Three out of four for Uphill teams

Uphill Badminton Club had a successful week, with three out of four teams winning.

UPHILL Badminton Club had the four teams playing in the North Somerset Badminton League in the past week.

The B team of Ellie Jewell, Robin Curry, Steff Hadley, captain Brian Hadley, Kate Robinson and Rob Morray were playing away to Nailsea & Yatton A and won by six rubbers to three.

In this match, the Uphill men proved too strong for their opposition winning all the men’s rubbers. The ladies’ were a different proposition with the experienced Cathy Alexander and Athene Lane winning a hard fought rubber against Ellie and Steff.

In the second ladies’, Ellie and Kate beat Cathy and Anne Horsfield comfortably. Athene and Anne then overpowered Steff and Kate. In the mixed rubbers, Ellie and Robin won the first, but Steff and Brian lost the second.

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The final mixed was a close three game rubber in which Kate and Rob beat Anne Horsfield and Mike Chapman. For Nailsea & Yatton, Athene Lane won all her rubbers as did Robin and Rob for Uphill.

The C team were away to Clevedon Feathers C and won by seven rubbers to two. The Uphill team had captain Fiona Singleton and Neil Burstow unavailable, but Teresa Davison and young Billy Fear filled the positions well.

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Billy was in fact man of the match by winning all his rubbers. The other members of the team were Julie O’Sullivan, Glyn Davis, Matthew Valentine and Maureen Matthews.

The Uphill team started the evening well by winning the three mixed rubbers which all went to three games. Julie and Maureen then won the first. Jenny Horrocks and Elaine Brown from Clevedon Feathers then fought back to beat Julie and Teresa.

The last ladies’ was the closest rubber of the night with Maureen and Teresa eventually beating Laura Wild and Elaine Brown. Glyn and Matthew lost to Rob Northam and Billy Mallet in the first men’s.

Glyn and Billy then won the second men’s easily and finally Matthew and Billy completed the evening by beating Billy Mallett and James Hollis to complete an excellent evening’s badminton.

The D team were away to Nailsea & Backwell B and lost by eight rubbers to one. The team missed the injured Sourish Ganapathi, but it enabled young Luke Morgan to gain valuable experience at this level.

The first three mixed rubbers were close, with two going to three games, but the more experienced N&B players managed to win all three. The ladies’ rubbers also produced close games, but Nailsea won the first two, before Caroline Higgins and Emily Look won the third in straight games to avoid the whitewash.

The Uphill team of Ellen Davis, Carl Harrison, Caroline Higgins, Billy Fear, Emily Look and Luke Morgan all produced some competitive badminton, but were beaten by a more experienced team.

The E team, away to Chew Valley, won by six rubbers to three. This match had an unfortunate start when the Chew Valley captain Rob Darmarch was unable to continue the first mixed rubber, with the score at 21-15, 19-13 to Emily Walker and Neil Sandifer.

In the second mixed rubber, Uphill captain Callum Grayson and Felicity Pritchard beat Evelyn Heighton and Stephen Moss comfortably. The final mixed was a topsy turvey rubber with Tina Toogood and Stuart Metcalf of Chew Valley winning the first game, then Abbie Rickwood and Luke Morgan fighting back to win the second, but capitulating in the third.

In the ladies’, Emily and Felicity won a close first rubber. Chew Valley then won the next two ladies’ to bring the match score to three rubbers each. Uphill won the only men’s rubber to be played when Callum and Luke beat Stephen Moss and Stuart Metcalfe. The player of the match award went to Callum Grayson, who led the team and played good badminton throughout the evening.

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