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.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

The West Cornwall Badminton League: 2017 Championships

Who will be the best in the West?

Saturday 13th May 2017
Approx 9 – 6pm

Porthcurno Sports Hall at Penwith College. St Clare. Penzance. TR18 2SA

Open & Restricted Categories (times tbc)
  • Level doubles – Morning
  • Mixed doubles – Early PM
  • Singles – Late Afternoon

**This tournament is purely for players who are members of an affiliated club in the WCBL, and who have played at least once in the league that season**

Entry form HERE.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Badminton England’s final match weekend report – Cornwall’s 1st and 2nd teams in action

Last weekend saw Cornwall’s top badminton players compete in the final weekend of the inter-county competition run by Badminton England to finalise the promotion and relegation places.
Bristol -
The 1st team spent the weekend in Bristol, taking on Devon, Oxfordshire and Dorset, and poised on level points at the top of their division.
First up were arch rivals Devon, and although Liam Sillifant lost the top seeded men’s singles game, younger brother Tyler, and Milo Semonin both won their games in style. The Cornish women’s singles were both long, tough games for Amy Polglase and young debutant Amelia Burrell, and although they fought hard both just lost out to make the overall score 2-3 to Devon.
The two men’s doubles games then also went Devon’s way, despite an enthralling titanic battle at number one as James Whetter and Guy Michell took their match to the maximum three ends, and new pairing Milo Semonin and Richard Townsend had two very close ends.
Jo Philp and Bronwen Wotton halted the Devon march to victory with a fine win at first pair, but Amy and Amelia, another new young pair, found their opponents too tough to handle, and Devon secured the overall win.
Going into the mixed, the Cornwall team were scrapping for every game and point, and Guy and Bronwen completed an amazing win at first pair, even though they had lost the second end 29 points to the maximum 30. And completing the match it was left to James and Jo to polish off the second pair, and give Cornwall a final creditable score of 5-6.
Cornwall 1st team at the end of a long, successful weekend

The same team took on Oxfordshire in the next match, this time struggling in the singles as all three men lost, despite Milo and Tyler going to three ends. Amelia too came so close to winning in the third but finally just lost 22-24, and so it was down to Amy to stop the rot, and she had an excellent win in two comfortable ends to make it 1-4 after the singles – a long way behind.
The doubles pairs set about their task determinedly, and James and Guy beat their opponents with relative ease, although Milo and Richard struggled more against their experienced pair. The Cornish girls showed how it is done as both won convincingly in two ends making the match score 5-4 going into the mixed.
Guy and Bronwen at first mixed couldn’t have got any closer, but just lost out to an older skilful pair in the final reckoning, so it was down to James and Jo to win and secure the match which they duly did to the delight of the supporting team. Score 6-5 to Cornwall.
The diet of elite athletes
The next day, the teams returned to the venue, with Cornwall taking on a tired Dorset team and knowing it was still all to play for if they were to win the division.
This time the singles boys were triumphant, as all three stormed to victory, followed by Amy just losing out in three tight ends, but Amelia getting her first singles victory for the 1st team, and making the score 4-1.
The doubles continued the winning streak as both men’s pairs saw off their opponents, James and Guy very comfortably and Milo and Richard winning their first doubles as a pair. Although Jo and Bronwen narrowly lost in three, Amy and Amelia also won in three to get their first victory, giving Cornwall a commanding 7-2 lead.
The Cornish mixed pairs were too much for the disheartened Dorset team, and they both cruised to victory in two straight ends, making the match score 9-2 to Cornwall.
Guy and Bronwen in action
A very successful weekend for the Cornish team, as they awaited the results from all the other matches to see where they would finish. It wasn’t until the next day that the news came through that Devon had just pipped Cornwall to top slot, by one single end from the whole season!
Despite this, the Cornwall team can feel very proud of their season, with a promising mix of youth and experience to take into next year.
Cornwall 1st team – Liam Sillifant (Launceston), Milo Semonin (St Austell), Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), James Whetter (St Austell), Guy Michell (St Austell), Richard Townsend (Saltash), Amy Polglase (Camborne), Amelia Burrell (Camborne), Jo Philp (Port Isaac), Bronwen Wotton (Camborne).
Managers – Brian Hannibal and Sue Biscoe

