Monday 22 October 2012

Truro Badminton Bonanza

Badminton Bonanza, Truro Leisure Centre, 20th October 2012

Over 70 badminton players from all over Cornwall and Plymouth, came to Truro Leisure Centre at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s Bonanza.

The idea of Badminton Bonanza tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players. The many regulars were joined this time by some very welcome new faces, as the tournament goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing new clubs in Cornwall.

This year’s tournament at the new venue was a great success, with the Griffiths family from Camborne sweeping the board in the social sections. Husband and wife, Mark and Della, won the mixed doubles, then father and son, Mathew joined forces to win the mens, and the final event of the day, saw Mark finally wear down Mathew despite a touch of cramp, to triumph in the singles.

It was a similar scene in the league section, with St Ives’ Tony Wong winning the singles and the mens doubles with partner Trevelyan Searle, but just losing out in the mixed with Catherine Harrison to the Plymouth pair of Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker.


Singles Social mens winner – Mark Griffiths, runner up Mathew Griffiths
Singles League mens winner – Tony Wong, runner up Paul Lydon
Singles Social ladies winner – Emma Brindley
Singles League ladies winner – Catherine Harrison, runner up Judit Matyas
Mens doubles social winners – Mark and Mathew Griffiths,
Runners up – Seng Fang and Che Tse
Mens doubles league winners – Tony Wong and Trevelyan Searle
Runners up – Gary Braunton and Alex Smith
Ladies doubles social winners – Marnie Boston and Zelda Bennett
Runners up – Lynn Jones and Sarah Catterall
Ladies doubles league winners – Debbie Blight and Kay Bossenger
Runners up – Judit Matyas and Talwyn Craddock
Mixed doubles social winners – Mark and Della Griffiths
Runners up – Martin Penney and Dee Frost
Mixed doubles league winners – Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker
Runners up – Tony Wong and Catherine Harrison

Doubles winners and runners up

Griffiths Family - Social Mens Singles, Mens Doubles & Mixed Doubles winners

League Ladies Doubles winners

League Ladies Singles Winner & RU

League Ladies Singles Winner

League Mens Doubles Winners

League Mixed Doubles Winners

Singles Winners - League, Social, Ladies

Singles Winners & Runners Up

Social Ladies Doubles Winners

Social Mens Doubles Winners

Social Mens Singles Winner & RU

Social Mixed Doubles Winners

Social Mixed Winners & Runners up

Winning Pairs League & Social doubles

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Cornwall II v Somerset III

Cornwall II played Somerset III on 14th October 2012 at Crewkerne.  It was a close run thing against the Somerset 3rd team and although the tie was lost 7-8, nearly 2/3 of the rubbers went to 3 ends, so the result could have gone either way. We had several new players in the team and there was a very good team spirit. Well done to everyone.

Team consisted of:

Emily James, Hester Luke, Jan Santillo, and Lynda Beer
Dave Harrington, Kahoo Tse, Sam Spencer and Jack Dyer

2nd Team Manager
Lorna Riggs


Monday 15 October 2012

Former County Chairman

Ken Archer has sadly passed away aged 88. Gentleman Ken held the County Chairmans post for a number of years and also kindly donated a cup to the County which is awarded to the mixed doubles winners at the annual veterans tournament.

His funeral is scheduled for 1230 on Monday 22 October at Bodmin Crematorium.

Monday 1 October 2012


Cornwall Badminton Restricted Championships, 29/30th September 2012
Singles finalists: left to right - Rose Willis, Jo Philp, James Whetter, Shane Maton

This weekend saw a feast of high quality badminton at Polkyth Leisure Centre, as Cornwall’s top players battled it out for this year’s County Championships. The large entry, with an excellent turn out of Cornwall Youth Badminton’s under 17 year old players, was up on last year, and shows the healthy current and future state of Cornish Badminton as the majority of the competitors were under 21.

Stars of the show were James Whetter and Jo Philp, who each won 3 titles over the weekend, in the mens and ladies singles and with their partners in the doubles. James won back the singles title which he last won 4 years ago, defeating the defending champion Shane Maton in two ends of fluent, attacking badminton. Number 1 seed Jo, took three closely fought ends to beat Rose Willis, who was bidding to take the singles crown for the first time, after both players had shown their class in cruising to the final.

Ladies doubles finalists

The ladies doubles saw some tight games, with the promising young players Amy Polglase and Kellan Moore beating the defending champions Emily James and Vicki Thomas before coming up against the experienced Jan Santillo and Lynda Beer, who defeated them in two close games to reach the final. At the other half of the draw, the second seeds, Jo Philp and Rose Willis came through their semi taking on the Wotton sisters, Bronwen and Bethany, with some great net play on show. Rose and Jo finally overcame the tactical play of Jan and Lynda with their power and accuracy to win the final.

Sunday saw the mens and mixed doubles, and the large crowd were treated to some more exciting badminton – tournament secretary and county selector Lorna Riggs said “this year’s championships has been a brilliant standard with a bigger entry than last year, it’s great to see so many promising young players improving all the time”.

Mixed doubles finalists

The mixed doubles had 24 pairs battling it out for the coveted trophy. All the seeded pairs made it through to the semi finals, except Bob Bell and Lynda Beer who were beaten by Kelvin Edwards and Emily James in a skilful two-ender – they in turn were then beaten by Ross Lashbrook and Bronwen Wotton who met James and Jo in the final. Despite some amazing defensive play by Ross and Bron, James and Jo emerged victorious in two tight ends with more consistent court coverage and stunning net play.

Mens doubles finalists

The seeded mens pairs had to fight hard in 3 out of the 4 quarter final games which all went to the maximum 3 ends, except Shane Maton and Dave Harrington’s game which was a more comfortable 2 ender. Kelvin and Sam Spencer just edged out the veteran Bob Bell and Nick Phelps to set up a semi against Ross and Tom Lyle, who had only just beaten the Jasper brothers, Christian and Kris. In the end number 2 seeds Ross and Tom ran out comfortable winners to take on champions James and Guy once more in the final. This final game had the watchers entertained and enthralled, with spectacular dives, smashes and impossible retrieves on display - everything a top mens doubles should be. With Ross and Tom winning the first end easily, it seemed like an upset was on the cards, until James and Guy showed their experience to eventually just edge the match in a thrilling finale.


Mens singles - James Whetter bt Shane Maton 21-14 21-13

Ladies singles – Jo Philp bt Rose Willis 21-17 18-21 21-13

Ladies doubles – Jo Philp & Rose Willis bt Jan Santillo & Lynda Beer 21-18 21-14

Mixed doubles – James Whetter & Jo Philp bt Ross Lashbrook & Bron Wotton 22-20 21-15

Mens doubles – James Whetter & Guy Michell bt Ross Lashbrook & Tom Lyle 6-21 21-17 21-17

Plate Results: Winners

Mens singles – Christian Jasper

Ladies singles – Hester Luke

Ladies doubles – Hester & Daphne Luke

Mixed doubles – Tom Lyle & Lucinda Dennes

Mens doubles – Josh Pearce & Lee Bottrill