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Published: Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:30

All England Seniors 2017

With a record entry of 418 players from across the world, including 12 Masters players from Avon, the 101st All England took place over the weekend and two of the Avon players reached finals.

Derek Simmons reached the Final of the 65+ XD with Betty Bartlett (Surrey) losing to a strong Swedish pairing 21-19, 21-12. The Swedes had beaten the Danish No1 seeds and finished the day without dropping a game at any stage see picture below.

2017 all england masters

Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:32

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Published: Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:54

Avon Masters ICC Weekend - (14/15-January 2017)

O40sA great result from a new Avon over 40's team, finishing in second place behind Somerset at Andover. It went to the wire with Avon and Somerset playing against each other in the final match for the title.
Team: Jane Watson, Athene Lane, Gill Rennie, Tracy Hooper, Nick Offer, James Watson, Ben Peterson (Saturday only), Antony Forster, Chris Egan.

O50sAndover saw Avon over 50's holding their sacred ground in the annual ICC pilgrimage. 

The almost unholy duo of Dean Leppier (The Dean) and Richard Irvine (Brother Richard) saw their prayers answered, remaining unbeaten. Whilst the spirit of the team remained uplifted throughout our visitation to a soggy Hampshire.  A testament to the power of teamwork.

O55sAvon O55s finished a creditable 4th playing at Milton Keynes in the Premier Division, and this with only 3 men on the Sunday as Ian Nicholls had another engagement. Lynne Joyner, in her first appearance at this level of badminton, partnering Penny Tomlinson to win an important ladies doubles against Essex who ultimately went down. Team: Debbie Burrell, Shirley Green, Lynne Joyner, Penny Tomlinson, Dave Gribble, Gene Joyner, Ian Nicholls, Farzad Salimi.

O60sAvon 60s proved they have strength in depth, by winning promotion to the Premier League despite being short of two regular players. This was from a strong division containing two teams that were only narrowly relegated from the Premier last year. On the Saturday, a hard-fought draw with Hampshire was followed by two wins. Success against Wiltshire was secured by Colin Lawry and Dot Barrett, winning the key mixed game, after the team chose to change pairings to match the opposition's strengths. On Sunday, the 60s beat Dorset and Isle of Wight, to set up a winner takes all match against Devon. The new pairing of Cathy Alexander and Jackie Addison had acclimatised well, and got the tie off to a good start by winning the ladies. Colin and Mike Cox could not repeat this success. To ensure promotion, Avon knew that a draw was not sufficient, the team had to win both mixed matches. Nigel Birkett and Dot won, meaning that both players won all their matches over the weekend. It was then all down to Derek Simmons and Ann Lawry to win the second mixed match. They were up against the Devon pairing of John Petersen and Marguerite Butt. Derek and Ann lost the first game, then narrowly won the second. With the hall virtually deserted as all the other matches had finished, Derek and Ann won the third end, 21-19, with every point won in the game, cheered on by the team's supporters.

O65sAvon 65’s were promoted to Premier Division last year and knew this would be a tough weekend in Worcester. With the team alternating for each match, there was some great play and some good results. Joanna Elson and Val O’Neill won 3 Ladies Doubles matches and Joanna also won at Ladies Doubles with Moira Roberts. Moira had more success with Zia Haque, winning at Mixed Doubles to help to the win the match against Essex. There were also games taken at both Men’s Doubles and again at Mixed but no further match wins and so the team will be relegated back to Division 1 for next year.
Team was Zia Haque, Joanna Elson, Bob Hammersley, Pete Onion, Val O’Neill, Dave Offer, Moira Roberts

Published: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:08



 Once again a good turnout of players from Avon made their way to Hatfield for the English National Masters Championships. Joanna Elson again deserving of a mention as runner up at Women’s Doubles 70+ with Vicki Betts (Hampshire) and a semi-finalist at Mixed Doubles with Ken Tantum (Notts).

