Men’s tournament held at Uphill

Mark Edwards.

Mark Edwards. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Badminton Club’s season culminated in their last league match and the men’s tournament.

LAST week saw the culmination of Uphill Badminton Club’s senior league season, along with the clubs internal men’s tournament.

The junior E team played the clubs 66th and final senior league match of the season at home to Clevedon Feathers D.

The team of Sam Hedges, Lelia Whitehouse, Ryan Collins, Anna Collins, Will Bennet and Georgia Wood all put up a fight, but went down to the better team nine rubbers to nil.

Clevedon put out Under-15 county girl Lucy Gorham, who has played senior county second team matches this season.

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Anna and Ryan along with Georgia and Will, both produced three set mixed rubbers, just going down in the deciding game. The ladies’ rubbers were fairly one-sided with Clevedon taking all three in two games.

The men’s were a closer affair with Sam and Ryan losing one game 23-21 and Sam and Will taking their rubber to three, before going down 21-16 in the third.

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This leaves the E team with three wins over the season and a creditable fourth place finish.

The popular men’s tournament was also held and after a hard night of round robin games in what turned out to be an eight pair box format, the initial aim was to have semis and finals, but given time issues, it had to be just a straight final between the top two.

Runaway box winners were Paul Edwards and Brian Hadley, with 147 points, winning all seven games. Remarkably, the next three pairs were all level on 137 points.

These had to be split by wins and games between the pairs, with Mark Edwards and Ian Gilmore winning six games, Luke Morgan and Tony four games and Bill Ponting and Billy Fear winning three games.

The final took place between Brian and Paul (-7) and Mark and Ian (-3). Mark and Ian got off to a flying start, being ahead 8-0, 12-5 and 16-10. Paul and Brian clawed it back to 17-17 and then at 19-19, the final on a knife edge.

With a Gilmore drop shot and an ace from Edwards, the final was won by Mark and Ian 21-19 to end a thrilling night’s badminton.

Thanks must go to Robin Curry and his team for the on-night organisation, along with some excellent handicapping.

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