Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Cornwall Badminton County Championships 2017

Cornwall Badminton County Championships 2017
Cornwall’s top badminton players took part in the annual county championships over 2 days at Polkyth Leisure Centre at the weekend, with an exciting display of talent from over 50 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, the Bick twins from Penzance, and Truro’s Bailey sisters.
Men’s doubles action – Dyer brothers v eventual winners James and Guy

Day one started with the men’s singles event which had attracted a large entry, and the crowds were treated to some excellent badminton. Plymouth’s Tony Clark had a good run through to the semi-finals, beating the oldest Dyer brother, Jack, who had ousted the number 3 seed, Ross Lashbrook, and Sean Havis from Penryn showed his improvement in beating Truro’s Sam Spencer and reaching the quarter finals. In the semis, both top two seeds, Tyler and Liam Sillifant had comfortable victories over the evergreen James Whetter from St Austell and Tony, to meet for the third year running in the final. This time elder brother Liam triumphed to regain his crown after two years from his middle brother Tyler, both playing with skill, speed and determination in an absorbing match.
Mark and Tony in the singles
Champion Liam with Tyler
The women’s singles was made up entirely of younger players, with 15 year old Mollie Bailey defeating the seeded Amelia Burrell from Camborne, and Penryn’s Amy Cox to reach the final. There she met the top seed from Liskeard, 14 year old Cara Collins who had edged out Camborne’s Kellen Moore in the semis in three ends. Cara’s speed and control proved too much for her friend Mollie, and she ran out county champion for an impressive first time.
 Champion Cara and runner up Mollie
The day finished with the women’s doubles, where the top seeds made relatively easy progress to the final. This turned out to be a gripping game between the number one seeds, from Port Isaac and Leedstown, Johanna Philp and Bronwen Wotton, both seasoned campaigners against the younger Camborne pair, Kellen Moore and Amelia Burrell. Jo and Bronwen won through in two tight exciting ends, thanks to their skilful net play, power and retrieval, but were pushed hard all the way by their opponents.
Top marks for colour coordination in the women’s doubles

The players returned the next day for the men’s doubles and mixed events, to once again thrill the spectators and showcase their talent.
Fifteen pairs contested the men’s doubles, and all four seeds duly made their way to the semi-finals, where the top two seeds both won in straight sets to set up the final, which once again featured St Austell’s experienced James Whetter and Guy Michell against the reigning champions, the Launceston/Saltash pairing of Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend. This year James and Guy took revenge for the previous 2 years by winning the first end, and despite being pushed hard in the second pulsating end, hung on to win 22/20 in a thrilling match of hard smashing, quick reactions and clever positioning.
Men’s doubles finalists with medals
Men’s doubles finalists in action

The final event of the weekend was the mixed doubles which had some of the best games of the weekend and 19 pairs taking part, ranging from new young talent to veteran players using all their experience and knowledge.

Some notable successes were Penryn’s Sean Havis and Amy Cox beating the number four seeds, plus England vets Bob Bell and Lynda Beer to reach the semis, and the successful young pairing of Harry Dyer and Cara Collins reaching the quarter finals, as well as older brother Elliot and his Truro partner Melissa Lin. Second seeds Ross and Bronwen had had a hard battle in the quarter finals to narrowly beat Truro’s Sam Spencer and Amelia in one of the best matches of the weekend with setting in two of the three ends, but then won more comfortably in their semi against Sean and Amy.

Top seeds and holders James and Johanna reached the final with a hard fought victory over Launceston’s Tom Lyle and his partner from St Just, Vicki Thomas, to set up the last match of the day and a repeat of several years mixed finals. Another close fought, exciting game followed over three ends with no quarter given by either pair. Despite losing the first end, and only narrowly winning the second, James and Jo finally just came out victors 21-19 in a match which could easily have gone either way to give a fitting finale to the weekend.
Mixed finalists
Mixed Plate winners

In the plate events Amy Cox capped a fine weekend with victories in the women’s singles and doubles, with partner Vicki Thomas, Sam Spencer beat Tom Lyle in the men’s singles, twins Will and Matt Bick from Penzance took the men’s doubles title, and Chris Glasson and Kellen Moore were victorious in the mixed.
Plate finalists
Plate finalists

