Tuesday 12 December 2023

Cornwall Veterans Tournament

Cornwall County Badminton Association

Hon President Mike Avery

Veterans Tournament

At Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth. TR15 3RD

On Sunday 7th January 2024

10.00am to 5.00 pm

Please tell anyone who might be interested in participating

Entries can be made by telephone or email by 1st Jan 2024

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

Entry forms HERE.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Cornwall’s 100% start to new season

 Cornwall’s top players make storming start

The first matches of the new season in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships took place last weekend, as Cornwall’s best players travelled to Bridgwater in Somerset to begin their campaign for promotion this year.

Cornwall’s top team

Milo’s team huddle

First up in the morning were a young Devon team and Cornwall’s four singles players, Milo Semonin, Harry Dyer, Hope Warner and Joanna Vyvyan set the tone by winning all the games in two comfortable ends. 

Harry wins his singles

The Cornish men continued their form in the doubles, as Milo and Liam Sillifant, plus Harry and older brother Jack Dyer, won again in two impressive ends. In the women’s doubles two new pairings of Hope and Melissa Lin, and Joanna and Bronwen Wotton, both went the distance in their games but won in three ends.

Liam and Milo in action

Dyer brothers winning

Hope and Melissa too good!

To complete the match, the three mixed doubles pairs of Milo and Hope, Elliot Dyer and Melissa, and Guy Michell and Bronwen, once again gave the Devon team no quarter, and won, to make the overall match score a storming 11-0 score.

Melissa and Elliot clean up

In the afternoon Cornwall took on one of the Avon teams, and again won all 4 singles games, with only Harry going to three ends before winning well against an experienced player, to give another great start.

Milo and Liam had two close ends in the men’s doubles, but won despite setting in both, while Harry and Jack won their game in convincing style. Hope and Melissa again stormed to victory, and Joanna and Bronwen followed suit despite being pushed in a hard-fought win.

Joanna and Bron win in three

Milo and Hope no contest

The three mixed pairs of Milo and Hope, Elliot and Melissa, and Guy and Bronwen completed the match in fine form by all winning in two to give another 11-0 overall score, and a fantastic 100% start to the season.

Guy and Bron show how it’s done 

Cornwall team –

Milo Semonin (Illogan), Harry Dyer (Truro), Liam Sillifant (Launceston), Jack Dyer (Truro), Elliot Dyer (Truro), Guy Michell (St Austell), Hope Warner (Illogan), Joanna Vyvyan (Camborne), Melissa Lin (Truro), Browen Wotton (Bristol)

Monday 20 November 2023

Badminton Bonanza 2023

 A Bonanza of Badminton, Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro19th November 2023

Over 50 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Devon and Somersetgathered at Truro School’s 8 court sports centre at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s popular Bonanza event.

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.

League mixed final action

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

Social men’s doubles finalists

For the social players, the men’s doubles was a closely fought event, won by Camborne’s David Wong and Joseph Tsewith Phil Wright and Simon Rafferty from Falmouth as runners-up. In the mixed doubles, the top slots were once again shared by members of the Choughs club based at Carn Brea, with a repeat of last year with Russell Tucker and Zelda Bennett coming first, followed by regulars Mark and Della Griffiths. The men’s singles saw Phil Wright triumph with the top results, with fellow Falmouth club member Barry Buist as runner-up. The overall women’s singles title went to Sheila Wu, who competed in the combined mens and womens social singles.

Social mixed doubles finalists

 The social women’s doubles title went to Chough’s Linda Bishop and Martha Rail, who outpointed the runner’s up from Falmouth, Anna Mitchell and Meg Trevaskis.

In the league women’s doubles, after some close games, mother and daughter combination Jane Barber and Jess Hargrave came first, with players from the Tecans club based in Pool, Sara Best and Anne Herlihy runners up.

