Wednesday, 30 October 2019

West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza

Cornwall County Badminton Association Presents:

The 2019 West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza Tournament

17th November 9am – 5.30pm

Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Station Road, Pool, Redruth. TR15 3QS

Separate Social and League Categories

Level doubles – early morning

Mixed doubles – approx midday

Singles – mid afternoon

Entry form - click here.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Cornwall's Champions 2019

Cornwall’s top badminton players took part in the annual county championships over 2 days at Carn Brea Leisure Centre at the weekend, with an exciting display of talent from players of all ages ranging from 14 to veteran. More than 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 Sillifant, Dyer and Beaumont brothers, from Launceston and Truro, the Bick twins from Penzance, and Truro’s Bailey sisters.
Watching Dyers 

Day one started with the men’s singles event which had attracted a good entry, and the crowds were treated to some excellent badminton. All 4 seeds had fairly comfortable runs through to the semi-finals, where top seed Tyler Sillifant defeated the evergreen James Whetter from St Austell in two ends. In the second semi, it was a much tighter affair between Liam Sillifant and Harry Dyer, with the latter showing his flair and promise against his more experienced opponent. In the end, after three exciting ends of close rallies and amazing defence, it was Liam who ran out winner to reach the final again, once more against his younger brother. This was the fourth year that the brothers had met, and it was Tyler who retained his crown after a tight first end, then a more comfortable second., with his amazing court speed and consistency.
Tyler in action
Sillifant finalists

Plate winner Alex with Mikhail

The women’s singles were made up entirely of young players aged under 18and there were some close games and absorbing badminton on display. In the end the final match was between the two top seeds, Cara Collins from Liskeard bidding to keep her title against second seed and friend Mollie Bailey. This proved to be one of the best matches in the weekendas Mollie just took the first end, and Cara the second, to go into a deciding set, where Cara’s speed and control proved too strong and she ran out county champion once again.
Cara and Mollie 

The first day finished with the women’s doubles, where the two singles opponents with their partners were pitted against each other again. Cara partnered Truro’s Melissa Lin as number one seeds against the Bailey sisters, Mollie and Beckie in the title decider, and this time the second seeds were no match for the impressive Cara and Melissa, thanks to their skilful net play, power and retrieval as they won out in two comfortable ends.
Cara and Melissa winning

The players returned the next day for the men’s doubles and mixed events, to once again thrill the spectators and showcase their talent.
Men's doubles action

Eleven pairs contested the men’s doubles, and all four seeds duly made their way to the semi-finals, although Tyler Sillifant and his partner Sam Spencer from Perranwell were pushed hard by Camborne’s Josh Richards and Jake Turpie in the quarter finals. Top seeds and title holders James Whetter and Guy Michell were no match for Tyler and Sam and they cruised through to the final, and it was a similar story in the other semi, as Launceston’s Tom Lyle and Liam Sillifant took no prisoners against the Dyer brothers, Jack and Harry. The final turned out to be a fairly one-sided affair as James and Guy never really got going against the hard smashing, quick reactions and clever positioning of Tom and Liam, and Tom and Liam became county champions at last, after several years of trying.
Guy and James and Lorna the scorer
Winners Liam and Tom with Guy and James

The final event of the weekend was the mixed doubles which had some of the most exciting games of the weekend and 13 pairs taking part, ranging from new young talent to veteran players using all their experience and knowledge. One of the tightest games was between England vets from CallingtonBob Bell and Lynda Beer and new pairing James Whetter and Newquay’s Jen Pugh, where it took three very close ends for James and Jen to eventually triumph and reach the semi-finals. In another thrilling quarter final, second seeds Jack Dyer and Mollie Bailey were beaten in three by the unseeded pairing of Liam Sillifant and his partner from Camborne, Amy Polglase. In the first semi-final, top seeds Harry Dyer and Cara Collins outfought another new pairing of Guy Michell and Melissa Lin, playing together for the first time, in two very tight ends. It was the same in the other semi, as Liam and Amy took on James and Jen, and again it was Liam’s power and Amy’s finesse which won the day, despite being pushed very hard by James and Jen.
Plate winners Jack and Mollie

The final of the mixed doubles was the final event of the weekend, and the crowd were treated to a fine display of mixed doubles, to see Harry Dyer and Cara Collins outplay Liam Sillifant and Amy Polglase and win the title for the first time, and to give England squad member Cara her impressive hat-trick of titles for the second year in a row.
Mixed winners Cara and Harry with Amy and Liam

