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.