Social and league women’s doubles finalists

The league men’s and mixed events also had some hard fought, skilful badminton, and in the men’s singles the two group winners went through to the final, where Torquay’s Jake Turpie played Falmouth student Quinn Hurwood Foster in an absorbing game which Jake eventually won. Following some close group games in the men’s doubles, the final was contested by Tecan’s Gary Braunton and Tony Wong from Mount’s Bayagainst Lee Chappel and Steve Chan also from Mount’s Bay. After two close games, Gary and Tony ran out winners overall. The mixed doubles final was between group winners Jake and partner Lorna Riggs from Truro, and Tony partnering Sara Best, with Jake and Lorna winning after some impressive mixed badminton and complete an excellent day’s badminton.

All the singles finalists

League men’s doubles winners and runners-up


League men’s singles – winner Jake Turpie, runner up Quinn Hurwood Foster                                                                                                  

Social men’s singles  - winner Phil Wright, runner up Barry Buist

League women’s singles – winner Sheila Wu

League men’s doubles – winners Tony Wong/Gary Braunton, runnerup Lee Chappel/Steve Chan

League women’s doubles – winners Jane Barber/Jess Hargrave, runners up Anne Herlihy/Sara Best

Social men’s doubles – winners David Wong/Joseph Tse, runners up Simon Rafferty/Phil Wright

League mixed doubles – winners Jake Turpie/Lorna Riggs, runners up Tony Wong/Sara Best

Social mixed doubles – winners Russell Tucker/Zelda Bennett, runners up Mark/Griffiths/Della Griffiths

Tuesday 10 October 2023

 Cornwall County Badminton Association


The 2023 West Cornwall Badminton Bonanza Tournament

19th November 2023 9am – 5.30pm

Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro TR1 1TH

Separate Social and League Categories

  • Level doubles – early morning

  • Mixed doubles – approx midday

  • Singles – mid afternoon

Monday 2 October 2023

Cornwall Badminton Championships 2023

The County Senior Championships took place at the weekend at Cornwall College’s sports hall at Pool to find this year’s top players, producing two days of quality badminton.

In front of a good crowd on the first day, the men’s and women’s singles events took place with some exciting battles and hard-fought games. The men’s semi-finals featured the two Dyer brothers, Jack and second seed Harry, against top seed and reigning champ Milo Semonin, and Tyler Sillifant, a previous champion.

A good crowd on day one

One of the best and closest games of the weekend was Harry’s match against Tyler, which went the distance of three tight ends of fast, explosive badminton and amazing retrievals, before Tyler eventually won, taking him into the final against Milo, who had beaten Jack in two close ends. In the final, Milo had just too much for a tiring Tyler, and was once again crowned county champion.

Men’s final with scorer Lorna

Singles Champions Milo & Joanna

The women’s singles event came to a repeat of last year’s final, with top seed Joanna Vyvyan taking on Jess Canfield, and again Joanna came out on top with her strong positional play and court coverage. This event had featured 14-year-old Bridget Murray making her promising debut in her first Cornwall Championships.

Joanna v Jess

The afternoon featured the women’s doubles with a good entry and standard of play, with the final being between thetop seeds Melissa Lin and newcomer Hope Warner taking on Jess and Joanna, this time playing together as a pair. Hope and Melissa had too much quality and finesse, and they won in two convincing ends despite Jess and Joanna giving it their all.

Champions Hope & Melissa

Day two started with the mixed doubles, and with a great mix of youth and experience on court there were some absorbing games to watch. The semi-finals had top seeds Milo and Hope beating Tom Lyle, who was making a welcome return from long term injury, and his new partner Sheila Wu, before second seeds Elliot Dyer and Melissa outlasted the evergreen James Whetter and Vicki Mead. The final proved to be a fairly one-sided affair as Milo and Hope beat Elliot and Melissa in two ends, becoming new mixed champions.

