Monday 21 November 2022

The Bonanza is back!

 A Bonanza of Badminton, Carn Brea Leisure CentrePool20 November 2022

Over 50 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Plymouth and north Devon, gathered at the 8 court Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Pool at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s latest Bonanza, making a welcome return after a three-year break.

The players

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.

Action in the hall

This year’s tournament at Pool was another great success, with some close fought battles in all the different disciplinesand a great day of badminton.

For the social players, the men’s doubles was a closely fought event, won by Camborne’s Karthik Siva and Simon Cheung with Joseph Tse and David Wong as runners-up. In the mixed doubles, the top slots were shared by members of the Choughs club, with Russell Tucker and Zelda Bennett coming first, followed by regulars Mark and Della Griffiths.The men’s singles saw Karthik triumph once again with the best results, with Russell Tucker as runner-up. The women’s social singles final title was won by Madalina Topor, who played in the combined mens and womens social singles. St.Austell’s Millie Bray came out top in the league women’s singles, having won several games against male opponents, with Sheila Wu as runner-up.

Social mixed doubles medalists

Men’s social doubles winners & runners up

In the league women’s doubles, after many close games, players from the Tecans club based in Pool, came first and second. Topping the division were Paulina Sztukowska and Rachael Williams, who only dropped 2 points overall, closely followed by Anne Herlihy and Kay Bossenger.

The women’s league doubles finalists 

The league events also had some hard fought, skilful badminton, and in the men’s singles the two group winners went through to the final, where reigning champion from St Ives, Tony Wong played Chulmleigh’s Ben Hamill in an absorbing game which Ben eventually won. Following some close semi-final games in the men’s doubles, the final was contested by Tecan’s Gary Braunton and Chris Ryan, and one of the pairs from Chulmleigh, Matthew Harvey and Ben Hamill. After two close games, Ben and Matt’s power won the day for the third successive year.

All the singles winners & runners-up

Action men

 The mixed doubles final was between group winners Chris Ryan and partner Rachael Williams, and Ben Hamill, going for his hat-trick with Michelle Wylde – Ben and Michelle played some impressive badminton to win, and complete an excellent day’s badminton.

The league mixed finalists

Mixed doubles exhibition


League men’s singles - winner Ben Hamill, runner-up Tony Wong
Social men’s singles - winner Karthik Siva, runner-up Russell Tucker
League women’s singles - winner Millie Bray, runner-up Sheila Wu
Social women’s singles - winner Madalina Topor

League men’s doubles - winners Ben Hamill/Matt Harvey, runners-up Gary Braunton/Chris Ryan
League women’s doubles - winners Paulina Sztukowska/Rachael Williams, runners-up Anne Herlihy/Kay Bossenger
Social men’s doubles - winners Karthik Siva/Simon Cheung, runners-up David Wong/Joseph Tse

League mixed doubles - winners Ben Hamill/Michelle Wilde, runners-up Chris Ryan/Rachael Williams
Social mixed doubles - winners Russell Tucker/Zelda Bennett, runners-up Mark and Della Griffiths 


Wednesday 16 November 2022

The first matches of the season

The Cornwall team travelled to Bath University at the start of the new season to play the first two matches at the weekend.

First up were Shropshire, a team also missing a women player like Cornwall, and the two Dyer brothers, Harry and Jack, got Cornwall off to a flying start with great singles wins in two ends. Joanna Vyvyan did very well in the top women’s singles slot in winning in three, and although Josh Richards and Jess Canfield battled hard, they just lost out in their games.

And the crowd went wild

In the doubles, James Whetter and Guy Michell were up against a tough pair, and lost in two, but Harry and Jack with some amazing reaction shots and good teamwork did well to win in two. Bronwen and Joanna, a new pairing, found it tough going in the only women’s doubles game.

Bron and Jess in action

Unfortunately both mixed, again with new pairs, of Harry and Bronwen, and Guy and Jess, went Shropshire’s way, which left the overall score 6-4 in the opposition’s favour.

On to the afternoon match, against Wiltshire, and it was a tough start, as all the Cornish singles went the wrong way, but the men had other ideas in the doubles games….In the first men’s, James and Guy got into the zone, and after a narrow win in the first end, stormed to victory in the second. Harry and Jack followed suit - achieving their unbeaten run in three ends of exciting, entertaining badminton.

Storming Guy and James 

Harry and Jack winning

After that, it was all downhill for the Cornwall team, as the opposition took the only women’s doubles and the first mixed, and despite James and Jess putting in a brave effort, they narrowly lost the third end 21-19, agonisingly close, but making the overall score 9-2 to Wiltshire.
A long day, and long trip back, but the team are determined to look forward to the next time in the new year.