Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Level 1 coaching certificate

Event Details

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The UKCC Level 1 Award for Assistant Coaches in Badminton is the entry point onto the coaching pathway and qualifies the assistant coach to support the Level 2 coach during a coaching session.  This support role might include observation of practice, feeding and group management, to allow the effective delivery of the planned coaching programme.

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Course Dates & Times:

Day 1 – 01/09/2018     9:30am - 4:30pm

Day 2 – 02/09/2018     9:30am - 4:30pm

Day 3 – 16/09/2018     9:30am - 4:30pm


£215 for Badminton England Members

£225 for Non-Members

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Best in the West – West Cornwall’s Badminton Championships 19.5.18

In Penwith College's sports hall at the weekend, the West Cornwall Badminton League held their annual championships and around 40 players representing clubs from all over west Cornwall took part.

The day started with the men's and women's doubles with some close fought matches resulting in the men's winners from the Tecans club in Pool, Chris Glasson and Sam Spencer beating First Edition's (Camborne) brothers, Jack and Elliot Dyer.

Chris and Sam with runners up Jack and Elliot

In the men's restricted category, two scratch pairings led to Chris Cordell from Truro, and Jake Turpie from Falmouth triumph over the young pair from Cornwall Youth Badminton, Potae Sheppard of First Edition, and Alexander Beaumont from Tecans.

Winners Chris and Jake with Jake and Potae

In the combined women's doubles there was high level play throughout, and in the end tournament organiser Amy Cox and her partner Yinling Tan both from the CSM club in Penryn university beat sisters Mollie and Beckie Bailey from First Edition in an exciting match.

Tournament organiser Amy Cox with winning partner Yinling, plus Mollie and Beckie

After refuelling thanks to The Cornish Oven pasties, sponsored by Glasson's Garage, the players started the combined mixed doubles event. Eventually, after some tight games, the final was between Chris Glasson and Kellen Moore from Tecans against the First Edition pairing of Jack Dyer and Mollie Bailey, and Chris and Kellen just came out top after a see-sawing battle.

Mixed doubles finalists and winners Chris and Kellen with Jack and Mollie

The last events of the day were the men's and women's singles - in the men's restricted the young doubles pair were this time against each other, with Potae Sheppard narrowly beating Alexander Beaumont. The open men's event saw Jack Dyer, who had beaten title holder Sam Spencer, finally get revenge over Chris Glasson and take the singles title for the first time. The women's singles was won by first team county player Kellen Moore, who just edged out Mollie Bailey in a nail-biting game.

Singles finalists, winners Jack, Kellen and Potae, with Chris and Mollie (missing Alexander)

And so the championships came to a successful end as the weary players dispersed to catch up on Royal weddings and FA cup finals.

17-20 English County Challenge Report

On the 7th and 8th of April, Cornwall badminton competed in the 17-20 English County Challenge, which took place in York. After taking over 10 hours to get to York the previous day due to a broken down mini-bus, the team faced an exciting challenge against a number of top players from all over the country.

Their box consisted of teams from Cheshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The first match against Cheshire was a huge success, with Cornwall winning 6-0 and only dropping two sets.
Their second match against Lincolnshire proved to be a tougher challenge. It all came down to the final mixed game in which Milo Semonin and Ellie Watkinson fought hard but lost in three sets, meaning that Cornwall lost 4-2.

Their third match, against top seeds and the eventual winners of the tournament, Yorkshire, proved too much for Cornwall. Whilst there were some very close matches, with Amy Polglase and Liam Sillifant losing 28-26 21-17, the team lost 6-0 overall. This meant Cornwall came third in their box, and were into the 9th-12th place play off.

After a night celebrating Noah Semonin’s 21st birthday, the team came out fighting the next day facing tough competition against Avon in their first-round match. Tyler Sillifant won his singles comfortably, whilst Ellie Watkinson’s opponent proved too much. The Semonin brothers lost their match, whilst Amy Cox and Amy Polglase were victorious in their level doubles games. This meant that the teams were tied at 2-2, and everything came down to the mixed doubles. Amy Polglase and Liam Sillifant won comfortably in two sets, meaning that Tyler Sillifant and Amy Cox just needed to win one set to beat Avon overall. They were successful in doing so, and the Cornwall squad won on points overall against Avon.

