Tuesday 28 December 2010


Following their success at Swindon last season by winning Division 1 of the Yehlex inter-county tournament, the Cornwall over 60’s team have gained promotion to the Premiership.

Over the weekend of 8th and 9th January they will be competing at Hatfield in Hertfordshire against Lancashire, Kent, Avon and Hampshire on the Saturday and against Leicestershire followed by Yorkshire on the Sunday.

It is unfortunate that their No 1 lady, Chris Marr is unavailable to play due to a vacation in South Africa, but the team captain Brian Hannibal is delighted that Pauline Avery of Bodmin has stepped into the side.

Team:- Brian Hannibal, Tony Roberts, Mike Nancekivell, Phil Oland, Celia Hillman, Pat Edwards, Vera Nancekivell and Pauline Avery.

Monday 6 December 2010



Cornwall Youth Badminton hosted their first ever Badminton England National Tournament on Saturday 4th December at Penryn College.

The College provided their fantastic new 6 court hall and opened all their amenities for the day. Cornwall Youth Badminton's sponsors “Dairy Crest Davidstow” provided their continued support through prize donations and publicity at the event.
A total of 54 players travelled from across Cornwall, Devon ,Somerset and Yorkshire to compete for medals.

There was a great entry of 12 players from the local College Penryn Saracens Club, and Local Clubs at Mounts Bay and First Edition also ensured a good turn out of Cornish talent. A full entry from the County U13 squad and a good number of County U11 players pitted their skills against their out of County opponents. Particular great performances from Kellan Moore Cornwall U13s rising star who defeated a nationally higher ranked player from Yorkshire in the singles final and with her club team mate Amy Polglase took a second gold medal winning the girls doubles final.

There were a total of 18 National medals awarded in the disciplines of Boys and Girls singles and doubles. The County took 14 medals 5 of them Gold as winners in the Boys doubles, Girls singles and doubles.

Full list of results ;
Girls Singles
Winner-Kellan Moore First Edition BC (Camborne)
Runner Up-Amy Jones Yorkshire
Semi finalists
Billie Wood Truro School
Amy Polglase First Edition BC

Boys Singles
Winner –William Fryer Devon
Runner Up-Tom Reddaway Somerset
Semi finalist
Alex Julian Penryn Saracens BC
Tyler Sillifant Launceston

Girls Doubles
Winners- Kellan Moore Amy Polglase First Edition BC
Runner Ups-Jenna White Penryn Saracens BC Amy Jones Yorkshire

Boys Doubles
Winners-Alex Julian Penryn Saracens BC Sam Laity Mounts Bay BC
Runners Up-Jason Chan Mounts Bay BC Milo Semoilin Roseland School
Semifinalists Ollie Cavill Penryn Saracens BC Tyer Sillifant Launceston

Mrs Ros Bastian, Assitant Headteacher, and Director of Community Sport at Penryn opened the event and presented medals to players during the course of the tournament.



It is intended to ensure this tournament now remains a permanent fixture within the Badminton England Calender.

Thursday 2 December 2010

Mount's Bay Club

Badminton England's Club of the month for December is Mount's Bay. (Club Website)

You can read the article here...

Badminton England Club of the Month

Sunday 14 November 2010

Bronze medals at Warwick Bronze

Ten Cornish U17 players made the long journey to Warwick to take part in the Warwick U17 Bronze tournament on the 13th November. There were 86 boys and 47 girls taking part throughout the day. The Cornish players were: Abi Logg, Beth Wotton, Chris Cooper, Chris Grout, Kris Jasper, Christian Jasper, Kynan Clarke, Tony Marshall, James Gallagher & Sam Spencer

In the boys doubles Kris & Christian Jasper were the only Cornish pair to come through their box. They won their next match 24-22 only to be knocked out in the semi-final by the eventual winners.

In the singles all 10 players won at least one game in the group stages. Kris Jasper and Sam Spencer both won their boxes comfortably. Kris lost in the last 16 to a player from Middlesex 21-17. Sam made it to the quarter finals where he came from 15-19 down to win 21-19 to beat a Staffordshire player. In the semis he went down to the Wiltshire number 1 in a fantastic game 21-19.

Then followed the long trip home.

Well done to Sam, Kris & Christian and all the players who took part.

Kris & Christian


Tuesday 9 November 2010

Duchy Doubles Delight

It was a superb display of Level doubles at its best that overwhelmed the Dorset badminton team on their home turf. The Cornish 1st team travellers took the match 8-7 and bagged an important 2 points to begin their 2010/11 campaign.

Captain and coach Kelvin Edwards gave the team an initial boost with a superb win over the Dorset singles number 1 in straight sets.
“I just kept it simple and hit the corners” remarked Kelvin.

The men’s doubles was a master class in attacking play; James Whetter and Guy Michell were never really troubled in both their contests and clearly showed their authority as a well established pair. Their counter hitting and ability to turn defence into attack was just too much for any of the Dorset pairs. Not to be out done the new pairing of Tom Lyle and Ross Lashbrook also proved to be too strong for the home side.

“I am sure these two pairs will have to play each other in the restricted tournament next year, and that is a contest worth booking your seat for now” commented Kelvin.

The ladies doubles were shared with Jo Philip and Rachel Irish winning in three sets against the Dorset first pair and, Bron Wotton and Jan Santillo winning in three sets against the seconds. Both pairs should great determination to win through.

Unusually, the mixed doubles faired against the Duchy side, with only James and Jo winning through. The other pairs did all lose in three sets which shows that the fitness training of late has paid off.

“The whole team did complain of feeling “flabby” before pre season training commenced” reported Guy “But we have all worked so incredibly hard in training and this result sends out warning signs to the other counties in the group.”

Cornwall’s next match is at home, Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on Sunday 28th November against Somerset. Match starts at 1pm, admission is free so why not go and support the team for what looks like a successful season.

Monday 8 November 2010


Following their 7-5 success against Dorset away earlier in the season, Cornwall over 60's winning ways continued on Sunday 7th November with a convincing 10-2 win over Somerset at Yeovil.