Cornwall’s 2nd team were taking on Somerset and two Avon teams in their division on the same weekend, this time in Exeter.
Against Somerset, the Cornish singles players made a strong start, with Sam Spencer, Jack Dyer and young Mollie Bailey wining their games to give a 3-2 lead.
In the doubles the men’s pairings of Sam and Tony Clark, Tom Lyle and Curnow Bascombe both won in three ends. The new pairing of Melissa Lin and Amy Cox were unlucky to just lose their doubles to a very experienced Somerset pair, and in the other women’s game disaster struck when Isabel Victoria-Martinez had to pull out early with a calf injury in her doubles with Vicki Thomas.
So, Cornwall needed one more game to win the match overall going into the mixed. Sean Havis and Amy found it tough going against the first Somerset pair, so all the pressure was on Tom and Vicki to save the day, which they finally did, coming through a very tight, closely fought game to give an excellent Cornwall victory 6-5.
Cornwall 2nd team day 1
Next up were one of the Avon teams, and the singles players found it hard going, with only Mollie winning again, as well as Tony, making it 2-3 to Cornwall.
In the men’s doubles games Tom and Curnow once again won but this time Tony and Sam lost to a hard hitting pair, and in the women’s doubles Amy paired with Vicki successfully to win comfortably, leaving the younger pair of Mollie and Melissa to battle hard and take a fine victory in three ends.
Cornwall again needed only one game for victory and both pairs obliged – Sean and Amy in style, and Tom and Vicki just edging an exciting, see-sawing three ender to make the overall score 7-4.

On the final day, the last match was against the stronger, table-topping Avon team, with Cornwall fielding some different players to replace those unavailable from the first day. Sam Spencer was absent, and Beth Wotton and Cara Collins replaced Mollie Bailey and Melissa Lin.
In the singles only young Cara was able to win to make it 1-4 going into the doubles, where Cornwall’s sole victory was Tony and Sean in the men’s with a hard fought victory.
Honour was restored in the mixed as both pairs of Sean and Amy, and Tom and Vicki won after another trademark marathon from Tom and Vicki, making the final score 4-7 to Avon.
The team’s eventual position in the division was a very creditable third, which is an excellent result for this promising young team.
Cornwall 2nds day 2
Cornwall 2nd team – Sam Spencer (Truro), Jack Dyer (Truro), Tony Clark (Plymouth), Curnow Bascombe (London), Tom Lyle (Launceston), Sean Havis (Penryn), Melissa Lin (Truro), Mollie Bailey (Truro), Amy Cox (Penryn), Vicki Thomas (St Just), Beth Wotton (Camborne), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Isabel Victoria-Martinez (Newquay).
Managers – Sue Cooper and Lorna Riggs.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Cornwall Badminton 1st and 2nd teams weekend action

Cornwall’s top players took part in the latest round of Badminton England’s regional county championships at the weekend playing in Bristol and Bournemouth with some good results for both teams.


