Monday 14 December 2009

Berkshire overpower Chiefs!

Cornwall 1st v Berkshire 2nd - 13.12.09, Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell.

It was Ladies Day at the home match against the travelling Berkshire team, with Cornwall’s girls putting in a fine performance to take 5 games, and the men missing out, as the match finished 10 – 5 in Berkshire’s favour.

The girls got off to a storming start, as both Jo Philp and Bronwen Wotton comfortably won their singles. Captain Kelvin Edwards was unlucky to lose his number 1 singles having taken his fast, young and powerful opponent to 3 ends.

Cornwall’s men, missing some key players, struggled against the Berkshire boys all afternoon – even the introduction of half-time pasties failed to slow them down!
But the girls continued in great style, Jo in particular having a fine afternoon, teaming up with Rachel Irish to win both doubles, and Bronwen and Claire Whitmore winning one and just losing an exciting 3 ender.

By the time the mixed doubles began, Berkshire needed just one game to take the match – 3 mixed games later and they’d won all of them, Kelvin and Bronwen going to 3 ends, but running out of steam in the third.

So the team finish this year on one win to date and some very narrow, point scoring losses, and they look forward to the second half of the season and a successful new year.

Team – Kelvin Edwards, Tom Lyle, Lee Bottrill, Bob Bell.
Jo Philp, Bronwen Wotton, Rachel Irish, Claire Whitmore.

Monday 7 December 2009

Veterans continue winning ways

Following their 12-0 win at the Isle of Wight, the over 60 veterans team continued their success with a 11-1 win against Dorset at St. Austell on 6th December. Team captain Brian Hannibal decided to field an identical team as previous.

The mens pairings of Brian and Phil had an exciting three ender against the Dorset first pair, where the dynamic Brian showed that he hasn't lost any speed and agility to secure victory. Mike, partnered with Tony also won both their doubles, with one match going to three ends.

The ladies also encountered close games, but unfortunately Pat and Celia just lost to the Dorset first pair. Vera playing alongside Chris Marr comfortably won both of their matches.

Fortunately Cornwall took all four of the mixed, which means that they are now 3rd in the league with games in hand.

The team now take a rest over the Christmas until January 3rd, when the annual County Veterans Tournament will be held at St. Austell. Entry forms are available to download from the download section to the right on this page, or from Pat Edwards on 01726 65015. This handicapped tournament is always great fun and open to players over 40.

Monday 23 November 2009

Cornwall Over 60's Demolish Opposition!

Cornwall over 60's team achieved a magnificent 12-0 win over the Isle of Wight at Freshwater on November 22nd.

The first match of the season meant a long journey to the Isle during stormy conditions, which was broken by an overnight stay at Bournemouth.

Team captain, the youthful Brian Hannibal partnered Phil Oland, while new comer to the veterans set up Tony Roberts partnered Mike Nancekivell. In the ladies Pat Edwards partnered Celia Hillman with Chris Marr partnering Vera Nancekivell .

Brian and Phil fought through to clinch a three ender, likewise did Pat and Celia.

Overall a good start to the season and on 6th December the team hope for a repeat performance when they entertain Dorset at St. Austell.


Playing their first home match of the season at St Austell on Sunday 22nd November, the singles players gave Cornwall a storming start, going up 4-1 against a strong Oxfordshire outfit.
Cornwall’s men continued the theme, winning the doubles 3-1. Guy Michell and Tom Lyle looked particularly unbeatable.
The ladies had a harder task against their Oxfordshire counterparts, losing all their doubles. Bronwen Wotton and Claire Whitmore pushed one couple very close, narrowly losing the third end.
With the score at 6-6 going into the mixed doubles, the crowd were on the edge of their seats. Chiefs Captain, Kelvin Edwards and Bronwen Wotton could not repeat their earlier wins, but Guy Michell and Rachel Irish captured their game in fine styl, giving Guy another 100% performance for the afternoon.
Seven-all with Tom Lyle and Jo Philp providing Cornwall’s last hope. The game went to the wire and they were unlucky to lose 27-25 in the third end.
Cornwall Captain, Kelvin Edwards said:
“We are very disappointed to lose this match. I’m very proud of the team who fought all the way. It’s up to us to bounce back against Berkshire in our last home match before Christmas – on December 13th – lucky for some!”

Cornwall 1st Team: Kelvin Edwards, Guy Michell, Tom Lyle, Dave Harrington, Jo Philp, Rachel Irish, Bronwen Wotton, Claire Whitmore.

Tuesday 10 November 2009

17 - 21 Tournament

Entry forms were released today for the 09/10 season Cornwall over 17/under 21 Restricted tournament. The tournament will be played on 10th January 2010, at Polkyth Leisure Centre, and to qualify for entry, players must have been born between the following dates: 01/01/1989 - 01/01/1993.

Entry forms are available to download from the 'Download Section' to the right of this page.

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Talented New Resident Makes Clean Sweep at Cornwall 'Blue Riband Event'

The last weekend of September saw the Cornwall County Badminton Association host its 'Restricted' championships at Polkyth leisure centre in St Austell.

