Wednesday 5 December 2018

Cornwall Veterans Tournament

The annual veterans tournament will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on Sunday 6th January 2019 - 10.00am to 5.00 pm

Entries can be made by telephone or email by 20th December 2018

Cost £16 for one element or £20 for 2 elements

Entry forms available here.

Under 21 County Championships


2018/19 Under 21 County Championships

will be held at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell on Sunday 16th December 2018

SINGLES commencing at 10 am
DOUBLES commencing at 12.30pm
MIXED commencing at 2.30 pm

Entry form available here

A Bonanza of Badminton, Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro, 18 November 2018

Over 50 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.

Bonanza action Team 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 many tightly contested matches, with some new winners in the men’s and women’s events. The men’s doubles proved to be the final of the day and was won by Suwan Islam and Saidul Haque who just beat their St Austell colleagues Mansell Ahmed and Shab Uddin for the first time. In the mixed doubles, Martin Penney and his partner Dee Frost triumphed after beating their fellow Choughs players Steve Knuckey and Deborah Peters. The men’s singles final saw playing partners Dan Woodcock and Alan Spencer from St Ives battle through fatigue at the end of a long day, with Dan winning the title for the first time.

Winners and runners up social men’s Winners and runners up social mixed

For the combined women’s doubles, the Devon pair of Michelle Wylde and Karen Parish won the title after just outpointing East Cornwall’s Emma Ziajka and her partner Rachael Williams, with Dee Frost and Deborah Peters of Camborne once again winning the social doubles medals.

Winners social women’s doubles Winners league women’s doubles

The league events also had some hard fought, skilful badminton, and in the men’s singles once again the current champion from St Ives, Tony Wong showed his fitness and skill in just outlasting Pool’s Gary Braunton to keep hold of his title. There was another tight final for the men’s doubles with Ben Hamill and Matthew Harvey from Chulmleigh taking on St Ives’s Tony Wong and Luke Jannaway, with the Devon pair running out deserved winners in two ends. The mixed doubles this year was again won by the Devon partnership of Ben Hamill and Michelle Wylde who pipped runners up from Plymouth Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker to the top spot, to complete an excellent day’s badminton.

League men’s winners and runners up League mixed winners and runners up

League and social singles winners and runners up

Results –

League men’s singles – winner Tony Wong, runner up Gary Braunton

Social men’s singles - winner Dan Woodcock, runner up Alan Spencer

League men’s doubles – winners Ben Hamill/Matthew Harvey, runners up Tony Wong/Luke Jannaway

League ladies’ doubles – winners Karen Parish/Michelle Wylde, runners up Emma Ziajka/Rachael Williams

Social men’s doubles – winners Suwan Islam/Saidul Haque, runners up Mansell Ahmed/Shab Uddin

Social ladies doubles – winners Dee Frost/Deborah Peters

League mixed doubles – winners Ben Hammill/Michelle Wylde, runners up Ryan Lambourne/Waine Parker

Social mixed doubles – winners Martin Penney/Dee Frost, runners up Steve Knuckey/Deborah Peters

Monday 3 December 2018

Cornwall's top badminton team's challenge

The best players in Cornwall made their way to Bristol recently to start the new season of inter-county matches, in Badminton England's Senior County Championships. The team were anticipating a challenging day as this was the first set of games since their promotion last year, and so it proved.

Brian flies the flag
Tom’s team talk

First up were the talented Wiltshire team, and Cornwall's singles players struggled to gain a hold, despite a battling three ends from Liam Sillifant, and Kellen Moore's close contest in the women's singles. In the top singles, Tyler Sillifant and Cara Collins were up against two strong opponents playing consistent, skilful badminton who took both their games in two ends.

Tyler in action
Being 5-0 down, it was always going to be a struggle in the doubles, although James Whetter, and Sean Havis making his very creditable debut, pushed the Wilts pair very hard and were unlucky to just lose in the third end.

Cara Collins and Amy Cox also went close in the women's, in a match that could easily have gone either way, followed by a tight game involving new pairing Bronwen Wotton and Amy Polglase, who were unlucky not to take the second end in an exciting battle.

Despite being well down, the Cornish team showed great fighting spirit in the mixed, although Tom Lyle and Bronwen couldn't match the power and guile of their opponents, in the last game Sean and Amy Cox did everything they could to just win the first end, be extremely unlucky to narrowly lose the second, then go down with heads held high in the last.
Sean and Amy battling hard
A heavy defeat to start the day, with another tough match versus Gloucestershire to follow.

In the singles, again Tyler and James lost out to strong players, but Liam had an excellent win in the number two slot, to finally get a Cornish score on the board. Kellen followed suit and also won her singles comfortably, but Cara was playing a very experienced ex England player, and despite winning the first end, was unlucky to lose in three.

