Busy week on the courts for Uphill teams
PUBLISHED: 14:30 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 14 February 2018
Players from Uphill Badminton Club enjoyed a busy week on the courts.
Uphill Badminton Club had a busy week on court with the men’s team and junior Under-11 and 16 teams in action.
In addition, there was a special visit from two Avon badminton stars along with the internal ladies’ club tournament.
The men’s team had an away match against Clevedon Feathers. The team of Paul Wright, Dennis Tsang, Ben Moore and Tony Wilsher-Day all put up a good fight against a solid Clevedon quartet.
The sole victors on the night were Dennis and Ben in the last rubber of the evening, leaving the match score 5-1 to Clevedon.
The Uphill internal club ladies’ tournament took place and saw each pair get six games each and saw a host of close matches. Only four matches in the whole box saw game score of under 16.
Box winners were Anna Bickell and Beth Chadwick showing it is all about points not wins. They had the fewest wins (2), but highest points (115). Runners-up were Rebecca Falwasser and Lelia Whitehouse with 113.
Third place went to Emily Page-Symonds and Alice Morgan (105), followed by Caroline Higgins and Lucy Loud with 99.
In the final, the match was level most of the way, before Becky and Lelia edged ahead at the end to leave Anna & Beth runners-up 21-17 and take the title.
The junior club had an absolute treat with the attendance of Avon County first team stars Xiao Xuan Teh and George Priestman.
Both were an absolute pleasure to work with and got fully stuck in with all three groups. Each session got to witness a short singles demonstration from the Avon pair and the majority got to have a hit with them.
The Under-16 team of Lewis Gilbert, Zion Chen, Marcus Pan and Alana Burstow took on Chew Valley in a home league match. The singles were shared two apiece.
Pete beat Lewis in two games before Zion and Marcus defeated Harry and Ben before an epic match saw Zac defeat Alana 15-12, 14-15, 15-14.
Uphill held sway in the doubles, despite a host of close games with several going to deciders, with Alana getting her own back with Zion to defeat Zac and Harry 15-14 in a three setter. Uphill took five of the six doubles to run out 7-3 winners on the day.
Players of the match were Zion and Marcus winning all four of their rubbers.
There was also an eight-a-side friendly between Uphill and Chew Under-11s. For all but two or three players on both sides, it was their first-ever inter-club match.
In a mammoth format of 60 games in two hours, it was a feast of junior badminton on show to entertain the bumper crowd.
Starting with the singles and a string of close encounters the 20 games were shared 10-each. Into the doubles and a host of good match ups with fun had by all and lots learnt from the players of both sides.
Chew edged the doubles element to run out 37-23 winners in the club’s most ambitious encounter yet. Congratulations to all the players involved.
Uphill team: Oscar, Riley, Louis, Christos, Corey, Ayshen, Cameron and Shenay Zoe
Thanks go to Billy Fear, Ben Moore and Harrison Whitehouse for giving up their Sunday morning to help with scoring
Finally, big thanks to Will Mellersh and his Chew army of players and parents for coming to Weston.