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.