Their 'I have a bad cold' captain Brian played well with Phil Oland to win both their mens, while the pairing of Tony Roberts and Mike Nancekivell lost to the Somerset No 1 pair.

However the ladies of Chris, Vera, Pat and Celia all played well to win all of their matches in convincing style.

Cornwall went on to take three of the four mixed with 'under the weather' Brian just loosing in a three ender with Celia.

Away to title contenders Wiltshire at Melksham in six weeks time are their next opponents, so it is hoped that their winning ways will continue.

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Get Active Cornwall

The Get Active Cornwall website is featuring badminton as it's activity of the month. Go here to see full details:


Sunday 17 October 2010

A Bonanza of Badminton in Penryn

An excellent day’s badminton for nearly 60 players from all over Cornwall and Plymouth took place in Penryn College’s impressive sports hall on Saturday 16th October.

The event, promoted and run by Cornwall County Badminton Association, was for social and league players to have a chance to play competitively in a tournament against new opponents, and it was a great success.

Tim Jones, Badminton England’s Regional Development Officer, was on hand to thank everyone, and to encourage local players to attend a meeting on 25th October at 7pm in Penryn, to discuss setting up a new league club to promote badminton in the Falmouth and Penryn area.

Winners and Runners up of the Bonanza –

Mens social singles winner – Dominic Thomas, runner up – Martin Penney
Mens league singles winner – Ryan Lambourne, runner up - Trevelyan Searle
Mens social doubles winners – Mike Ezra and Mark Griffiths, runners up – Andy Long and Bob Birch
Mens league doubles winners – Simtak Yau and Mike Finch, runners up Trev Searle and Alex Smith
Ladies social doubles winners – Zelda Bennett and Marnie Boston
Runners up – Alison Turpie and Dee Frost
Ladies league doubles winners – Celia Hillman and Pat Edwards
Runners up - Tracy Watkinson and Bev Grant
Mixed social doubles winners – Keith Wingett and Sarah Catterall
Runners up - Mike Ezra and Joan Bontoft
Mixed league doubles winners – Alex Smith and Wendy Smith
Runners up – Adrian Brown and Bev Grant


The Newquay Cup is an annual mixed doubles tournament. The tournament is handicapped, meaning it is suitable for players of all standards, from club to county level.

The tournament has been traditionally open only to the Mid-Cornwall league players, but the event this year is now open to all who play in the West Cornwall league as well.

The Newquay Cup will be held at 1pm on Saturday 13th November, at Newquay Sports Centre.

Entry forms are available from the download panel to the right of this article, and the closing date is 11th November.

Saturday 2 October 2010


Cornwall Badminton – County Championships review, September 2010

The new season’s restricted championships, recently held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell, saw 56 players from all over Cornwall entertain the crowds with some exciting, nail-biting badminton.

Over half of the players came from Cornwall Youth Badminton, showing their skills and commitment to their older counterparts, and indicating how healthy the Cornish game is.

The mens singles draw was a close fought affair, with 2 seeds, Guy Michell and Lee Bottrill, losing to Ross Lashbrook and Shane Maton, in 2 thrilling, long games. Lashbrook went on to push the top seed, and defending champion, Kelvin Edwards close before losing in the semis. The final lived up to its promise, with James Whetter, Cornwall’s number 2, attempting to regain the crown he’d held for many years back from Edwards. There was little to choose between them, as they held a game each going into the final end, before Edward’s consistency paid off as he finally won 21-19, retaining his champion status.

In the ladies, Jo Philp dominated the singles, beating Emily James in a repeat of the previous year, with the same result of Jo remaining county champion.
Jo then went on to win the ladies doubles, with her partner Rachel Irish, as top seeds comfortably seeing off the challenge of Emily James and Bronwen Wotton in the final.

For the mens doubles, no-one could match the power of Whetter and Michell, as they cruised to victory over Edwards and Tom Lyle, winning back the title they had lost last year.

The mixed doubles saw an upset with seeds Lyle/James beaten by Julian Cooper and Eve Robertson in the quarter finals, but they were no match for Edwards and Wotton who went on to the final. They met Whetter/Philp who had narrowly beaten Lashbrook and Jan Santillo in an exciting semi final. The last final of the day gave another victory for Edwards, with Bron Wotton edging out Whetter/Philp.

Winners of the plate competitions were:

Mens singles – Kris Jasper
Ladies singles – Daphne Luke
Mens doubles – Mike Finch/Tom Armstrong
Ladies doubles – Jan Santillo/Lorna Garbett
Mixed doubles – Dave Harrington/Tamsin Woodroffe

Trophies were presented by Tony Poole, Cornwall Badminton Association’s Chairman.
More details and fixtures of county matches coming up, are available on www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk

Friday 24 September 2010


Johanna Philp receives the 'Best Cornish Player' award from Linda Collins, Chairman/Hon. Tournament Secretary (Photo:matesca)

Rachel and Chris take the Singles title’s at this year’s Cornwall Open.

Yet another memorable and successful weekend was experienced at the Duchy of Cornwall 28th “Open” Badminton Championships. There was a record entry of 132 representing 21 Counties, for the Tournament, which was staged at its usual venue, Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Redruth, over the Weekend of September 18/19.

The first day’s play saw England’s number three ranked lady Rachel Howard of Hertfordshire seeded No. 1 for this Championships lift her first Cornwall Title by overcoming Hampshire’s Jo Dix in two very closely contested games. Soon afterwards Chris Hotchen of Gloucestershire lifted the Men’s Singles Trophy by outplaying Ben Muir of Hampshire in two straight sets. This was particularly pleasing win for Chris as he was the runner up at last year’s Open.

The Event, was celebrating its first year as a BADMINTON England “Silver” Ranking Tournament, (previously recognised as the Satellite series) with the prize-fund set at £1,260.

Main Sponsors:

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, once again were 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 sponsors, of the Championships, which are known as one of the most popular on the English Badminton Circuit.