Their next opponents were Kent, in the play off for 9th or 10th place overall. They came out strong, with both Kellen Moore and Tyler Sillifant winning in 21-17 23-21 and 22-20 21-11 respectively. The level doubles were also a success, with Milo Semonin and Liam Sillifant winning a very long and exciting match, winning 21-18, 18-21, 21-18 against a tough pair from Kent. Amy Polglase and Amy Cox found their game a little easier, winning in two sets. With this giving a 4-0 lead for Cornwall, they could not lose whilst they entered the mixed doubles stage of the match. After a long and tiring weekend, the team beat Kent 4-2, meaning that they came 9th overall, one step up from their 10th place last year.

A big thank you to Brian for driving the team up there and back at the last minute.

The team consisted of Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), Liam Sillifant (Launceston), Noah Semonin (St Austell), Milo Semonin (St Austell), Amy Polglase (Cambourne), Kellen Moore (Cambourne), Amy Cox (Falmouth) and Ellie Watkinson (Cambourne).

Friday, 4 May 2018


Over 40 entries were received for the U15 and U17 County Championships which took place over the weekend of 28th-29th April at Treviglas Sports Hub, Newquay. U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS The boys singles final was won by Sam Phelps ( Falmouth ). Sam played a confident, well structured, tactical match winning comfortably in two ends. The girls singles was won by Cara Collins ( Liskeard ). Cara, fresh from competing at the U17 National championships the previous weekend, dominated the event finishing with a resounding victory in her final match. The boys doubles saw Jason Ayliffe and James Wright (both Truro) deservedly win the County title. The girls doubles was a fascinating event. Cara partnered her school friend Emily Geach who is a new comer to the sport. Both worked tirelessly in their matches and won the event showing great determination and willingness to support each other during long, tense rallies. The mixed doubles winners were Cara and Regan Hull (Falmouth). Trophies were presented by Mrs Jenny Netley-Reseigh (County U14 Team Manager). U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday saw the U17 players competing against some of their younger peers in the U15 and U13 squads. The boys singles final saw the top two seeds going head to head. Harry Dyer ( First Edition BC) had a close match with Luke Sillifant ( Launceston). Luke agonisingly losing the second end 22-20, and the match in 2 ends. Harry taking his first U17 County singles title. The girls singles final was repeat of 2017. Cara defeated her county team mate Mollie Bailey ( First Edition B) in two ends. The match was of a high standard. The boys doubles final saw Luke, partnering his school friend Joe Tucker ( Launceston), defeating Harry and his partner Potae Sheppard ( First Edition BC) in 3 close ends. Without doubt the match of the day was the girls doubles final between Cara and Beckie Bailey (First Edition BC) against Mollie her elder sister and Melissa Lin (First Edition BC). It is worth noting that both Melissa and Beckie had competed in the National Schools finals in Aylesbury the previous day, returning home at 1am Sunday morning. Cara and Beckie won in three incredible ends: 13-15, 15-14, 15-13. The final match of the day was the mixed doubles. Again, high class badminton was on show. Harry and Cara defeated Luke and Melissa in three very close ends. The trophies were presented by Mr Guy Lin (Under 18 Team Manager). The standard of badminton throughout the weekend, and especially on Sunday, was exceptionally high. A high percentage of Cornwall’s youngsters compete on the National Badminton England tournament circuit. The players have achieved National tournament success and high National rankings due to their dedication and commitment to the sport throughout a long season. U15 BOYS SINGLES WINNER SAM PHELP U15 GIRLS SINGLES WINNER CARA COLLINS U15 BOYS DOUBLES WINNERS JASON AYLIFFE/JAMES WRIGHT U15 GIRLS DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/EMILY GEACH U15 MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/REGAN HULL U17 BOYS SINGLES WINNER HARRY DYER U17 GIRLS SINGLES WINNER CARA COLLINS U17 BOYS DOUBLES WINNERS LUKE SILLIFANT/JOE TUCKER U17 GIRLS DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/BECKIE BAILEY U17 MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS CARA COLLINS/HARRY DYER

Monday, 16 April 2018

The Kernow Carlton Cup

On Sunday, social and league badminton teams came from all over Cornwall to the Sir Ben Ainsley Sports Centre in Truro for Cornwall Badminton Association’s brand-new tournament, the Kernow Carlton Cup.

