Tuesday 19 December 2017

Cornwall Badminton Association’s Under 21 Championships 2017

At the weekend 34 of Cornwall’s top young players took part in this years under 21 championships at Penryn College’s sports hall. With young people from Penzance to Launceston and an age range of 12 to 20, there was some exciting badminton and several sets of siblings from the Sillifant, Semonin, Dyer, Bailey, Bicks and Beaumont families giving their all.
A large entry of 32 in the men’s singles eventually saw all 4 top seeds make it through to the semi-finals, with Launceston’s Sillifant brothers Liam and Tyler, defeating the Semonins of St Austell, Noah and Milo, to reach the final yet again, which was a repeat of this seasons senior county championships. This time younger brother Tyler showed all his grit, fitness and speed to win in two, after a very close first end.
The top 2 women, senior county champion Cara Collins from Liskeard and Mollie Bailey from Truro reached the final, after Mollie had won a tight three ender against Camborne’s Amelia Burrell. The thrilling final match see-sawed between the two, with Mollie taking the first game, Cara the second, then Cara just hanging on to edge the decider after both players had shown determination and skill.
The men’s doubles were again dominated by 3 sets of brothers, the Sillifants and Semonins plus Truro’s Dyers. Milo and Noah just beat Elliot Dyer and his partner Mark Pearson in the semis followed by Liam and Tyler winning against Harry Dyer and Luke Sillifant, to meet in the final, which the Sillifants won in two close ends to win the title.
The women’s doubles came down to a play off between the top 2 seeds, Camborne’s Kellen Moore and Amelia Burrell versus Mollie Bailey and Melissa Lin from Truro, which turned out to be a very close 3 ender that the number 1 seeds Kellen and Amelia just won.
At the end of a long day 16 pairs competed in the mixed doubles, and as predicted, the number I and 2 seeds reached the final after a comfortable run. This time it was the Semonin brothers against each other, as Noah and his partner Kellen took on Milo and Amelia to try and defend their crown. There was no quarter given as Noah and Kellen proved too strong and consistent to win the final event of a successful day.
Men’s singles winner                Tyler Sillifant                          runner up        Liam Sillifant
Women’s singles winner          Cara Collins                                           “             Mollie Bailey
Men’s doubles winners            Liam & Tyler Sillifant                            “              Noah & Milo Semonin
Women’s doubles winners      Kellen Moore & Amelia Burrell           “               Mollie Bailey & Melissa Lin
Mixed doubles winners            Noah Semonin & Kellen Moore           “               Milo Semonin & Amelia Burrell

Plate events winners
Men’s singles                 Misha Higgerson
Women’s singles           Ellie Watkinson
Men’s doubles               Kin Cheung & Joseph Tucker

Mixed doubles               Harry Dyer & Cara Collins

Sunday 17 December 2017

2017/18 CCBA Vets Championships

The 2017/18 Vets County Championships will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on 

Sunday 7th January 2018.  Play starts at 10am.


Competition will be split into 2 groupings by age - 40 - 55 and Over 55 with NO exceptions.  
Both players must be within the age grouping. Age as at 07.01.18

Entry forms available to download here.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

2017/18 Under 21 County Championships

The 2016/17 Under 21 County Championships will be held at Penryn College, Kernick Rd, TR10 8PZ on Sunday 17th December 2017.

Entry forms available to download here.

Monday 20 November 2017

A Bonanza of Badminton

A Bonanza of Badminton, Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro, 19 November 2017
Over 60 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Plymouth and north Devon, gathered at the 8 court Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre in Truro at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s latest 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, some playing in a tournament for the first time, as the Bonanza goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing badminton in Cornwall.
This year’s tournament at Truro was another great success, with some close fought battles in all the 5 different disciplines and a great day of badminton.
In the social events there were tightly contested matches, with some new winners in the men’s and women’s events. The men’s singles proved to be the final of the day and was won by Alan Spencer from St Ives for the first time, when he just beat Camborne’s Martin Penney in an exciting, evenly matched affair.
                       Social singles finalists                      Social men’s winners                    Social mixed finalists
Once again, St Austell’s Sanaa Roff was the only women singles contestant, and she competed well in the men’s section. The men’s doubles was another close contest which saw St Austell’s Mansell Ahmed and Sha Uddin just beat Martin Penney and his regular partner Steve Knuckey. In the mixed doubles, again a St Austell pair took the title, as Ashley Southey and Tracey Cooke came top, with the luckless Martin Penney and his partner Dee Frost finishing runners up.
For the combined women’s doubles, last year’s winners from Pool, Kay Bossenger and Debbie Blight, once again triumphed, beating the Devon pair Michelle Wylde and Jackie Anderson to the title, with Dee Frost and Deborah Peters of Camborne winning the social doubles medals.
                                                                 Women’s doubles finalists – league and social

