Monday, 15 April 2019

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Badminton’s end of season finale – the Kernow Carlton Cup

On Sunday, six social and league badminton teams from all over Cornwall took part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s inter-team Kernow Carlton Cup competition, run for the second year at the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre in Truro.

                                                 All the teams taking part in 2019

The teams all played each other in matches made up of men’s and women’s doubles plus two mixed doubles games. Following some hard-fought matches in the league format, the second and third placed teams had play-offs against each other, with Ozzell Smashers narrowly defeating their local rivals St Austell Bay by only three points to win second place overall, and then the Choughs team had a comfortable victory over the young Penair team for third.

                                                    Team in action in Truro

The final featured the top two teams, Truro and Tecans Angels, and was an exciting, close affair between two experienced teams. Truro took the women’s doubles after a tight two ends, and then just edged the men’s despite losing the first end. The two mixed doubles that followed were both enthralling games, with honours even in the first mixed, before Truro won the second mixed after a very close first end then a much more emphatic second, to finally give Truro victory overall by six ends to two. A fitting end to an excellent day’s badminton and a good end of season finale.

                                    The finalists - winners Truro and Tecans Angels

The teams - Tecans Angels (Pool), Choughs (Camborne), Truro, Penair (Truro), St Austell Bay, Ozzell Smashers (St Austell).

Monday, 25 March 2019

First team Heroics in Bristol

The final weekend of matches in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships took place in Bristol with Cornwall’s top team missing 3 regulars and up against it, but, as ever, facing the challenge with a positive team spirit and a smile on their faces.
Team and managers
Tom’s team talk

First up were a strong Avon team and it proved tough going for all the singles players, with substitutes stepping up to compete alongside more the more experienced players.
Honour was restored in the men’s doubles when Se├ín Havis and Tom Lyle’s blend of speedy attack and clever defence took the higher ranked Avon pair by surprise and they pulled off an excellent victory in two ends. The scratch pairing of James Whetter and Tyler Sillifant, playing together for the first time, had a difficult match, and, like Amy Cox and Cara Collins in the women’s doubles, lost out to skilful opponents.
James and Tyler in action

Tom and Sean win again

Bronwen Wotton and Amy Polglase did really well to push the other women’s pair all the way to three ends, but finally ran out of points, followed by both mixed doubles games going Avon’s way to complete a hard first match.
Amy P and Bronwen battle on

In the afternoon Cornwall took on Worcestershire, and again the first two men’s singles players, Tyler and James, had difficult games against their talented opponents, followed by Tom Lyle rising to the challenge of singles, outside of his normal doubles comfort zone. As ever, Tom gave it his all, and shocked the Avon man by winning in two ends, showing fighting spirit and determination to chalk up a win for the team.
The two Cornish singles girls took inspiration from this, Cara and Amy Polglase both winning in two ends, although both went to setting in their final ends, and it took a huge effort on their parts not to lose an end and have to face a third decider. Amy in particular digging very deep as she does not normally play singles.
Cara's singles win

Amy digs deep

Both sets of men’s doubles and the first women’s doubles then went Worcestershire’s way, although James and Tyler did well to win an end off their powerful opponents,and so it was then Bronwen and Amy P’s turn to perform the heroics and win in three close fought ends.
Cornwall needed to win both mixed games to secure the match, but this was a step too far after a long tiring day, and with injuries beginning to take their toll, Worcestershire won both to make the match
score 7-4 in their favour.
The morning after

Day two arrived with the Cornish players refreshed, and now up against the next Avon team.Tyler got the team off to a flying start with a stunning victory in three ends at first singles, outplaying his opponent with lightening speed and attack around the whole court. Unfortunately, James had to concede his singles in the final end due to injury, although it looked like he was set for a victory before calamity struck, and this meant Cornwall having to concede one men’s doubles too.
Tom and Amy Polglase could not repeat their singles wins this time, despite Amy going to three, but Cara once again demonstrated her resilience and skill to win her singles, completing the third end in style against a much older opposition.
Tactics 1

