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Junior South West Counties Tournament

This year Avon were in charge of running the South West Juniors Tournament played at Christie Miller Sports Centre, Melksham over the weekend. The standard of badminton was impressive and, of the 78 players entered, 45 were from Avon, 16 from Devon, 10 from Wiltshire, 4 from Cornwall and 3 from Gloucester. Avon players came away with 3 Gold and 9 Silver Medals, an excellent performance which reflects the growing strength of the county.

In the U12 Boy’s singles a special mention for Avon’s Aarya Ramachandra who, despite finishing in 3rd place, had only lost one game in his group 21-20, and played a close semi-final, losing to the eventual winner Hayden Herkes from Devon, 21-18. Toby Pridmore was also a semi-finalist, only losing out to Devon’s Evan Dawson 21-19.

Under 12 Girls was dominated by Katie Ovenden from Wiltshire with Parathana Reddy doing well to finish runner-up.

U12 Boy’s doubles was also dominated by the two Devon boys with Toby Pridmore and Aarya Ramachandra pairing up finishing in a well-deserved Silver Medal position.

U12 Girls Doubles was closely fought with Parathana Reddy and Olivia Vince also finishing with silver but having taken the match against Kira Mullen and Katie Ovenden to 3, winning the first game to 19, but then losing 21-14, 21-14.

The U14 Boy’s singles was played in two large groups with both medals going to Devon players but Barney Pridmore did well to go through to a semi but lost to the eventual winner.

The U14 Girl’s singles was a much close competition. With three of the girls finishing equal on games and the decision being made by points for and against, Amy Mellersh and Susanna Ogden were in the mix but the winner was Riya Tarar from Wiltshire with Susanna clinching the second spot, having beaten Riya, and Amy having to settle for third place but having beaten Susanna.

U14 Boy’s Doubles once again saw the Devon Boys dominate with Barney Pridmore and Harvey Thompson taking the third spot.

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Avon’s Amy Mellersh and Susanna Ogden combined for the U14 Girl’s doubles comfortably taking the gold medal, overcoming Riya Tarar playing with Katie Ovenden 21-8, 21-13, despite Amy having hurt her leg in the singles competition.

The U16 Boy’s singles had a large entry with Avon extremely well represented and taking all the spots in the semi-final. Alex Reid lost out 6-21 to Sam Weekes, and Ben Kemp losing out to Will Mullaney 21-18. Will had only narrowly lost to Sam 21-20 in their group and the final was another close contest with Sam taking the gold 21-18.

The U16 Boy’s doubles saw Sam Weekes and Ben Kemp join forces going through to the final unbeaten, as did the other finalists Ralph Ackroyd from Gloucester with Jacob Weekes. This was another closely fought final with Sam and Ben taking gold 21-16 and Jacob and partner going home with silver.

The U16 Girl’s singles was also a large entry and both Hannah Warren and Adelphia Evans made it through to quarter finals but unfortunately had to play against each other, Hannah was the winner of this match 21- 19 but was then matched, in the semi-final, against the eventual winner Cara Collins from Cornwall. Hannah Warren, paired with Isabel Mullen then went one better as they took the silver, with Devon’s Jennifer Lai and Grace Lee taking the gold.

The Boy’s U18 singles finished with Sam Weekes in third place and Will Mullaney in fourth, and the U18 Boy’s doubles saw Sam Weekes and Ben Kemp finish with another medal this time silver behind a Devon / Cornwall pairing, and Donghao Wang, playing with Rob Hawkins from Wiltshire, finishing in third place.

Adelphia Evans and Hannah Warren also did well at U18 Girl’s doubles coming away with silver in another best of 3 match against the winners 14-21, 21-14, 15-21.

 

Avon 2nd Annual Dinner Dance

Thank you to everyone who attended the dinner dance, we hope you all had a lovely time. 

Congratulations to the award winners:
County players of the year: Rob Armstrong and Abigail Kemp

 2017 Avon MaleCountyPlayeroftheYear RobArmstrong

2017 Avon FemaleCountyPlayeroftheYear AbiKemp

Coach of the year: Nicola Wall

2017 Avon CoachoftheYear

Volunteer of the year: Lauren Ashley

2017 Avon VolunteeroftheYear LaurenAshley

Club of the year: Chew Valley

2017 Avon CluboftheYear ChewValley

Club player of the year: Mat Cleaves

2017 Avon ClubPlayeroftheYear MatCleaves

Special achievement awards: Dan Bethell, David Gribble and Gene Joyner

2017 Avon SpecialAchievementAward DanBethell

2017 Avon SpecialAchievementAward GeneJoynerDavidGribble

The Avon Summer Tournament  28th May

Is aimed at players from the lower divisions of the leagues and also social players.
 
You don't need to be affiliated to anybody to play.

Come on and enter - you may even enjoy it!!
 
 
The tournament offers singles and doubles and is played on 1 day.

For details and an entry form click here

 George Rowden Mixed & Sid Moxon Men's Tournaments 23/4/17

 

George Rowden Mixed Tournament

Entry numbers were disappointing with only 6 pairs entering but the quality more than made up for it.

The day started with a tremendous 3 setter between Liz Whitmarsh (Chew Valley) and Matt Jose (Beaufort) who just lost out to Vanessa Bagwell and Tom Smalldridge (Imperial) 21-18 19-21 21-17.

Ali Wallace and Ian Bush (Beaufort) were just too strong for the rest of the opposition - winning all their matches comfortably in 2. Second place was very closely fought, Viv Edwards (Clevedon Feathers) and Phil Burton (Beaufort) giving themselves a chance of second place with a tough 3 set win against Vanessa Bagwell and Tom Smalldridge, leaving Joanne Richards and Paul Gardner (Academy) needing to win their last match (and the last match of the tournament) in 2 against fellow club mates Alice Lamb and Matt Ralph, which they did.

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Left to right Ian Bush, Ali Wallace, Joanne Richards and Paul Gardner.

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Coaching Courses 2017

Level 2 (L2CC/18/10) in Avon.
(Apply before 25/05/2017)

Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Hengrove Promenade, Hengrove Park, Bristol BS14 0DE 

Day 1 24/06/2017 Day 2 25/06/2017 Day 3 22/07/2017 Day 4 02/09/2017

 

Level 1 (L2AC/18/13) in Somerset.
(Apply before 12/05/2017)

Bridgwater College Academy Sports Dev Centre Parkway Bridgwater Somerset TA6 4QY

Day 1 10/06/2017 Day 2 11/06/2017 Day 3 17/06/2017 

To book on email; , call; 01908 268400 or book online; https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/

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