Monday 28 September 2015

Cornwall Badminton Championships 2015

Cornwall’s badminton players converged on Polkyth Leisure Centre at the weekend to take part in the annual County Championships to find out the best players this year. The first day of the competition saw the men and ladies battle for the two singles crowns, as well as the ladies doubles event.
The ladies singles final came down to the top two seeds, Bronwen Wotton, and young Amelia Burrell who had just beaten the experienced Vicki Thomas in the semi-final. A closely fought final, with some lung bursting rallies, went to the wire with both girls winning an end each, before Bronwen’s finesse and all court game finally triumphed and she became ladies champion.
Twenty one men contested the singles event, once again with an excellent turn out of young players from Cornwall Youth Badminton. The top 4 seeds duly made it through to the semi-finals, although James Whetter had had to use all his experience to beat Ross Lashbrook in one amazing end which finished 30-28.
Both semis were tightly fought affairs, with top seed Liam Sillifant narrowly edging out James in a pulsating, see-saw match. In the other half of the draw the semi-final was between two regular young combatants, Tyler Sillifant and Milo Semonin, and this again went all the way to three ends of stunning defence and footwork, which Tyler won fairly comfortably in the end.
So the final was between the top seeds and the two brothers, Liam and Tyler. Younger brother Tyler repeated his excellent form from the previous weekend in the Duchy Senior Silver tournament, and finally beat Liam in two incredibly close ends, to become county champion for the first time.

The ladies doubles event gave all 5 pairs the opportunity to play each other, with some promising young players gaining valuable experience. In the end, the clear winners were Bronwen and Amelia, who had paired up following their singles contest. Runners up were a new pairing of Vicki and Laura Galley, who had battled hard and only dropped two ends all afternoon.
The players returned the next day for the mixed and men’s doubles, and the large crowd were treated to more thrilling badminton to a high standard.

In the mixed doubles, the top two seeds made their way comfortably through the draw to the final which was an intriguing matchup of two established pairs, Ross and Bronwen against Lee Chapple and Vicki. Despite a never say die effort from the Penzance pair Lee and Vicki, they were no match for the power and precision of Ross and Bronwen in the end. This event completed Bronwen’s hat trick of titles and capped a fine weekend for her.

Sixteen pairs made up the men’s doubles, with some great skill and power play on demonstration from the players of wide ranging ages and experience. Once again, the 4 men’s seeds made it through to the semis, with Dave Harrington and Liam pushed hard by Steve Ellis and Chris Glasson in the quarters, and they were then beaten in two ends by top seeds Ross and Richard Townsend.
Competing against them in the final were the experienced pair of James and Nick Phelps who had seen off Sam Spencer and Tony Clarke in the semis. The final had some fantastic retrieving and speedy net play but in the end Ross and Richard’s power took them through to become county champions, and round off a great weekend of badminton.

Results –

Mens singles champion – Tyler Sillifant.                             Runner up – Liam Sillifant
Ladies singles champion – Bronwen Wotton.                    Runner up – Amelia Burrell
Ladies doubles champions – Bronwen Wotton and Amelia Burrell
                          Runners up – Vicki Thomas and Laura Galley
Mens doubles champions – Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend
                          Runners up – James Whetter and Nick Phelps
Mixed doubles champions – Ross Lashbrook and Bronwen Wotton
                          Runners up – Lee Chapple and Vicki Thomas

Plate results
Mens singles winner – Richard Townsend
Ladies singles winner – Melissa Lin
Mens doubles winners – Will Bick and Matt Bick
Mixed doubles winners – Richard Townsend and Emma Ziajka

Sunday 27 September 2015

West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza

The 2015 West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza tournament - Sunday 29th November, Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Hall, Truro

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 - this year's tournament will once again be held in the 8 court new hall in Truro, and promises to be every bit as dynamic and exciting as last year's successful event, when nearly 70 players from all over Cornwall and Devon had a great day's badminton.

Closing date for entries this year is November 20th.

Entry forms available here, or in the download panel to the right.

Thursday 10 September 2015

Calendar Dates

Fixtures for Seniors/Veterans and CYB are all online now, available through the fixtures link if you wish to print.

All dates have been added to the Google calendars in the panel to the right, click on the link at the bottom of each box to add to your own calendar if required.

Tuesday 8 September 2015

An open letter from the Chair, Cornwall CBA

Your chance to have our Cornish voice heard!

Hello to all clubs and members,

As our new season gets underway, I wonder how many of us at times think that here in Cornwall we are a long way from the centre of things, in badminton terms, a little bit "out of sight, out of mind" and that no-one within our governing body (Badminton England) really cares about us or what we think.  There have been some significant recent changes, especially regarding county matches that affect us greatly.

Well, now we have TWO  opportunities coming up where we can have a real say and where every Cornish club member can, and should, join in and put the Cornish view.

The first of these is a visit by the Chief Executive of Badminton England, Adrian Christy, at the invitation of your county committee.  Adrian wants to not only see how we do things but to meet as many of us as possible so, with this in mind, we are staging an open meeting on 24th September at 7.30 pm in Conference Room at Polkyth, St Austell.  He will field as many questions as we may wish to put to him so if you have a particular topic you feel strongly about, then this is an ideal opportunity to hear the response from the top on it.  As an example, I personally feel strongly that clubs, especially in areas like ours, do not seem to get the support from BE they deserve so this is one subject he could comment on.

Secondly, BE are staging a County Conference on Saturday 31st October in Loughborough between 1pm and 6.30pm (refreshments provided).  I will be attending, following my attendance at the earlier Council meeting, and we can send up to another 4 persons to act as delegates, so if anyone else is interested in joining me, then get in touch for more details.  If we could register a full 5 votes on any issues discussed there, that would be great publicity and a real voice for Cornwall.

If you agree that these are opportunities not to be missed, then let us know your opinions as soon as possible.  Should you have a question to put to Adrian Christy, come to the meeting on 24th September; it would be good if you let us know in advance the nature of your particular question, so we can avoid unnecessary duplications.  You can send an email to me or to Lyndon Allen, addresses below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tony Poole

Chair, Cornwall CBA