Men’s singles          Tyler Sillifant beat Liam Sillifant    24/22  21/14
Women’s singles     Cara Collins beat Mollie Bailey     19/21 21/18  21/14
Men’s doubles         Tom Lyle/Liam Sillifant beat James Whetter/Guy Michell   21/14 21/17
Women’s doubles    Cara Collins/Melissa Lin beat Mollie Bailey/Beckie Bailey   21/13 21/12
Mixed doubles         Harry Dyer/Cara Collins beat Liam Sillifant/Amy Polglase   21/11 21/16

Plate events –
Men’s singles       Alex Beaumont beat Mikhail Higgerson    21/14 19/21
Men’s doubles      Dave Bartholomew/Julian Cooper beat Alex /Ollie Beaumont  21/19 21/15
Mixed doubles     Jack Dyer/Mollie Bailey beat Ollie Beaumont/Joanna Vyvyan 21/7 21/6

Monday, 2 September 2019

CCBA Restricted Championships

Entry forms for the Cornwall Restricted are now available to download here.

The tournament will be held at Carn Brea Leisure Centre on Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September, starting at 10am each day.

Entries must be received by Sunday 22rd September

Sunday, 4 August 2019


Welcome to the 2019/20 Cornwall Badminton Season. We hope you’re having a good break and are raring to go! Please note - 

Key dates: Sun 1st September               Truro     1-5 Open Practice-all welcome
                             Sun 8th September                                      Tregorrick Park 10-4 Trials for 1st/2nd/3rd teams
Sat/Sun 21st/22nd September               Truro Duchy Championships
Sat/Sun 28th/29th September               Carn Brea 10-6 Restricted Champs
                             Sun 22nd December                                    Carn Brea 10-6 Under 21 Champs

 All of last season’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd team players should attend practice & Training, enter
the Duchy Champs and Restricted, and attend the Trials to be considered for selection. Any
other players wishing to be considered for squad selection may attend the Trials and we
welcome those who have graduated from the under 18s to all of these events.

County Training/Practice:  now at Cornwall College Sports Hall, Pool, TR15 3RD on
Sundays 1pm – 5pm, starting on Sunday 1st September, and then 1pm – 4pm:                                         
October 20th with James Elkin      
November 3rd with James Elkin
January 12th with James Elkin
March 8th with James Elkin

                  ALL expected to attend all of the above to be considered for team selection

Matches: all 1st/2nd/3rd matches will be played on fixed dates at central venues –
1st team TBC, 2nd and 3rd TBC  - please note (and be available on!) the following dates –
Saturday 9th November – 2 matches 
Saturday 25th January – 2 matches 
Saturday 28th March – 2 matches 
Sunday 29th March – 1 match 

Fees: per player, payable at start of each event - £25 for each James Elkin training,
£15 for each practice, Trials - £8 for each event (singles/doubles/mixed), or £20 for
all 3 events. Match fees - £9 per event for each match eg if you play singles and
doubles then you pay £18. Match players will also be expected to contribute towards
any accommodation costs for March weekend.

Please let us know asap if you will NOT be available for any of the above.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Selectors if you need any
information in advance, or we can see you at the first practice and training.

Thanks, and have a good season!

Team selections will be made after the Restricted Championships,

entry forms will be available soon – please organise your partners!

Selectors: Brian Hannibal   01736 740913 07770 442800
Lorna Riggs 01726 862878 07775 934679
Sue Cooper         01872 870897 07840 335734
Sue Biscoe 01872 242293 07804 584663   
Sam Spencer      07775 338394               

We’d be grateful for help with any of these events – please support your hard-working
committee & join us!

Monday, 27 May 2019

Best in the West Badminton 2019

Top league badminton players from all over mid and west Cornwall gathered at Penwith College’s sports hall at the weekend to find out who is the best in the west.
mens doubles final action

 The day started with the level doubles, with some fine matches in both the men’s and women’s. In the open category, sisters Mollie and Beckie Bailey from Camborne’s First Edition club were unbeaten and all conquering, with Yin Ling Tan from Penryn teaming up with Mounts Bay’s Vicki Thomas to take the runner up slot, and the restricted winners were the Tecans club’s Katie Phelps and Anne Herlihy from Pool. 
womens doubles winners and runners up
mens doubles restricted winners and runners up