James & Vicki v Elliot & Melissa

Chairman Bob with champs Hope & Milo

In the last event of the weekend, the men’s doubles had the top 4 seeds duly progressing to the semi-finals, where Milo and Liam Sillifant beat Tom and Elliot in two ends, and the regular pairings of Jack and Harry against James and his long-term partner Guy Michell. This was an exciting game to watch over three ends, with James and Guy just edging the first before Jack and Harry finally triumphed in the next two. The final was another gripping game as Milo and Liam won the first then very narrowly won the second end, which could easily have gone the other way, as the Dyer brothers battled hard for every point. And so Milo finished the weekend as an impressive county champion three times over, and now has the chance with his partners, Hope and Liam, to go onto Badminton England’s Champion of Champions event against other county champions at the headquarters of badminton at Milton Keynes next month.

Champion men Milo & Liam with runners-up Jack & Harry

Winners and Stretchers

An athlete’s lunch

An excellent weekend’s badminton showcasing the best players against new young players and some county stalwarts who have been around a bit longer, indicating that this season will be a good one to watch.


Men’s singles             Milo Semonin beat Tyler Sillifant    21-10  21-10

Women’s singles       Joanna Vyvyan beat Jess Canfield   21-11  21-12

Men’s doubles         Milo Semonin and Liam Sillifant beat Jack and Harry Dyer                       21-15 22-20

Women’s doubles   Hope Warner and Melissa Lin beat Joanna Vyvyan and Jess Canfield   21-12 21-12

Mixed doubles         Milo Semonin and Hope Warner beat Elliot Dyer and Melissa Lin         21-14 21-6


Plate results

Men’s singles           Jake Brazewell beat Cameron Albury                                                         21-15 21-12

Women’s singles      Bridget Murray beat Sheila Wu                                                                   21-9 21-14

Men’s doubles          Julian Cooper and Richard Townsend beat Bob Bell and Jon Wyatt     21-16 21-14

Women’s doubles    Vicki Mead and Sara Best beat Sheila Wu and Robyn Warwick             21-13 21-7

Mixed doubles plate Julian Cooper and Jess Canfield beat Guy Michell and Penny Foulds  21-10 22-20


Plate singles winners Jake & Bridget with Brian the Selector


Women’s plate winners Sara & Vicki

Plate mixed winners Julian & Jess v Guy & Penny

Louis & Cameron v Plate men’s winners Julian & Richard


Sunday 10 September 2023

CCBA County Championships 2023

The CCBA County Championships will be held on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, at Cornwall College Sports Hall, Pool, TR15 3RD

SINGLES EVENTS commencing at 11.00am (Saturday 30 October)
LADIES DOUBLES commencing at 2.00pm (Saturday 30 October)
Continuing on SUNDAY if required

MIXED DOUBLES commencing at 10.00am (Sunday 01 October)
MENS DOUBLES commencing at 12.00pm (Sunday 01 October)
**** Plate events for all disciplines ****

Entry forms available here:


Monday 3 April 2023

The Kernow Cup 2023

 The Kernow Cup team tournament made a welcome return after a three year absence to Truro School’s Ben Ainslie Sports Centre at the weekend, with 8 teams from across Cornwall battling it out for the trophy.

All the teams

The teams were split into two groups of 4, and each played matches of men’s and women’s doubles and two mixed doubles games, with a mix of social and league clubs in both groups.

Action in the hall

The first group, with Truro Titans, Tecans A, Callington and Falmouth B teams, had some close fought games before favourites Callington finally topped the group unbeaten.
The other group was made up of Truro A, Tecans B, Choughs and Falmouth A, and they also had some good battles, with Falmouth winning overall, to go through to the final.

The play-offs consisted of 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams playing each other, with some nail-biting games and very close results. Truro A just got the better of Tecans A by 5 points for 2nd place, in third place Choughs beat Truro Titans by only 3 points, and Tecans B won against Falmouth B in fourth spot.

Final men’s doubles

Women’s doubles finalists

The final between Falmouth A and Callington had some tight games as Callington won both the men’s and the women’s doubles, then both mixed games were split as Falmouth fought back, but Callington’s strength and experience told overall as they ran out worthy champions to finish a very enjoyable day.

