WELCOME - THE 2017/2018 SEASON
Team Captains - This year, we have removed the requirement to physically send scorecards in the post. Please photograph or scan scorecards and email them to the as soon as possible following a match. Full instructions are on the reverse of the scorecard. Please follow the instructions exactly - do not email links to images posted on social media sites or otherwise "share" them via proprietary systems that may require an account to be set up.
Club Secretaries - All names of ALL match players must be registered with the District Fixture Secretary before they play their first match. Any adult player registered after 31st October must wait 14 days before they are eligible to play in a match. Junior players must still be registered. However, junior players are not required to wait 14 days - this is a ruling that the Executive Committee has made for this season only.
LATEST MATCH REPORT
Match Report: 11th February 2018
All of the action from last week ...
The Men's league saw the most action this week with 6 matches being played as we edge close to the end of the season. St Mary's A carried on their cruise to the Division 1 title with an 8-1 win over relegation candidates Andover Sports. Lee Frith, Mark Lowries, Ross Parsons and Gareth Jones all remained unbeaten on the night and it was down to Damien Roberts and Adam Turner to claim the consolation point for Andover Sports. Andover Sports were in action again in the week but this time against relegation rivals Downlands B. With a strong first pair, Downlands seized the initiative and took the tie 7-2. However, the score was closer than suggested with 6 of the 9 rubbers going to a decider. Shaw A took another step to securing runners up spot in the Division with a 6-3 win away at Hurst A. Despite some controversy surrounding the "let" ruling, all three Shaw pairs came back winning 2 of their 3 rubbers, unable to beat Hurst's first pairing of David Irvine and Dylan Lewis.
In Men's Division 2, Shaw B continued to put the pressure on the leaders Kennet A and their push for promotion, with a 9-0 win over Hurst B. Pair of the night was Ed Shaw and Paul Olive who conceded the least points against them and helped push Hurst B further into relegation trouble. Kennet B and Bucklebury B had a mid table battle which on paper should have been close, but a 9-0 win for Kennet said otherwise, with Dave Morris and Graham Scott in fine form for the home side.
In the Ladies Divisions, action was only seen in Division 2 where St Mary's A carried on their unbeaten run to promotion with a 5-1 home win against Kennet C. Janine Fisher and Alex Woods showed their pedigree, taking their games comfortably and hoping to ply their trade in the top division next season. Newbury B had two encounters this week and both they attempted with one less lady in their team. Despite this handicap Newbury still managed two draws and remain second in the table! Both Shaw B and Kennet C were unable to take any of the games they played meaning that the three rubbers that Newbury conceded in both ties were the only games the two sides won!
In the Mixed Leagues there were very few matches, with only 3 played during the week. In Division 1, Kennet A moved themselves away from the relegation zone and condemned Kintbury to a prospect of Division 2 next season. With Kintbury carrying a few injuries, it was relatively straightforward work for Kennet, with Nick Bazin, Susan Haines, Claire Drysdale and Max Juniper securing all of their rubbers and a 7-2 win for Kennet. In Division 2, Newbury B carried on their push for promotion with a 7-2 win against strugglers St Mary's B, with Laura Harrison and Dave Sheldon securing all three of their rubbers. In Division 3, Bucklebury B tried to keep up with the leaders by winning 8-1 away to Whitchurch. Colin Shurey and Sabrina Head were the architects of the win, but they were ably assisted by Jake Welch and Marissa Bennet.
Newbury District Badminton Association Y11 And Under Tournament.
The nine pairs of badminton players certainly showed plenty of potential at the Newbury District Year 11 and Under Junior Badminton Tournament held at Elstree school on Sunday 21st January.
The results of eight closely contested games for each pair established the boys champions as Ethan Hill and Ryan Slater from Downlands junior club. The girls champions are Rachel Wong and Nga Man Cheng from Downe House school.
A special mention must be made for the youngest pair Ben Richardson and Ethan Emerson from Newbury junior club as they fought for every point and showed great promise for the future.
Newbury District Badminton Association LEVEL DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP, Sunday 21st January 2018
Miserable weather conditions, including rain and snow, did not deter forty enthusiastic members of the Newbury District Badminton Association from turning out to play in the 2018 annual level doubles tournament at Elstree School and hosted by Kennet Badminton Club.
