Title to be decided in last match of the season

Uphill Badminton Club juniors.

Uphill Badminton Club juniors. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Badminton Club’s A team face Clevedon Feathers in the last match of the season for a winner takes all encounter for the Division 1 title.

Uphill Badminton Club’s A team defeated Frys 8-1 to set up a finale against Clevedon Feathers in defence of their Division 1 crown.

The night got off to a great start with Uphill winning all three of the mixed matches. The closest of which was Becky and Mark, who won 24-22, 26-24.

The ladies were in fine form, winning all their rubbers to put Uphill into a 6-0 lead.

The men’s were a tougher prospect with Fry’s hotshot Pete Wrigglesworth in fine form. Paul and Matt never quite got going losing out 21-18, 21-15, before Paul and Mark won the next rubber.

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The last men’s was another tough contest, but Matt and Mark battled through to win 21-18, 18-21, 21-15 to gain a much-needed 8-1 victory.

This leaves the division fascinatingly poised and set up perfectly for effectively a winner takes all deciding match against second-placed Clevedon Feathers in a few weeks time.

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The C team were in home league action in their penultimate match against Frys B. With Luke Morgan unavailable Matt Valentine was this week’s supersub.

The three mixed all went the way of Frys, with Callum and Maureen getting closest taking their rubber to three games.

The men’s hit back with captain Callum leading the way, winning both his matches, firstly with Glyn and then with Matt.

The ladies of Bethan, Lauren and Maureen all tried hard, but the experience of the Frys’ trio meant they won all three rubbers in straight games.

The night ended up with Glyn and Matt taking the final rubber to see Frys run out 6-3 winners on the night.

Three Uphill girls’ pairings and four boy’s pairs entered a large junior non-county doubles competition.

In the Under-14 section, Emily Aldridge and Alana Burstow teamed up well together. Winning their first two matches, they lost out to a strong Clevedon pair before winning the last group match to secure second place and claim their runners-up medals.

In the Under-16 section, Uphill reigned supreme. With only four pairs entered, all group matches were the best of three games.

Both Uphill pairings of Heather Russell/Anna Short and Lucy Loud/Bethany Chadwick won their two opening rubbers against pairs from Chew and Clevedon to set up an all-Uphill final.

This turned out to be a thriller with Heather and Anna coming through 21-18, 20-21, 21-16, to leave Uphill as winners and runners-up in this event.

In the boy’s events, Uphill had mixed results. The Under-12 saw Vincent Tsang teamed up with Harry Wall (Clevedon), both still only nine-years-old and were competing against taller and stronger players in most games.

After a tough start but with some good close games, they picked up some good wins and came fourth out of a box of seven.

In the Under-14 section, the Uphill pairing of Zion Chen and Shuo Shuo Jin stole the show, winning all seven box games to run out clear winners.

In the Under-16 event, Uphill had two pairings. Elliott Burstow and Tom Hooper tried their best all day, but had a tough day against some strong pairings.

The older pairing of Ben Moore and Aniraj Sapra fared better and enjoyed wins in four of their six games. This left the boys in third place, narrowly missing out on a runners-up spot.

Congratulations to all 13 Uphill players who took part: Ani, Ben, Tom, Elliott, Heather, Anna, Lucy, Bethany, Alana, Emily, Shuo Shuo, Zion, Vincent and Harry.

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