Wednesday 5 December 2018

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