The Championships had for the time an official photographer – Matt Allen of Matesca Photography who was extremely busy - capturing the winners and runner’s up being presented with their trophies and awards and also taking various action shots during the two day event.

Day One, the singles events:

In the Ladies’ Singles, Rachel Howard was successful with a straight sets win over Jo Dix, 21/9 21/18

Meanwhile, Chris Hotchen lifted the Men’s Singles Trophy by beating Ben Muir 21/9 21/14.

Day two saw James Lauder and Elena Johnson lift the Mixed Doubles trophy by beating Devon’s Mark Trebble and Betty Blair in a very tightly contested match.

In the Ladies Doubles event, the trophy was lifted by Tournament regulars Sarah Burgess and Kelly Holdway of Hampshire who beat Elena Johnson and Kate Lester of Middlesex in the final.

The final event of the Championships, the Mens Doubles Final was thoroughly enjoyed by the spectators which was extremely competitive and of a high national standard. The eventual winners were Michael Whitehouse of Berkshire and Will Hilton-Jackson of Sussex who beat Keith Cuncarr and David Edgar of Lancashire in three very tight games.

Special Awards:

In the Special Awards, David Edgar (Lancashire) was the popular recipient of the Sporting Spirit Trophy, with Johanna Philp (Port Isaac) voted the Best Cornish Player by the Committee.

David on the referee’s console:

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

Duchy Committee of Management, 2010:

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;

Linda Collins expresses her thanks to the following for the most successful weekend:

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

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




Jo Dix (Hampshire) bt Betty Blair (Devon) 21/16 21/14

Rachel Howard (Hertfordshire) bt Vikki Jones (Mid Glamorgan) 21/11 21/10


R. Howard bt J Dix 21/9 21/18



Chris Hotchen (Gloucestershire) bt Daryl Jacobs (Middlesex) 9/2 Retd.

Ben Muir (Hampshire) bt Ben Tier (Hampshire) 17/21 21/19 21/15


C. Hotchen (Gloucestershire) bt B. Muir (Hampshire) 21/6 21/14



Sarah Burgess & Kelly Holdway (Hants) bt Anna Showan (Hampshire) & Johanna Philp (Cornwall) 21/5 21/11

Elana Johnson (Middlesex) and Kate Lester (Middlesex) bt Kate Shuttleworth (Oxfordshire) and Rachel Irish (Cornwall) 21/19 21/9


S Burgess and K. Holdway (Hampshire) bt E. Johnson and K. Lester (Middlesex) 24/22 21/15



Keith Cuncarr and David Edgar (Lancashire) bt Daryl and Steven Jacobs (Middlesex) 21/7 21/9

Michael Whitehouse (Berkshire) and Will Hilton-Jackson (Sussex) bt Andy Penn and John Hepworth (Hampshire) 21/16 21/16


M. Whitehouse (Berkshire) & W. Hilton-Jackson (Sussex) bt K. Cuncarr and D. Edgar (Lancashire)16/21 21/15 21/17



James Lauder (Worcestershire)and Elena Johnson (Middlesex) bt Andy Penn and Kelly Holdway (Hampshire) 17/21 21/17 21/17

Mark Trebble and Betty Blair (Devon) bt John Hepworth and Sarah Burgess (Hampshire) 21/17 13/21 21/11

FINAL J. Lauder & E. Johnson bt M. Trebble & B. Blair 21/19 22/24 21/6




Helena Cable (Hampshire) bt Johanna Philp (Cornwall) 21/14

Amy Reddaway (Somerset) bt Abi Logg (Cornwall) 21/6


Amy Reddaway (Somerset) bt Helena Cable (Hampshire) 21/18



James Whetter (Cornwall) bt Russell Walker (Devon) 21/14

Tom Rowley (Devon) bt Josh Pearce (Cornwall) 21/18


Tom Rowley (Devon) bt James Whetter (Cornwall) 21/12



Rowan Despard and April Richards (Devon) bt Deborah and Karina Spencer-Smith (Hertfordshire) 21/17

Lorna Garbett and Bronwen Wotton (Cornwall) bt Sarah Nickels and Hannah Laidler (Devon) 21/14


Rowan Despard and April Richards (Devon) bt Lorna Garbett and Bronwen Wotton (Cornwall) 21/13



Julian Cooper and Shane Maton (Cornwall) bt Paul Kirby and Darren Goss (Cheshire) 21/18

Tom Rowley and Ben Watkins (Devon) bt Chris Glasson and Dan Mock (Cornwall) 21/13


Julian Cooper and Shane Maton (Cornwall) bt Tom Rowley and Ben Watkins (Devon) 21/12.

SPORTING SPIRIT AWARD: David Edgar (Lancashire)


Monday 20 September 2010



CORNWALL BADMINTON’S PAT HOLLANDS, MBE, from Reawla, Near Hayle, sadly passed away, in hospital, on August 26, 2010, aged 97 years.

Mrs. Hollands’ funeral service, was held at Penmount Crematorium, Nr. Truro, Cornwall, on September 3rd and attended by Family, Friends, including Cornwall Badminton officials, players and colleagues.

David Hunt, a friend and Master at Truro School, where she was a senior badminton coach in the past, read a moving eulogy, to “Mrs. Cornwall Badminton”.
Cornwall Badminton has lost a stalwart – one of the Country’s foremost county players, administrators and coaches, over a number of decades, who was devoted to her beloved game, as well as to a number of other sports, in past years.
Pat was also a true character – forthright and down-to-earth, and, at times controversial, but one of the most dedicated county administrators – and lovers of badminton – England has ever known.
Indeed, Cornish and English Badminton, will surely never witness the likes of her, including her unique energy, organizing ability and general pro-activeness again.

Pat’s “Goal” set in 2002:

Pat’s age of passing away – 97 years, is most significant, owing to it being only 26 months away from her ambition, to stand up and hit a few shuttlecocks on her beloved badminton court, when she reached her 100th landmark birthday.
She set this “Goal”, in 2002, when she reached 90 years, as a nonagenarian and played a game on court, at her Tecans Club, based at Pool School and Community College, Pool, Nr. Redruth.
What a great shame – nonetheless she can now challenge St. Peter to a game, in her Century Year.
Pat was also a top-flight performer, in a number of other Sports, including: Diving, Gymnastics and Netball and held the position of Cornwall County Netball Chairman, some time ago.
Indeed, she informed the writer that she dived from the upper-platform, at Plymouth Hoe.

