Mixed week on the courts for Uphill
PUBLISHED: 09:03 13 January 2017
Uphill Badminton Club enjoyed a mixed week on the courts, with five teams in action.
The New Year saw a busy week for Uphill Badminton Club, with five teams in action gaining two wins and three losses.
The B team hosted top of the table Chew Valley and went down eight rubbers to one.
Missing two ladies, Jessica and Maureen stood in to join Emily, Robin, Billy and Rob, who all gave their all.
The mixed all went the way of Chew with Will Mellersh in particular in top form. The ladies were all won comfortably by Chew’s dominant trio.
The men’s were similarly hard going, but Billy Fear and Rob saved the whitewash winning the last rubber in two games.
The junior D team of Tom Miller, Harry Gardner, Rhys Davies, Anna Bickell, Heather Russell and Lucy Loud all put up a good fight against an experienced Wyvern outfit.
The mixed all went the way of Wyvern in two games, before Uphill came into their own. The girls put up a great show and 12, before Heather and Lucy played superbly to win 21-19, 22-20.
The boys as always took all three of their rubbers to three games. Tom and Harry lost 17-21, 23-21, 18-21, while Tom and Rhys lost out 21-7 in the decider. Rhys and Harry won their encounter 9-21, 21-17, 21-18.
This left Wyvern as 7-2 winners on the night, which did not reflect the closeness of the match.
Uphill Men’s B strengthened their grip on the top of the table kicking off 2017 in fine style. Unfortunately Mark could only raise three men, so Tom Miller stood in for Mark to make up the games.
The team of Dennis Tsang, Craig Piper, Raymond Lee and Rhys Davies all played well and secured a comfortable 6-0 victory.
The juniors match season resumed with a double header away to Chew Valley.
The Under-16 team of Jack Rickwood, Dong Hao, Ben Moore and Jimmy Pam all played well and on the day had just too much for the Chew quartet.
The singles went to Uphill 3-1. Jack and Dong winning in straight games, Ben lost out 8 and 13 before Jimmy won a thriller 15-14 in the decider.
The doubles was a close affair with Uphill taking this section 4-2, with three of the six going to three games.
This 7-3 win gives the team three wins from three, with two matches left to secure this years title.
The Under-12s came up against a solid Chew side, who just had too much on the day, despite a huge number of games being 12-15 or closer. The enlarged format saw eight singles and 10 doubles, all best of two games to 15.
Chew took the singles element 11-5 and then the doubles 16-4 to run out 27-9 winners on the day.
The team of Marcus, Vincent, Rhainnon and Louis all played well and will come back stronger for their next encounter in a few weeks time.