With a conveniently-balanced ten ladies pairs and ten mens pairs, the day was set for a quality display of badminton skills to amaze the spectators. The handicaps were already set and the play kicked off in style.
In the Ladies A group, first to show were Matt Gordon and Durga Limbu who dropped only three points in their games. Second place in that group went to Claire Drysdale and Sue Haines who dropped just four points.
In the Ladies B group, frontrunners were Anna Sukwong-Fletcher and Katie Woods who dropped just one point in their campaign and second place went to youngsters Anna Williams and Celia Yeung by a single point from Sally Hill and Amy Foreman. The handicapping was spot on for the ladies pairings as thirty seven of the forty games played were won by a mere five points or less. These results produced semi-finals of Claire and Sue versus Anna and Katie and Matt and Durga versus Anna and Celia. Claire and Sue overcame Anna and Katie by five points but Matt and Durga could not find the form they had shown during the opening rounds and let the tie slip away putting Anna and Celia in the final. The final was between Anna and Celia and Claire and Sue. Anna and Celia made the most of their fifteen point advantage and, despite a late charge from Claire and Sue, got the twenty one points they needed with room to spare.
In the Men's competition, group A favourites were Steve Heath and Simon Gaines but a last minute change saw Simon replaced by young Will Zeng. Steve Keats and Sacha Emery romped to maximum points with four straight wins and dark horses Stephen Lambe and Colin Dangerfield cruised to the runners-up spot with three wins, dropping just five points in the fourth match to the group winners. Stephen's performance could be put down to the presence of his biggest fan and critic who watched his every move while providing extra coaching in the corridor.
In the Men's group B, it was Mike Pembroke and Andy Norman who led the way with four straight wins having to score thirty points in each encounter because of the handicap. Runners-up in this group with an impressive three wins and only a defeat by the group leaders, were Matt Benians and Grant Lawrence.
Semi-final line-up for the men was Sacha and Steve versus Matt and Grant and Andy and Mike versus Stephen and Colin. Matt and Grant started four points behind the rivals and were unable to make up the difference as Steve and Sacha took the round. In the other semi, Mike and Andy took the tie despite a spirited resistance by Stephen and Colin but the odds were not in their favour.
The final was between Mike and Andy and Steve and Sacha. This was a hard fought contest but Steve and Sacha could not get back their form that had seen them win through this far and the title and trophy went to Mike and Andy.
Back row: Mike, Andy (with trophy), Steve, Sacha
Front row: Anna, Celia (with trophy), Sue, Claire
BASINGSTOKE OPEN HANDICAPPED MIXED AND LEVEL DOUBLES TOURNAMENTHere are the details for this season's Basingstoke & District Badminton Association's American Handicapped Tournament. If you think you may like to enter, download the entry form containing the full details in PDF or DOC format.
NEWBURY AND DISTRICT BADMINTON ASSOCIATION
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CLUB TO PLAY BADMINTON?
NDBA organise and manage match play for all the Clubs affiliated to Badminton England in and around the Newbury area.
Details and links to all these clubs can be found by clicking the links to the left under 'CLUBS'. All the Clubs offer friendly and social Club Nights and the chance to play in matches against other local Clubs in the area. THE AREAS WHERE THE CLUBS PLAY NEWBURY and SHAW play in Newbury KENNET and ST MARY'S play in Thatcham DOWNLANDS play at Compton BUCKLEBURY play north of Woolhampton HURST and ALDERMASTON play at Tadley BHPEGASUS play in Basingstoke ANDOVER SPORTS, KINTBURY AND WHITCHURCH all play at the places their name suggests
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CLUB TO PLAY BADMINTON?
NDBA organise and manage match play for all the Clubs affiliated to Badminton England in and around the Newbury area. Details and links to all these clubs can be found by clicking the links to the left under 'CLUBS'.
All the Clubs offer friendly and social Club Nights and the chance to play in matches against other local Clubs in the area.
THE AREAS WHERE THE CLUBS PLAY
NEWBURY and SHAW play in Newbury
KENNET and ST MARY'S play in Thatcham
DOWNLANDS play at Compton
BUCKLEBURY play north of Woolhampton
HURST and ALDERMASTON play at Tadley
BHPEGASUS play in Basingstoke
ANDOVER SPORTS, KINTBURY AND WHITCHURCH all play at the places their name suggests