She had been retired , for over thirty years, from Cornwall Technical College, on the Trevenson Campus, Pool, Near Redruth, where she was Head of Sport and PE for Girl Students, in a College with around: 8,000 on the “Books” – c. 3,000 full-timers and c. 5,000 part-timers, in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
On retiring, she Co-founded the Tecans Badminton Club (originated from: Cornwall Tech & Others), with Dutchy, her husband and was the Club Secretary, Coach and playing member, up until her death.

Love Affair with Dutchy, her husband and Badminton:

Pat lost her beloved Husband, Dutchy, in 2004 – another player/administrator, like herself. She missed his love and devotion, terribly, as well as his support and advice, in association, with her many sporting administrative and coaching duties.
Over the years, the couple were also enthusiastic, whilst tending their beautiful garden at their village home, which comprised; a lawned area, flower borders and a vegetable plot.
As well as being Truro School’s senior badminton coach, along with Ken McDonald, her assistant, she was the Honorary Secretary and Coach/Trainer, to the Cornwall Schools’ Badminton Association, ably assisted by Dutchy, Ken and other enthusiasts, for numerous years.
Pat had been a keen playing member for the Cornwall Badminton First Team (The “Chiefs”), and when the “All-England”, Open Badminton Championships were contested at London’s Wembley Arena (scheduled to be the 2012 Badminton Centre) and was known as the world’s premier event, she took part in the Ladies’ Singles qualifying competition, which was another honour.

Pat, the “Mother” of three prestigious Annual Badminton Tournaments within Cornwall:

· Mother and Co-founder of the Duchy of Cornwall “Open” Badminton Championships, based at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, Nr. Redruth, with the inaugural year being 1982.
· The Cornwall Schools’ Junior Invitation Badminton Tournament, where children travelled from all parts of England, including Darren Hall, from Essex, who secured several age-group titles, before going on to become number one in England and Europe.
· The West Cornwall Badminton League Championships, which started out in 1985 and developed into the Main Draw, as well as an Handicapped section, for Juniors, mainly.
Pat was the Duchy Open’s Tournament Secretary, from 1982 – 1987, the formative years and this year celebrates its 28th Tournament and is now a “Satellite” Ranking Tournament in its eleventh Year.
Furthermore, in the “Schools’ Open”, in Kernow, Mr. Eric Brown, from the England Schools Badminton Association – now incorporated with Badminton England – came down, to help out and provide support, from time-to-time, kindly.

“American” Tourneys prove to be “salad days” for many players:
Pat’s “Amercian”, Handicapped Badminton Tournaments were loved by One & All, in the West Cornwall Badminton League (WCBL), of which she was a tournament secretary, which boasted in excess of forty clubs in the 1970’s.
The writer, John, can vouch, fondly, for this exciting period, with admirable camaraderie, much in evidence – in the 1970’s and 1980’s, principally – which proved to be his and many others – “salad day” years.

Special Honors bestowed in 1998 and 2004:

In 1998, Pat was delighted to be bestowed with BADMINTON England’s Highest Honor, in respect of; Outstanding Services to Badminton in England, which was presented at the Annual County Dinner/Dance, at Newquay.
Six years on and this was followed by a prestigious MBE, Awarded for Services to Badminton in Cornwall, in the New Year’s Honors List in January 2004.
Mrs. Hollands was unable to travel to the Palace with the Queen, and Lady Mary Holborow, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, carried out the Investiture at Truro School, which was most appropriate.

Finally, Tony Poole and Lyndon Allen, the Chairman and Honorary Secretary for the Cornwall County Badminton Association, along with Badminton England, from their Milton Keynes Headquarters, together with the local badminton community, wish to convey their deepest sympathy and love to Pat’s Family, including her Sons, Martin and Peter Hollands and Daughter Anne.

John Tresidder
Cornwall County
Badminton Press &
Promotions Consultant,

Monday 13 September 2010

U13 Somerset Bronze

On Sunday 12th September 4 of Cornwalls U13 Squad travelled to Somerset to take part in the U13 Bronze. The players that went were Sam Laity, Tyler Sillifant, Kellen Moore and Amy Polglase.

In the singles Sam and Tyler were up against some tough opposition and didn’t manage to get through the group stage. However Amy came within a few points of progressing and Kellen won her box with a win against Sophie Laidler of Devon. In the semi finals she came up against the eventual winner Sophie Males (Dorset) and lost 12-21.

In the doubles again Sam & Tyler fought hard against strong opposition and lost two games and won one. Kellen and Amy played extremely well and were silver medallists, losing out to the Dorset pair of Sophie Males & Bernice Dore 19-21.

Monday 6 September 2010

'No Strings' Badminton

Cornwall Council leisure centres are getting ready to hold court with fun, friendly No Strings Badminton sessions - more info on the Cornwall Council website:


Saturday 28 August 2010

Mrs Pat Hollands, MBE

Sadly Tecans' club organiser, Mrs Pat Hollands, MBE, passed away this week. A funeral will be held at Penmount Crematorium on Friday 3rd September at 12.30pm.

Cornwall Restricted Championships

Entry forms were released today for the CCBA Cornwall Restricted Championships.

The tournament will be held on Friday 24th, and Sunday 26th September.

The closing date for entries is Friday September 17th and entry forms are available from the Cornwall Badminton website: www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk (see download panel on right)

Wednesday 25 August 2010

28th Duchy Open

The 28th Duchy Open championships will be held, as usual, at Carn Brea Leisure Centre on 18th/19th September. This year the prestigious tournament is part of Badminton England's new Silver Senior Circuit. As well as English National Ranking Points, circuit points will also be accrued toward the circuit finals.

