Uphill capture 10th consecutive league title

Uphill Badminton Club E team.

Uphill Badminton Club E team. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Badminton Club’s A team clinched the North Somerset League title for the 10th consecutive time.

UPHILL Badminton Club’s A team won the league for a 10th consecutive time after thrashing rivals Wyvern A 9-0.

In a busy week for the club, the B, D, E and men’s B teams were all in action.

The A team bounced back from their first loss in 56 matches with a resounding whitewash of local rivals Wyvern A, winning all the rubbers in straight games with the exception of the two conceded due to Tom Riley being injured.

The normal A team of Ellie Jewell, Paul Edwards, Christy Langford, Matt Cole, Becky Halfpenny and captain Mark Edwards were back to their normal form and proved too strong for the Wyvern players.

This win means they are the North Somerset League champions for the 10th successive season, having played 10 matches, won nine, with 79 rubbers and 97 points.

The B team were at home against Clevedon Feathers A and lost 8-1. The team were missing the number one man and number two and three ladies and consisted of Emily Page-Symonds, Robin Curry, Teresa Davison, Brian Hadley, Becky Falwaller and captain Rob Murray.

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Despite the score line, this proved to be a competitive match with three of the rubbers going to three games, together with several other close games.

Clevedon Feathers won the first two mixed rubbers in straight games before Becky and Rob beat Heather Priestley and Olly Powers. Clevedon won the three ladies’ rubbers in straight games and the three close men’s rubbers, two of which went to three games.

The D team were away to Winscombe A and the match had five current Uphill juniors playing and two ex-Uphill juniors playing for Winscombe. The Uphill team was captain Jess Hargrave, Sourish Ganapathi, Beth Dunning, Rohan Weekes, Alice Brett and Luke Morgan.

Winscombe started well winning the first mixed in straight games, then Beth and Rowan and Alice and Luke both lost close three game rubbers. The Winscombe ladies won all the doubles decisively.

All three men’s doubles produced some good badminton for this level with the Uphill men winning all three, although two of them went to three games. The players to win all their rubbers were Sarah Humberstone, Juliet Dormer and Claire Laney from Winscombe.

The junior E team of Lauren Rickwood, Rohan Weekes, Alice Brett, captain Luke Morgan, Georgia Woods and Scott Booth, were at home to Portishead B and won by five rubbers to four.

The evening started well for Uphill when Lauren and Rohan and Alice and Luke won the first two mixed rubbers in straight games. Portishead hit back winning the third mixed in straight games.

Portishead won the three ladies’ doubles, although the Uphill girls put up a good fight before losing two of them in three games. The Uphill boys won all three men’s rubbers to round off an enjoyable evening.

The Uphill players to win all their rubbers were Rohan, Luke and Scott from Uphill.

The men’s B team playing their last match of the season were away to Winscombe and lost a competitive match by five rubbers to one.

The match began by Winscombe winning the first rubber easily in straight games, but despite the scoreline, the rubbers all produced competitive close games, with four of the remaining five rubbers going to three games.

For Uphill, Nigel Judge and Keith Higgins played consistently to a high standard for this level, but Winscombe’s number one man Chris Homer made the difference in the end with some hard fought rallies.

This friendly club welcomes new members and organises a variety of social events throughout the year. Anyone interested in joining the club should visit the website (www.uphillbadminton.co.uk), or phone Paul Edwards on 07866 946422.

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