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.


Dave Gribble and Gene Joyner celebrate on the podium


Joanna Elson was once again successful. Playing at 70+ Women’s Doubles with Partner Vicki Betts from Hampshire, beating the German No2 seeds in the second round then winning the Gold against the No1 seeded English pair in a very closely fought final. The final of the Mixed Doubles was another all English match up. Playing with Ken Tantum (Notts) and narrowly losing out to Vicki and partner Roger Baldwin (Essex) to come home with the Silver.

Val O’Neill also brought home a Silver Medal playing at 65+ Women’s Doubles with Ewa Carlander (Sweden), but with partner Grahame Moscrop was beaten in the first round of the Mixed Doubles 65+.

Other Avon players, all of whom were at their first European Championships, were Gina Grohmann playing at 40+ Mixed Doubles,45+ Women’s Singles and 45+ Women’s Doubles where she and partner Olga Bryant almost reached the Quarter Final. Paul Chard playing at Men’s Doubles 50+ and reaching round 3, and playing Mixed Doubles with Cathy Jowett again making it through to round 3. Cathy Jowett was also playing singles at 50+ where she had a tough first round draw but did better at Women’s Doubles 50+ with Linda Pearcy, where they won through from the first round but lost out to a tough German pairing in round 2. Shirley Green was playing in 2 events at 55+ winning her first game of singles but meeting the No1 seeds at Women’s Doubles with partner Sue Tooke (Hampshire) where, despite some great play they lost out in two games. At 60+ Julian Clapp was another Avon player in 3 events. Julian lost his first round singles in a close match but had more success at Men’s Doubles where he, with partner Robin Wells, had a good win in the first round but went out in round 2. At Mixed Doubles, with Brenda Creasy (Surrey), Julian played well coming through the first round and losing out in the second round having taken the Danish 3 / 4 seeds to a third game.