Monday 25 April 2016
Sunday 24 April 2016
A group of 5 players from Truro and Penwith College represented South West Colleges at the National Association of Colleges British Championships over 3 days starting on Friday 15th April.
This meant a 1200 mile round trip to compete at Northumbria University. The players competed at the nearby Tyneside Badminton Performance Centre ,built to International competition standard in 2013.
The Players Milo Semonin (St Austell). Amy Polglase (Hayle). Kellen Moore(Camborne). Noah Semonin (St Austell) and Duncan Covey (Truro) have all developed through the Cornwall Youth Badminton organisation over the last 7/8 years, some from the age of 9 years old. As South West Regional winners back in November in Plymouth they took their place at the National Finals.
The competition was of a high class with players from England, Scotland, and Wales some of whom having represented their Country and a high percentage being experienced Junior and Senior County players from across the United Kingdom.
Amy and Kellen took the Ladies Doubles by storm, playing controlled dynamic doubles in all 6 matches. The Cornish Girls winning all matches in 2 ends with many close ends which required making full use of their experience, calm nerves and no little amount of skill. National Ladies Doubles Champions ! A thoroughly deserved National Title after many years of training and competing across the Country. Truro and Penwith College gaining its first ever individual National Badminton Title over the 26 years of this competition !
Milo had 3 other top class players in his opening group, Surrey, Lancashire and Worcestershire County players with High National rankings. Milo worked tirelessly and won through by a 4 point margin on a 3 way tie. In the semi-final a classic 3 ender against a Lincolnshire County player came out in Milo's favour. In the final Milo had a rematch against Ryan Quek from Worcester ranked 13 at National Senior Level, England U19 squad a high class opponent. First end was a nail biter going right down to the wire, Milo missing a game point at 15/14,just losing 18/16. The shot execution and court coverage of both players on a technical, tactical and physical level was breathtaking. The second end continued with long demanding rallies but eventually Quek ran out a deserved winner 15/8.
A truely memorable final, Milo taking the game to his opponent and demonstrating what a fantastic developing talent he is, with more to come over the next few years. National Silver Medal !
Noah and Duncan started well in their Mens Doubles Group box winning 2 from 3 matches. Needing a win in their final match to progress to the semi-final they changed 8/5 up in the final end. Unfortunately the pressure told and they narrowly lost 15/10 against a Middlesex pair. They then competed for a final placing of 5/6 and in three great ends of badminton and ran out deserved winners against a Worcester Pair. A final 5thplace finish in the Nationals!
Team Manager/Coach. Jon Wotton - Truro and Penwith Badminton Academy
Personal thanks must go to Truro and Penwith College under the stewardship of Julie Penprase, the Sports Academy Co-ordinator who although recognising the high level of commitment that the players put in outside of College at both County and National competition level, ensures two coaching sessions a week at College are provided. In addition she ensures full support in the logistical challenge of competing across the Country in both Individual and Team College Badminton competitions.
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Our 2016 Team travelled to Nottingham University on Wednesday 30th March for our 10th ICT since 2007, this being the 51st year of the competition.
A very young team by ICT standards with three U15 players. Only two of the squad of ten having competed in 2015. A building year having achieved our "best ever" result of 16 in 2015 starting from 39th place in 2010.
|Day one - early 9.30am warm up
What a roller coaster !
So so many amazing matches,so much experience gained,such a wonderful team spirit and two very able captains in Lewis and Sarah.
Highlights were that every member of the team won at least one match,fantastic for each player.
Sarah and Elliot having two match points v the England no1 Mixed Players ! In our very first match v Buckinghamshire the current champions and eventual winners .
Harry winning his first match ever at an ICT at 13 years of age on day one v Lincolnshire in an epic 3 ender 18-16 in the third, against a 17 year old!
Mark winning 2 unforgettable singles in 3 ends,the second against Bedfordshire from 14-11 down in the third 16-14,his opponent 150 places above him in the National rankings !
Melissa winning so so many matches at no2 singles doubles and mixed and still only 13 !
Charlotte winning at doubles with Ellie as our 2016 U15 County doubles champions!
Ellie going out at no1 singles time after time and working so hard,winning doubles matches with Charlotte and Sarah.
Amelia so strong at no1 mixed some fantastic wins,so confident at no1 and 2 doubles and 2 great no.1 singles wins !
Nathan a great partnership with Mark at no1 doubles and several great wins !
Elliot great wins at no2/1 mixed and no2 doubles! Mixed with Sarah only losing 2 matches in their mixed.
Sarah winning at no2 mixed and No1 doubles.
Lewis winning at no1/2 mixed and no2 doubles. Elliot and Lewis only lost 2 matches playing doubles together.
|Day four - 7.30 am breakfast
Overall final placing 30, so so close to a final group of 24/28.
The first of 4 days competition meant 4 matches,and still competing at 11pm at night.
Buckinghamshire(2015 and 16 winners) Cheshire(top 10 team 2015 and 16) Warwickshire (top 10 team 2015) Lincolnshire!
The team won their target game v Lincolnshire 6-4 on the first day.
The second day still competing at 10.45pm
Eleven matches in total our most ever.. WON 4 v Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Isle of Man (10-0), Cumbria, DREW 1 v Nottinghamshire lost on count back by one end. LOST 5.
LEWIS JEFFREY-CAPT -TECANS
MARK PEARSON-FIRST EDITION
ELLIOT DYER-FIRST EDITION
HARRY DYER-FIRST EDITION
SARAH FROST-CAPT-FIRST EDITION
ELLIE WATKINSON-FIRST EDITION
CHARLOTTE GRIGG-ST AUSTELL
Sincere thanks to all the parents that travelled to support..Guy and Patricia LIN,Ian and Deborah GRIGG and David,Kim and Jack DYER,fabulous support in every match.
Thank you to our sponsors Dairy Crest Davidstow, Probus Surgery, The Christine Parsons Legacy, Eastbrook Limited and Truro and Penwith College.
Team Managers Neil Pearson Cathryn Bick .Coach Jon Wotton