Good results for Uphill teams

BADMINTON - UPHILL Badminton Club teams have had some extreme results with the A and C teams winning, the B team winning and losing and the D and men's teams losing.

UPHILL Badminton Club teams have had some extreme results with the A and C teams winning, the B team winning and losing and the D and men's teams losing.

A group of 10 players, representing all the club teams, also took part in the Tough Ten Run and raised a significant sum of money for the sports relief charity. This was a new club venture organised by club captain Mark Edwards, who made sure that all the members got round by following them in.

The star performance came from Grant Kelly who was the first Uphill member in with a time of one hour 13 minutes with Billy Fear coming in close behind him. This was an excellent group performance with all of them running under one hour 36 minutes.

The A team, who earlier in the season beat Wyvern A 8-1, this time beat a weakened Wyvern A by 9 rubbers to 0 and in so doing handed out their fourth whitewash to opposing teams this season.

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This was a one-sided match with all the rubbers being won in straight games. Becky Matthews, Paul Edwards, captain Nicky Mills, Mark Edwards, Becky Halfpenny and Matt Cole kept their concentration and played well. So far this season Paul and Mark Edwards have won all their rubbers, seven mixed with good support from Becky Matthews and Nicky Mills and 14 men's with good support from Matt Cole who has also won all his men's rubbers.

The B team were away to top of Division 2, Nailsea and Yatton A and lost a close competitive match 5-4. Teresa Davison, Wai Cheung, Christy Langford, Brian Hadley, captain Denise Burton and Rob Morray made a poor start with Cathy Alexander and Richard Irving beating Teresa Davison and Wai Cheung 21-10, 21-10, but Uphill came straight back with Christy Langford and Brian Hadley beating Terry O'Shea and Mike Chapman 21-16, 21-16.

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Nailsea and Yatton then won the third mixed 22-20, 21-19. Again Uphill hit back with Christy and Teresa taking the first ladies 18-21, 21-16, 16-21. Nailsea and Yatton won the next ladies 21-19, 21-12 to edge in front, but Christy and Denise won the third ladies 21-19, 20-22, 21-18 to bring the match back level.

The men's rubbers were all close with two of them going to three games. In the first Wai and Brian started well by winning the first game 21-9, but somehow lost the next two 17-21, 16-21. In the second Wai and Rob lost 12-21, 19-21. The last men's rubber saw Brian and Rob recover from losing the first game 9-21 to win the next two 21-17, 25-23, to end a good night's badminton that could have gone either way.

The only Nailsea and Yatton player to win all his rubbers was Richard Irving while Christy Langford won all her rubbers for the third successive match.

In the next match the B team were able to field the same players this time away to Mark A and won comfortably 9-0 in straight games.

The C team were at home to Wyvern C and won 6-3. This was a close and competitive match with five rubbers going to three games and many other individual games having close score lines.

Ruth Harding, Rob Cole, Julie O'Sullivan, Tom Higgins, captain Maureen Matthews and Robin Curry, playing his first C team match, played well. Uphill had a poor start losing the first two close mixed rubbers. Ruth and Rob losing 23-25, 21-13, 18-21 to Elaine Waldren and Glyn Davis, and Julie and Tom losing 21-17, 19-21, 22-24 to Eve Lockwood and Ali Ershad. Captain Maureen Matthews and Robin Curry then won the third mixed 21-19, 21-11.

Ruth and Julie won the first ladies' rubber 21-12, 21-18 and Ruth and Maureen then won a hard fought second ladies 21-15, 19-21, 21-16. Wyvern then took the third ladies 21-12, 20-22, 21-16.

Uphill won all the men's rubbers. The first comfortably 21-12, 21-14. The first game of the second men's was close before Rob and Robin won 22-20, 21-11. The final rubber of the evening was an up and down affair before Tom and Robin won 21-13, 11-21, 21-18 to end a good evening's badminton. The only person to win all their rubbers was Robin Curry with good support from Maureen, Rob and Tom.

The D team were away to Pill B and lost a close match 6-3. Fiona Singleton, Robin Curry, Kate Robinson, Grant Kelly, captain Sue Garrett and Peter Rybaruk played well, despite finding the court surfaces slippery, causing some players to fall on several occasions.

This was a good competitive match that could have gone either way as four rubbers went to three games, with Pill winning three, and many other games were close. For Uphill, Fiona and Robin won the first mixed, Sue and Pete won the third mixed and Robin and Pete won the second men's. The only players to win all their rubbers were Linda Paisley and Mark Lord from Pill.

The mens team were at home to Mendipway and lost 6-0. Steve Robinson, Fred Brown, Steve Emerson and captain Bill Ponting were out-played by a stronger side and lost all the rubbers in straight games.

NORTH Somerset Badminton Mixed League, Division 1: Wyvern A 9, Nailsea and Backwell A 0; Pill A 0, Uphill A 9; Nailsea and Backwell A 3, Fry's A 6; Uphill A 9, Wyvern A 0.

Division 2: Nailsea and Yatton A 5, Uphill B 4; CBC@Backwell 8, Mark A 1; Fry's B 6, Wyvern B 3.

Division 3: Clevedon Feathers B 9, Nailsea and Backwell B 0; Uphill C 6, Wyvern C 3; Portishead A 9, Nailsea and Backwell B 0.

Division 4: Wells City 7, Pill B 2.

Division 5: Wedmore 1, Wyvern D 8; Redwood Lodge 8, Wyvern D 1; Clevedon Feathers C 5, Redwood Lodge 4.

Division 6: Chew Valley B 9, Avon Vale 0; Winscombe B 9, Tickenham 0; Avon Vale 9, Tickenham 0.

Men's League: Nailsea and Backwell 1, Wells City 5; Uphill 0, Mendipway 6.

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