Bronwen Wotton and Amy Polglase, who were unlucky not to take the second end in an exciting battle.

Despite being well down, the Cornish team showed great fighting spirit in the mixed, although Tom Lyle and Bronwen couldn't match the power and guile of their opponents, in the last game Sean and Amy Cox did everything they could to just win the first end, be extremely unlucky to narrowly lose the second, then go down with heads held high in the last.
Sean and Amy battling hard
A heavy defeat to start the day, with another tough match versus Gloucestershire to follow.

In the singles, again Tyler and James lost out to strong players, but Liam had an excellent win in the number two slot, to finally get a Cornish score on the board. Kellen followed suit and also won her singles comfortably, but Cara was playing a very experienced ex England player, and despite winning the first end, was unlucky to lose in three.

The men's doubles both went Glocs' way despite both going to three ends and again James and Sean went close. Cara and Amy Cox had a thrilling battle in two nerve biting ends but just lost out, although Bronwen and Amy Polglase restored Cornish honour with a great victory in yet another tight game that went the distance.

In the mixed doubles, Tom and Bronwen lost out to a powerful pair, and in the last match of the day Sean and Amy Cox looked good in taking the second mixed in two exciting ends to give the overall score 7-4 to Gloucestershire.

A long, gruelling day's badminton, but the team played everything in great spirit and the number of close games means that they can look forward to the next matches optimistically.

1st team - Tyler Sillifant, Liam Sillifant, Tom Lyle (all Launceston), James Whetter (St Austell), Sean Havis (Surrey), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Kellen Moore (Camborne), Amy Cox (Surrey), Bronwen Wotton (Bristol), Amy Polglase (Camborne)

Monday, 29 October 2018

Mounts Bay Open Day

Mounts Bay Junior Badminton Club - Free Open Day

Saturday 24th November

10am – 2pm

Penwith College Sports Hall, Penzance.

Mounts Bay Junior Club is open for new membership for players ages 7+. Come along for a free fun badminton activity session and learn about our club which meets on a Thursday. For more information contact

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Badminton Bonanza - Truro

This year's CCBA Badminton Bonanza is on Sunday November 18th, once again at the Sir Ben Ainsley Sports Centre in Truro.

Bonanzas are aimed at those who would like some more experience (and fun!) in tournament play in singles and doubles and mixed events. Players from all over Cornwall and Devon take part in what is sure to be another day of great badminton.

The closing date for this year's tournament is November 12th.

Please see the entry form for more details and conditions for entry.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Cornwall Badminton County Championships 2018

Cornwall’s top badminton players took part in the annual county championships over 2 days at St Austell Leisure Centre at the weekend, with an exciting display of talent from over 40 players of all ages ranging from 14 to veteran. Half of the entrants were under 20, showing the promise that the future holds for Cornish badminton, and several sets of siblings took part, including the three Sillifant and Dyer brothers, from Launceston and Truro, and Truro’s Bailey sisters.
Watching the men’s final

Day one started with the men’s singles event which had attracted a large entry, and the crowds were treated to some excellent badminton. Penryn graduate Sean Havis had a good quarter final battle with top seed Tyler Sillifant before losing in three ends, while the other three seeds made their way through to the semi-finals. Here both top two seeds, Tyler and Liam Sillifant had comfortable victories over the evergreen James Whetter from St Austell and Jack Dyer, to meet for the fourth year running in the final. This year it was younger brother Tyler’s turn to triumph and regain his crown, both playing with skill, speed and determination in an absorbing match.