Teams of two men and two women competed against each other for the trophy in level doubles and mixed doubles events with a final play-off for the overall winner.

The finalists - winners Mounts Bay and runners-up Newquay 

The clubs that took part were Choughs (Camborne), TruFal (Truro/Falmouth), Mounts Bay (Penzance), St Austell Bay, Newquay, Par, Wednesdays (St Austell), CSM (Penryn), and Truro, in an enjoyable day of good badminton.

After some close fought games, Newquay came through as the Box B winners, over nearest rivals, the CSM club based in Falmouth University’s Penryn campus. In Box A it was the Mounts Bay team that dominated with a big gap to second placed St Austell Bay.

And so, the final began with the men’s doubles, which Newquay’s powerful combination of Nathan Holmes and Drew Daniels taking both ends, despite a fight back from the Mounts Bay boys in the second end.

Next up was the women’s doubles, and Mount’s Bay Marianne Fowler and Choi Wong combined well to outpoint Lorna Riggs and Jane Hamberg of Newquay, leaving it all down to the two mixed doubles games to decide the outcome.

Jamie Dunn and Marianne proved too strong for Drew and Lorna with their careful placement and attack, to give Mounts Bay an advantage, and then Nathan and Jane levelled things up yet again by beating Tony Wong and Choi with some hard hitting and fast court coverage.

Jamie and Marianne v Drew and Lorna

Tony and Choi took on Nathan and Jane

Some quick calculations and the winners were announced – by only 4 points, Mounts Bay had triumphed, after an exciting, high quality final, to end the successful day of this new tournament.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Best in the West

Please see details of the tournament below.  Entry forms to download here

The West Cornwall Badminton League: 2018 Championships

Who will be the Best in the West?

Saturday 19th May 2018
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**

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Time for change

Dear fellow county members,

As many of you will know, I have served this county badminton association for several years now, from my early days as Development Officer to my current role as County Chairman.  It has been an immensely rewarding time and has enabled me to witness and assist in some memorable achievements within Cornwall badminton. However, I now feel that the time has come for me to “hand over the reins” to someone else.  Accordingly, I will be formally resigning my post as Chairman at the forthcoming County AGM and Presentation event at the White Hart, St Austell on May 5th.

I will remain involved but at a distance, in that I will continue to be one of the authorised document checkers for those applying for or renewing a DBS certificate.  Similarly, I will continue my work with Truro Junior BC for the foreseeable future and hope thereby to retain my links with CYB. True to say that I love this sport and this county, but I feel that I have little more to give and that it is time for you to seek someone with new and probably younger ideas and energy.

There is plenty of time for you as individuals and as clubs, to discuss the situation and for one or more of you to offer yourselves to replace me – it shouldn’t be difficult.  The post is not onerous, and you will have the support of a very able committee, most of whom are standing again for re-election and who are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in organising our sport within Cornwall and beyond.  You should also consider coming onto the committee even if you don’t feel ready to take on the chairmanship at this point. Please, everyone, see if you can give just a little time to serving this wonderful sport and county of ours.