 Both men’s finals were so close and evenly matched, as the restricted category saw the Mounts Bay men, Mick Wicks and Simon Norris beat the father and son Tecans pair Peter and Ollie Beaumont by just 4 points. Even better was to come in the exciting open final between First Edition brothers Jack and Harry Dyer against their rivals from Tecans Chris Glasson and Sam Spencer. The first end was comfortably won by Chris and Sam 21-12 but the Dyers fought back in the second to take a commanding lead, then the Tecans boys just managed to get the one score they needed to land the title on points, but only by one!
winners Chris and Sam with Harry and Jack

 A welcome break followed and with the players fortified by Cornish Oven pasties, the mixed doubles began. In the restricted category Ollie Beaumont won with young partner Joanna Vyvyan beating the experienced Tecans pair Steve Glasson and Anne Herlihy. The two semi-finals in the open competition were some of the best games of the day as Penryn’s Alex Shaw and Yin Ling Tan beat First Edition’s Josh Richards and Beckie Bailey by a nail-biting score of 21-20 21-20, and their club colleagues Jack Dyer and Mollie Bailey edged out the Penzance duo of Will Bick and Vicki Thomas. The first end of the mixed final was very close but in the second Jack and Mollie pulled away to win the title this year.
Restricted category mixed finalists
The open mixed finalists
action from the mixed final, with scorer Lorna
The singles events completed the day and, in the women’s, Mollie Bailey was again unbeaten although the promising Joanna Vyvyan pushed her close. Ollie Beaumont took his second medal in the men’s restricted by beating his dad Peter on points.
winner Mollie with runner up Joanna
It was another family affair in the men’s singles as Harry Dyer took on his oldest brother Jack in the final. Both players had had some challenges in their groups with Josh Richards beating Jack, and Harry being pushed by middle brother Elliot but both had won overall to reach the last game of the day. 
mens singles final
This game was a thrilling spectacle with Harry’s speed and reactions against Jack’s power and placement, and Jack built a lead only for Harry to gradually whittle it back before the younger brother won by a narrow 21-19 to take the title and end another successful tournament. 
winner Harry with Jack

Wednesday, 24 April 2019


The Cornwall Under 18 Badminton Team consisting of 9 players travelled on Sunday 14th April to compete at the National Inter Counties Tournament held at Nottingham University over 4 days. The event is now in its 54th year and brought 32 County Teams from across England and Ireland together for 4 days of National and International standard competition.

Day One saw matches against Norfolk, Essex and Middlesex. Each match consists of 10 games. Norfolk saw a 5/5 draw with Cornwall losing on a count back score by one end, even having achieved a far higher overall points tally. Essex was a 8/2 defeat but a notable win for Harry Dyer at no1 Singles. Middlesex was a resounding 8/2 victory for the Duchy.

Day Two resulted in the Team getting into a fantastic winning streak with each player performing either at their peak or beyond. Wins against Northumberland 6/4, Cumbria 8/2 and Gloucestershire 5/5 win on a count back score. Cornwall winning their Group and moving into the 17/20 Final positioning Group over the final 2 days.

Day Three was a roller coaster of emotions with breathtaking badminton on display by our players. Cara Collins and Harry Dyer led the way taking their respective number One singles matches. Cheshire was a first ever victory for the Duchy 6/4. Lincolnshire was so so close going to 5/5 and losing on a count back by one end ,again having a far higher overall points tally.

Day Four was the final match to decide the Teams final overall position. On came Nottinghamshire led by their England International Coach and talented Team. The Cornish match of the Tournament pitted Cara, who two weeks previously had become the first ever Cornish Junior Player to compete in a final of a National Championships, where she achieved England National Under 17 Mixed Doubles Silver, against an England International. What a match to behold !! Breathtaking rallies, the match going down to a third end of high emotion both on and off court for each player and team. Cara held her nerve and at 14/14 took the final point with an exquisitely executed long punishing rally 15/14.

Cornwall taking a 7/3 win. Only the second time ever that a Cornish Team has defeated Nottinghamshire. Each player was outstanding throughout a very long match which ran an hour over schedule. Final Cornish Team position 17.Only surpassed by the 2015 Team with a 16 finish. An incredible achievement with only 9 players (a full Team consists of 10) and having one boy injured for the first 4 matches. The Team ethic was outstanding both on and off court.

We wish to thank our main sponsors Dairy Crest Davidstow and Probus Surgical Centre,for their continued support. Thanks to Truro and Penwith College for use of their minibus and the 20 parents and siblings who attended the event and were both seen and heard throughout each match.



Monday, 15 April 2019

End of season cruise!

                         Don't miss out on the cruise - ask any committee members for tickets!