Uphill treble triumph in triangular treat

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Badminton Club’s junior team were comprehensively beaten by unbeaten league leaders Clevedon Feathers.

Despite Uphill Badminton Club D team’s best efforts, the away match against Clevedon Feathers saw a comprehensive 9-0 victory for the home side.

The men’s doubles was where Uphill came closest in getting a game score of 16-21, but the remaining nights games ranged in scores in a chastening experience for the junior team.

No shame in losing out to the league leaders however, who have completed a perfect season of eight 9-0 victories.

The Uphill team on the night was Ryan Collins, Anna Collins, Rhys Davies, Georgia Wood, Harry Gardner and Heather Russell.

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The final two home games should give the team a good chance to finish the season strongly.

Uphill men’s team hosted Mendipway B team in a closely-contested match. The Uphill team of Paul Wright, Zakir Hussain, Tony Wilsher-Day and Nigel Judge all played well in what was a well-matched encounter.

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There were many close games and Uphill’s successes came via Zakir, who teamed up firstly with Tony and then with Nigel to take two of his three rubbers. This left Mendipway as 4-2 winners on the night.

Two Uphill teams of six travel to Wellington to take on Chew Valley and the Somerset county squad in what proved to be a feast of junior badminton.

An ambitious six-court format saw six matches take place and in the Under-17 event, Uphill reigned supreme.

In the match against Chew Valley, Uphill got off to a slow start before edging into a 7-5 lead after the singles. In the doubles, Uphill surged ahead taking the element 9-3 to end up as 16-8 match winners.

In the match against Somerset, Uphill’s singles weakness again was on show and they slumped to a 4-8 deficit, but the club pulled the doubles element out the bag, winning10-2 to come out match winners 14-10.

Well done to all players: Ryan Collins, Tom Miller, Harry Gardner, Rhys Davies, Jack and Lauren Rickwood.

In the Under-13 match against Chew Valley, Uphill were on the back foot from the start going down 10-2 in the singles. Uphill’s sole success was Marcus winning 15-10, 15-12.

In the doubles, Uphill came into their own and took this section 10-6, but it wasn’t enough to overturn the deficit, leaving a strong Chew outfit as 16-12 winners.

In the match versus Somerset, Uphill got off to a better start and in some evenly matched singles games, the teams couldn’t be separated after 12 games at six each.

In the doubles, Uphill’s experienced partnerships came to the fore and with an 8-4 doubles win left the match at 14-10 in Uphill’s favour.

Congratulations to all the players: Charlie, Zion, Shuo Shuo, Jake, Marcus and Vincent.

Thanks go to Mark Edwards and Billy Fear for the on day organisation and score keeping. Also to Amy Reddaway and the other Somerset coaches for hosting the event, their hospitality and superb refreshments.

And as ever to Will Mellersh for bringing his Chew army down and keeping control of the Under-13 event all morning.

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