The 2 day competition brought together the best badminton players in Cornwall, with a large contingent drawn from the Cornwall Youth badminton and 17-21 age group. Over 60 competitors took part. The first day comprised Mens and Ladies Singles and Level Doubles, whilst the Mixed-doubles title was played for on Sunday.

The Ladies Singles event saw last year's winner - Bronwen Wotton being narrowly beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual winner, - Jo Philp, who went on to beat finalist Emily James in a very close 3 ender.

In the Mens Singles, the 'new boy in town'- Kelvin Edwards won his first honours of the weekend against last year's winner, (and previous 6 times title holder)- James Whetter.

The Ladies Doubles pairing of Rachel Irish and Jo Philp retained their title in a comfortable victory against Emily James and Bronwen Wotton.

The last discipline on Saturday had an exciting and close-run Mens Doubles final which saw eventual winners, Kelvin Edwards and Nick Phelps beating James Whetter and Guy Michell in a thrilling 3 ender.

Unfortunately, due to injury, the partnership of James Whetter and Jo Philp could not defend their title on the Sunday in the Mixed Doubles event. This left the way clear for the talented combination of Kelvin Edwards and his young partner Bronwen Wotton to lift the title against Nick Phelps and Jan Santillo, but not before battling it out in a nail-biting semi-final against Guy Michell and Rachel Irish.


Ladies Singles
Winner - Jo Philp (Camelford) R/Up - Emily James (First Edition) 19/21 21/7 21/12

Mens Singles
Winner - Kelvin Edwards (First Edition) R/Up - James Whetter (St Austell) 21/19 21/8

Mens Doubles
Winners - Kelvin Edwards/Nick Phelps (First Edition/Tecans) R/Up - James Whetter/Guy Michell (St Austell) 16/21 21/17 21/14

Ladies Doubles
Winners - Rachel Irish/Jo Philp (Truro/Camelford) R/Up - Emily James/Bronwen Wotton (First Edition) 21/14 21/12

Mixed Doubles
Winners - Kelvin Edwards/Bronwen Wotton (First Edition) R/Up - Nick Phelps/Jan Santillo (Tecans/Liskeard) 21/18 /21/15

Ladies Singles Plate
Winner - Abigail Logg

Mens Singles Plate
Winner - Pete Bazin

Ladies Doubles Plate
Winners - Lorna Riggs/Tamsin Woodroffe

Mens Doubles Plate
Winners - Nigel Stephens/ Rob Cook

Mixed Doubles Plate
Winners - Trev Searle/Claire Peterson

Monday 19 October 2009

Chiefs v Oxfordshire

The 0630 start (The 0 stands for “0 my god it’s early”) to Cornwall’s badminton first team took its toll at the weekend with Duchy crashing out 12 – 3 to Oxfordshire.

Playing before a large crowd things seemed to be going ok for the Cornish after the singles with the round tied at 2 – 2. The unbeaten singles run from the Cornish number one Kelvin Edwards continued with straight sets win over his Oxford opponent. Claire Whitmore also chalked up the other win for Cornwall with an impressive display of attacking badminton to clinch the number two tie.

In the doubles the only Cornish pair to win a game was Guy Michell and Tom Lyle against the Oxford number twos. Guy remarked “My singles was a nightmare, the journey up was exceptionally long and as much as I warmed up before the game I just could not get going” he continued “It was a sweet revenge to clinch my second doubles match”

Kelvin Edwards and Ross Lashbrook ran the second pair close but just missed out in the third 20 – 22. Jo Philip was back with her county restricted champion partner Rachel Irish, Rachel who has just returned from a Barbados training camp commented “We were really unlucky against their number ones, I feel fitter after my training camp, but the journey back and then the long trip up here inevitably took it out of me”

So with score line at 9 – 3 going into the mixed the Cornish were looking to take all three to salvage a point. It was not the Duchy’s day losing all three ties, the closest mixed game belonged to Kelvin Edwards and Bron Wotton taking the Oxford first pair all the way but just losing out 21 – 19 in the third. “It has been a difficult day” remarked Bron “Without making excuses, we lost the match, Oxford didn’t win it, the journey up was tough and the shuttles we had to use were very poor, in our mixed we used an extortionate amount of shuttles, they kept breaking”

Next match: 8th November - Hampshire away.

Monday 12 October 2009

Cornwall off to a flying start

Cornwall’s badminton first team got off to a fantastic start at the weekend with a convincing win over Somerset in the national badminton league. The team travelled up to Crewkerne, Somerset and before a large crowd produced a sensational 9 – 6 win.

After the two men’s and ladies singles the Duchy found themselves 3 – 1 up with a notable performance from Jo Philp who beat the Somerset restricted champion Amy Redaway in straight sets.

Convincing performances from the Cornish men’s doubles pairs of Kelvin Edwards and Nick Phelps, Guy Michell and Tom Lyle escalated the score line even further to 7 – 1. This was much needed as the Somerset ladies played extremely well to take all the ladies doubles games, despite strong resistance from Cornwall’s Claire Whitmore and Jan Santillo who took the Somerset first pair right to the wire before losing in the third end. Claire Whitmore remarked “Having losing the first end we changed tactics and snatched the second, but the Somerset pair just had the last say.” It was a brave effort but the score line read 7 - 5 going into the mixed.

Cornwall’s recent mixed training held them in good stead with the Duchy taking two out of the three mixed. Playing at the number one slot with partner Kelvin Edwards, Bron Wotton the Cornwall mixed champion was very satisfied with her performance. “We never let them into the game; we kept on attacking and broke down their defences”.

Cornwall’s next match is another away fixture against Oxford on Sunday 18th October.

Thursday 24 September 2009



YET another memorable and successful weekend was experienced at the Duchy of Cornwall 27th “Open” Badminton Championships, writes John Tresidder.

There was a bumper entry of 124, for the Tournament, which was staged at its usual base, Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Near Redruth, over the weekend of September 19/20.

A Middlesex lady carried home inaugural singles and doubles titles, whilst her compatriot, replied, likewise, in his second Duchy/Satellite title.

The Event, was celebrating its tenth year as a BADMINTON England “Satellite” Ranking Tournament, with the prize-fund set at £1,260.

Main Sponsors:

GRAPHIC SOLUTIONS - - the Computer Company, from Farnborough, Hampshire, together with Exeter’s TAG SPORTS - in conjunction with YONEX UK LTD, once again joined forces as the Tournament’s joint main sponsors.

Meanwhile, Nick Lake’s Countryman Free Inns Group, with its HQ’s at Piece, Carnkie, Near Redruth, together Dales Renault, based at Scorrier and Summercourt, were amongst the other generous backers, of the Championships, which are known as one of the most popular on the English Badminton Circuit.

Moving on to the play:

Firstly, Day One, the blue ribband singles events:

In the Ladies’ Singles, Elana Johnson was successful, with a narrow win over Alison Marr, Avon., 13/21, 21/13, 21/16.

However, there was some consolation for Miss Marr, who accounted for Exton’s Betty Blair, seeded one (striving for a ninth crown) - in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Daryl Jacobs was seen to retain his tile, when he out-pointed Gloucestershire’s Chris Hotchen, 21/18, /21/14.

Elana and Daryl then proceeded to complete a brace of wins, apiece, on day two - lifting the Ladies' and Men’s Doubles, in partnership with Kate Lester Herts) and Steve Jacobs (brother – keeping it in the family), respectively.

Finally, the Mixed Doubles saw Hotchen going one better – registering the Mixed Doubles, in tandem with Alison Marr, to defeat John Hepworth and Hana Littlecott, the defending champions, 21/17, 21/20.

Host’s rewarding weekend:

Cornwall, the host, experienced a most rewarding weekend:

Day One witnessed Kelvin Edwards, Cornwall's Player/Coach, reaching the main draw's third round, along with the "Best Cornish Player", Ross Lashbrook (Launceston). Claire Whitmore, a Truro School Upper Sixth Student, won a battle-royale, to get through to the second round in the Ladies’ event.

On the Sunday, Claire partnered Emily James (Singles Plate finalist on the Saturday) to the doubles semi-finals, with the Rachel Irish and Johanna Philp Team securing a semi berth as well, before going down in three games to the eventual champions.

Special Awards:

In the Special Awards, Emily James, Falmouth-based, who becomes a Cambridge University Fresher, in October, was the popular recipient of the Sporting Spirit Trophy, with Ross Lashbrook (Launceston), installed as The Best Cornish Player.

* David on the referee’s console:

David Burgess, an experienced International Referee, from Devon, was the official in charge of the play in the hall over the weekend.

* Duchy Committee of Management, 2009:

Mrs. Linda Collins: Chairman/Hon. Tournament Secretary;
Mr. David Burgess: Hon. Tournament Referee;
Mr. Paul Martin: Hon. Treasurer;
Mr. Paul Collins: Tournament Co-ordinator/Hall Manager;
Mr. John Tresidder: Press/PR Officer.

Linda pays tribute:

Linda Collins conveys her thanks to the following for the enjoyable weekend:

The sponsors, officials and helpers; The competitors, supporters and spectators; Carn Brea’s Management & Staff.

Finally, the comprehensive review/results, will be published in the Cornish & Devon Press, as well as being posted on the Cornwall Badminton Website:

DIARY: The 28th Duchy is on: September 18/19, 2010

John Tresidder, Cornwall & Duchy “Open” Press Officer.

Tuesday 22 September 2009


Pic: Sunday's play



Alison Marr (Avon) bt Betty Blair (Devon) 13/21 21/13 21/16

Elana Johnson (Middlesex) bt Hana Littlecott (Hants) 23/21 17/21 21/16


E. Johnson bt A. Marr 22/20 21/16



Daryl Jacobs (Middlesex) bt Andrew Penn (Hants) 21/17 21/12

Chris Hotchen (Gloucestershire) bt Sameera Hewawellalage (Staffs) 21/5 21/12


D. Jacobs (Middlesex) bt C. Hotchen (Gloucestershire) 21/18 21/14



Sarah Burgess & Kelly Holdway (Hants) bt Emily James & Claire Whitmore (Cornwall) 21/6 21/10

Elana Johnson (Middlesex) and Kate Lester (Herts) bt Rachel Irish & Johanna Philp (Cornwall) 21/12 21/16


E. Johnson (Middlesex) & K. Lester (Herts) bt S. Burgess and K. Holdway (Hants) 16/21 25/23 22/20



Dominic Brown and Michael Whitehouse (both Berks) bt Keith Cuncarr and David Edgar (both Lancs.) 21/17 21/15

Daryl and Steve Jacobs (Both Middlesex) bt Dan Brett and Mark James (Both Dorset) 21/19 10/21 21/19


D & S Jacobs (Middlesex) bt D Brown and M. Whitehouse 16/21 21/18 21/18



John Hepworth & Hana Littlecott (Both Hants) received a walk over to the final

Chris Hotchen (Gloucestershire & Alison Marr (Avon) bt Matt Corby (Devon and Sarah Burgess (Hants) 21/17 21/16


C. Hotchen & A. Marr bt J. Hepworth & H. Littlecott 21/17 22/20




Emily James (Cornwall) bt Rachel Irish (Cornwall) 21/19

Lauren Cooper (Oxon) bt Bronwen Wotton (Cornwall) 21/15


Lauren Cooper (Oxon) bt Emily James (Cornwall) 21/11



Michael Spencer-Smith (Middlesex) bt Philip Browning (Oxon) 21.15

Steve Jacobs (Middlesex) bt David Harrington (Cornwall) 21/20


Michael Spencer-Smith bt Steve Jacobs (Middlesex) 21/19



Anne White (Devon) & Liane Irish (Middlesex) bt Nakita Smethurst and Lauren Cooper (both Oxon) 21/13

Hannah Preece and Rachel Perkins (both Devon) bt Rowan Despard and April Richards (both Devon) 21/10


Hannah Preece and Rachel Perkins (both Devon) bt Anne White (Devon) and Liane Irish (Middlesex) 21/15



Raymond Yip (Somerset) and Andre Jooste (Avon) bt Louis and Raymond Tse (both Cornwall) 21/10

Robert Freer and David Harrington (Both Cornwall) bt Bob Bell and Nick Phelps (both Cornwall) 21/16


Robert Freer and David Harrington (both Cornwall) bt Raymond Yip (Somerset) and Andre Jooste (Avon) 21/12.

SPORTING SPIRIT AWARD: Emily James (Cornwall)


Saturday 29 August 2009

Lee Jae Bok training session

The badminton training session by former Korean National champion Lee Jae Bok accompanied by former Korean ladies singles and doubles champion Lee Young Sook took place last Saturday at St Austell Rugby Club. The event was well attended and all participants were treated to a masterclass that covered many areas of badminton including mental attitude, footwork,shot execution, doubles tactics and deception. The day was a great success and it was agreed that it had been an enjoyable and extremely worthwhile experience. The training session was organised by Pete Bazin of Truro Badminton Club, who is hoping to organise further training with Lee Jae Bok and Lee Young Sook in the future.
Lee Young Sook & Lee Jae Bok with Pete Bazin, organiser.

Wednesday 26 August 2009


Welcome to the 2009/10 Cornwall Badminton Season. We hope you’ve had a good break and are raring to go! Please note -

Key dates:
Sun 30th August Polkyth 1-5 Open Practice
Sun 6th September Polkyth 1-5 Veterans Trials
Sun 13th September Polkyth 1-5 1st & 2nd Trials
Sat/Sun 19/20th September Carn Brea Cornwall Open
Sat/Sun 26/27th September Polkyth Restricted Champs

We hope and expect that ALL of last season’s 1st & 2nd team players will attend County Club and Coaching and enter the Cornwall Open and Restricted, and will attend the relevant Trials to be considered for selection. We will have 5 teams this year – 1st and 2nd, 17-21's and two Vets teams – 40s and 60s.

County Club and Coaching/Squad Training:

Polkyth, Fridays 7-10pm – 3 courts starting on Friday 4th Sept and then:

September 18th
October 2nd & 16th
November 6th & 20th
December 4th
January 15th
February 5th & 19th
March 5th

ALL expected to attend

Format will be: 7 to 8pm – games, 8 to 9pm – coaching, and 9 to 10pm – games.
Selectors will organise games/pairings and there will be a chance for 1st/2nd team practice.
County Club Coaching will be led by Kelvin Edwards, and will include serving and return of serve, doubles and mixed tactics and positioning.
Payment will be £8 per session, for all players this year, to be paid at the beginning of each evening – no pay no play!

More information about fixtures etc will be available at the first County Club. Please contact one of the Selectors if you need any information in advance.
Team selections will be made after the Restricted Championship.

Brian Hannibal
Lorna Riggs
Andy Lyle
Kelvin Edwards
Sue Biscoe

Monday 24 August 2009



ENTRIES have started to roll in, well and truly for the Duchy of Cornwall 27th “Open” Badminton Championships, scheduled for four weeks time, from this weekend, writes John Tresidder.

The prestigious Event, in its tenth year as a BADMINTON England “Satellite” Ranking Tournament, and with the prize-fund set at: £1,260, is scheduled for Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Near Redruth - on the weekend of - Saturday and Sunday, September 19/20.

Main Sponsors:

GRAPHIC SOLUTIONS - - the Computer Company, from Farnborough, Hampshire, together with Exeter’s TAG SPORTS -, in conjunction with YONEX UK LTD, have once more joined forces as the Tournament’s joint main sponsors.

Meanwhile, Nick Lake’s Countryman Inns Free Inns Group, with its HQ’s at Piece, Carnkie, Near Redruth, together Dales Renault, based at Scorrier and Summercourt, are amongst the other generous backers, of the Championships, which are known as one of the most popular on the English Badminton Circuit.

Programme-of-Events (10.00am start each day):


Men’s and Ladies’ Singles, followed by Mixed Doubles, extending to the Semi-finals stage on the Saturday evening.


Mixed Doubles Semi-finals and Final, pus Men’s and Ladies’ Level Doubles.

“Bleacher”, tiered seating will be set out for players, supporters and spectators, as in past years, with the entry to the hall being free.

The closing date for entries is: Saturday September 5 and one can download an entry from the BADMINTON England Website: and the Cornwall Badminton (see download panel to right)

CYB – a large squad is expected to turn out:

Jon Wotton, the Coach and CYB co-ordinator, reports - it is anticpated that there is to be another great entry from Kernow’s Youth, once more – with

probably over twenty youngsters from Cornwall Youth Badminton’s Under-17 squad, sponsored by Dairy Crest Davidstow.

Johanna and James excited, locally:

Meanwhile, Cornwall’s County number one players – James Whetter (St. Austell Bay), whose Company Rubber Flooring Online, are one of the advertisers, together with Truro College student, Johanna Philp (Port Isaac-based), aged 16, are planning to enter three disciplines of play, apiece, over the weekend.




* David on the referee’s console: David Burgess, an experienced International Referee and Devon County’s Chairman, is the official in charge of the play in the hall over the weekend, once more.

* Duchy Committee of Management, 2009:

Mrs. Linda Collins: Chairman/Hon. Tournament Secretary;

Mr. David Burgess: Hon. Tournament Referee;

Mr. Paul Martin: Hon. Treasurer;

Mr. Paul Collins: Tournament Co-ordinator/Hall Manager;

Mr. John Tresidder: Press/PR Officer.

* Linda, the Chief, looking forward to another exhilarating weekend:

Linda Collins, the diligent and enthusiastic Chairman and Tournament Secretary of Event, who has been in post since 1988, comments: “We look forward to One & All calling into the Carn Brea Hall, over the weekend, where one will be made most welcome, as usual, to witness, some very exciting badminton, indeed, undoubtedly.”

Finally, the comprehensive review/results, will be published in the Cornish & Devon Press, as well as being posted on the Cornwall Badminton Website: - in the week following the Tournament.

Monday 29 June 2009

09/10 season

The 09/10 season is approaching rapidly.

Keep checking back for updates.

Sunday 22 March 2009

Under 21 Triangular Tournament

Cornwall hosted the first triangular under 21 Badminton Tournament between Avon, Devon and the host County last Sunday 15th March. It was a marvellous event where 30 young men and women fought 3 hard and competitive games.

The first match between Devon and Cornwall saw some very tight play with several rubbers going to three ends. Both the Cornish Girls Emily James and Clare Whitmore pulled out all the stops, showing why they are up and coming strong senior County Players winning both their rubbers Devon eventually pulled away winning the close fought battle 8 rubbers to 2. Then Cornwall had a well earned rest, whilst Devon took on the might of Avon, with again Devon eventually grinding out a well deserved tournament win again 8 rubbers to 2. This left Avon and Cornwall to play for pride but eventual Avon over powered Cornwall 7 rubbers to 3.

Players came back to represent their Counties from as far afield as Oxford and Bristol. It was a day of top quality badminton hosted at Launceston College and was excellent preparation for the National Finals being played in mid April, where once again these counties will battle against each other, proving the South West has some of the best up and coming badminton players around.

Andy Lyle & Steve Glasson

Under 21's Managers

Sunday 1 February 2009

Cornwall U15’s vs Wiltshire U15’s

25th January 09 - Tregorrick Park, St Austell

The team was:
Ben Cooper (Ponsanooth)
Imogen Powell (Helston)
Lee Chapple (Penzance)
Bethany Wotton (Leedstown)
Tony Marshall (Bude)
Charlotte Somerville (Gorran)
Kris Jasper (Launceston)
Emma Higson (Padstow)
Chris Grout (Launceston)
Abigail Logg (Launceston)
Jack Kendall (Ponsanooth)
Bethany Rich* (Penzance)
Kynan Clarke (St Austell)
Hannah Robertson (Callington)
Sam Spencer (Ponsanooth)

*denotes a first cap

This was the first home match of the season and we welcomed Wiltshire’s U15 team to Tregorrick Park, St Austell. The Cornish team were very upbeat after some excellent performances at the County Championships two weeks previously. This positive mood showed as the boys won the singles 5 – 1, with an excellent debut singles for Chris Grout winning in three close ends. The girls also played well winning 4 – 2. Bethany Rich recovered well after a nervous start to win in two ends on her first time in the team.

Cornwall 9 – Wiltshire 3

In the doubles Cornwall again were dominant. The boys number 1 pair, Lee and Tony, took all 3 games. The Cornish second pair (Ben & Sam) and the third pair (Chris Grout & Kynan) took two games apiece, losing only to the Wiltshire first pair in very close games. The girls, however, exceeded all expectations and won all 9 games. Our third pair Abigail and Hannah, a scratch partnership, beat the Wiltshire first pair in two ends. Charlotte & Emma had to come through two difficult 3 end games.

Cornwall 25 – Wiltshire 5

By the mixed Cornwall had already won the match and they were all able to relax and play with great confidence. Cornwall were dominant again and won 5 – 1. Lee & Beth Wotton playing at number one played exceptionally well and took their 2 ends very comfortably. To finish the match off was a great 3 end game. Wiltshire took the first end 20-22, then Cornwall (Sam & Emma) fought back in style and showing that new found confidence and belief to take the next 2 ends 21-8, 21-8.

The whole team played with great spirit and, as the match developed, with belief. They are reaping the rewards of all their hard work and training over the last few months with James Elkin. Team managers Kath Wotton and Sue Cooper are very proud of all the players and we are looking forward to the next match against Devon on 8th February at Penryn College.

Many thanks to all the parents for their help and support on the day.

Monday 26 January 2009

Under 11 Inaugural Match

"CORNWALL UNDER 11s start the long road to success on the 25th January 2009"

Marks this date down in your badminton diaries....................

Cornwall Youth Badminton with the continued support of Dairy Crest Davidstow finally achieved their long awaited ambition of fielding an Under 11 County Team against South West opposition on Sunday 25th Janaury 2009 at Brixham.
The Duchy youngsters took on the seasoned players of Devon who have developed their own squad over the past 5 years.
To put this match in perspective 4 cornish players have only been playing since Sept 2008,the majority for 12 months and one player 2 years.


Sam Laity. Alverton Primary School Pz/ Mounts Bay JBC
Jason Chan. St Hilary Primary School/ Mounts Bay JBC
Danny Warne. St Catherines Cof E Primary School/Launceston JBC
Alex Julian. Kennal Vale Primary School Penryn/Saracens JBC
Tyler Sillifant. St Catherines Cof E Primary School/Launceston JBC
Mawgan Petersen. Newlyn Primary School/Mounts Bay JBC
Ollie Cavill. Mabe Primary School/Penryn Saracens JBC

Anna Mitchell. Penryn Junior School/Penryn Saracens JBC
Rosa Higgs. Leedstown Primary School/Mounts Bay JBC
Jessica Gabriel.Mabe Primary School/Penryn Saracens JBC
Cara Thompson. Mabe Primary School/Penryn Saracens JBC
Shauna Payne. Pensans Primary School/Mounts Bay JBC
Ellie Holstart. Pensans Primary School/Mounts Bay JBC
Kerri Sims.Pensans Primary School/Mounts Bay JBC
Megan Whitbread-Jordan. Stithians Primary School/Penryn Saracens JBC

The match consisted of singles doubles and mixed with each player playing a minimum of 5 matches over the 5 hour period. All games were to 21,with extended play and 3 ends where required.

Sam lead the line at number one and played a fantastic match losing 21-18 21-15 to an established U13 player.
Anna took the pressure for the girls and although losing played with great spirit and determination. All singles games were hard fought. Notable results by Cara who lost narrowly 21-15 21-15 at number 4 and Danny who was pipped 21-19 in the second end at number 3.
The Duchy recorded two fines victories with Mawgan dominating his opponent at 6 winning 21-12 21-12 and Jessica a revelation at number 3 winning 21-9 and with great concentration 23-21 a brilliant win by both players.

In the doubles all the boys pairings achieved respectable scores with Sam and Jason going close in their second game 21-17 21-17 playing at number one.
The girls excelled with magnificent 3 enders by Anna and Cara playing at number one against the Devon number two and three pairings. The girls working well as a pair with great determination and tenacity took their opponents right to the wire in each of these two matches.Both three ends with great rallies and tactical play.
Rosa and Shauna playing at number two narrowly missed out against the Devon number 3s losing the second end 22-20.
All girls were strong on determination and support for each other.

The mixed finished with one end to 15 points. Sam and Cara were so close going down at number one 15-14-what game... Danny and Anna , Alex and Rosa and Mawgan and Ellie all finished on double figures in their mixed matches.

All players performed magnificently and wore their county shirts with pride supporting their team mates continually throughout the match.
Final result 48-2 to Devon but more importantly our players were a great credit to themselves and played with a high degree of sportsmanship and never gave less than 100 % effort.
It is planned that CYB will now enter the South West Counties Under 11 league in 2009/10 season when a formalised under 11 squad has been agreed.

Team Managers Liz Laity.Kerry Sillifant.Jon Wotton.
Match Coach Phil Lyle ( U17 Team Capt )

Special Thanks to Umpires: Andrew Thompson,Keith Julian,Claire Petersen,Alison Higgs,Mark Whitbread-Jordan.
This was a "team effort" by all players/parents/helpers on the day.

A Final Thanks to Mr Martin Higgs Headteacher at Pensans Primary school,Mr Ben Isley Headteacher and Andrew Thompson at Mabe Primary,Tom and Phil Lyle who coach at Launceston College, and Ros Bastain Assistant Headteacher at Penryn College.
Without these peoples support and commitment over the last 12 months where close links have been made with primary schools and colleges,none of our children would not have had the coaching and mentoring required to represent the County.
A strong base has now been achieved from which it is intended that 25/1/9 is only the beginning of a bright future for all players at this age group from across the county.

Jon W.

Sunday 18 January 2009


Cornwall U17s travelled to Gloucester on Sunday 18th through snow and wind to arrive for a 12 midday South West Counties U17 match against Gloucs.
The Team were looking to gain their first win of the season and on the back of a strong performance against Dorset just before Christmas were ready for the challenge.
The team welcomed two debutants in Imogen Powell returning to the county scene after a 3 month injury layoff and David Collard who after two inspired performances in the recent Kerrier Junior Tournament and last weekends county championships gained his first ever start for the Duchy.

Team ;

Ross Lashbrook Launceston College
Patrick Davis Launceston College
Phil Lyle (Capt) Launceston College
Huw Vicary Truro College
James Payne Callington School
David Collard Callington College

Bronwen Wotton (Capt) Truro College
Lorna Garbett Callington College
Sofia Ziajka Callington College
Imogen Powell Truro School
Bethany Wotton Hayle School
Daphne Luke Mounts Bay School
Eve Robertson Callington School

The match started with 5 games of singles Ross taking on Jake Wyatt at number one. Jake a top flight player being ranked no 4 in the country at the end of the 2007/8 season.Ross fought well but was overpowered by fantastic forehand and backhand smashes and alround racket skills. Score 21-15 21-12 to Jake.

In the boys Huw had a brillaint win at number 4 coming from behind to win in 3 ends.David was inspirational in his singles at number 6 wearing his opponent down and taking his first county match in two ends.

The girls were a revelation all 6 players winning with notable wins by Lorna at number 2,Imogen winning at 3 on her return to the fold,Bethany winning her first singles match of the season at 4 and Daphne making it two wins from her last two singles matches.Eve continued her great performance against Dorset with a strong win in two ends at 6.

Score singles Cornwall 8-Gloucs 4.

In the doubles the girls led the line with three wins for Bronwen and Lorna and two a piece for Beth and Imogen and Sofia and Daphne.
The boys took 5 games with a great 3 ender at number one with Ross and Patrick running Wyatt and partner very close.James partnering his school friend David won well at number 3 and took the number two Gloucs pair to three close end. Phil and Huw saved two match points in their match against the number two pair and ran out winners in the third end,winning two of their three matches.

Score doubles Cornwall 12 Glous 6.

With victory assured the Duchy turned on the style in the mixed.
The boys taking the attack to the opposition with wins by Lorna and James at two,Beth and Patrick at 3, Eve and Huw at 5 and Daphne and David at 6 all in two ends. Sofia and Phil narrowly missed out at 4 going down 21-19 21-19.
The final match was a facinating high quality battle between Ross and Bron against Wyatt and Mills. Wyatt turned on the pressure bringing out the best in all players. Gloucs took the first end 27-25. In the second end the county champions took the attack to the opposition with tight net play and patient rallies.The pressure mounted but took the second end 22-20.
The match was entralling for all spectators as both sets of players sat and watched the match unfold. In the final end the Duchy changed 11-10 up and at 14-14 took a lead which they held after some nerve racking rallies.
The final end going their way 21-14.
A great game to finish off a well fought match.
The game was high on sportsmanship on both sides.

This win puts the Duchy back on track to move up the South West Counties Table in their remaining fixtures.Their next match is against Wiltshire in 4 weeks time.
Final Score 25-11.

T/Managers. Lester Lashbrook/ Jon Wotton.

Thursday 15 January 2009


The U15 County Championships were held at the fantastic new badminton venue, Penryn College on Saturday 10th January. There were 39 entrants with a good number of girls, 17 in all. This all made for an excellent days badminton with outstanding performances from many of the players from across the county.

Boys Singles
The experienced Ben Cooper (Penryn College) took on new boy Kris Jasper (Launceston). In an exciting final where Ben threw everything he had at the talented and composed Kris it was the experience and determination that came through with Ben winning 21-17, 21-16.

Girls Singles
The much improved Bethany Wotton (Leedstown) competed with Imogen Powell (Helston), recently returned from injury. It was a close contest with Imogen coming from behind to win 21-17, 21-19.

Boys doubles
After coming through some tough matches in their boxes the finalists were Ben Cooper & Sam Spencer (Penryn College) and Lee Chapple (Mounts Bay) & Tony Marshall (Bude). In one of the best matches of the day, which went to three ends, there was some excellent doubles play. Ben & Sam won the first end 21-18, then Lee & Tony came back strongly to take the second 21-6. The third end changed lead several times then after saving match point Lee & Tony went on to win 23-21.

Girls Doubles
Another exciting three end match between Charlotte Somerville (Gorran) & Corinna Garbett (Liskeard) and Emma Higson ( Padstow) & Stacey Pascoe (St Day). Despite the strength and experience of Charlotte & Corinna it was the younger pairing of Stacey & Emma who showed great fighting spirit to win the match 21-18, 17-21, 21-18.

