Friday 19 December 2008

Mounts Bay Junior BC 2008 Christmas Tournament

Mounts Bay Junior Badminton Club held their annual Christmas Tournament at Penwith College Sports Hall on Thursday 18th December.

38 Players competed over 2 hours of badminton for trophies which were presented by Trevelyan Searle-Chairman of Mounts Bay Senior BC.
Players were paired in doubles with different partners ensuring both the U13 and U17 categories were mixed throughout the tournament.
Mounts Bay JBC has now been in existence for some 16 months after an initial successful Local Network funding bid.Since then the club has received financial support from Penwith District Council in recognition of the opportunity the club offers to young children from across the District.

Results ;

U17 Girls Winner-Daphne Luke Mounts Bay School

U17 Girls R/U Molly Blewett Humphry Davy School

U17 Boys Winner Lee Chapple Mounts Bay

U17 Boys R/U Thomas Shorley Humphry Davy

U13 Girls Winner Shauna Payne Pensans Community Primary School

U13 Girls R/U Francesca Ellis Mounts Bay

U13 Boys Winner Matt Dale Newlyn Primary

U13 Boys R/U Mawgan Petersen Newlyn Primary

Most Improved Player Trophy was awarded to Francesca Ellis who has progressed into the U17 session,has achieved County selection at U13 level and competed against Gloucester, and Somerset.She has also competed in the Kerrier Junior Tournament and achieved notable wins in both her county matches and Tournament.

Most Committed Player Award was presented to George Nicholas Mounts Bay for his willingness to assist coaching at the U13 session and ensure the hall is ready for use at the start of each session.George has a 100% attendance since the start of the season in early September.He has a £30 voucher from TAG SPORTS to purchase a YONEX badminton shirt of his choice .

Sportsmanship Trophy was awarded to Molly Blewett in recognition of her willingness to attend the U13 session and assist with coaching.Molly is respected by both Players and Coaches for her behaviour both on and off court and her desire to continually improve and ensure fair play at all times.

Mounts Bay JBC meets every Thursday at Penwith College Sports Hall.
U13s 4.30-5.30pm
U17s 5.30-6.30pm

Club restarts on Thursday 8th January and new players are always welcome.

The club is coached by Cath Bick,Phil Chapple and Jon Wotton.
If any parents are interested in their children learning new skills in a safe and friendly environment please contact Jon Wotton 01736 850045.

Sunday 14 December 2008


Cornwall U17s competed in their third match of the 2008/9 season at Tregorrick Park St Austell today against Dorset.

Ross Lashbrook Launceston College
Patrick Davis Launceston College
Phil Lyle Launceston College
Huw Vicary Truro College
Trevelyan Greenhall Helston Sixth Form
James Payne Callington School
Josh Pearce Truro College

Bronwen Wotton Truro College
Lorna Garbett Callington Sixth Form
Sofia Ziajka Callington Sixth Form
Bethany Wotton Hayle School
Daphne Luke Mounts Bay School
Eve Robertson Callington School
Charlotte Sommerville Truro School

Making their U17 debuts were Eve,Charlotte and Josh.
County colours were awarded to Trevelyan,James,Daphne and Bethany before the start of play,having represented Cornwall U17s on 3 occasions.

In the singles Ross got off to a flying start and defeated Matt Bradley in the number one slot.Matt having previously won against Ross in the Devon Bronze on his way to taking the gold medal.A great win by Ross. Patrick had 3 hard ends but missed out. Josh and TJ also missed out in two ends.Huw played a great 3 ender losing to 17 in the 3rd end.

In the girls Bronwen had a comfortable win in two ends. All the girls thereafter performed outstandingly.Lorna missing out in 3 nail biting 3 ends. Sofia losing narrowly 22-20 first end and narrowly to 17 second end. Beth had 3 great ends of badminton going down to 18 in the third.Eve played with great determination losing narrowly in 3. Daphne chalked up her first win at this level with a fine win at number 5.

Score Cornwall 3 Dorset 9.

In the doubles Ross and Patrick took 2 from 3 matches and Phil and Huw one match.Unfortunately TJ had to pull out after a nail biting 3 ender and Josh replaced him with James for the remaining two doubles.
The girls again fought to the wire,Bronwen and Lorna winning all 3 matches in two straight ends.
Sofia and Beth won their first doubles of the season and lost another in 3.
The new pairing of Charlottle and Daphne was inspirational to the team ,the girls fighting every point and holding a match point in their first match before losing 23-21 third end.Their other two games were very close,giving their all on every point.A great effort.

Score Cornwall 7 Dorset 11

In the mixed Ross and Bron had a comfortable win in two ends. James and Lorna continue to excel at number two,winning in two ends a confident win. At this point Cornwall had to concede the third mixed due to illness to Patrick. Phil and Sofia had a straight sets win at number 4 and Josh and Eve won at no 6. Huw and Charlottle fought hard but narrowly missed out at number 5.