The league events also had some hard fought, skilful badminton, and in the men’s singles last year’s winner from St Ives, Tony Wong showed his fitness and experience in beating Rick Kisslay, a student from Falmouth.
     League Men’s singles finalists                 Men’s doubles finalists                                   Mixed doubles finalists
There was another tight final for the men’s doubles with Stuart Larter and Gary Braunton from Pool taking on Camborne’s Danny Gillman and James Cassidy. Stuart and Gary finally repeated their success of last year with some more consistent, well-matched play to win in the end. The mixed doubles this year was won by the Devon partnership of Ben Hammill and Michelle Wylde who pipped runners up Gary Braunton and Debbie Blight to top spot, to complete an excellent day’s badminton.
League men’s singles – winner Tony Wong, runner up Rick Kisslay                                                                                                   
Social men’s singles  - winner Alan Spencer, runner up Martin Penney
Social ladies’ singles – winner Sanaa Roff
League men’s doubles – winners Stuart Larter/Gary Braunton, runners up Danny Gillman/James Cassidy
League ladies’ doubles – winners Kay Bossenger/Debbie Blight,  runners up Jackie Anderson/Michelle Wylde
Social men’s doubles – winners Mansell Ahmed/Sha Uddin, runners up Martin Penney/Steve Knuckey
Social ladies doubles – winners Dee Frost/Deborah Peters
League mixed doubles – winners Ben Hammill/Michelle Wylde, runners up Gary Braunton/Debbie Blight
Social mixed doubles – winners Ashley Southey/Tracey Cooke, runners up Martin Penney/Dee Frost

Monday 13 November 2017

Cornwall 1st team winning start

Cornwall 1st Team
Cornwall's top players began the season with the first two matches in Bristol at the weekend with some new and returning faces in the team. Liskeard's 14-year-old Cara Collins, the new county champion, was making her senior debut, alongside Tom Lyle from Launceston and Camborne's Kellen Moore returning to the first team to join the regular players.

Am - Match 1

The team began their campaign against Worcestershire in the singles with some hard-fought games. Cornwall's best men's singles player from Launceston, Liam Sillifant, lost a difficult match to a strong opponent while younger brother Tyler had success in the second singles, and St Austell's James Whetter narrowly lost in three tight ends. Both women's singles also went the distance, with Cara having an excellent victory and Kellen being unlucky to just lose after fighting back well.

The men's doubles started badly with James and regular partner Guy Michell beaten by a strong Worcestershire pair, but Tom and Ross Lashbrook, resuming their original partnership had an exciting win in three very close ends to make the match score 4-3 going into the women's doubles.

Once again, the top pair were too strong for the Cornish girls Johanna Philp and Bronwen Wotton, but Kellen and Amy Polglase, another established pairing, turned it round and did well to win in three.

Cornwall needed both mixed doubles games to take victory which suddenly looked possible after Guy and Bronwen comfortably took the first mixed to make the score 5-5 with the last game to play. 

Tom and Jo had the Cornish supporters on edge as they lost the first, won the second, and then just edged the third 22/20 to win the match overall.

Pm - Match 2

Next up was a powerful team from Guernsey for the tiring Cornish players, and this led to the match score being 4-1 to Guernsey after the singles, despite Tyler and James battling to three ends, and Amy easily winning her singles.

Worse was to come in the men's as both Cornish pairs were beaten, as well as Jo and Bronwen losing in three, but Amy and Kellen reversed the trend by winning convincingly and giving Amy a 100% success rate for the day.

Finishing the match Guy and Bronwen had run out of steam at first mixed but once again Tom and Jo had a fantastic close victory to take the final third end 22-20 for the second time, and finish the match 8-3 to Guernsey.