The closing date for entries is Saturday September 4th and entry forms are available from the Cornwall Badminton Website: www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk (see download panel on right), and also the BADMINTON England Website: www.badmintonengland.co.uk

Tuesday 10 August 2010

2010 Penryn Badminton Bonanza Tournament

The Penryn Bonanza, promoted by Cornwall County Badminton Association is designed to encourage social and league players to play against different people in a competitive tournament.
Separate Social and League categories ensure that players do not feel they may be outclassed if entering.

The event will be held on 16th October from 10am – 4pm, at Penryn College, Poltisko Road, Penryn, TR10 8PZ.

Forms can be downloaded by clicking HERE , or from the download section on the right of the Cornwall Badminton website.

Wednesday 12 May 2010

Cornwall Youth Badminton AGM

Cornwall Youth Badminton are holding their AGM on Tuesday 25th May at 7:30pm.
It will be held at the Chapel Rooms in Roche. All are welcome to attend.

Monday 10 May 2010


Cornwall County Badminton Association will be holding it's AGM this Wednesday 12th May.

As usual, the venue is the Dragon Centre, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, PL31 1DE, and the start time is 7.30pm.

Obituary - Graham Drew

Sadly one of Cornwall's most well-known players, Graham Drew, passed away this season.

A keen sportsman with an interest in a variety of sports, Graham was a gifted badminton player raised in the Helston area, though he moved away from Cornwall as a young man to Surrey to commence a career in banking.

Eventually he moved into teaching, where he used his banking knowledge to introduce his pupils to the importance of taking care of personal finances, which many must have come to appreciate later in their own lives.

Teaching brought him back to Cornwall and he soon re-established himself into the local badminton scene and represented Helston club; the Drew brothers Peter, Tony and Graham became feared opponents on-court, helping to promote Helston club as a force to be reckoned with.

In time he was to move to the Newquay area and play with the club there, eventually marrying fellow club member Rosie Sylvestre and setting up home together in Newquay.

There are many young players in that area who came to value Grahams help as a coach in honing their court craft.

Perhaps his most valuable contribution to Cornish badminton was his service as County Chairman in the early years of this century, presiding over the bold initiative to appoint a Development Officer, a move which can now be seen as instrumental in reviving the fortunes of the sport by forging closer links with the established senior squads and the fast progressing junior side, with many young players now forming a crucial element of those senior teams.

A natural raconteur, Grahams witty and incisive addresses are the stuff of legend at annual county presentations; for this and his many other talents he will be missed.

Tuesday 27 April 2010

CYB Open Trials (U13/15/17)


(Please check age restrictions below)



10.00 – 12.00

12.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 16.00

COST - £2.00

Kath Wotton
TEL: 01736 850045
MOBILE: 07756 329150
EMAIL: kathwotton@tiscali.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE – Successful players from this Open Trial will be asked to take part in the CYB Invitation Trial on Sunday 16th May at Tregorrick Park



Wednesday 7 April 2010

Cornwall Under 21's Face Tournament Favourites in first Match!

Wearing their County Shirts Sponsored by Ginster’s, Cornwall band of players took on the might of the Irish in their opening match of The Inter County Championships at Hatfield. Showing no nerves Ross Lashbrook of Launceston along with Claire Whitmore of Truro steeped out on court to face Leinsters best. It was gutsy performances by the Cornish Youngsters but the Singles were won by Leinster in two ends, the only reward for their efforts was with Tom Lyle (Cpt) Launceston and Chris Glasson Camborne taking an end off the doubles pairing.

The following group stage saw Cornwall play against Hampshire and Essex, with Claire Whitmore and Bronwin Wotton winning both their Doubles, Tom Lyle and Chris Glasson winning one Doubles and Chris and Bronwin a mixed. The other matches were close but did not go the way of Cornwall.
On the second day Cornwall’s first Match was against Suffolk, with Clare and Bronwin winning in three ends whilst Tom playing with his brother Phil took to playing Doubles losing in a close fought match in the third end. Chris and Bron once again were a strong pairing also losing 21.19 in the third end, it was so close but in the greater scheme of things far away!

The final match of the tournament brought Cornwall against old rivals Wiltshire, with Wiltshire taking both singles, then Tom and Phil were put against rivals of years gone by and after a gutsy hard fought performance they came back to win in the third end 22.20 in favour of Cornwall. After the first mixed Chris and Bronwin lost in two close ends, it was down to Tom and Lorna Garbett Callington to produce a memorable performance winning 21.14 in the third end.

All in all Cornwall finished higher than last year coming joint 17 with Somerset, coming ahead of other local rivals Avon!

It was a tournament to remember with a lot of good for the Cornwall Squad to take away, the team was Cornish Through and Trough proud to wear their shirts. It was full of hope for the seasons ahead, with a core of good County players proud to represent their County.
The team would like to thank Ginster’s, First Edition Badminton and The East Cornwall League for their support during the season.

Chris Glasson (Camborne)
Gemma Cliffe (Liskeard)
Ross Lashbrook (Launceston)
Lorna Garbett (Callington)
Phil Lyle (Launceston)
Emily James (Falmouth)
Tom Lyle (Launceston) (Captain)
Bronwen Wotton (Hayle)
Dan Mock (Camborne)
Claire Whitmore (Truro)

Friday 26 March 2010

Success for Swinging Sixties at Swindon

The County over sixties team travelled to Swindon on the weekend of 20th/21st March to partake in the Yehlex Veterans Inter County Championship.

With Pat Edwards and Celia Hillman, two regular team ladies not available for this weekend it meant that for each match Cornwall would be commencing one game down.

Matches consisted of one ladies doubles, one men’s doubles and two mixed games played best of three ends. Counties from Isle of Wight, Avon, Sussex, Devon and Dorset were also competing.

Super Skip, Brian Hannibal decided to field similar men’s and mixed pairings to that which had a proven success in the league, so Mike Nancekivell partnered Tony Roberts while Chris Marr and Phil Oland teamed as No. 1 mixed with Brian Hannibal and Vera Nancekivell at No. 2.

