Busy week on the courts for Uphill

PUBLISHED: 09:45 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 17 January 2018

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club.

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It was a busy week for Uphill Badmint Club, with two teams in action, as well as a junior club trip to Cardiff.

Uphill Badminton Club’s B and C teams were in action, along with a junior club trip to Cardiff.

The B team hosted league leaders Portishead in what was a tight affair. Billy Fear and Isabel Mullen got the team off to a flyer before Portishead took the next two mixed.

Caroline Higgins won both her ladies in close rubbers, firstly with Izzy then with Rebecca Falwasser, leaving the match three-each.

Portishead won the first two men’s before conceding the last to injury leaving the match Uphill 4, Portishead 5.

In a top of the table clash in Division 5, the Uphill C team held their nerve for a 5-4 win and now have one hand on the title.

Anna Bickell and Luke Morgan won the first mixed before Feathers won the next two. Luke won his two men’s with Harrison Whitehouse and then Lewis Gilbert.

The key rubber was Anna and Beth Chadwick who were on fire winning 21-18, 21-4. Feathers took the next two ladies, despite debutant Alice Morgan and Beth getting to 21-23, leaving it four each.

Harrison and Lewis cruised the first 21-7, before slipping up 18-21 in the second. At 11-10 at the turn in the third the supporters were on the edge of their seats.

With a clever change in tactics, the Uphill boys won through 21-14 for a huge 5-4 Uphill victory.

Last weekend saw two triple header Under-15 and Under-18 match-ups in Cardiff, between Uphill, Penarth & Llanishen.

This was a feast of junior badminton seeing 36 junior players across the six teams.

First up saw Uphill Under-15s take on Penarth. The match was hotly contested with the singles shared three each with Zion, Marcus and Vincent taking wins.

Into the doubles there were lots of close games with Penarth taking four out of six to edge the match 7-5.

The second match saw the Under-15s take on Llanishen. Another excellent match saw loads of close games. The singles were shared three each with Uphill taking the doubles 5-3 to run out 8-6 winners.

The team for both matches were: Zion Chen, Charlie Marsh, Marcus Pan, Vincent Tsang, Elliot Millard and David Gumus.

In the Under-18 category, Uphill faced Llanishen first. Uphill got off to a slow start in the singles going down 2-4. Uphill found their form taking all six doubles to run out comfortable 8-4 winners.

In the big match-up, Uphill took on Penarth. In an enlarged format of 18 rubbers (nine singles, nine doubles) it was nip and tuck the whole way.

There were numerous close scores and several went to deciding ends. Despite going 6-4 and 7-5 down, Uphill hit back to square the match at 7-7.

Ani won his singles in the decider, with Will and Jimmy being edged out 12 in the third to level again. Lewis and Ben held their nerve to win 15-14, 15-14 to defeat the impressive Saffron & Cherisse.

Anuj and Jimmy lost 12 and 13 to aptly leave the match all square at nine rubbers each (Uphill 21 games, Penarth 19).

The team for both matches were: Anuj Gupta, Lewis Gilbert, Ben Moore, Ani Sapra Jimmy Pan and Will Maitland.

A huge thank you go to Sarah Jones of Penarth, it was great to develop links with new clubs.

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