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.