Tuesday 21 December 2021


U21 Championships & county vets tournament have now been cancelled due to the current situation. It is hoped to play them later in the season.

Sunday 14 November 2021

 The South West County Challenge

The Cornwall team travelled to Wellington on Saturday to take part in the friendly matches organised by our coach, James Elkin, to give county players some long awaited competitive play. 

Harry, Tom, James, Elliot, Jack and Josh, with Joanna and Mollie

First up were a strong Avon team and it was a tough call in the singles, although Mollie put up a great fight, followed by Joanna having a good win in three ends. All four doubles games went Avon’s way, but Harry and stand-in vet Launa triumphed in the first mixed.   

The next match proved even harder against favourites Gloucestershire, with Harry battling a difficult first singles, then Mollie had to unfortunately pull out due to injury, but Joanna once more flew the flag by winning again at the second singles, Tom and James narrowly losing the second mens.

Tom and James in action

Somerset were the last match at the end of a long day, and with 2 conceded games and injuries to Elliot and Mollie, it was hard for the singles players, although there were 3 Enders for both Jack and Joanna. Despite “our” 2 borrowed ladies just losing, Tom and James won their mens comfortably, and Tom and Launa followed this up with an accomplished victory at first mixed. The last game of the day saw Jack and Joanna win in three to give Joanna an excellent hat-trick of victories on the day.

Jack and Joanna winning

Overall a challenging day all round, but a great chance for match-play to test out partnerships, skills and fitness levels, and one that saw the Cornish players more than rise to the occasion.

The team - Mollie Bailey, Joanna Vyvyan, Tom Lyle, James Whetter, Josh Richards, Jack, Elliot and Harry Dyer.

 Duchy Dudes at the NBC

Summer Team League - Championship Cup

The ‘Duchy Dudes’ team of Lynda Beer, Janet Santillo, Julian Cooper, Bob Bell and Jamie Cooper travelled to the National Badminton Centre at Milton Keynes on Saturday 13th November to play in the finals of the Champions Summer League Cup.

The competition was a first for Badminton England and teams had to qualify by winning regional leagues.

Each match consisted of a Ladies’ Doubles, Mens’ Doubles and four Mixed rubbers. Unfortunately Bob suffered an injury in the first match but the rest of the team went on to finish an heroic second in the group, only losing in a hard fought match to the eventual winners ‘Broken Strings’, a London based team from Indonesia.

Lyn, Jan and Julian played a total of 26 ends each during the day and deservedly claimed to be slightly weary after the final match. Jamie stood in at short notice and played a mere 19 ends making a brilliant contribution to the team effort.

Congratulations to BE for hosting the tournament and if it’s run again it would be great to see more teams entering from Cornwall.

Wednesday 13 October 2021


Please note:

The start time for this Sunday’s (17th October) practice/trials is now 12 noon, and not 10 am, at Pool. Cost is £15 for the day.

Monday 27 September 2021

Badminton is Back!

There was a welcome return of Cornwall County Badminton’s Restricted Championships last weekend at Cornwall College’s Pool sports hall after a long missing year, to find the top players in the county once again. Familiar faces met new talent, and reunited with players making comebacks in a celebration of competitive badminton.

Day 1 featured the men’s singles and doubles, and top seed Harry Dyer from Truro progressed to the final, but not before a three-ended battle with clubmate Josh Richards. 

Josh v Harry

Waiting for Harry in the final was Milo Semonin, returning to Cornwall from his university course.  After an impressive start by both men, there was a long delay for the unfortunate Milo who went down with cramp, but recovered to continue before Harry’s speed and style won his first singles title.

Men’s singles final
Men’s champion Harry with plate winner Jack

In the men’s doubles there was a strong line-up of experienced and newer pairings, with the four seeded pairs making it through to the semi-finals. Launceston’s Tom Lyle paired up with Elliot, the middle of the 3 Dyer brothers playing, and they beat Jack and Harry Dyer in a great display of tactical, attacking badminton.

3 Dyers plus Tom

 In the other semi, Milo and former singles champion Tyler Sillifant from Launceston just edged out the experienced St Austell pair of James Whetter and Guy Michell in two tight ends. 

Milo & Tyler v James & Guy

Milo and Tyler were no match for Elliot and Tom in the final, who gave a powerful demonstration of successful doubles play to win.

Men’s final action
Men’s doubles champs 

Day two was ladies day in Pool, the morning given over to singles and doubles, and dominated by Cornwall’s international player from Liskeard, Cara Collins, who comfortably won the singles competition for the third year, with the promising Joanna Vyvyan coming second.

Champion Cara v Joanna

Cara teamed up with Camborne’s Bronwen Wotton to win the doubles, outpointing the evergreen Lynda Beer and Jan Santillo from Callington and Liskeard.

Bronwen & Cara v Jan & Lynda

A good entry in the mixed doubles with pairs from all over Cornwall, saw the four seeds progress to the semi-finals, where Harry and Cara swept away elder brother Jack and Joanna.

