Monday 12 January 2009

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.