Three matches were scheduled for Saturday followed by two on Sunday. The first on Saturday was against the Isle of Wight which Cornwall won 3-1. Despite winning their next match against Avon also 3-1, it was a much closer encounter with Vera and Brian only just winning their mixed in a close three ends. Sussex were the last opponents on Saturday, somewhat an unknown quantity as they do not play in the same league during the season. However Cornwall won both the mixed games, so all depended on the result of the mens. This turned out to be one of the closest and most crucial games of the weekend, where Mike and Tony came back strongly from loosing the first end to take the game in the third. Match won 3-1. Great days play by all, Captain happy!

The first opposition on Sunday were rivals Devon. After taking the mens, Chris and Phil had a tremendous three ends to clinch victory in their game of mixed. Unfortunately it was not a similar result for Vera and Brian who lost to a strong Devon pairing. This match was drawn 2 each. Cornwall then went into their last match against Dorset needing only 1 point to become overall winners. Brian then changed the pairings with Phil and himself playing mens with Chris Marr and Mike at first mixed and Vera with Tony playing No2. This change was most successful as a 3-1 victory was achieved.

Cornwall became the over 60’s South West champions by dropping only one point all weekend. Absolutely a great team effort, even more so without two ladies.

Cornwall II v IOW and Somerset III

The last weekend of the County campaign saw a strong Kernow team win back to back victories against the IOW on Sat 20th Mar and Somerset III on Sun 21st.
On the Saturday, everyone was happy to have Emily James temporarily back in the fold, and the singles went well, with 3 'C's in the score sheet boxes, going into the level doubles. The girls played well, taking all 4 rubbers. Unfortunately, even though there were a couple of hard fought 3 enders, the Cornish guys only managed to win one. Cornwall had already won the match going into the mixed, but it was gratifying to get 2 out of the last 3 elements under our belt, securing all 3 points and an excellent 10-5 match win.

Sunday saw only one change to the team from the previous day, with Tamsin Woodroffe being replaced by Lorna Riggs.
The visitors came with a strong team, and honours were even after the singles. The Kernow 'kings' fought hard and secured 3 out of the 4 level doubles disciplines, with the girls managing 1 win a piece.
The mixed would decide the match result. First blood went to Somerset in a nail biting 3 ender, however, the 2nd and 3rd Cornish pairings secured victories with a 'rabbit out of the hat' job by Dave and Lorna in a tense 3 ender that saw them lose the first one to 7!
A satisfying end to the weekend/season with a 9 - 6 win.

Team - Dave Harrington, Ross Lashbrook, Bob Bell, Chris Glasson, Phil Lyle, Emily James, Tamsin Woodroffe, Jan Santillo, Lynda Beer, Lorna Riggs

Overall position in the Division - a very very close second to the IOW.

A big well done to everyone who has played in the team this season (additional names below) and a special thank-you to Jan Santillo who always stepped up to the plate (and usually won) to fulfil our singles elements.

Squad players:
Lorna Garbett, Sue Biscoe, Josh Pearce, Gemma Cliffe, Tom Lyle,

Monday 15 March 2010


A total of 45 players from all over Cornwall, north Devon and Plymouth, had a successful, enjoyable afternoon’s badminton on Sunday, 14th March at Polkyth Leisure Centre in St Austell.

The event, promoted by Cornwall County Badminton Association and sponsored by Yehlex, was to encourage social and league players to play against different people in a competitive tournament.

Winners of the mens social doubles were Harry Attwater and Matt Hardy, with runners up Oliver Fernandes and Cameron Hawkes.

The combined ladies social and league winners were Dee Frost and Alison Turpie, and Zelda Bennett and Marnie Boston runners up (pictured top).

The mixed social doubles was won by Keith Wingett and Sarah Catterall, with runners up Stephen Saunders and Zelda Bennett.

Winners of the mens league doubles were Mike Finch and Matt Steele, and runners up Simon Leaworthy and Geoff Carter (pictured top).

Finally, the league mixed doubles was won by Simon Leaworthy and Gill Chave, narrow winners over Ryan Cambourne and Waine Parker.

Raffle prizes were kindly donated by Tony Pryce Sports.

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Cornwall Restricted Badminton 17-21’s Tournament

A marvelous 17-21’s tournament, sponsored by Ginster’s, was held at Launceston College, when players from all over Cornwall converged on this year’s venue.

The tournament this year was sponsored by Ginster’s who are also sponsoring the 17-21’s shirts for this years Inter County Championship held later this month in Hatfield.

The tournament was missing some of last years players who are now at University but welcomed players who last year played in the County under 17 team!

The Men’s singles was a well fought affair with Tom Lyle of Launceston eventually running out winner to Ross Lashbrook also of Launceston. The Men’s Doubles again saw Tom now playing with his brother Phil running out winners to Chris Glasson of Camborne and Will Pepworth of Bude. The Women’s singles was won by Claire Whitmore of Truro beating Bronwin Wotton of Hayle, the two of them then went on to beat Lorna Garbett of Callington and Gemma Cliffe of Liskeard.

The mixed doubles had to wait until Friday 5th due to time restrictions, when Ross joined forces with Bronwen who went on to win, with Phil and Claire being the runners up.

It was a tournament of some quality badminton being played by all and the trophies were presented by County Coach, Kelvin Edwards from Falmouth.


The over 60's team completed their eight match league campaign on Sunday 7th March with a convincing 8-4 win over rivals Devon at Torquay. Again they were leaderless as Brian was desperately needed for the 40's side at the same venue.

However, to more than make up for this loss, super-sub Bill Edgar again stepped into the side winning all of his games partnered by Mike in the mens and Pat Cass in the mixed, who was good enough to step in for the absent Chris Marr.

In the mens, Phil and Tony lost heavily to Devon's second pairing, but got it together in their second game to defeat the Devon first pairing in three ends. With Chris Marr away, Vera linked up with Celia and took both of their games, while the two Pats of Pat Edwards and Pat Cass, won against Devon's second pairing but just lost to their first pair over three ends.