The women’s singles saw a battling Bronwen Wotton from Camborne finally overcome young Joanna Vyvyan in a hard-fought quarter final to meet second seed Mollie Bailey in the semi, which was a step too far as Mollie won in two ends. The final pitched Mollie against her friend, the top seed from Liskeard, 14-year-old Cara Collins who had beaten Beckie Bailey in the semis in two comfortable ends. Cara’s speed and control once again proved too powerful and she ran out county champion for the second time.
The singles finalists
The first day finished with the women’s doubles, and the top seeds progressed to the final, after a tight semi where second seeds Cara and Amy Cox just beat the impressive pairing of Mollie and Truro’s Melissa Lin. The final was one of the best games of the day between the number one seeds, from Camborne, Bronwen and Amy Polglase, a new pairing, against second seeds singles champion Cara with her partner Amy. Cara and Amy finally won after an exciting, see-sawing match of three close ends, thanks to their speed, power and retrieval, but were pushed hard all the way by their opponents.
The women’s finalists

Men’s doubles action
Women’s doubles action
The next day twelve pairs contested the men’s doubles, and all four seeds duly made their way to the semi-finals, despite a tense quarter final three-ender between title holders James and his regular partner from St Austell, Guy Michell, with the Saltash/Pool pairing of Richard Townsend and Sam Spencer. James and Guy had a more comfortable semi-final win over number four seeds Jack and Tyler, although second seeds Launceston’s Tom Lyle and Liam were challenged by Sean and his partner from Plymouth, Tony Clark, in a very tight three-ender, just winning 22-20 in the final end. In the final James and Guy lost a close first end, and despite being pushed hard took the second, and then powered through to win the final end over a tiring Tom and Liam in a thrilling match of hard smashing, quick reactions and amazing retrievals.
The men’s finalists
The final event of the weekend was the mixed doubles which had some of the best games of the weekend and 14 pairs taking part, ranging from new young talent to experienced players using all their skills and knowledge. Some notable successes were Elliot Dyer and Melissa Lin beating the number four seeds Liam and Amy Polglase in an exciting match that went to the wire, and older brother Jack Dyer and Mollie Bailey doing well to oust second seeds James and Amy Cox in another tight game in the quarter finals. The first semi-final line up was top seeds Guy and Bronwen against Tom and Cara, and this was yet another close game which went the distance, but Tom and Cara finally proved a little more consistent despite some excellent retrieving and power play from Guy and Bronwen. In the other semi younger brother Elliot and Melissa could not match the all court play of Jack and Mollie and they ran out comfortable winners in two. The final was a more straightforward affair after all the previous three-enders and Tom and Cara overpowered Jack and Mollie to become well-deserved new champions to complete a fine weekend of top-quality Cornish badminton.
The mixed finalists
In the plate events the youngest Dyer brother, Harry, won the men’s singles, and Beckie Bailey took the women’s singles by default. The women’s doubles saw a victory for Yin Ling Tan from Penryn, partnering Newquay’s Jen Pugh, and the men’s doubles was won by Will Bick from Penzance and his partner Elliot Dyer, and in the final event, the mixed doubles plate winners were Truro’s Josh Richards and Beckie Bailey.
Singles plate winners
Plate doubles winners

Plate mixed winners
Results –

Men’s singles Tyler Sillifant beat Liam Sillifant 21/13 21/11

Women’s singles Cara Collins beat Mollie Bailey 21/6 21/15

Men’s doubles Guy Michell/James Whetter beat Tom Lyle/Liam Sillifant 18/21 21/15 21/17

Women’s doubles Amy Cox/Cara Collins beat Bronwen Wotton/Amy Polglase 21/16 14/21 21/15

Mixed doubles Tom Lyle/Cara Collins beat Jack Dyer/Mollie Bailey 21/14 21/14

Plate events –

Men’s singles Harry Dyer beat Richard Townsend 21/17 21/16

Women’s singles Beckie Bailey

Men’s doubles Will Bick/Elliot Dyer beat Gary Braunton/Steve Ellis 20/21 21/11

Women’s doubles Yin Ling Tan/Jen Pugh beat Marianne Thomas/Vicki Thomas 21/14 21/13

Mixed doubles Josh Richards/Beckie Bailey beat Sam Spencer/Amelia Burrell 21/16 20/21