Bristol Jets’ stars visit Uphill Badminton Club
PUBLISHED: 09:15 10 February 2017
Two Bristol Jets players made guest appearances at Uphill Badminton Club, joining in the sessions held at the weekend.
Uphill Badminton Club juniors had an absolute treat, with Bristol Jets players Devon Minnis and Alex Lane making guest appearances.
Bristol Jets are a new franchise in the AJ Bell National Badminton League. There are eight teams across the country of national and international stars.
Minnis is currently studying at Bath University, plays in Avon County first team and is an ex-junior international. Lane is from Devon and ranked currently number three in the country for singles.
All groups got a chance to see an exhibition singles with both then both players got fully involved in each sessions work. An inspirational visit for all the children and parents alike.
Spurred on from this visit, Uphill entered nine junior pairings in the Avon junior doubles tournament at Thornbury.
It was a top day out for all and a great experience for the players, win or lose. There was even a guest appearance from 2012 Olympic silver medalist Mikuki Fuji.
Results – Under-12 boys: Marcus Pan and Vincent, runners-up; Under-12 girls: Hannah and Riley, third place. Meggie (9) and Zoe (8) played well in their first tournament.
Under-14 girls: Alana and Poppy, runners-up; Erin and Emily finished third. Under-16 girls: Lucy Loud and Beth Chadwick, third place. Under-16 boys: Harry and Dong swept all before them to be the champions. Jimmy and Shuon Shuo finished third.
Uphill A travelled to Mendipway for a crunch match between the top two teams. Looking to avenge the early season 7-2 loss, Uphill were fast out of the blocks winning both the opening mixed rubbers.
Mendipway hit back to take the third and took a tight first ladies to level things up. Paul Edwards dominated the next two men’s rubbers in partnership with Matt Cole and Mark Edwards, before Mendip again came back taking the remaining ladies’ matches in straight games to leave the match poised at four each.
In a very tight game, Matt and Mark were just edged out 19-21, 22-24 to give Mendip a 5-4 win on the night and one hand firmly on the trophy.
Uphill Men’s B travelled to Chew Valley and kept up their 100 per cent record with a solid 5-1 victory. The team of Rhys, Dong, Raymond and Craig all played well, with the only reverse coming in the opening rubber with Dong and Rhys losing out 20-22 in the deciding rubber.