Avon county teams Development squad based at Wellsway School on Thursday evenings (7-9pm).
An excellent away win for the the 3rd team in Wiltshire - 14/12/2014
The latest episode of “Life in the Freezer” was played out at the Christie Miller Sports Centre in Melksham when Wiltshire 3rds hosted Avon 3rds.
The Avon team travelled with high hopes of reversing the previous week’s result and to give the absent Chief Elf, otherwise known as Coach Will, an early Christmas present (you need to wait for the photos on the Chew Valley web site to pick up on this reference)
Masters Nationals 2014
At the recent Masters Nationals played at Hatfield, Joanna Elson (Beaufort Park), playing with regular partner Ken Tantum (Notts), has once again won a national title - this time at 0ver 70 Mixed Doubles.
Joanna and Ken were top seeds in a tight group which could have gone to any one of three pairs, in the end it came down to the final match between them and the number 2 seeds which Joanna and Ken won 12-21, 21-10, 21-15.
Playing at Women’s Doubles 70+, in a new partnership with fellow Avon player Anne Heal (RWP), and with Anne making her debut at Masters Nationals, Joanna and Anne played against two established pairings finishing runners up in the competition, only losing out to the winners on game difference.
Once again Avon was well represented at this National Event, with all of the local players achieving some wins in their groups, Two pairings deserve a mention at over 55 Men’s Double’s, Dave Gribble (Bristol and District) with Abdul Gafar (Leics) narrowly lost out to finish second in a strong group and Ian Nicholls (Bristol and District) with James Buckle (Somerset) going one better in the same event to reach the semi-finals losing out to the top seeds and eventual winners 19-21, 21-18, 21-13.
Penny Shears (Beaufort Park) and Val O'Neill (Chew Park) also reached their semi-final at Women's Doubles 65+ losing out in a 3 setter to a Lancashire pairing.
New Partnership works for Chris
| Following a shake up in June by Badminton England new partnerships were formed in the development squad with Chris and partner of 7 years Matthew Nottingham being split up and given new partners. Chris was paired up with England team-mates Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden for a trial period and in the mixed Chris was partnered with England Team-mate Sophie Brown from Yorkshire. After only 4 tournaments BE formed new partnerships once more and in the Men's Doubles Chris was paired up with GB team-mate Paul Van Reitvelde. In only their 3rd tournament together Chris and Paul reached the semi-final of the Yonex Welsh International in Cardiff but the surprise partnership with Sophie has proved to be a partnership with potential and this was realised when in only their 4th tournament together Chris and Sophie won the Yonex Welsh International at the end of November beating the No: 1 seeds from Canada in the Semi-Final and the No: 2 seeds from Germany in the final. Chris is look forward to progressing the new partnerships in 2015.
Chris was signed to represent Team Derby in the new National Badminton League being aired live by Sky each month on a Monday. In the first match in October, against Birmingham Lions, Chris played mixed doubles with Gail Emms, which they narrowly lost, Derby lost 2-3. In the November match against Loughborough he played men's doubles with Andy Ellis, which they won and Derby won 3-2. Next NBL matches can be seen on 26th January, 23rd March and 27th April. Chris regularly represents Avon 1 in their Premier League team.