Cornwall were now 6-2 up going into the mixed, where the winners of this element were Phil and Celia together with Bill and Pat Cass who did really well winning two of her three games.

The team are now confidently looking forward to competing in the Yehlex Inter County Championships at Swindon over the weekend of March 20th, 21st.

Monday 8 March 2010

40s v Devon

Cornwall Badminton Vets – 40s against Devon, 7.3.10

For the last match of the season, the team travelled to sunny Torquay to take on a strong Devon outfit.

The Cornish men were up against 4 younger, talented players, but Pete Bazin and “flying” Phil Clemo clinched a fantastic game, just winning 22-20 in the final end against the 2nd Devon pair. The other Cornish pair, made up of Truro’s Adam Widdison and Brian Hannibal, who was standing in for the day, found it hard work against the Devon men.

The girls, particularly Jan Santillo and Liane Irish, did very well, taking 3 out of the 4 ladies games, with Jan and Liane winning a nail-biting 3 ender, before comfortably seeing off the second pair, and Lorna Riggs and Sue Biscoe winning one and losing one.

The match was nicely poised going into the mixed, at 4 games each, but the Devon men again dominated, taking the first 2 games. Once again, Phil was his usual dynamic self on court, combining well with Liane to beat the 3rd pair, but Brian and Sue lost out to the 4th Devon pair, and Devon took the match, with a final score 7-5 in their favour.

This was a very creditable score for Cornwall against this Devon side, and gives the team renewed confidence for the new season to come.

Team – Pete Bazin, Phil Clemo, Adam Widdison, Brian Hannibal, Jan Santillo, Liane Irish, Lorna Riggs, Sue Biscoe.

Monday 1 March 2010


Cornwall 1st v Hampshire, 28.2.10

It was the last match of the season, and the team needed at least a point to be safe from relegation, with a full side for the very first time this season, they took on the travelling Hampshire players.

Fortified by Jo’s mum’s famous quiche, the Cornish men stormed to a 2 nil lead in the singles, although the girls lost out to 2 talented Hants under 16s, with Claire taking the 2nd girl to 3 ends.

The men continued their fine form in the doubles. Both pairs of James and Guy and Kelvin and Tom winning their games easily.

Jo and Rachel beat the 2nd girls pair, with Jo taking the lead following Rachel’s leg injury hampering her movement, and Claire and Bronwen just lost out to the same Hants girls in the 3rd end.

So, it was 7-5 to Cornwall going into the mixed, one more game needed for a win.

Guy and Rachel charged to 2 easy ends to set up the win, James and Jo came through in 3 ends – James in particularly impressive form, and finally, Captain Kelvin and Bronwen secured all 3 points and an excellent overall 10 – 5 win.

With this win, the season ends, the team stay in Division 3 and look forward to another successful season.

Team – Kelvin Edwards, James Whetter, Guy Michell, Tom Lyle, Jo Philp, Rachel Irish, Bronwen Wotton, Claire Whitmore.

Friday 19 February 2010


With their Captain still sidelined, the 60's went to Clevedon on Sunday 14th to play Avon 1st who were lying equal second to Cornwall in the league.

This was a crucial match to win in order to maintain this position. Without Brian, Bill Edgar again stepped into the side which was brilliant. Cornwall took three of the mens doubles, while the ladies matches were halved two a piece.

This meant that Cornwall needed two of the mixed to win the match. Unfortunately Chris and Phil lost theirs to England's Mike Cox, Celia and Bill just lost out in a three ender, Vera and Mike won theirs, so it was up to Pat and Tony. They won their first end, lost the second and were 18-13 down in the third but miraculously came back to win 23-21.

So Cornwall eventually won 7-5. A great achievement. Sunday 21st sees them entertain Avon 2 at St. Austell, by when it is hoped that Brian will have returned to full fitness and back in the side.

Monday 8 February 2010

40s v Dorset

A great team effort and true fighting spirit was not quite enough to hold off the strong Dorset vets, as Cornwall 40s went down 4 – 8 at Polkyth on Sunday 7th February.

It was ladies day as the girls won 3, with Jan Santillo and Claire Peterson taking both games, and Lorna Riggs and Sue Biscoe one.

The men fought hard, 3 of the games going to the wire. Pete Bazin and “super-sub” Chik Tan were very unlucky to just lose out in both, despite superb defence, and Adam Widdison and Martin Burley came close against the 2nd Dorset pair.

The visitors duly took 3 of the mixed, and it was left to Chik and Sue to complete the match with a storming win in the last game if the day.

Next 40s match – away to Avon on February 21st.

Team – Pete Bazin, Adam Widdison, Martin Burley, Chik Tan, Jan Santillo, Claire Peterson, Lorna Riggs, Sue Biscoe,

Saturday 6 February 2010

Cornwall Chiefs Lose Out

Jo and Rachel in action

Cornwall 1st team travelled to Berkshire on Sunday 31st January. Despite heavy snow on Bodmin moor, the team arrived in good time to face the promotion hopefuls. After a 10-5 defeat at Polkyth, it was anticipated that Berkshire would be strong at home, and this proved to be the case.

The venue was excellent, and Berkshire provided umpires for each game. These were closely monitored by Jane Hancock, top England umpire. Jane has officiated at all the top tournaments, including finals at the world championships.

Cornwall got off to a promising start, with Guy and Jo both taking their singles games, Guy having to fight through a tough 3 sets. After this, Berkshire proved the value of their training programme, with James and Guy the only pair to win a doubles, oddly beating their 1st mens pair, but losing to their second pair.

This left Cornwall needing all 3 mixed to bring home a point, but to no avail. Third pair Tom and Jo lost a tight game in straight sets. Then Guy and Rachel had a big three end game, showing strength of character to win 22-20 in the final set. James and Bronwen, in their first match together, fought well through another three setter, but were unable to capitalise on a match point against experienced opposition and went down 22-24.

Final score Berkshire 11, Cornwall 3

Team: James Whetter, Guy Michell, Tom Lyle, Phil Lyle, Rachel Irish, Jo Philp, Bronwen Wotton, CLaire Whitmore.

