BADMINTON: 27TH DUCHY “OPEN” IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT AROUND 100 COMPETITORS
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.
GRAPHIC SOLUTIONS - www.graphicsols.com - the Computer Company, from Farnborough, Hampshire, together with Exeter’s TAG SPORTS - www.tagsports.co.uk, 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:
www.badmintonengland.co.uk and the Cornwall Badminton Website:www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk (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.
JOHANNA PHILP, THE LADIES'' SINGLES "PLATE" RUNNER-UP, PICTURED WITH MIKE AVERY, THE COUNTY PRESIDENT, AT CARN BREA, LAST SEPTEMBER.
JAMES WHETTER, THE MEN'S SINGLES PLATE RUNNER-UP, PICTURED AT CARN BREA, LAST SEPTEMBER, WITH PAULINE AVERY, A FORMER COUNTY SECRETARY.
* 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: www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk - in the week following the Tournament.