I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

Tony Poole, Cornwall CBA Chairman

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Double Delight for Cornwall

Cornwall’s top badminton players have just returned from a hugely successful weekend playing in Badminton England’s regional championships to end a thrilling season. The 1st team travelled to Bristol sitting in the relegation zone of their division and needing all the points they could get in their three matches.
What a team! The 2nd team secured a well-deserved promotion in their division in Torquay after another dominant display – match report to follow. First up for the top team on Saturday was Hampshire, and all three Cornish men stormed to victory in the singles, with Tyler and Liam Sillifant and James Whetter looking strong and purposeful, matched by Cara Collins in the first women’s singles slot seeing off her opponent skilfully. Although Kellen Moore was beaten in two battling ends, a 4-1 lead was a very healthy start. It got even better after that as both men’s and women’s doubles pairs won their games, James and Guy Michell digging in and winning in three, and a new pairing of Tom Lyle and Liam impressing in their first outing. The established pair of Kellen and Amy Polglase did well to come back from an end down, and another new pair of Cara and Amy Cox were far too strong for the Hampshire second pair. 
Guy and James take no prisoners
That left the two mixed games, and Guy and Bronwen had an excellent victory in three ends, followed by Tom and Amy Cox combining well for the first time, to make the overall match score an impressive 10-1 to Cornwall.
This gave a confidence boost for the next match versus a strong Dorset team. The top men’s singles produced one of the best games of the weekend as Tyler took on a talented Dorset man, both players incredibly fast and consistent around the court. Tyler was very unlucky to narrowly lose in the third end in a game that could have gone either way. Older brother Liam then won the second singles in three entertaining ends, and Cornwall’s stalwart James looked imperious in winning his game. The Cornish women’s singles both went the Duchy’s way as Cara and Kellen outplayed the much-fancied Dorset women, giving another great lead of 4-1 going into the doubles.
James and Guy, and Tom and Liam once again took their opposition apart in two very satisfying games, and although Kellen and Amy Polglase just lost to an unbeaten Dorset pair despite winning one end, Cara and Amy Cox triumphed for the second time to win in two.
The mixed was a step too far for the Cornish pairs, although Guy and Bronwen came agonisingly close after taking one end and only just losing the third. Tom and Amy Cox fought hard but lost in two, and the match finished with another excellent victory 7-4 to Cornwall.

Brian puts back some energy post match
The next day it was all to play for with Cornwall now safe from relegation and sitting on the same number of points as their rivals in third place.
The last match was against an experienced Somerset side who had also performed well all weekend. Yet again the Cornish boys stamped their authority on the game with three fine wins. Tyler was particularly impressive in a dominant display, Liam dug deep to turn around a shaky start, followed by James taking another scalp in his long successful career. Cara could not quite match her strong opponent despite some impressive retrieving but Kellen showed confidence and grit to outlast her opponent, to give the match score a familiar 4-1 look.
Then it was situation normal with James and Guy winning in two, and Tom and Liam getting going in the last two ends to victory – meaning that James and Liam had 100% records for the weekend. Both Somerset pairs were too strong for the Cornish girls, Kellen and Amy Polglase, and a new pairing of Bronwen and Amy Cox, and so Cornwall went into the mixed knowing that they needed at least one win to secure an amazing promotion as there were three teams in contention on the same points.
Thank you loyal supporters
Things started badly as Guy and Bronwen were edged out by a very experienced pair leaving all hopes pinned on Tom and Cara to pull off what looked like a miracle.
They stormed to a lead in the first end but Somerset battled back taking the second end so it all come down inevitably to the final end of the whole season – seesawing both ways, after several match points the Cornish pair triumphed to the delight of the whole team and their loyal supporters. Promotion won by a single point – a fitting end to an exciting season for this talented team.
They did it!
Cornwall 1st team – Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), Liam Sillifant (Launceston), James Whetter (St Austell), Guy Michell (St Austell), Tom Lyle (Launceston), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Kellen Moore (Camborne), Amy Polglase (Camborne), Bronwen Wotton (Camborne), Amy Cox (Falmouth).

Successful athletes fuel down

Junior Tournament

Please see details of the junior tournament below.  Entry forms to download here.

Thursday, 15 February 2018


Cornwall County
Badminton Association

The 2018 Kernow Carlton Cup
Team Tournament
For League and Social Clubs combined

15th April 2018 9am – 6pm

Sir Ben Ainslie Sports hall (8 courts)

Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro,
Cornwall, TR1 1TH

Entry forms here.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cornwall Badminton 2nd and 3rd team

