Uphill set a new league record
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Uphill Badminton Club’s A team won the North somerset Mixed League for a record ninth consecutive time.
UPHILL Badminton Club’s A, C, E and Under-15 teams were in action with the A, E and junior teams winning and the C team unable to finish their match due to time restraints.
The A team were at away to Clevedon Feathers A and although still having Paul Edwards missing, managed to win a hard-fought match 6-3.
The team consisted of Ellie Jewell, captain Mark Edwards, Christy Langford, Matt Cole, Becky Halfpenny and James Bright, who all performed well against the second placed side in the league.
The team got off to a great start winning all three mixed in straight games.
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The ladies’ doubles started well with Ellie and Christy winning comfortably. The second went to three games with Feathers’ Viv anad Heather beating Ellie and Becky before Christy and Becky won.
All the men’s rubbers went to three games and were close, producing some excellent badminton and thrilling rallies. Mark and Matt lost the first and the second saw Mark and James also lose. In the third rubber, Matt and James beat Roger Lanning and Mike Brett to complete an excellent nights badminton.
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In winning this match, Uphill clinched the league title. Uphill A team have now won 47 consecutive league matches since their last defeat in November 2008, and in doing so have won their ninth consecutive Division 1 title, eclipsing the previous league record of eight years set from 1997-2004 by Mendipway.
The C team were away to Nailsea & Yatton A and had a close and enjoyable match which was spoilt by the teams being asked to leave with just one game left to play and the match standing at 5-3 to Nailsea.
The team was captain Julie O’Sullivan, Matthew Valentine, Fiona Singleton, Brian Hadley, Maureen Matthews and Glyn Davis.
All three mixed rubbers started together on three courts. Julie and Matt won the first before Nailsea & Yatton won the second in straight games and Maureen and Glyn won the third also in straight games.
The Nailsea & Yatton ladies won the first and third ladies’ doubles with ease, but Julie and Maureen put up a good fight before losing.
In the men’s doubles, Matt and Brian beat Steve Tripp and Anthony Foster before Nailsea & Yatton won the second. With the score one game each in the last rubber, the players were asked to leave the hall.
The young E team consisting of Harrison Whitehouse, Dannie Stone, captain Luke Morgan, Lauren Rickwood, Scott Booth and Beth Dunning were away to Avon Vale and won 6-3.
This was a good competitive match, with five of the rubbers going to three games, Avon Vale winning two and Uphill winning three. The Uphill girls continued to show good progress and won all three ladies’ rubbers for the first time.
The men’s rubbers were well contested with Uphill winning the first and third rubbers and Avon Vale winning the second. In the mixed, Avon Vale won the first in straight games, then Luke and Lauren won the second in three.
Finally Margaret Marsh and Stuart Turner beat Beth and Scott to complete an enjoyable evening’s badminton. The only players to win all their rubbers were Luke and Lauren from Uphill.
The Under-15 Avon Badminton League team was in action against Beaufort at Kingsdown in Bristol.
The teams consist of four players who each play one singles rubber and three doubles rubbers, with the number of games won by the team determining the final result.
The team consisted of Ryan Collins, James Jeremiah, Dong Hao and Anna Collins, playing in her first match. They all played well and won their match 16-7.
Uphill started well winning all of the singles which included Anna winning in straight games. Although three of the six doubles rubbers were competitive and went to three games, Uphill won two and Beaufort one. The only player to win all his rubbers was Dong from Uphill.