Plate finalists

Results –
Men’s singles                           Liam Sillifant beat Tyler Sillifant              21/18  21/16
Women’s singles                     Cara Collins beat Mollie Bailey                21/18  22/20
Men’s doubles                         James Whetter/Guy Michell beat Ross Lashbrook/Richard Townsend  21/13 22/20
Women’s doubles                   Johanna Philp/Bronwen Wotton beat Kellen Moore/Amelia Burrell      21/12 21/16
Mixed doubles                         James Whetter/Jo Philp beat Ross Lashbrook/Bronwen Wotton   17/21 22/20 21/19

Plate events –
Men’s singles                           Sam Spencer beat Tom Lyle    21/17
Women’s singles                     Amy Cox beat Beckie Bailey    21/15
Men’s doubles                        Will and Matt Bick beat Lee Bottrill/Harry Dyer  21/18
Women’s doubles                  Vicki Thomas/Amy Cox beat Beckie Bailey/Cara Collins  21/12
Mixed doubles                        Chris Glasson/Kellen Moore beat Jack Dyer/Mollie Bailey  21/18

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Bonanza Tournament

Cornwall County Badminton Association

The 2017 West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza Tournament

19th November 9am – 6pm
Sir Ben Ainslie Sports hall (8 courts)
Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH
Separate Social and League Categories
·       Level doubles – early morning
·       Mixed doubles – approx midday
·       Singles – mid afternoon

Please fill in an entry form here. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Charity Open Tournament

CCBA Restricted Championships

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

The tournament will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, starting at 10am each day.

Entries must be received by Sunday 24th September.

Monday, 31 July 2017

2017/2018 NEWSLETTER

The CCBA newsletter for the 17/18 season has been released, available to download here.

It contains all the dates and details for the forthcoming season in Cornwall, and contact details for selectors.  The first date is the open practice on Sunday 3rd September.

Sunday, 21 May 2017


    Truro and Penwith College have retained their National Badminton Mixed Cup winning both their semi-final and final on Wednesday 3rd May. The College have now won this title 3 times in the past 4 seasons.
  • Travelling to the Badminton England National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes on the Tuesday afternoon, the team were well prepared for their two matches the following day. The Team took inspiration after meeting the current European GOLD medalists Chris and Gabby ADCOCK, having literally just returned from their most recent success in Germany. Chris and Gabby are current WORLD no2 Mixed Doubles and National Champions.
    With a strong team consisting of 2 Senior, 2 U21 and 4  U18 County players, the college took their semi final against Greenhall Sixth Form College 8/2. Sarah Frost playing at no1 singles had a monumental battle against Kate Walker ranked no 10 at U19 National Level. Kate being a top Yorkshire Senior County player. Sarah gave everything but lost 21-12 21-16 having been 11-9 up on the one minute break in the second end .A fantastic effort.
    In the final the College proved too strong for their opponents from Cirencester Sixth Form College. The winning margin of 9/1 reflecting the strength in depth of the Cornish players.

    College “player” of the finals goes to Mark Pearson. Mark taking the no1 mens singles slot , winning both his matches in two ends against nationally higher ranked players. Two great long matches that Mark dominated with his power and precision in his shot execution. Both matches a worthy advert for the finals.
    The Team performance has been exceptional throughout a long hard season defeating Bridgewater, Exeter, St Jospehs (London), Farnborough (Hampshire),before arriving at the finals. All players travelling many miles, and training not only at College twice a week but competing on the National circuit across the country and training at Club and County and representing their County on a weekly basis.
    TEAM ;
    Coach Jon Wotton.Truro/Penwith College Badminton Academy. Assistant Team Manager Julie Penprase.College Sports Academy Co-ordinator.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

The West Cornwall Badminton League: 2017 Championships

Who will be the best in the West?

Saturday 13th May 2017
Approx 9 – 6pm

Porthcurno Sports Hall at Penwith College. St Clare. Penzance. TR18 2SA

Open & Restricted Categories (times tbc)
  • Level doubles – Morning
  • Mixed doubles – Early PM
  • Singles – Late Afternoon

**This tournament is purely for players who are members of an affiliated club in the WCBL, and who have played at least once in the league that season**

Entry form HERE.