The men's doubles both went Glocs' way despite both going to three ends and again James and Sean went close. Cara and Amy Cox had a thrilling battle in two nerve biting ends but just lost out, although Bronwen and Amy Polglase restored Cornish honour with a great victory in yet another tight game that went the distance.

In the mixed doubles, Tom and Bronwen lost out to a powerful pair, and in the last match of the day Sean and Amy Cox looked good in taking the second mixed in two exciting ends to give the overall score 7-4 to Gloucestershire.

A long, gruelling day's badminton, but the team played everything in great spirit and the number of close games means that they can look forward to the next matches optimistically.

1st team - Tyler Sillifant, Liam Sillifant, Tom Lyle (all Launceston), James Whetter (St Austell), Sean Havis (Surrey), Cara Collins (Liskeard), Kellen Moore (Camborne), Amy Cox (Surrey), Bronwen Wotton (Bristol), Amy Polglase (Camborne)

Monday 29 October 2018

Mounts Bay Open Day

Mounts Bay Junior Badminton Club - Free Open Day

Saturday 24th November

10am – 2pm

Penwith College Sports Hall, Penzance.

Mounts Bay Junior Club is open for new membership for players ages 7+. Come along for a free fun badminton activity session and learn about our club which meets on a Thursday. For more information contact

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Badminton Bonanza - Truro

This year's CCBA Badminton Bonanza is on Sunday November 18th, once again at the Sir Ben Ainsley Sports Centre in Truro.

Bonanzas are aimed at those who would like some more experience (and fun!) in tournament play in singles and doubles and mixed events. Players from all over Cornwall and Devon take part in what is sure to be another day of great badminton.

The closing date for this year's tournament is November 12th.

Please see the entry form for more details and conditions for entry.

Monday 1 October 2018

Cornwall Badminton County Championships 2018

Cornwall’s top badminton players took part in the annual county championships over 2 days at St Austell Leisure Centre at the weekend, with an exciting display of talent from over 40 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, and Truro’s Bailey sisters.
Watching the men’s final

Day one started with the men’s singles event which had attracted a large entry, and the crowds were treated to some excellent badminton. Penryn graduate Sean Havis had a good quarter final battle with top seed Tyler Sillifant before losing in three ends, while the other three seeds made their way through to the semi-finals. Here both top two seeds, Tyler and Liam Sillifant had comfortable victories over the evergreen James Whetter from St Austell and Jack Dyer, to meet for the fourth year running in the final. This year it was younger brother Tyler’s turn to triumph and regain his crown, both playing with skill, speed and determination in an absorbing match.

The women’s singles saw a battling Bronwen Wotton from Camborne finally overcome young Joanna Vyvyan in a hard-fought quarter final to meet second seed Mollie Bailey in the semi, which was a step too far as Mollie won in two ends. The final pitched Mollie against her friend, the top seed from Liskeard, 14-year-old Cara Collins who had beaten Beckie Bailey in the semis in two comfortable ends. Cara’s speed and control once again proved too powerful and she ran out county champion for the second time.
The singles finalists
The first day finished with the women’s doubles, and the top seeds progressed to the final, after a tight semi where second seeds Cara and Amy Cox just beat the impressive pairing of Mollie and Truro’s Melissa Lin. The final was one of the best games of the day between the number one seeds, from Camborne, Bronwen and Amy Polglase, a new pairing, against second seeds singles champion Cara with her partner Amy. Cara and Amy finally won after an exciting, see-sawing match of three close ends, thanks to their speed, power and retrieval, but were pushed hard all the way by their opponents.
The women’s finalists

Men’s doubles action
Women’s doubles action
The next day twelve pairs contested the men’s doubles, and all four seeds duly made their way to the semi-finals, despite a tense quarter final three-ender between title holders James and his regular partner from St Austell, Guy Michell, with the Saltash/Pool pairing of Richard Townsend and Sam Spencer. James and Guy had a more comfortable semi-final win over number four seeds Jack and Tyler, although second seeds Launceston’s Tom Lyle and Liam were challenged by Sean and his partner from Plymouth, Tony Clark, in a very tight three-ender, just winning 22-20 in the final end. In the final James and Guy lost a close first end, and despite being pushed hard took the second, and then powered through to win the final end over a tiring Tom and Liam in a thrilling match of hard smashing, quick reactions and amazing retrievals.
The men’s finalists
The final event of the weekend was the mixed doubles which had some of the best games of the weekend and 14 pairs taking part, ranging from new young talent to experienced players using all their skills and knowledge. Some notable successes were Elliot Dyer and Melissa Lin beating the number four seeds Liam and Amy Polglase in an exciting match that went to the wire, and older brother Jack Dyer and Mollie Bailey doing well to oust second seeds James and Amy Cox in another tight game in the quarter finals. The first semi-final line up was top seeds Guy and Bronwen against Tom and Cara, and this was yet another close game which went the distance, but Tom and Cara finally proved a little more consistent despite some excellent retrieving and power play from Guy and Bronwen. In the other semi younger brother Elliot and Melissa could not match the all court play of Jack and Mollie and they ran out comfortable winners in two. The final was a more straightforward affair after all the previous three-enders and Tom and Cara overpowered Jack and Mollie to become well-deserved new champions to complete a fine weekend of top-quality Cornish badminton.
The mixed finalists
In the plate events the youngest Dyer brother, Harry, won the men’s singles, and Beckie Bailey took the women’s singles by default. The women’s doubles saw a victory for Yin Ling Tan from Penryn, partnering Newquay’s Jen Pugh, and the men’s doubles was won by Will Bick from Penzance and his partner Elliot Dyer, and in the final event, the mixed doubles plate winners were Truro’s Josh Richards and Beckie Bailey.
Singles plate winners
Plate doubles winners