Monday 1 February 2010


The 60's were without their illustrious captain Brian for their match against Wiltshire on Sunday 31st who was still sidelined following a leg injury obtained last weekend at Gloucester.

However the team were strengthened by the inclusion of stalwart Bill Edgar who rekindled his successful partnership with Mike Nancekivell to easily take both mens doubles. Phil Oland partnering Tony Roberts for the first time also won both their mens games.

The ladies were unlucky not to win all four games, as Celia and Pat just lost out in an exciting three ender against the opponents number one pairing.

In the mixed element all four of Cornwall's pairings were successful and a 11-1 result was obtained.

This win puts the team in second position in the league, equal on points to Avon 1 who are their opposition at Clevedon in two weeks.

Friday 29 January 2010


THE Dairy Crest Davidstow Cornwall Junior Under-13 Badminton Championships, 2008/2009, were held on January 18, at the superb new Penryn Sports College, with both the venue and the event itself proving to be most exciting, indeed, writes John Tresidder, with Alison Higgs.

Children from the Duchy’s Under-13 County Squad as well as beginners from clubs throughout the County joined together for a fabulous day, with four players registering a brace of wins.

The quality of badminton from the more experienced players, alongside the sheer determination and effort from those less-experienced, ensured an extremely successful event.

Firstly, the BOYS’ SINGLES had a very healthy entry of twenty. The quality of badminton within the four boxes was high, eventually resulting in Aadith Kumaravel (Truro) taking on Vinodh Arumugam (Truro) in the final.

It was anticipated to be a close contest, between these two talented youngsters - and so it proved - with Vinodh finally claiming an impressive 21-11, 21-14 victory.

It was so encouraging to see fifteen competitors in the GIRLS’ SINGLES – possibly a record for the Under-13’s age group.

The final was contested by Alice Sporick (Truro) and Georgia Higgs (Leedstown).

Alice played a tight and strong first game, taking it 21-12. Georgia fought back, resiliently, in the second set, but Alice was seen to come through with 21-17 game, to claim the prestigious blue-ribband title.

The BOYS’ DOUBLES provided a fantastic final – a close three-ender, between Ben Johnson (Liskeard) and Aadith Kumaravel (Truro) and the Toby Bamforth (Saltash) and Vinodh Arumugam (Truro) partnership.

Ben and Aadith kept control during a closely-fought first game and
won it 21-17.

However, Toby and Vinodh came back extremely well to take the next two ends, 21-13, 21-13, to secure their eventual victory.

Pleasing to see laughter and determination go hand-in-hand:

Meanwhile, in the GIRLS’ DOUBLES, with just one box of seven entries, it was the pair with the most points who would succeed.

There were some excellent games played with a lot of fun and laughter, alongside a steely determination to win.

Particular mention should go to Ruth Barnicoat (Falmouth) and Emily Toy (Falmouth) who were runners-up in the box and who competed well - throughout the day.

Eventually, the title went to Alice Sporick and Georgia Higgs, whose consistency made them the stronger Outfit.

By the time of the final event of the day, the MIXED DOUBLES, the quality of badminton kept getting better and better.

It was a pleasure for the organisers and the supporters to watch these talented Under 13’s and credit goes to all four players who were in the final – the combinations of Georgia Higgs/Toby Bamforth and Alice Sporick/Ben Johnson.

It proved to be an extremely closely-fought affair, with each point being fiercely contested, with neither pair ever pulling very far ahead.

Georgia and Toby, in the final analysis, secured a close first end, 22-20 and proceeded to go on to claim an even closer second end, 27-25, to register the title, with both players recording a brace of victories.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this, the final event of the Junior Championships, for this season.

Special thanks are afforded to Jenny Marchant, the County Badminton Chairman, who was the Referee for the Day and to Ros Bastian, Penryn College’s Director of Sport for the warm welcome, over two enthralling weekends.

Finally, thanks also to Paul Johnson and Alison Higgs, the County Under-13 Co-Managers, Chris and Kate Bamforth, Kath Bick and all the parents who stayed to support - helping to set up and pack away the equipment.

PICTURES: Alison Higgs.

Monday 25 January 2010

60's Disappointed With Defeat

The over 60's run of wins came to an end away to Gloucester on Sunday 24th. The match commenced reasonably well with Brian and Phil winning one of their mens likewise did Tony and Mike. However the team were distraught when captain Brian pulled a muscle in the leg during his second mens game and was forced to withdraw, hence taking no further part in the match.

Vera and Chris played really well to win both of their ladies games, but having to concede a mens and a mixed game meant that the overall scoreline was a 5-7 defeat which was really disappointing as a win was probably on the cards.

Their next match is scheduled for Sunday 31st at home to Wiltshire.

Friday 22 January 2010


Cornwall County Badminton Association is promoting a Badminton Bonanza, sponsored by Yehlex, to be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell.

The event will take place on Sunday 14th March, and is aimed at social players who play for fun, and low to medium level league players, giving a chance to play competitively against different people.

The entry form is available from the download section to the right of this page, and entrants have the choice of entering mens or ladies and mixed doubles, and to either play with social or league players.

The closing date for entries is 26th February.

Sunday 17 January 2010


The over 60's were delighted to have the support of County President Mr Mike Avery at their match against Somerset at St. Austell on Sunday. The team continued their early season success with a convincing 11-1 win to maintain 3rd position in the league.

Next Sunday will be a crunch match away to top of the table Gloucester. Captain Brian Hannibal, who leads by example, and plays an inspirational part in the team’s success, says he is confident of a positive result.

Both of the veterans teams were disappointed last weekend that the Yehlex inter-county tournaments being held at Bournemouth and Swindon were postponed due to the inclement weather, but fortunately these have now been rescheduled, to be played during March.

Friday 8 January 2010

Over 17 - Under 21 Tournament

Regretfully, due to current conditions and weather forecast, the tournament this weekend Sat 9th/Sun 10th will now be postponed.

The tournament will still run, and a new date will follow in due course.