Friday, 24 September 2010
28TH DUCHY OF CORNWALL OPEN REVIEW
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.
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.
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
28th DUCHY OPEN RESULTS
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)
BEST CORNISH PLAYER AWARD: Johanna Philp