Monday 23 January 2023

SCC in Bath

 Cornwall’s top badminton players travelled to Bath at the weekend for the latest round of matches in Badminton England’s Senior County Championships.

Elliot, Joanna, Milo, Jess, Jack, Lynda, Guy, Bronwen, James & Daphne

First up were local rivals Devon, and Milo had an excellent start, winning his singles in three very close ends against a talented opponent. It was harder going for the Dyer brothers, Jack and Elliot, although Elliot went the distance and was unlucky to lose in the third.

Joanna then followed, and played some great badminton to win her singles in two convincing ends, but Daphne, making a comeback after a long absence, was beaten in two by the older ex-international Devonian.

Tips from Jack & Bron

Guy & James in action

In the men’s doubles, Guy and James fought hard to win a very tight first end, losing the second, then storming to victory in the third, while Jack and Elliot were beaten by a talented pair.

Jack & Elliot 
It was harder going for the Cornish women, and both pairs, of Bronwen and Daphne, and Jess and Lynda lost out to their opponents, leaving the two mixed games to complete the match.

Daphne & Bron win the shorts competition

Milo and Joanna, Cornwall’s county champions, battled hard but lost in two at first mixed, and it was left to Guy and Bronwen to save the day. They cruised to victory with tight net play and power against their experienced rivals, to make the overall score a creditable 4-7 to Devon this time.

Guy & Bron winning

Joanna & Milo 

In the afternoon the team were up against a strong Worcestershire team with some very good players, and the singles all went the wrong way, with the exception of Jack, who played really well to win his singles in three ends, with the third end being incredibly close.

Lynda & Jess

Again, all the doubles were won by Worcs fairly convincingly, followed by the first mixed which Milo and Joanna found tough going against their best player. But yet again, Guy and Bronwen stepped up and saved the day to end on a positive note, winning their mixed in three exciting ends giving the final score 2-9 to the midlands team.

Triumph for Guy & Bron

The team - Milo Semonin (Loughborough), Jack Dyer, Elliot Dyer (Truro), James Whetter, Guy Michell (St Austell), Joanna Vyvyan (Camborne), Daphne Luke, Bronwen Wotton (Bristol), Jess Canfield, Lynda Beer (Callington).


Friday 20 January 2023

Masters of Bournemouth

The Cornwall Vets teams made the annual new year trek to Badminton England’s Masters County Challenge weekend recently, playing in Bournemouth against teams from all over the south and west in their age groups, as well as enjoying some inter-county socialising with old friends.
The over 50s team, led by Bob Bell, had some good battles with Suffolk, Bedfordshire, and a combined Dorset/Hampshire team who they beat.

Bob, Lynda, Adam, Jan, Pete, Sara, Rob, Vicki, Brian & Lorna

Adam and Brian in action

Lynda & Sara poised to win

Saturday 14 January 2023

The Vets Tournament

Cornwall vets started the new year in fine form in CCBA’s annual tournament at Cornwall College’s Pool sports hall at the weekend. The popular event, organised by Helen Pennells, attracted a good entry of players ranging from 40 to well over 70 years from all over Cornwall and Plymouth, with some excellent badminton on display.

The players

The eventual winners of the mens doubles were St.Austell’s James Whetter and Pete Bazin.

Womens doubles winners from Callington, Jan Santillo & Lynda Beer

Rachel & Julian in action v Rob & Jan

Celia & Brian v Ryan & Waine

Mixed winners Bob Bell & Lynda

Bob & Lynda beating Rob & Jan in the final

Tuesday 10 January 2023

Newquay Cup

The 2023 Newquay Cup will be held at Newquay Sports Centre commencing at 12.00 sharp until 5.00pm on Sunday 22nd January 2023.

Entry fee £15.00 per person and entry forms are available to download here.

This tournament is a Handicapped Mixed Doubles Tournament open to ALL players – League and Social. The format of the Tournament will be decided by the number of entries, but it will be a round robin.

Social Category : Eligible players must have only played recreationally within the last 10 years. Players who have played any league/county or similar standard matches within this time will be ineligible for this category.

League Category: Eligible players who have played League or County, and who do not fall within the Social category.