Cornwall’s second and third county badminton teams travelled to Torquay to take on Devon 4 and Somerset 2. The second team’s first match was against Somerset 2 and they resumed their good form and after two tight singles wins for Tony Clark and Sam Spencer the rest of the team followed taking all but one of the games to win 10-1. The afternoon match was against Devon 4 their main promotion rivals. Wins in the singles from Tony, Melissa Lin and Mollie Bailey meant that Cornwall had a 3 -2 lead going into the doubles. After a solid win from Tony and his partner Sean Havis, Cornwall’s second pairing of Dave Harrington and Richard Townsend had to use all their experience to win their game in three very close ends. The women’s no 1 doubles pair of Amy Cox and Amelia Burrell secured the tie in Cornwall’s favour with an assured, straight sets win over their opponents. The final result Cornwall 2 wins 8-3. They are now top of the table with two more matches to play to complete the season later in March.
Sean and Amy winning in Torquay
Team: Tony Clark (Plymouth), Sam Spencer (Camborne), Dave Harrington (Saltash), Sean Havis (Falmouth), Richard Townsend (Callington), Mollie Bailey (Camborne), Melissa Lin (Camborne), Amy Cox (Falmouth), Amelia Burrell (Camborne) Cornwall third team had a mix of youth and experience and their first match was against Devon 4. Cornwall 3’s number 1 singles player Mark Pearson played a tight three end game just losing to his more experienced opponent 21-19 in the third end. Both Cornish women’s singles players Beckie Bailey and Yin Ling Tan produced good performances to make the score 2-3 to Devon. The doubles proved harder with both men’s pairs losing in straight ends and only Beckie and Yin maintaining their winning ways. The final score was 3-8 to Devon 4. In the afternoon against Somerset 2 the team had a reshuffle and Jack Dyer set the tone of the match with a comfortable win over his opponent leading the way to a 4-1 lead after the singles. Youngsters Elliot Dyer and Mark Pearson played their first senior match together and produced a good performance to win against their more experienced opponents. Another new pairing of Josh Richards and Nic Batten also battled hard to win. The tie was already won but the mixed pairs were determined to improve the score. Jan Santillo and Jack outplayed their opponents to win in two ends. Lorna Riggs and Elliot fought hard to win the last match of the day in three very close ends. The final score was 9-2 to Cornwall 3. Team: Jack Dyer (Camborne), Mark Pearson (Camborne), Elliot Dyer (Camborne), Josh Richards (Camborne), Nic Batten (Falmouth), Beckie Bailey (Camborne), Yin Ling Tan (Falmouth), Jan Santillo (Liskeard), Lorna Riggs (Newquay)

Cornwall Badminton 1st team matches

Cornwall’s best badminton players took part in the latest round of Badminton England’s senior county championships in Bristol at the weekend with two very close matches.

First up was a strong Avon team featuring some young, skilful opponents which the top two men, Tyler Sillifant and Milo Semonin found too hot to handle. Honour was restored when experienced James Whetter gradually wore down the opposition and the Avon man eventually retired injured in the final end. 

The Cornish girls’ singles players set out to make the score more respectable, with young Cara Collins having a fine win in two ends, followed by a gutsy performance from Kellen Moore to beat the Avon girl in three gruelling ends and make the match score 3-2 going into the doubles.

Kellen & Amy storming to a win
Cara & Bronwen just lose out

With the match score on 4-5 in Avon’s favour, the mixed games began with a nail-biting top mixed which saw Guy and Bronwen just edge a thrilling, see-saw game in the final end. Another new pairing of Tom and Amy also took an end off the Avon pair but unluckily could not secure the decider, and so the overall match score finished 5-6 to Avon after a long, hard-fought match.

More was to follow in the afternoon as the next opponents were Gloucestershire and the Cornish singles players stormed to a five-nil lead after winning all three men and both women’s singles, four of the games going to three ends showing the great determination and fighting spirit of the Cornwall team.

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Guy takes a power nap

Gloucestershire came back in the men’s doubles with wins in both games as the players tired, but the Kellen and Amy pairing clinched the overall match with a superb win, giving Kellen an impressive 100% winning record for the day. Again, Cara and Bronwen came agonisingly close in their game after taking the second end, but went out undeserved losers in a tight, long third end.

The two mixed games were a step too far for the Cornish pairs, as Gloucestershire won both fairly comfortably to give a final score of 6-5 once again, but this time in Cornwall’s favour.

Cornwall 1st team –

Tyler Sillifant (Launceston), Milo Semonin (St Austell), James Whetter (St Austell), Guy Michell (St Austell), Tom Lyle (Launceston)

Cara Collins (Liskeard), Kellen Moore (Camborne), Amy Polglase (Camborne), Bronwen Wotton (Camborne).

The Masters' County Badminton Challenge 2018

Cornwall's top veteran badminton players have just returned from a weekend of inter-county matches at Badminton England's Challenge event in Bournemouth. The over 50 and over 65 teams joined other players from all other southern England in the annual competition over two days of top badminton and socialising.