Mixed Doubles
The final event of the day also went to three ends. Lee Chapple & Bethany Wotton took on Ben Cooper & Imogen Powell in the final. In a close first end Lee & Bethany took it 23-21, Ben & Imogen fought bach and won the second 21-18. In the third the experience of the counties top U15 mixed pair, Lee & Beth, came through and won the third 21-10.

The strength and depth across the U15 age group is evident in the eleven different finalists and seven different winners. Well done to all the players who entered and thanks must go to Tony Poole who was referee for the day. Also to all those who helped in the running of the tournament, Phil & Maria Chapple, Kath & Jon Wotton, Sue Cooper, Tracey Grout and all the parents who came to support.

Monday 12 January 2009


Cornwall U17s travelled from across the county to the fantastic new sports hall at Penryn College on Sunday 11th January to compete in the 2009 Dairy Crest County Championships.
There was a strong field from across both U17 and U15 age groups,with the U15 players putting considerable pressure on their elder peers throughout the day.
A field of some 40 players reflected the growing strength of numbers and quality which is now widespread across Cornwall.

Results ;

Boys Singles Ross Lashbrook v Patrick Davis both Launceston College.
Winner Ross 24-22 21-10.
A fantastic final with Patrick dominating the opening stages taking an early 9-3 lead.Ross held on and a nail biting ending with great rallies resulted in Ross taking the first end. Patrick was unable to dominate in the second and Ross powered to victory.The match was played in a great spirit with both players close friends and long term doubles partners.

Girls Singles Bronwen Wotton Truro College v Jo Philp Truro School
Winner Jo 21-12 21-8.
Jo defeated Bronwen in two ends with powerful play.

Boys Doubles Ross-Patrick v James Payne Callington School and Trevelyan Greenhall Helston College.
Winners Ross-Patrick 21-10 21-8.
Ross and Patrick took the game to their opponents and were ruthless in their attack taking every opportunity to put James and TJ under pressure. Quality serving and a sheer determination to dictate the rallies resulted in a strong performance.James is the shinning light of the new group of players who entered the U17s this season and will no doubt be back in the finals next year.TJ should take pride fronm achieving a finals place having worked tirelessly since his arrival on the county scene 12 months ago.

Girls Doubles.
Round Robin.
Winners Bethany Wotton Hayle School,Imogen Powell Truro School 63 points
Runners Up Bronwen Wotton and Lorna Garbett Callington College 61 points.
A major upset with possibly a changing of the guard as Beth and Imogen continue to progress.In the deciding game the youngsters (both U15s) clawed their way back into contention and with great attacking play and defence defeated the favourites.

Mixed Doubles.
Ross and Bronwen v Tony Marshall ( Bude) and Jo Philp
Winners Ros and Bronwen 21-10 21-9.
A ruthless display of clinical mixed doubles tactics by the seasoned number one pair in the U17s.Ross targetting the younger player and Jo who were both unable to match the oppositions experience and expertise in this discipline.

Referee Tony Poole.

Trophies were presented throughout the day by Tony Poole CYB founding member and Cornwall County Badminton Association vice chair.

Sincere thanks to Ros Bastian Director of Sport at Penryn College for a fantastic venue and making all players and spectators welcome.

At the conculsion of the Championships Dairy Crest Davidstow announced on monday their continued sponsorship of Cornwall Youth Badminton with a futher generous donation of £250 to support the U17 Harrod Inter Counties Tournament Team ,as they compete against the very best players from across the country at Nottingham University in early April. All players for the third year will wear sponsored shirts proudly promoting both Dairy Crest Davidstow and Cornwall Youth Badminton on the National Stage.


U21 Restricted Tournament

Cornwall Badminton goes from strength to strength……

After a 5 year break, Cornwall County Badminton Association held an under 21’s closed tournament at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell. The tournament attracted entries from all parts of Cornwall, with Dan Mott from Camborne returning from University to participate and picking up the singles title, beating Dan Johnson in a thrilling final.

Dan then partnered up with Rob Newlands reaching the final once more, only to take on Tom Lyle (from Launceston) and Chris Glasson (from Camborne), a partnership that has been together from the Cornwall Youth Badminton. Chris and Tom went on to win the final.

An old rivalry between Claire Whitmore (Truro) and Emily James (Falmouth) continued as both players reached the final, with Emily eventually winning a hard fought final. Emily and Claire then partnered up and won an exciting box with Kathryn Collard and Anna Pascoe (both from Callington) coming a close second losing by 1 point.

The mixed doubles saw Tom partnering up with Emily to take on Chris who partnered Claire and once again it was a game of high standard with Tom and Emily eventually winning. Jenny Marchant Chair of Cornwall Badminton was tournament referee and presented the winners with their trophies.

The tournament was the last opportunity for the under 21’s Team Managers Steve Glasson and Andy Lyle to see players before selecting the team to represent Cornwall at The National Under 21’s Tournament in April. This will be the first time for many years the County will be represented at this high profile tournament.

Steve Glasson commented ‘it was wonderful to see such high level badminton being played and I am looking forward to taking a strong team to The National Finals’.

Note: The team is without sponsors for the event and anyone who might be interested in sponsoring the team should contact Andy Lyle 01566779123.