Joanna & Jack v Cara & Harry

 Disaster struck in the other match between Tom and Bronwen, playing James and Jo Spooner, making her welcome comeback. After winning an exciting first end, Tom and Bronwen were looking good before Bronwen had to concede following a leg injury.

Sympathy for Bronwen

Once again, in the final Harry and Cara stormed to victory over James and Jo after some stunning rallies to retain their title and help Cara become a triple champion for the third year in a row.

Mixed final
The finalists

In a new venture organized by Badminton England, each of the winners will be invited to play in the Champion of Champions event against other counties at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keys in December – a great opportunity to showcase Cornish badminton.

The next generation 


Results –

Men’s singles             Harry Dyer beat Milo Semonin 21/12 21/15

Women’s singles      Cara Collins winner, Joanna Vyvyan second.

Men’s doubles          Tom Lyle/Elliot Dyer beat Milo Semonin/Tyler Sillifant 21/16 21/10

Women’s doubles    Cara Collins/Bronwen Wotton winners, Jan Santillo/Lynda Beer second.

Mixed doubles         Harry Dyer/Cara Collins beat James Whetter/Jo Spooner 21/16 21/9

Plate results –

Men’s singles winner          Jack Dyer

Men’s doubles winners      Jack Dyer/Harry Dyer

Mixed doubles winners      Bob Bell/Lynda Beer

Plate winners Lynda & Bob



Tuesday 31 August 2021


Welcome to the 2021-22 Cornwall Badminton Season. We hope you’re having a good break and are raring to go! Please note - 

Key dates:     

Sun 12th SeptemberPool1-4Open Practice - All welcome
Sat/Sun 25th/26th SeptemberPool10-6Restricted Championships
Sun 17th OctoberPool10-6Trials
Sat 13th NovemberWellingtontbcInter-SW Matches
Sun 19th DecemberPool10-6U21 Championships

 All players should attend practice & Training, enter the Restricted, and attend the Trials. We welcome those who have graduated from the under 18s to all of these events.

County Training/Practice:  at Cornwall College Pool Sports Hall TR15 3RD, on Sundays 1pm – 4pm, starting on Sunday 12th September, and then:


November 7th  with James Elkin

December 5th  with James Elkin

January 30th     with James Elkin

March 6th         with James Elkin

ALL expected to attend all of the above to be considered for team selection

Matches: all matches will be played on fixed dates at central venues (tbc) - please note (and be available on!) the following dates – 

Saturday 15th January – 2 matches 

Saturday 12th February – 2 matches

Saturday 26th March – 2 matches 

Sunday 27th March – 1 match 

Fees: per player, payable by BACs to CCBA 30-98-98 00734585 before each event - £20 for each James Elkin training, £15 for each practice, Trials £20 for the day.

Match fees will be confirmed later once we have heard details from Badminton England. Match players will also be expected to contribute towards any accommodation costs for the March weekend.

Please let us know asap if you will NOT be available for any of the above.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Selectors if you need any information in advance, or we can see you at the first practice and training. Thanks, and have a good season!

Team selections will be made on the basis of results in the Restricted, Trials (final Trials Decmber 5th) and performance at training sessions. Restricted Champs entry forms available here – please organise your partners!


Brian Hannibal   01736 740913     07770 442800  brianhannibal@hotmail.co.uk

Lorna Riggs         01726 862878     07775 934679 dorisriggs@aol.com

Sue Kinnaird       01872 870897     07840 335734  kinnairdsj@gmail.com

Sue Biscoe          01872 242293     07804 584663  susbiscoe@gmail.com 


We would be grateful for help with any of these events – please support your hard-working committee!

Sunday 18 July 2021

Hot hot Training

Coach James Elkin put the Cornish players through their paces today at Cornwall College’s Pool sports hall, in scorching hot conditions. The players all worked really hard and enjoyed three hours of great coaching and court play, getting ready for the new season ahead.

The next training session is on Sunday August 8th 1pm-4pm with James, at Pool - get in touch with any of the selectors if you’d like to come.

James gives instructions 

Warming up…

Getting hotter

Warm enough 

And finally


Tuesday 26 January 2021

 John Tresidder

Sadly we have to report the death of John Tresidder.

Many of you will remember him from his role as Publicity Officer for Cornwall Badminton, or as a mainstay of the organising committee for the Duchy tournaments over many years.

John was one of the most enthusiastic and passionate supporters of badminton in Cornwall you are ever likely to meet. He even named his house ‘Chy badminton’.

I have visions of his singles strategy, running round his forehand in order play what can only be described as an immense backhand. Despite being a big man, he and his mop of hair, were surprisingly agile and he covered the court with relative ease.

Those people within Cornwall badminton who knew John will have many fond memories of him and we send our sympathies and good wishes to his family in these difficult times.

Bob Bell, CCBA Chairman

“JT” (in suit and tie) in his Duchy tournament days over 30 years ago