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Published: Monday, 28 September 2015 11:33

GOLD IN THE WORLD MASTERS
Avon's Joanna Elson won the gold medal in the Mixed Doubles O70 in Sweden, with her partner from Nottingham, Ken Tantum, they won in 3 sets,  21-16,17-21,21-13.
This is the 2nd time Joanna has been world champion at Mixed Doubles.

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Local Development Officer Penny Shears attained a silver in Mixed Doubles O65 with Bob Bell from Cornwall, losing out in the final in 3 sets. 21-12,13-21,13-21.

Published: Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:48

Veterans / Masters news about the coming season.

The Avon BA Vets AGM was held in May and three items that may be of interest to you are
1) Next season we will change the start time of our matches from 12.00 to 13.00 which brings us into line with the vast majority of other counties.

2) We decided not to enter an O45 team next season but that we would instead enter an O40 team which would effectively be a combined O40 and O45 team. The reasons behind this were that a number of the O45 team would be moving up to O50 and we would be struggling to field an O45 team and secondly if we don’t have an O40 team we have no entry point for new “Vets”.

3) Last season we entered an O65 second team but due to a number of players suffering long term/permanent injuries we really struggled to field a team towards the end of the season and there is no prospect of being able to do so for the coming season so we decided to enter an O60 second team which will be a combined O60 and O65 second team.

The practice sessions for the new season will be on 6th and 13th of September at our normal home venue of Clevedon School Sports centre (Valley Road BS21 6AH) from 13.00 to 16.00.Both sessions will cater for all age groups. Please encourage people to come along.

Joanna Elson is busy arranging fixture dates at the moment so no details of those for a few weeks but below are the teams we will be playing next season.
O40
Devon, Gloucestershire, I of W., Somerset and Wiltshire - matches on Home or Away basis - 5 matches
O50
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire - matches on Home or Away basis - 5 matches
O55
Devon, Hampshire and Somerset - matches on Home and Away basis - 6 matches
O60 (1st and 2nd teams)
Devon, Dorset, I of W. and Wiltshire - matches on Home or Away basis - 5 matches each team
O65
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, I of W., Somerset and Wiltshire - matches on Home or Away basis – 7 matches.

Bob Hammersley. Veterans Co-ordinator.

Published: Sunday, 22 February 2015 15:35

HAMPSHIRE MASTERS 2015

Avon Masters players were out in force last weekend, with 13 local players taking part in Winchester, and there were plenty of good results to report and two age group winners.

On Saturday at level doubles Michael Dixon, playing at 40+ with Hampshire’s Ashley Canning, had a tough group and went to 3 in several matches and Gina Grohmann and Cathy Jowett playing WD at 45+ found it equally challenging. Dave Gribble, playing with Martin Francis (Worcester) for the first time, was runner up at 55+ Men’s Doubles.. With a win over fellow Avon player Ian Nicholls playing with James Buckle (Somerset), and taking the eventual winners Ian Purton and John Molyneux to a third end. Derek Simmons with Chris Hockey (Surrey) at 60+had a great match beating the eventual winners but couldn’t capitalise on that success. Bob Hammersley, with Jim Garrett (Kent), playing Men’s Doubles at 65+ reached the semi-final but lost to Roy Lord and Bob Bell who were the eventual winners of the age group. Penny Shears and Val O’Neill overcame the challenge from Joanna Elson and Linda Pasley in the semi-finals of the 65+ Women’s Doubles and went on to meet Hampshire pair Linda Coombs and Di Fawn, but lost a close final, 21-19, 23-21, 21-17.

Sunday’s Mixed Doubles for all age groups saw Gina Grohmann & Michael Dixon played some superb badminton in the mixed 45+ group, but they were up against several recognised England pairings, they seemed to relish the experience and hopefully will come out fighting the next time. Chris Hufflett and Di Durston reached the final of the 50+ Mixed Doubles, having had a tight match against Avon’s Cathy Jowett playing with Barry Harriss (Devon) who took them to 19 in the third, but Chris and DI, last year’s winners, lost out to Phil Richardson and Mandy Joiner, both from Gloucester, 22-20, 21-13 in the final.