The 1st team went into their matches flying high near the top of Division 3 and were first up against the leaders Guernsey. Cornwall’s Liam Sillifant set the tone in the very first match with a magnificent victory in the singles, beating a skillful, fast opponent in three ends, quickly repeated by Milo Semonin winning the second singles in two comfortable ends.
Liam after his singles win.
By the end of the singles, Cornwall were 3-2 up, as Amy Polglase had easily beaten her opponent in two ends of consistent, steady play.
The men’s and women’s doubles followed, and both Cornish pairs were no match for the strong Guernsey men, although Guy Michell and James Whetter took their game to the maximum three ends. In the women’s doubles Jo Philp and Bronwen Wotton found it tough going in the top slot, but honour was restored by Amy and an injury hampered Emily James to heroically battle through and win their game after going the distance, to make the match poised at 4-5 to Guernsey going into the mixed doubles.
James and Jo in the number one mixed slot were beaten in two ends despite fighting hard, leaving Guy and Bronwen to take revenge in the second mixed with a fine victory to complete the match score 5-6 to Guernsey, a very creditable result against the league leaders.
In the second match Cornwall took on another Channel island, Jersey, and once again were 3-2 up after the singles, with Milo and Amy winning again, as well as Tyler Sillifant totally dominating his match.
In the doubles, although Ross Lashbrook and Richard Townsend lost to a very strong men’s pair, all the other results went Cornwall’s way to secure the match victory before the mixed games were played.
Emily and Bronwen discuss tactics.
Once again, Guy and Bronwen overwhelmed their opponents, and James and Jo came agonizingly close to taking the first mixed, just losing 25-23 in the last end.
This left the overall score 7-4 to Cornwall, and an excellent finish to the weekend for this talented young team.
1st team – Liam Sillifant (Launceston), Milo Semonin (St Austell), Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), James Whetter (St Austell), Guy Michell (St Austell), Ross Lashbrook (Launceston), Richard Townsend (Saltash), Emily James (Falmouth), Amy Polglase (Camborne), Jo Philp (Port Isaac), Bronwen Wotton (Camborne).


Cornwall’s young 2nd team made the long trip to Bournemouth for their Division 4 matches, with two debutants, Elliot Dyer and 13-year-old Cara Collins playing their first games for the senior team.
First up was the Isle of Wight, and an excellent victory of 7-4 to Cornwall. In the singles Tony Clark’s experience got the better of his talented young opponent, and in the women’s singles both Cara and young Amelia Burrell comfortably won theirs, giving Cornwall a 3-2 lead.
The men’s doubles saw the debut pairing of Tom Lyle and Sean Havis losing despite Sean’s speed and Tom’s shot making, whilst the Dyer brothers, Jack and Elliot, won through in two close ends as Elliot’s net play set up older brother Jack’s powerful finishing. The Cornish women showed their strength in the doubles as Amy Cox and Amelia worked well together to win, and the scratch pairing of Cara and Isabel Victoria-Martinez comfortably won their game.
In the mixed doubles honours were even, with Sean and Amy winning in three, to give the team a very good start to the day.
2nd team in Bournemouth.
Next up were division leaders Avon, who proved much tougher opposition, and a step too far as the team went down 1-10.
Although Tony showed his tenacity and skill his opponent won in three ends, and it was down to Cara to play the game of the day and win in three hard fought ends, moving the Avon player relentlessly around the court and showing great fighting spirit to come from 11-6 down to win the third end 21-17.
In the end this proved to be the only win of the match for Cornwall despite a huge effort by the team and several close three enders, notably Tom and Sean only just losing the men’s doubles, with the Cornish women’s doubles up against experienced skilful players, and both mixed games going the distance.
Despite this, this young team shows much promise and determination to move up to the next level, and bodes well for the future of Cornish badminton.
2nd team – Jack Dyer (Truro), Elliot Dyer (Truro), Tony Clark (Plymouth), Tom Lyle (Launceston), Sean Havis (Falmouth), Amelia Burrell (Camborne), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Amy Cox (Falmouth), Isabel Victoria-Martinez (Newquay).

Friday, 20 January 2017

Newquay Cup

The 2017 Newquay Cup will be held at Treviglas Sports Hub – Bradley Road Newquay TR7 3JA commencing at 13.00 sharp until 5.00pm on Saturday 4th February 2017.

Entry fee £8.00 per person and entry forms are available to download here.

This tournament is a Handicapped Mixed Doubles Tournament open to ALL players – League and Social. (The Social element of the tournament will not be handicapped as the Committee will not have the relevant info to handicap couples fairly). The format of the Tournament will be decided by the number of entries, but it will be a round robin. 

Social Category : Eligible players must have only played recreationally within the last 10 years. Players who have played any league/county or similar standard matches within this time will be ineligible for this category.

League Category: Eligible players who have played League or County, and who do not fall within the Social category.