Team -
Liam Sillifant, Tyler Sillifant, James Whetter, Guy Michell, Tom Lyle, Ross Lashbrook, Cara Collins, Kellen Moore, Amy Polglase, Johanna Philp, Bronwen Wotton


Tuesday 3 October 2017

Cornwall Badminton County Championships 2017

Cornwall Badminton County Championships 2017
Cornwall’s top badminton players took part in the annual county championships over 2 days at Polkyth Leisure Centre at the weekend, with an exciting display of talent from over 50 players of all ages ranging from 14 to veteran. Half of the entrants were under 20, showing the promise that the future holds for Cornish badminton, and several sets of siblings took part, including the three Sillifant and Dyer brothers, from Launceston and Truro, the Bick twins from Penzance, and Truro’s Bailey sisters.
Men’s doubles action – Dyer brothers v eventual winners James and Guy

Day one started with the men’s singles event which had attracted a large entry, and the crowds were treated to some excellent badminton. Plymouth’s Tony Clark had a good run through to the semi-finals, beating the oldest Dyer brother, Jack, who had ousted the number 3 seed, Ross Lashbrook, and Sean Havis from Penryn showed his improvement in beating Truro’s Sam Spencer and reaching the quarter finals. In the semis, both top two seeds, Tyler and Liam Sillifant had comfortable victories over the evergreen James Whetter from St Austell and Tony, to meet for the third year running in the final. This time elder brother Liam triumphed to regain his crown after two years from his middle brother Tyler, both playing with skill, speed and determination in an absorbing match.
Mark and Tony in the singles
Champion Liam with Tyler
The women’s singles was made up entirely of younger players, with 15 year old Mollie Bailey defeating the seeded Amelia Burrell from Camborne, and Penryn’s Amy Cox to reach the final. There she met the top seed from Liskeard, 14 year old Cara Collins who had edged out Camborne’s Kellen Moore in the semis in three ends. Cara’s speed and control proved too much for her friend Mollie, and she ran out county champion for an impressive first time.
 Champion Cara and runner up Mollie
The day finished with the women’s doubles, where the top seeds made relatively easy progress to the final. This turned out to be a gripping game between the number one seeds, from Port Isaac and Leedstown, Johanna Philp and Bronwen Wotton, both seasoned campaigners against the younger Camborne pair, Kellen Moore and Amelia Burrell. Jo and Bronwen won through in two tight exciting ends, thanks to their skilful net play, power and retrieval, but were pushed hard all the way by their opponents.
Top marks for colour coordination in the women’s doubles

The players returned the next day for the men’s doubles and mixed events, to once again thrill the spectators and showcase their talent.
Fifteen pairs contested the men’s doubles, and all four seeds duly made their way to the semi-finals, where the top two seeds both won in straight sets to set up the final, which once again featured St Austell’s experienced James Whetter and Guy Michell against the reigning champions, the Launceston/Saltash pairing of Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend. This year James and Guy took revenge for the previous 2 years by winning the first end, and despite being pushed hard in the second pulsating end, hung on to win 22/20 in a thrilling match of hard smashing, quick reactions and clever positioning.
Men’s doubles finalists with medals
Men’s doubles finalists in action

The final event of the weekend was the mixed doubles which had some of the best games of the weekend and 19 pairs taking part, ranging from new young talent to veteran players using all their experience and knowledge.

Some notable successes were Penryn’s Sean Havis and Amy Cox beating the number four seeds, plus England vets Bob Bell and Lynda Beer to reach the semis, and the successful young pairing of Harry Dyer and Cara Collins reaching the quarter finals, as well as older brother Elliot and his Truro partner Melissa Lin. Second seeds Ross and Bronwen had had a hard battle in the quarter finals to narrowly beat Truro’s Sam Spencer and Amelia in one of the best matches of the weekend with setting in two of the three ends, but then won more comfortably in their semi against Sean and Amy.

