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

The Master’s County Challenge 2020

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

Friday, 15 November 2019

Cornwall Badminton 1st Team in Bath, November 2019

For the first matches of the new season, the team travelled to Bath University on Saturday November 9th, to play in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships.
Cornwall 1st team
Tom’s Team Talk

First up were old foes West Glamorgan with a strong singles line-up, and Launceston’s county champion Tyler Sillifantfound it tough going in the number one slot against a skillful opponent. Honour was restored when older brother Liam won the second singles after three hard-fought ends, and young debutant from Truro Harry Dyer showed impressive speed and agility to outlast the Welshman in third and take his first victory.
Liam in action

In the women’s singles both Cara Collins from Liskeard and Camborne’s Amy Polglase battled to three ends in their games, and Cara came agonizingly close but just lost 22-20 in the final game.
The Cornish men’s doubles pair of Tom Lyle and Liam wereup against a very talented pair and lost in two, but St Austell’s Guy Michell and James Whetter in the second men’s completely overpowered the West Glam men to win their game.
Guy and James winning here

The top women’s doubles game was again a tough call for Cara and Amy Cox, and they were outplayed, but the Camborne pairing of Bronwen Wotton and Amy Polglase showed great determination and skill to win their game in three close ends to make the match score 4-5 to West Glamorgan going into the mixed doubles, and Cornwall needing both to clinch the overall win.
There was never any doubt with the first mixed, as Tom and Bronwen won easily, demonstrating great technique and percentage badminton, followed by an absorbing battle which went the distance before a new pairing of Guy and Amy Cox finally triumphed, meaning that Cornwall took a fine victory 6-5.
The afternoon match was against Worcestershire and this proved a step too far for the tiring Cornish team against hard opponents.
Cornish players and fans

All the singles except Cara’s went to the midlands side, despite Amy Polglase battling to three ends. Cara’s win was as a result of her digging deep and outplaying her experienced opponent to an impressive result.
The doubles also went Worcestershire’s way, although again Cara and Amy Cox were desperately unlucky to just lose theirs after a nail-biting three-ender which should have been a draw!
The final two mixed games were also lost, to complete a heavy defeat to a side that will do well this season, but the young Cornish team can be proud of their first victory.
Cornwall team – 
Tyler Sillifant, Liam Sillifant, Tom Lyle (all Launceston), Guy Michell, James Whetter (both St Austell), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Amy Cox (London), Bronwen Wotton (Bristol), Amy Polglase (Camborne)