Penny Shears had the best results of the weekend achieving the runners up spot with regular Avon partner Cathy Alexander at Women’s Doubles 65+ (pictured above) and was also a finalist at Mixed Doubles 65+ with Bob Bell (Cornwall). Val O’Neill also playing at Women’s Doubles 65+ was a semi-finalist, losing out to the eventual winners with Janet Fletcher (Derbyshire), and at Mixed Doubles with Dave Chapman (Kent) was part of a 3-way tie at the group stages. Mike Cox played at 65+ Men’s Doubles with Jim Garrett (Kent), as did Derek Simmons and Chris Hockey (Surrey), both pairs failed to progress from a tough group which included the top seeds and eventual winners.  Julian Clapp had some close games at Men’s Doubles 60+ with Robin Wells (Kent) and at Mixed Doubles with Brenda Creasey (Surrey).

Ian Nicholls with Jenny Cox (Surrey) finished in runners up spot at Mixed Doubles 55+, having come through a tough semi-final then narrowly losing in the final 21-16, 22-20. Ian played in a scratch partnership at Men’s Doubles 55+ losing out at the group stage as did Gene Joyner with Dave Gribble.  Shirley Green with Sue Tooke (Hampshire) was in a tough group with the top seeds and eventual winners at Women’s Doubles 55+, and with Gene Joyner finished second in their Mixed Group to Ian and Jenny.  Cathy Jowett and Paul Chard also lost out to the top seeds and winners at Mixed Doubles 50+.

Val O'Neill

Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 18:20

Kent Masters Gold Tournament 2016

With 14 of Avon’s top badminton players travelling to Kent to play in this prestigious tournament at the weekend, it was always likely there would be some successes to report and they did not disappoint.

With all the singles being played on Friday Mike Cox was the 65+ runner up, losing to the eventual winner in his first match but winning the rest in straight games. Gene Joyner at 55+ beat the top seed in his group and narrowly missed going through to the final, taking the eventual group winner to a third, the only player taking a game off him. Dave Gribble was also runner up in his group only losing to the number one seed and overall MS 55+ winner. Cath Jowett finished third at WS 50+.

gribbleandjoyner2016KentSaturday was level doubles day, and Dave Gribble and Gene Joyner, playing at MD 55+ survived all the challenges that come with being European Gold Medallists, winning their group, then overcoming Ian Nicholls and Keith Horton (Surrey), who came through from a tough group as best runner up, in a close semi-final 21-11, 15-21, 21-16 then coming through the final 21-17, 21-16 to take the title.

(Pictured) Dave Gribble and Gene Joyner with Di Troke the new Badminton England president

Cath Alexander and Penny Shears were runners up at WD 65 going through to the final having not dropped a game in their group. They fought hard in a very competitive final but the No1 seeds were too strong and they went down 21-18,21-14. Joanna Elson was also a runner up, playing at WD70 with Vicki Betts (Hampshire) and only losing to the winners 21-15 in the third.

Sunday saw some great mixed doubles play and for Avon there were two more runners up spots. Penny Shears & Bob Bell (Cornwall) at XD65 came through as group winners, comfortably took the semi-final 21-14, 21-16 only to lose in the final to the top seeds 21-15, 21-11. Dave Gribble & Anne Bridge (Surrey) at XD 55 also top of their group, won the semi-final 21-17, 21-17 but narrowly lost out in the final 22-20, 21-13.

The other Avon Masters playing with many great performances were, Nigel Birkitt and Debbie Burrell XD 50, Paul Chard MD 50 and XD 50 with Cath Jowett, Shirley Green WD 55 and XD 55 with Gene Joyner, Derek Simmons MD 65, Val O’Neill WD 65 and XD 65.

Report by Val O'Neill.

Published: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:04

Medals for Avon Badminton Masters

A record number of 9 local Avon County Masters players were selected to play for England at the European Seniors Badminton Championships held in Podcetrtek, Slovenia last week where the unexpected stars for Avon were Dave Gribble and Gene Joyner. Playing at 55+ Men’s Doubles they came home with the Gold Medal having beaten a German pair in the first round then winning a tough match in the second round against the Scottish No2 seeds. They went on to win, beating Danish 5/8 seeds in Quarter-finals, the Danish No1 seeds in the Semi-finals and Danish No3/4 seeds in the Final, and all without losing a game. A tremendous performance, especially as this was Gene’s first time at European level. Gene also played 55+ Men’s Singles but went out in the second round to a seeded Norwegian. Dave had more success at Men’s Singles 55+ reaching round 4 before being beaten by a seeded Danish player, whom he had played and lost to, at Mixed Doubles in the first round.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:09

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