The finalists - winners Callington on left, Falmouth on right.


Monday 27 March 2023

Match weekend in Bath


Cornwall’s top players have just returned from the final match weekend in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships, played over two days at Bath University’s Sports Training Village, to complete the season.

Guy, Bronwen, James, Brian, Joanna, Jack, Jess, Harry, Ellie, Elliot, Melissa

The team, bidding to avoid relegation, first took on Avon 3 on Saturday morning after the long drive to Bath, and Harry Dyer got us off to a great start by winning his number 1 singles in two comfortable ends.
Jack and Elliot Dyer battled away in the other singles, but like Joanna Vyvyan and Ellie Watkinson, couldn’t quite convert against some talented opponents.
The first men’s doubles went Avon’s way, as Guy Michell and James Whetter found it tough going, but Jack and Harry did really well to win the second men’s in three.

Harry and Jack plot victory

In the first women’s doubles, Bronwen Wotton and Melissa Lin had a very close game which they unluckily just lost in three exciting ends, although another new pairing of Jess Canfield and Ellie Watkinson lost out in two.
The two mixed doubles completed the match, and first up were Harry and Joanna, who pushed a strong Avon pair all the way before a narrow defeat in three very close ends. Guy and Bron lost out to an established pair, to leave the final result 9-2 in the Avon team’s favour.

Joanna & Harry in action

The afternoon’s match was against West Glamorgan, and again Harry kicked off against a skilful Welshman, pushing him hard with some fantastic retrieving and speedy court coverage but unluckily losing in three. The two other men’s singles and both women’s both went West Glamorgan’s way sadly.
The men’s doubles was a wholly different story though, as first Guy and James won in two ends, swiftly followed by the storming Dyers, Harry and Jack, also continuing their winning ways.

Bron gives some men’s doubles tips

In the women’s doubles, Bronwen and Melissa were up against a powerful Welsh pair, and lost in two close ends, then Jess and Joanna took part in the closest and longest match of the weekend, eventually taking a fine victory after three long, gruelling ends and outlasting their rivals.

Delight for Jess and Joanna

The mixed doubles followed, with another long three ender for Guy and Bronwen which they were unlucky to lose, before Elliot and Melissa won the second mixed in impressive fashion, to give the overall match score as 7-4 to West Glamorgan.

Day two saw the team back in the hall for a morning final match against a table-topping Devon side, but minus Elliot who had had to retire injured from the day before.
The men’s singles started with Harry having an amazing victory in the first game, out-playing the opposition with his fast movement, skill and power on the court over just two ends. Jack lost to a higher-ranked player, and with the third men’s singles conceded due to injury, it left the girls with an uphill task.
Joanna took on a much fancied opponent, and completely overwhelmed her with determined, tactical speed and shot-placement to earn a stunning and unexpected win, to the delight of her Cornish teammates. Melissa battled hard in the second singles against a much more experienced singles player, but just came up short.
Both sets of doubles came next, but James and Guy were second best to a good Devon pair in the top slot, leaving Harry and Jack to fight hard over three tight ends before winning and achieving their excellent 100% doubles record for the weekend. Both women’s doubles went to Devon, although Bronwen and Ellie pushed their rivals to sweat over three ends and only just lost out in the end.
Again the opposition were too strong in the mixed doubles for a tiring team, with Harry and Melissa plus Guy and Bronwen losing in two, to leave the overall final score 8-3 to Devon, after Cornwall had given them a fright or two.

Guy and Bron in action

Another inter-county season ends, with the team facing relegation after some hard fought battles, team changes and impressive victories along the way, Cornwall will look forward to the next season optimistically as always.

Team for final weekend - Harry Dyer, Jack Dyer, Elliot Dyer (all Truro), James Whetter, Guy Michell (both St Austell), Joanna Vyvyan, Ellie Watkinson (both Camborne), Bronwen Wotton (Bristol), Jess Canfield (Callington), Melissa Lin (Truro). Managers Brian Hannibal, Sue Biscoe.