Tactics 2
Sean and Tom took no prisoners in their men’s, sweeping away the Avon pair with no mercy in two ends of excellent doubles. Both women’s doubles were so close and both could have gone either way, as Cara and Amy Cox were very unlucky to lose in three, measured by Bronwen and Amy Polglase battling back to win theirs after also going the distance.
Once again, Cornwall needed to win both mixed for the match, and Tom and Bronwen duly obliged with a fine win at second mixed, leaving Sean and Amy Cox to play a strong Avon pair at first mixed.
They pulled back after losing the first end and went to a third see-sawing final end with the Cornish team and supporters roaring them on, but agonisingly just lost out as the Avon pair went on a winning run to secure the final points, despite yet another heroic attempt from Sean and Amy.

Amy C and Sean go so close

Despite the results, the team can be hugely proud of their efforts and never say die attitude, and look forward to the next season with pride.

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Newquay Cup mixed doubles tournament

Mixed doubles couples from all over Cornwall played in this year’s Newquay Cup at Treviglas Sports Hub at the weekend with some exciting action across a wide age range.

Newquay Cup participants

Players from Liskeard, St Austell, Newquay, Pool and Camborne took part in some close games, with some games featuring rivals from their own clubs to add to the tension.

Tecans v Tecans

Liskeard v Liskeard

The game that decided this year's winners was the final one of the afternoon, between defending champions Pete Bazin of St Austell and his partner Lorna Riggs of Newquay and Truro, against Newquay's Paul Tooley and Jen Pugh. This proved a tense and exciting game, as Pete and Lorna edged a tight first end and then, early in the second, Pete was injured going for a backhand shot, but managed to continue and they held on to once again win the Cup by just 5 points.

Winners Pete and Lorna with runners-up Jen and Paul

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Cornwall County Badminton Association


The 2019 Kernow Carlton Cup

Team Tournament

For League and Social Clubs combined


Sunday 14th April 2019 9am – 6pm

Sir Ben Ainslie Sports hall (8 courts)

Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH


Please fill in an entry form or download one from:

The Kernow Carlton Cup team tournament, Sunday 14th April 2019, Sir Ben Ainsley Centre, Truro TR1 1TH

Conditions of entry:

·         All players must be 16 or over

·         Any players who have played more than once for Cornwall senior or junior teams matches in the last 3 years are ineligible

·         Cornwall veteran players are eligible

·         All players play at their own risk

Play and teams:

·         Each team will consist of 1 men’s pair, 1 women’s and 2 mixed (these can be the same or different players)

·         Clubs can enter more than one team, subject to court time availability

·         There will be groups of approx. 4 teams, including social and league teams, so each team will have a minimum of 3 matches

·         Each match will consist of 1 men’s, I women’s, and 2 mixed doubles games

·         Each game will consist of 2 ends to 21 points with no setting, unless time is limited

·         There will be no handicapping

·         Feather shuttles will be used

·         There will be play-offs of group winners with the winning team receiving the Carlton Cup

Entry fee - £60 per team, so approx. £15 per player, unless more players are used. Cheques payable to Cornwall County Badminton Association on entry. Entry fees will not be refundable for late cancellations.

Name of team: ___________________________________________________

From which League or Social Club: ___________________________________

Team players names:





Team contact – Name: _____________________________________________                                                  

Email: _________________________________Phone: ___________________                                    

Signed: ________________________________Date: _____________________                                                                       

Entries to Lyndon Allen, 01726 63245, 11 Chipponds Drive, St Austell PL25 5DE

Closing Date 31.3.19, but first come, first served, as space is limited!
Cornwall 1st team v Devon, January 2019
Cornwall’s top badminton players travelled to Bristol at the weekend to play the next set of matches in Badminton England’s South West Division Senior Championships.

1st team looking smart

The team, smartly kitted out in a new strip sponsored by Cornwall Fascias, had a tough first match against a powerful Devon 1st team featuring an ex England international and higher ranked players. Despite two three-enders by a battling James Whetter and Kellen Moore in the men’s and women’s singles, the Cornish team suffered a heavy defeat.