Uphill badminton teams impress in latest action

PUBLISHED: 15:47 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 09 February 2018

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Uphill Badminton Club had three teams in action this week, along with a special visit for the junior club.

At home to local rivals Wyvern, Uphill A team put in a solid performance to keep them in the race for third spot.

The team of Izzy (Isabel) Mullen, Paul Edwards, Christy Cole, Matt Cole, Becky Halfpenny and captain Mark Edwards all played well.

The first two mixed went to deciding rubbers, with Izzy and Paul being edged out 21 in third before Christy and Matt won through 12 in the last.

Becky and Mark won in two games before the men’s were all won in style by the Uphill boys to secure the five.

The first ladies produced some high quality play, with Izzy and Christy combining well to win 25-23, 21-18. The next two were shared, with Becky losing with Izzy but winning well in the last with Christy to secure the 7-2 win.

Away to Chew Valley E, there was yet another convincing display from the Junior C team.

Missing Anna Bickell, the team of Harry Gardner, Lewis Gilbert, Ben Moore, Heather Russell, Beth Chadwick and Lucy Loud all played well and won all nine rubbers in two games to record the teams seventh, 9-0 victory from nine matches.

A maximum five points are now needed to win the league title in the last match away to Pill in early March.

A tough away trip for the men’s team away to title chasing Chew Valley saw a 6-0 defeat.

The team of Paul Wright, Dennis Tsang, Zion Chen and Bill Ponting all put up a good fight but went down 6-0 to a strong Chew quartet.

The junior club’s weekly sessions had a special treat this week with professional coach James Elkin coming along to take the sessions and doing some great work on attacking play.

Next week sees another special occasion, with Avon Badminton County first team players Xiao Xuan Tah and George Priestman coming along to assist with the sessions.

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