Busy week on the courts for Uphill Badminton Club
PUBLISHED: 12:07 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 14 March 2018
Uphill Badminton Club enjoyed a busy time on the courts with the B team and five junior sides in action.
Last week saw the Uphill Badminton Club’s B team in action, along with five junior teams.
The B team travelled away to Chew Valley in a crunch encounter. Deprived of Emily Page-Symonds last minute due to illness, the team of Billy Fear, Becky Falwasser, James Sole, Caroline Higgins, Rob Morray and Anna Bickell all put up a good fight.
The night started well with Billy and Becky taking their mixed in three ends. Sadly this was Uphill’s only success despite all three men’s going to tight deciders and Becky and Anna in their ladies.
This left Chew as 8-1 winners on the night and Uphill now have a tough task to maintain their Division 2 status.
A great match kicked off the Sunday morning marathon with Yate Under-16s beating Uphill by seven rubbers to three
Marcus Pan, Alana Burstow, David Gumus, Emily Aldridge all played well against an older quartet of Yate boys. The singles were shared two each with good wins for Marcus and Emily.
The doubles produced lots of close matches with Uphill taking just the one, Marcus and Emily winning 15-2 15-11. The closest were the two girls Alana and Emily going down 14-15, 15-9, 10-15.
Player of the day was Emily for winning her singles, a doubles and nearly another.
This leaves Uphill in third place with three wins and three losses this season, with 11 players getting a chance of league play.
With two spare courts, Uphill Under-12s took the chance to play an internal seven-a-side friendly match. A mammoth 52 games in two hours was quite an effort.
There were a host of close games and the scoreline does not reflect the competitiveness of play. The singles element went to Team Riley 10-4 followed up by the doubles 32-6.
Team Riley: Riley, Oscar, Lin, Corey, Ayshen and Cameron. Team Roman: Roman, Ivan, Yi-Tian, Christos, Xuyi, Shenay and Sean.
Big thanks go to Ben, Clive, Anna and Bethany for their scoring help. The catering award again goes to Juliet Dormer for her fabulous victoria sponge.
Uphill Under-15s welcomed Welsh club Llanishen (Cardiff) for a six-a-side match.
The team of Marcus Pan, Charlie Marsh, Alana Burstow, Elliot Millard, David Gumus and Sophie Gardener all played well.
The singles element went to Uphill 5-1 with good wins for Marcus, Charlie, Alana, Elliot and Sophie, with Elliot and Alana coming through epic deciders.
The doubles continued to be dominated by Uphill with all players combining well to win this element 9-3 to run out 14-4 winners.
Big thanks to Llanishen for travelling over and Uphill look forward to the return trip in September.
The Mothering Sunday double header concluded with the Under-18s taking on Llanishen.
The team of Anuj Gupta, Harry Gardner, Ani Sapra, Will Maitland, Anna Bickell and Beth Chadwick were on fire, putting on an impressive display.
The singles went to Uphill 5-1 with wins for Anuj, Harry, Ani, Anna and Beth, with Anuj and Anna being taken to three ends.
The doubles as always proved Uphill’s strength with all six combining superbly well to win 11 out of 12 to complete a comprehensive 16-2 victory.
This concluded a feast of junior badminton with 47 players playing an epic 158 games in four hours.