Thursday 10 February 2011



Congratulations to the Cornwall U13 Badminton team, comprising of Sam Laity and Kellen Moore ( captains), Alex Julian, Amy Polgase, Isaac Barrow, Billie Wood, Nick Peters, Rosa Higgs, Tyler Sillifant, Cara Thompson, Milo Semonin and Laura Galley, who travelled to Exeter to play their first inter county match fixture Vs Devon. This team of enthusiastic, committed young players did themselves extremely proud as they claimed the win; 26 games to 10. This victory improved on last year's, as 6 more games were won across the board. Competition was stiff, with no less than 10 games being taken to 3 ends, but the 'depth' in our ability, together with our tenacity and sportsmanship won us the day. Results: Boys' singles - won 5:1; Girls' singles won 5:1; Boys' doubles - won 6:3; Girls doubles - won 5: 4 and Mixed doubles - won 5:1. Well done to Sam Laity, who has now earned his 'U13 cap. Rather than try and select a 'player of the match' amongst what was an utterly committed team, special mention must be made of the 2nd seed Boys doubles pair: Isaac and Nick, who fought to gain victory over the Devon Number one seeded pair: 21 -13; 24- 26; 21-14 and to the Girls doubles pair: Kellen and Amy, who not only won their respective singles games, but who made a clean sweep in their doubles and mixed doubles games too. Thanks to the parents for their support and encouragement and to the coaches, who are clearly making a difference!

Michelle Thompson
Team manager


The Cornwall u13 team can stand tall and proud amongst the badminton crowd, following today’s convincing win of 24 games to 12, against the usually formidable Dorset team. The match, played on ‘home turf’ at Tregorrick Park, St Austell, saw some tightly contested games, but the depth of strength in our team of cool, determined contestants, proved too overwhelming for the opposition; with only 6 games reaching 3 ends.

Well done to Kellen Moore and Amy Polglase who lived up to expectation by making a clean sweep; taking their singles games and all 3 doubles. Special mention must be also be made of: the number 3 boys doubles pair, Tyler Sillifant and Milo Semonin, who fought tenaciously to gain 16 points in their final end against the Dorset number one pair - the highest points total achieved amongst our boys against this talented pairing of Tommy Bridger and David Higbee, and of our girls 3rd pair, Cara Thompson and Laura Galley, who, despite being 14 -21 down after the first end against the Dorset number 2 pairing, caused an exciting ‘upset‘ as they fought tirelessly to take the next two ends, 25-23 and 21-18! Cornwall took 5 games to 1 in the Mixed, proving the focus on ‘doubles’ work done by our very capable local coaches, Jon Wotton and Cathryn Bick, is certainly having a positive effect!

Credit to the coaches, who are largely responsible for the teams development and finally, a huge congratulations to the team: Boys - Alex Julian (Captain), Sam Laity, Isaac Barrow, Nick Peters, Tyler Sillifant and Milo Semonin; Girls - Kellen Moore (Captain), Amy Polglase, Billie Wood, Cara Thompson, Rosa Higgs and Laura Galley.

Report by: Michelle Thompson, Team manager