Over 80 badminton players from all over Cornwall joined our visitors from Devon and Gloucestershire, at Carn Brea 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 Pool centre was another great success, and many thanks go to the Carn Brea staff who came to the rescue when our original venue, the new Truro School sports hall cancelled at the eleventh hour. The visiting Gloucestershire players proved hard to beat in the league section, winning the men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles, although the Cornish girls were too strong in the ladies singles and doubles and they won through in these finals.
The social section again gave the chance for the local players to shine, and they triumphed in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles, with the ladies singles and doubles just going to the Gloucestershire girls, before their long trip home.
Singles Social mens winner – Martin Penney, runner up Jake Turpie
Singles League mens winner – Simon Gay, runner up James Newman
Singles Social ladies winner – Lizzy Seabridge, runner up Julie Norbury
Singles League ladies winner – Kassy Bull, runner up Kelly Freeman
Mens doubles social winners –Bill Edgar and Chris McCarthy
Runners up – Mike Ezra and Martin Penney
Mens doubles league winners – Simon Gay and James Newman
Runners up – Simon Forni and Adam Hauser
Ladies doubles social winners – Lizzy Seabridge and Julie Norbury
Runners up – Zelda Bennett and Marnie Boston
Ladies doubles league winners – Debbie Blight and Kay Bossenger
Runners up – Val Reed and Jessica Reed
Mixed doubles social winners –Chris McCarthy and Tamsyn Cleave
Runners up – Adam Hauser and Lizzy Seabridge
Mixed doubles league winners – Simon Gay and Kelly Freeman
Runners up – James Newman and Julie Norbury