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Penny Shears with Roy Barlett, Surrey (pictured) were the 65+ Mixed doubles winners,
having beaten Val O’Neill and Grahame Moscrop, Northumberland in the semi-final they came through a tight final against the Kent pairing of Jim Garrett and Rena Jones 17-21, 21-16, 21-12.

Joanna Elson with Ken Tantum, Notts, were the 70+ Mixed Doubles winners, also in a close contest, beating Vicki Betts, Hampshire and Roger Baldwin, Essex to take the title.

Published: Monday, 19 January 2015 19:02

MASTERS INTER COUNTY CHALLENGE 2015

With 5 teams playing over the weekend at different venues there were mixed fortunes for Avon’s Masters players.

The 45s were playing in Division 1 at Andover. The team was Eve Morgan, Viv Edwards, Cathy Jowett and Gina Grohmann, Paul Chard, Mick Dixon, Dean Leppier and Steve Clayton, ladies sub Wendy Walker.
With a winning Draw over Hampshire, a win over Devon, Surrey, Sussex and the Isle of Wight, it all came down to the last match against Middlesex as to who would be first or second. After a very tough match, Middlesex came out on top and so and after 6 matches the team finished a very successful second place.
All weekend there was some fantastic badminton, played hard and the players enjoyed the stretch of playing different counties who put them through their paces. Congratulations to the first mixed pair of Gina and Mick who had an unbeaten record.

The 50s were less successful. Playing in a Premier league at Milton Keynes, Ian Nicholls was injured in the first match and with no reserve man available and having to concede a rubber in each of the next 5 matches the rest of the weekend was tough. Despite everyone playing well the team will be relegated for next season.

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Our 55+ team was also playing in a Premier league but in Worcester the team was Nigel Birkitt, John Gray, Derek Simmons, Gary Priday, Julian Clapp, Shirley Green, Dot Barrett, Penny Tomlinson, Jackie Addison and Jean Simmons. Winning against Glasgow but losing the other matches, then with all other games finished and trophies being presented for other age groups, the final relegation spot was between Avon and Essex late on Sunday. With the team changed totally for the last match and Avon needing a win to stay up but Essex only a draw it was very tense, Shirley and Dot won their ladies, John and Nigel the men’s, Derek and Jean won their mixed in 3, 21-19 in the third and Julian and Penny won a slightly emotional match in 2 to seal the victory.. So a 4-0 win, the only 4-0 all weekend, to the great surprise and delight of the team and the 55s will stay in the Premier Division and may be the only Avon team in a Premier next season.

The over 60 squad was also at Milton Keynes. With a 2-2 draw against Yorkshire then a 3-1 loss to Lancashire they finished the first day with a good 4-0 win against Berkshire. Sunday not quite so good losing 3-1 to Cheshire and 4-0 to Surrey but again finishing with a win with a 3-1 against Hampshire and it’s not clear whether they have managed to avoid relegation.

The 65+ play a different format, with only 3 men and 3 ladies they play 3 rubbers in each match so less opportunities to rearrange the team. With 5 teams in this Division 1, also in Andover, they had to play the other 4 teams on both days, a tough schedule with Avon having no break on either day. Avon finished in second place after the first day having beaten Devon 3-0, Sussex 2-1, Middlesex 2-1 but losing 1-2 to Essex in the last match of the day. On Sunday starting with Essex and again losing 1-2 despite changing the team around, then a great 3-0 win over Middlesex, second place overall was looking likely, but Sussex made the most of their players and took the men’s and mixed so another 1-2 loss. Second place then depended on the Devon return and both teams changed their players around, Avon won the ladies and Devon the men’s, it was between these two teams for second place and all depended on the last mixed rubber. A narrow victory 21-18 in the third, meant Avon finished a creditable second to Essex with Devon in third. A great weekend of competitive badminton with the 3 ladies playing in all 3 combinations and winning all 8 rubbers of ladies doubles.

Published: Monday, 15 December 2014 18:49
2014 Masters National  

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.

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