Uphill host third handicap badminton tournament

Badminton ladies' finalists.

Badminton ladies' finalists. - Credit: Archant

The third Weston handicap badminton tournament was hosted by Uphill Badminton Club.

UPHILL Badminton Club hosted the third running of the Weston handicap tournament.

With 40 pairs from a variety of local clubs, three tournaments over six hours and a total of 124 games, it was a feast of local badminton.

In the ladies event it was one box of eight, 28 box games which produced the plate and main semi-finals.

The box winners were Emma Bailey & Heather Wrigglesworth with 143 points, just ahead of Charlotte Crosby & Christy Cole (-6) with 137 and Bethan Dunning & Aimee Morgan (+5) in third with 135,

You may also want to watch:

The plate semi-finals saw Penny Scott & Bethan Evans defeat Caroline Higgins & Sarah Humberstone 21-17 and Bridget Jones & Alice Lamb beating Lauren Rickwood & Alice Brett also 21-17. The plate final was then won 21-19 by Bridget & Alice.

In the main semi-finals, Charlotte & Christy overcame Bethan & Aimee 21-15 and Emma & Heather take Becci Scott & Laura Finch in a thriller 21-20.

Most Read

This left the main final with the pre-tournament favourites Christy & Charlotte (-6) against Emma & Heather (-5) and in a top quality final, Emma & Heather came out 21-16 winners.

The men’s event was two boxes of six with a plate and main semis and final to follow.

In box A, Dennis Tsang & Ronald Vong (+7) won the box with 103 points, Olly Powers & Billy Fear (-2) second with 93, then amazingly there was a three-way tie for third place, which left Will Mellersh & Mathew Jose in third with 90.

In box B, runaway winners were Matt Cole & Callum Grayson with a maximum 105 with Rohan Weekes & James Sole second with 100.

The plate semis were made up of Will Hollis & Luke Morgab beating Mat Cleaves & Alex Nash 21-16 and Will Mellersh and Matt Jose taking Rob Morray and Robin Curry 21-20 in a nailbiter. The final was then won by Will & Matt 21-16 to claim the plate title.

In the main men’s event, the first semi saw Dennis & Ronald defeat Rohan & James 21-11 and Matt & Callum beat Olly & Billy 21-18. In the final, Dennis and Ronald continued to take advantage of their +7 handicap to run out 21-11 winners.

In the mixed event, 20 pairs competed over four boxes moving to plate and main draw quarters semis and final, with handicaps ranging from -9 to +8, there were some interesting games!

The mixed plate quarter-final winners were Brian Hadley & Steph Hancocks, who lost to Zakir Hussain & Ellen Davis 21-12, and then Will & Charlotte, who defeated Paul Edwards & Jane Guy 21-10.

This left the final with a -9 to +8 encounter, but Will & Charlotte showed why they were so highly ranked, dominating the final to come out 21-17 winners.

In the main event, winning quarter finalists were Matthew Ralph & Alice Lamb, who were beaten 21-15 against Mike &Alice Brett 21-15, then followed a Chew Valley battle with Gene Joyner & Becci Scott winning 21-18.

In the other half, Mat & Penny Scott beat Billy Mallet & Gina Gronham 21-19 before Will Mellersh and Jane Travis beat Callum Riordan & Bethan 21-18.

This left semis with Mat & Penny beating Mike & Alice Brett in a thriller 21-20 and in an all Chew affair, Will & Jane defeated Gene & Becci 21-19.

This set up a quality mixed final of youth against experience. Mellersh & Travis overcame the younger pairing of Mat & Penny 21-18 to end a most enjoyable day’s badminton.

A full turnout on the day ensured all went to plan and big thanks were given to Mark, Paul and Rob for their work in preparation and on the day.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter