Sunday, 20 January 2019

Cornwall Vets rise to the Challenge

The two Cornwall badminton veteran teams have just returned from a successful weekend in Eastleigh, taking part in Badminton England’s Masters County Challenge, where the top players from counties across the country compete against each other and enjoy a sociable two days.


The over 50s team had an impressive weekend, never losing a match and combining well to beat Buckinghamshire 3-1 and Surrey 4-0 and drawing 2-2 to Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire on the first day.

Cornwall over 50s in new kit supplied by Richard Jones
Lynda and Jan win yet again
Richard J and Bob looking good

Day two saw the teams all play each other again, after an enjoyable dinner dance the night before, and first up for Cornwall 50s were arch rivals Herts who were dispatched 3-1, followed by two 4-0 whitewashings of Surrey and Bucks. Last up for the Cornish players were Oxfordshire in the final match and after losing the men’s doubles and the first mixed, a 2-2 draw was achieved after fine wins for the women’s doubles and the second mixed pair.

Brian trying hard
Lorna feels proud
Although the weekends results are yet to be confirmed by Badminton England, the Cornwall over 50s look to have won the division and will be promoted following these excellent results.

Cornwall over 50s team – Jon Wyatt, Richard Jones, Richard Haughton (all Liskeard), Bob Bell (Callington), Pete Bazin (St Austell), Jan Santillo (Liskeard), Lynda Beer (Callington), Lorna Riggs Captain/Manager (Newquay/Truro), Sue Biscoe (Truro).

New kit for the weekend once again kindly supplied by Richard Jones.

The Cornwall over 65s also had a good weekend, on the first day winning against the Isle of Wight 3-0, Somerset 2-1 and a combined Buckinghamshire/Surrey team 3-0, before losing 3-0 to a strong Sussex team.

Cornwall over 65s
Pat and Linzi in action

Brian and Graham battling hard

On the final day, the team again beat the Isle of Wight and Bucks/Surrey 2-1, but lost to Somerset and Sussex 2-1.

Cornwall over 65s team – Brian Hannibal Captain/Manager (Penzance), Graham Smith, George Whetter (both St Austell), Brian Gilbert (Callington), Pat Edwards (St Austell/Truro), Linzi Crosswood (Truro), Christine Smith (Looe).