Top seeds and holders James and Johanna reached the final with a hard fought victory over Launceston’s Tom Lyle and his partner from St Just, Vicki Thomas, to set up the last match of the day and a repeat of several years mixed finals. Another close fought, exciting game followed over three ends with no quarter given by either pair. Despite losing the first end, and only narrowly winning the second, James and Jo finally just came out victors 21-19 in a match which could easily have gone either way to give a fitting finale to the weekend.
Mixed finalists
Mixed Plate winners

In the plate events Amy Cox capped a fine weekend with victories in the women’s singles and doubles, with partner Vicki Thomas, Sam Spencer beat Tom Lyle in the men’s singles, twins Will and Matt Bick from Penzance took the men’s doubles title, and Chris Glasson and Kellen Moore were victorious in the mixed.
Plate finalists
Plate finalists

Plate finalists

Results –
Men’s singles                           Liam Sillifant beat Tyler Sillifant              21/18  21/16
Women’s singles                     Cara Collins beat Mollie Bailey                21/18  22/20
Men’s doubles                         James Whetter/Guy Michell beat Ross Lashbrook/Richard Townsend  21/13 22/20
Women’s doubles                   Johanna Philp/Bronwen Wotton beat Kellen Moore/Amelia Burrell      21/12 21/16
Mixed doubles                         James Whetter/Jo Philp beat Ross Lashbrook/Bronwen Wotton   17/21 22/20 21/19

Plate events –
Men’s singles                           Sam Spencer beat Tom Lyle    21/17
Women’s singles                     Amy Cox beat Beckie Bailey    21/15
Men’s doubles                        Will and Matt Bick beat Lee Bottrill/Harry Dyer  21/18
Women’s doubles                  Vicki Thomas/Amy Cox beat Beckie Bailey/Cara Collins  21/12
Mixed doubles                        Chris Glasson/Kellen Moore beat Jack Dyer/Mollie Bailey  21/18

Saturday 23 September 2017

Bonanza Tournament

Cornwall County Badminton Association

The 2017 West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza Tournament

19th November 9am – 6pm
Sir Ben Ainslie Sports hall (8 courts)
Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH
Separate Social and League Categories
·       Level doubles – early morning
·       Mixed doubles – approx midday
·       Singles – mid afternoon

Please fill in an entry form here. 

Sunday 10 September 2017

Charity Open Tournament

CCBA Restricted Championships

Entry forms for the Cornwall Restricted are now available to download here. 

The tournament will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, starting at 10am each day.

Entries must be received by Sunday 24th September.

Monday 31 July 2017

2017/2018 NEWSLETTER

The CCBA newsletter for the 17/18 season has been released, available to download here.

It contains all the dates and details for the forthcoming season in Cornwall, and contact details for selectors.  The first date is the open practice on Sunday 3rd September.

Sunday 21 May 2017


    Truro and Penwith College have retained their National Badminton Mixed Cup winning both their semi-final and final on Wednesday 3rd May. The College have now won this title 3 times in the past 4 seasons.
  • Travelling to the Badminton England National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes on the Tuesday afternoon, the team were well prepared for their two matches the following day. The Team took inspiration after meeting the current European GOLD medalists Chris and Gabby ADCOCK, having literally just returned from their most recent success in Germany. Chris and Gabby are current WORLD no2 Mixed Doubles and National Champions.
    With a strong team consisting of 2 Senior, 2 U21 and 4  U18 County players, the college took their semi final against Greenhall Sixth Form College 8/2. Sarah Frost playing at no1 singles had a monumental battle against Kate Walker ranked no 10 at U19 National Level. Kate being a top Yorkshire Senior County player. Sarah gave everything but lost 21-12 21-16 having been 11-9 up on the one minute break in the second end .A fantastic effort.
    In the final the College proved too strong for their opponents from Cirencester Sixth Form College. The winning margin of 9/1 reflecting the strength in depth of the Cornish players.

    College “player” of the finals goes to Mark Pearson. Mark taking the no1 mens singles slot , winning both his matches in two ends against nationally higher ranked players. Two great long matches that Mark dominated with his power and precision in his shot execution. Both matches a worthy advert for the finals.
    The Team performance has been exceptional throughout a long hard season defeating Bridgewater, Exeter, St Jospehs (London), Farnborough (Hampshire),before arriving at the finals. All players travelling many miles, and training not only at College twice a week but competing on the National circuit across the country and training at Club and County and representing their County on a weekly basis.
    TEAM ;
    Coach Jon Wotton.Truro/Penwith College Badminton Academy. Assistant Team Manager Julie Penprase.College Sports Academy Co-ordinator.