Monday, 17 January 2022

 The Season Starts

Cornwall’s best badminton players had their first match of the delayed season at the weekend, in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships. Playing in Bath University’s sports training village against a strong Worcestershire team, several young players were making their debuts in the top team.

Top team in new shirts!

In the men’s singles, both Harry and Jack Dyer had tough matches against talented opponents, but Milo Semonin battled hard to win in three ends.
Another fine win for Cornwall came from international Cara Collins after three exciting ends, but it was a narrow loss for debutant Joanna Vyvyan despite a heroic effort.

Against the strong Worcs men, the doubles proved too hard for both Cornish pairs, which were new partnerships of Tom Lyle and Milo plus Jack and James Whetter. It was the same in the women’s doubles, as Cara and Mollie Bailey lost in two hard-fought ends, but Cornwall picked up a point after Worcestershire conceded the other doubles due to injury.

Tom and Milo in action

The final two mixed games also went the opposition’s way, despite Tom and Bronwen Wotton coming close, and in the last game James and Jo Spooner, who was making a welcome competitive return, gave it their all.

James and Jo, and supporters

After a challenging start to the season, the Cornwall team can look forward to the next set of matches in February with confidence.

Cornwall team

Harry Dyer         Truro.                      Cara Collins            Liskeard
Milo Semonin.    St Austell.              Joanna Vyvyan.     Camborne 
Jack Dyer           Truro.                      Mollie Bailey.          Truro
Tom Lyle             Launceston.           Bronwen Wotton.    Bristol 
James Whetter  St Austell.               Johanna Spooner  Plymouth 

Tuesday, 21 December 2021


U21 Championships & county vets tournament have now been cancelled due to the current situation. It is hoped to play them later in the season.

Sunday, 14 November 2021

 The South West County Challenge

The Cornwall team travelled to Wellington on Saturday to take part in the friendly matches organised by our coach, James Elkin, to give county players some long awaited competitive play. 

Harry, Tom, James, Elliot, Jack and Josh, with Joanna and Mollie

First up were a strong Avon team and it was a tough call in the singles, although Mollie put up a great fight, followed by Joanna having a good win in three ends. All four doubles games went Avon’s way, but Harry and stand-in vet Launa triumphed in the first mixed.   

The next match proved even harder against favourites Gloucestershire, with Harry battling a difficult first singles, then Mollie had to unfortunately pull out due to injury, but Joanna once more flew the flag by winning again at the second singles, Tom and James narrowly losing the second mens.

Tom and James in action

Somerset were the last match at the end of a long day, and with 2 conceded games and injuries to Elliot and Mollie, it was hard for the singles players, although there were 3 Enders for both Jack and Joanna. Despite “our” 2 borrowed ladies just losing, Tom and James won their mens comfortably, and Tom and Launa followed this up with an accomplished victory at first mixed. The last game of the day saw Jack and Joanna win in three to give Joanna an excellent hat-trick of victories on the day.

Jack and Joanna winning

Overall a challenging day all round, but a great chance for match-play to test out partnerships, skills and fitness levels, and one that saw the Cornish players more than rise to the occasion.

The team - Mollie Bailey, Joanna Vyvyan, Tom Lyle, James Whetter, Josh Richards, Jack, Elliot and Harry Dyer.

 Duchy Dudes at the NBC

Summer Team League - Championship Cup

The ‘Duchy Dudes’ team of Lynda Beer, Janet Santillo, Julian Cooper, Bob Bell and Jamie Cooper travelled to the National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes on Saturday 13th November to play in the finals of the Champions Summer League Cup.

The competition was a first for Badminton England and teams had to qualify by winning regional leagues.

Each match consisted of a Ladies’ Doubles, Mens’ Doubles and four Mixed rubbers. Unfortunately Bob suffered an injury in the first match but the rest of the team went on to finish an heroic second in the group, only losing in a hard fought match to the eventual winners ‘Broken Strings’, a London based team from Indonesia.