Plate mixed winners
Results –

Men’s singles Tyler Sillifant beat Liam Sillifant 21/13 21/11

Women’s singles Cara Collins beat Mollie Bailey 21/6 21/15

Men’s doubles Guy Michell/James Whetter beat Tom Lyle/Liam Sillifant 18/21 21/15 21/17

Women’s doubles Amy Cox/Cara Collins beat Bronwen Wotton/Amy Polglase 21/16 14/21 21/15

Mixed doubles Tom Lyle/Cara Collins beat Jack Dyer/Mollie Bailey 21/14 21/14

Plate events –

Men’s singles Harry Dyer beat Richard Townsend 21/17 21/16

Women’s singles Beckie Bailey

Men’s doubles Will Bick/Elliot Dyer beat Gary Braunton/Steve Ellis 20/21 21/11

Women’s doubles Yin Ling Tan/Jen Pugh beat Marianne Thomas/Vicki Thomas 21/14 21/13

Mixed doubles Josh Richards/Beckie Bailey beat Sam Spencer/Amelia Burrell 21/16 20/21

Saturday 1 September 2018

Duchy Open

36th Duchy Senior Silver 2018

Last updated: 01 September 2018 18:23
EnglandCornwall, Truro, Cornwall, England


The online entry closes on 14 September 2018 at 23:59 (GMT +01:00).
Venue:Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre
Truro, Cornwall
Route atGoogle Maps
Order of play will be:
Saturday am - Singles
Saturday pm - Mixed doubles
Sunday - finish off mixed doubles if required, followed by Level doubles
Tournament contact
Name:Kay Bossenger
Phone:07723 338860

Online entry
Entry open:26 June 2018 00:00 (GMT +01:00)
Entry deadline:14 September 2018 23:59 (GMT +01:00)
Withdrawal deadline:14 September 2018 23:59 (GMT +01:00)

Tournament days

22 September 2018 to 23 September 2018

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 29th September, starting at 10am each day.

Entries must be received by Sunday 23rd September.

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Cornwall Badminton new season feature, 2018/19

The new badminton season is about to begin for the world’s second most popular sport after football – over 975,000 adults play badminton every week in the UK, taking part in the sociable, healthy activity. Badminton is the fastest racket sport where shuttles can reach speeds of over 200mph at the top levels, although it can also be enjoyed at a slower pace.

In Cornwall, there are ten league clubs offering social and competitive badminton in two leagues across the county, many with junior sections, and there are also several social clubs, as well as all the casual play in sports and leisure centres.

Cornwall Badminton Association oversees the competitive and league play, and runs several tournaments for all players throughout the season – all details can be found on their website

The new County Chairman is Bob Bell, from Callington, an England senior international and 2015 world masters champion at men’s doubles. Bob, who plays in Cornwall’s veteran teams, says – “there are many opportunities to take part in our fantastic sport in Cornwall, we welcome people to our clubs and tournaments and encourage you to join us”.

Bob Bell, Chairman and World Champion

Apart from an active, thriving Cornwall Youth Badminton organisation, the county has three senior teams who completed a very successful season last year, with two teams winning promotion in Badminton England’s regional senior county championships against teams from across the south and west, and all the players look forward to the new challenges this season.

Cornwall’s 1st team win promotion

Not to be outdone, there are also two veteran teams of over 50 and over 65 competing against other south west counties from September to March, and battling through an enjoyable weekend of inter-county play in January, held usually in Bournemouth.

Over 50s in action
The season kicks off with the prestigious Duchy Tournament on September 22nd and 23rd at the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre in Truro – this event attracts top players from all over the country for a weekend of quality, exciting play. The following weekend at St Austell Leisure Centre is the Senior County Championships to find the latest champions – always a keenly fought, much anticipated tournament – again, spectators are very welcome.

During the season there are also events for all social and league players, such as the well-established Bonanza series, the Newquay mixed doubles tournament and the newer Kernow Team Cup – keep an eye on the website for up to date details, there is something for everyone!

The Kernow Cup final 2018

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Level 1 coaching certificate

Event Details
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.

For more information, please click Here.


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).

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