Final score Cornwall 14 Dorset 22.

The game was played in a great atmosphere with sportsmanship on both sides very prominent throughout the match.

Dorset ran out deserving winners but Cornwall take many positives into the new year with developing partnerships in the girls doubles and strong performances from 1-6 in their singles.
Special mention to Ross for a great singles win, and Charlotte playing up from the U15s.Her commitment,attitude and desire simply inspirational. These performances will make ICT selection in late January a hard decision .

Friday 12 December 2008

Penryn Saracens v Mounts Bay Junior BC

Both Penryn Saracens and Mounts Bay Junior Badminton club competed in their first match of the season at Penwith College on Thursday evening 11th December.
Penryn Saracens having been developing their badminton in the newly built six court badminton hall at Penryn College since September.
They travelled to Penzance with a team of 16 players ranging from 15 years to primary school age.
Players were wearing the Penryn College colours with children from the College,Mabe and Penryn Primary schools.

Mounts Bay have been in existence for some 12 months with an initial financial input from the a Local Network fund.
The club has since received financial support from Penwith District Council and act as a feeder club for promising players from Pensans Community Primary School.
The club is now an established fixture every Thursday evening ( 4.30-6.30pm) at Penwith College Sports Hall.

The match format consisted of half court singles with players seeded in a group of 4,followed by doubles again with pairs in groups of 4.
Play was continuous for over two hours with all matches keenly contested.
Both clubs having a strong contingent of Cornwall Youth Badminton players in the U15 and U13 Teams.
After an interval at the conclusion of the singles matches,Mounts Bay held a lead of some 200 points.However as the doubles progressed it was clear that Penryn were clawing back the deficit. The last game was loudly cheered by both teams with great sportsmanship shown throughout by all players.

Final score ;

Penryn Saracens 691 points.
Mounts Bay 763 points.

A challenge match shield was presented to Lee Chapple Mounts Bay Captain.
Ben Cooper Penryn Captain led the applause for a great evenings badminton. .

Both Teams now look forward to their respective Christmas Tournaments.

Penryn will hold their Tournament on Monday 15th December with over 50 players competing.
Mounts Bay will hold their tournament on Thursday 18th December with over 35 players competing for annual trophies.
Both Clubs will be sponsored by TAG Sports on the evening with a £30 voucher being presented to the most committed player selected by the clubs coaches since the start of the 2008/9 season.The deserving player will be able to purchase a YONEX badminton shirt of their choice.
TAG Sports will also be offering the full range of YONEX badminton equipment at very competitive rates at their stall on Monday evening at Penryn College.

Special Thanks to ;
Phil and Maria Chapple-Mounts Bay.
Cath Bick and Liz Laity Mounts Bay.
Dave Spencer and Mark Whitbread Jordan Penryn Saracens.
All the above managed the scoring and coaching of their respective players and commented on the great attitude and commitment by all players throughout the match.
Penryn look forward to a return match on home territory in March.

Sunday 7 December 2008

Cornwall U13 vs Somerset

The second match of the season for our U13's was an away match against Somerset held on Sunday 9th November at Taunton - always predicted to be a close encounter neither side was to be disappointed.

Our team comprised of:
Ben Johnson Alice Sporik
Adith Kumaravel Georgia Higgs
Toby Bamforth Francesca Ellis
Vinodh Arumugham Sophie Laskowski
Ellis Savage Olivia Mortimore-Luscombe
William Powell Kendall Royden

After both the boys and the girls singles the score was equally placed at 7 -5 to Somerset. There were great victories for Ben, Adith, Ellis, Will and Georgia - commiserations to Toby and Vinodh for so narrowly missing out on their tough games.

The doubles also resulted in some very close games with two fantastic three-ender victories for Ellis/Will and Francesca/Sophie. At this stage of the match Somerset were still ahead at 17 - 13.

At the beginning of the mixed Cornwall needed to win all six of the games - with lots of determination and a desire to secure the match all the observers were treated to some VERY exciting badminton. Cornwall did win three of the mixed - congratulations to Ben/Alice, Ellis/Olivia and Will/Kendall - but we lost the other matches with two of them going to three VERY close ends!!

After a great day's badminton the overall score was 20 - 16 to Somerset. Cornwall so narrowly missed their second victory of the season with FIVE closely fought three-enders just slipping away from us! However, BOTH teams performed extremely well and Peter Fairey of the Someret Team commented on the day, "There have been some brilliant games played in a brilliant spirit by all players on the both sides" - a comment echoed by Paul Johnson and Alison Higgs, managers of our own U13 Team.

Congratulations to ALL players and a special mention to Will Powell who earned a well-deserved Player of the Match Certificate and also to Olivia and Kendall who received their first county Caps.

Alison Higgs