Lyn, Jan and Julian played a total of 26 ends each during the day and deservedly claimed to be slightly weary after the final match. Jamie stood in at short notice and played a mere 19 ends making a brilliant contribution to the team effort.

Congratulations to BE for hosting the tournament and if it’s run again it would be great to see more teams entering from Cornwall.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021


Please note:

The start time for this Sunday’s (17th October) practice/trials is now 12 noon, and not 10 am, at Pool. Cost is £15 for the day.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Badminton is Back!

There was a welcome return of Cornwall County Badminton’s Restricted Championships last weekend at Cornwall College’s Pool sports hall after a long missing year, to find the top players in the county once again. Familiar faces met new talent, and reunited with players making comebacks in a celebration of competitive badminton.

Day 1 featured the men’s singles and doubles, and top seed Harry Dyer from Truro progressed to the final, but not before a three-ended battle with clubmate Josh Richards. 

Josh v Harry

Waiting for Harry in the final was Milo Semonin, returning to Cornwall from his university course.  After an impressive start by both men, there was a long delay for the unfortunate Milo who went down with cramp, but recovered to continue before Harry’s speed and style won his first singles title.

Men’s singles final
Men’s champion Harry with plate winner Jack

In the men’s doubles there was a strong line-up of experienced and newer pairings, with the four seeded pairs making it through to the semi-finals. Launceston’s Tom Lyle paired up with Elliot, the middle of the 3 Dyer brothers playing, and they beat Jack and Harry Dyer in a great display of tactical, attacking badminton.

3 Dyers plus Tom

 In the other semi, Milo and former singles champion Tyler Sillifant from Launceston just edged out the experienced St Austell pair of James Whetter and Guy Michell in two tight ends. 

Milo & Tyler v James & Guy

Milo and Tyler were no match for Elliot and Tom in the final, who gave a powerful demonstration of successful doubles play to win.

Men’s final action
Men’s doubles champs 

Day two was ladies day in Pool, the morning given over to singles and doubles, and dominated by Cornwall’s international player from Liskeard, Cara Collins, who comfortably won the singles competition for the third year, with the promising Joanna Vyvyan coming second.

Champion Cara v Joanna

Cara teamed up with Camborne’s Bronwen Wotton to win the doubles, outpointing the evergreen Lynda Beer and Jan Santillo from Callington and Liskeard.

Bronwen & Cara v Jan & Lynda

A good entry in the mixed doubles with pairs from all over Cornwall, saw the four seeds progress to the semi-finals, where Harry and Cara swept away elder brother Jack and Joanna.

Joanna & Jack v Cara & Harry

 Disaster struck in the other match between Tom and Bronwen, playing James and Jo Spooner, making her welcome comeback. After winning an exciting first end, Tom and Bronwen were looking good before Bronwen had to concede following a leg injury.

Sympathy for Bronwen

Once again, in the final Harry and Cara stormed to victory over James and Jo after some stunning rallies to retain their title and help Cara become a triple champion for the third year in a row.

Mixed final
The finalists

In a new venture organized by Badminton England, each of the winners will be invited to play in the Champion of Champions event against other counties at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keys in December – a great opportunity to showcase Cornish badminton.

The next generation 


Results –

Men’s singles             Harry Dyer beat Milo Semonin 21/12 21/15

Women’s singles      Cara Collins winner, Joanna Vyvyan second.

Men’s doubles          Tom Lyle/Elliot Dyer beat Milo Semonin/Tyler Sillifant 21/16 21/10

Women’s doubles    Cara Collins/Bronwen Wotton winners, Jan Santillo/Lynda Beer second.

Mixed doubles         Harry Dyer/Cara Collins beat James Whetter/Jo Spooner 21/16 21/9

Plate results –

Men’s singles winner          Jack Dyer

Men’s doubles winners      Jack Dyer/Harry Dyer

Mixed doubles winners      Bob Bell/Lynda Beer

Plate winners Lynda & Bob