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               Pool     1-5 Open Practice-all welcome
                             Sun 8th September                                      Carn Brea 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!

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, 1 April 2019

Cara Flies The Flag For Cornwall

Local Liskeard badminton player, Cara Collins, is believed to have made history at the U17 English National Championships last weekend by being the first Cornish girl to get to a National Championship final.

Cara, who started her badminton career at Liskeard Junior & Inclusive Club and St Neot Primary after school club, gained entry into all three disciplines at this year’s U17 championships: girls singles, doubles and mixed. In singles, she was knocked out in the quarter finals by the England No1 seed after putting up a good fight but loosing 21-15 in both ends. With her U17 girl’s doubles partner Eleanor Butler, Cara fought through to the second day being beaten in the semi final by England’s No1 pair but achieving a bronze national medal.

However, Cara and her mixed doubles partner Ethan Rose, who had only played 2 previous tournaments together, battled through to the second day where they played and beat the England No2 pair in the semi finals. Although they lost the first end 12-21, they fought back to win the second 21-18 and confidently took the final end 21-10 earning them a place in the final against the England No1 pair.

In the first end of the final, Cara and Ethan started strongly taking an early lead of 6-1. However, the more established and experienced partnership of Alex Green and Estelle Van Leeuwen, who are ranked No1 in U17s but 18 and 22 overall in all age groups in England, went on to win the first end 21-17 and the second 21-14. Although disappointed, Cara is delighted to have put Cornwall Youth Badminton on the map, especially as U17s girl’s badminton is dominated by girls from Buckinghamshire who took 8 of the 16 medals available.

Cara’s remarkable achievements were made even more special when she found out that the Cornwall Youth Badminton officials were keeping track of the live scores whilst running the U13 Cornish Championships held on the same day at Treviglas, Newquay. To inspire the upcoming players Jon Wotton, Cornwall Youth Badminton coach and referee, proudly announced at the beginning of mixed doubles event that Cara was making history by currently playing in the English National final.

The bronze and silver U17 English National Championship medals Cara brought home to Cornwall were the result of hard work, support and the love of a sport. However, her achievements would not have been possible without the help of volunteers at Liskeard Junior & Inclusive Club and Cornwall Youth Badminton; her personal coach Malcolm Cooper and group coach Sue Rose. As well as support from GLL Foundation Lux Park, Cornwall Sports Partnership, the Lord Lieutenant’s Fund and Karakal UK who are all helping her work towards the highest levels of success in badminton.

In 2 weeks time, Cara will compete alongside other Cornish youngsters proudly representing Cornwall in the U18s English Inter County Championships in Nottingham.

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.