Over 50s team
On the first day, the over 50s, resplendent in their new kit, had a great start, beating Oxfordshire with fine wins for Kath Wotton and Jan Santillo in the women's doubles plus Pete Bazin and Lorna Riggs and Bob Bell and Lynda Beer in the mixed. It then became harder as the teams went down to a strong Kent team despite another good win for Kath and Jan, followed by defeat to Avon, although again Pete and Lorna took first mixed. Saturday ended with a rather crunching defeat to Hampshire, as the Cornish players tired and old injuries took hold.
Jan and Kath
Pete and Lorna
Over 65 team minus Pat
The over 65 team battled valiantly in their three matches on day one, despite being short of one player as stalwart Pat Edwards couldn't make the trip due to illness. Captain Brian Hannibal and Celia Hillman took the mixed doubles against Dorset, looking strong and skilful, but overall defeats to Surrey and Berkshire followed as the team always conceded one game for each match.

Celia and Brian H
Dinner before dance
Day two dawned after an excellent evenings dinner dance, and the over 65s had an early start taking on the Avon veterans, this time with an exciting win after George Whetter and Brian Gilbert won a thrilling three ender, backed up by another fine victory by Brian and Celia, also in three ends. Although the two Brian's won their men's doubles, the team then lost to Devon, and finally Wiltshire, to cap off a hard but enjoyable weekend's badminton.

Brian G and George
The over 50s team had two matches to play on the Sunday, which proved a bit too much for tired and injured bodies, so defeats to Devon and a strong Sussex team followed, but team spirit remained high as the Cornish players made the long trip home after an enjoyable weekend.

Richard and Barry

Over 50 team - Lorna Riggs (Newquay) captain and manager, Kath Wotton (Camborne), Jan Santillo (Liskeard), Lynda Beer (Callington), Pete Bazin (St Austell), Bob Bell (Callington), Richard Jones (Liskeard), Barry Matthews (Liskeard). Reserve Sue Biscoe (Truro)

Over 65 team - Brian Hannibal (Penzance) captain and manager, Brian Gilbert (Callington), George Whetter (St Austell), Celia Hillman (Truro), Christine Smith (Looe). Missing Pat Edwards (St Austell).

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Cornwall Veterans Championships 2018

Twenty-three players from all over Cornwall aged from 40 to 71 played in this year’s championships at Polkyth Leisure Centre in St Austell. The tournament was split into two sections of under and over 55 years, with age points handicaps.
The combined women’s doubles were evenly matched between 5 pairs with some tightly fought, skilful matches on display. Winners of the under 55 section were a new pairing of Liskeard’s Janet Santillo and Jane Barber from St Austell, combining speed and power to win all their games except against the over 55 champions. Runners up were another new pairing from Penzance and Bodmin, Vicki Thomas and Helen Beer.
The triumphant women
In the older women’s age group, seasoned campaigners Kath Wotton from Camborne and Lynda Beer of Callington triumphed with their all court game, while the established pair of Truro’s Sue Biscoe and Lorna Riggs from Newquay came close runners-up.
Seven pairs in the combine men’s doubles battled against big points differences to give some absorbing games. The top two pairs in both sections dominated, with St Austell’s James Whetter and Pete Bazin winning the under 55 group, and Calligton’s Bob Bell partnering Richard Jones from Liskeard to comfortably win the over 55 section. Runners-up were Pool’s Gary Braunton with his partner Tony Wong from St Ives, and Brian Hannibal and George Whetter from Penzance and St Austell.
Happy chappies from the mens doubles
The final event of the day was the combined mixed doubles for 7 pairs, again with the challenge of points differences for the younger players taking on the over 55s. James Wetter and Vicki Thomas only dropped one point to win the under 55 group from runners-up Jon Wyatt from Liskeard, playing in his first Cornwall championships with Janet Santillo. Once again, in the older category Bob Bell and Lynda Beer were too strong for their opponents, with runners-up Brian Hannibal and Celia Hillman closing the end of a long, enjoyable days badminton.
Mixed winners, minus Celia
The next veterans event for Cornwall’s over 55 and 65 teams is to head to Bournemouth at the weekend for Badminton England’s Masters Challenge to take on other counties in the annual competition.