Men’s Handicap Doubles

Men’s Handicap Doubles

On Wednesday 18th the Club held the Men’s Doubles Handicap competition. For this competition there were 13 pairs. Two groups (one of 6 and one of 7) battled it out to get into the top 2 for a place in the semis. The handicaps ranged from -7 for some of our MP1 players up to +11.

With no quarter given by anyone and some great quality badminton played the groups finished with the following pairs qualifying for the semi finals.

Marc Machin-Cowen & Mike Williams (+5) vs Ben Fielding & Richard Pulchelka (-7)
Raymond Yeng & Ian Sills (-7) vs Ian Bates & Siva (-1)

With both Ian S & Ray tiring quickly, a solid Ian B & Siva quickly out played them to win a place in the final. In the other semi despite some desperate (and spectacular) diving from Marc, Ben & Pooch proved too strong and progressed.

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The final (see picture above) was a long hard fought affair with numerous occasions when both Richard and Ben were sprawled across the floor after diving for shots. Towards the end of the game however Ben & Richards consistency began to tell and they wrapped up the title in some style 21-12.

Mixed Handicap

Mixed Handicap 2016

On Monday 16th May the club held it’s annual Mixed Tournament for members. 8 pairs entered and were put into a single group stage followed by semi finals and a final. The full results are up on the board in the hall.

The handicaps ranged from -8 to +9 with some very hard fought games with every pair managing to take at least 1 victory. By 9.30pm the semi’s were decided as follows

Vicky Smith & Tony Durbin (-8) vs Jenny Cheeseman & Ian Sills (-8)
Emma Marley & Jerry Griffiths (0) vs Rachel Chapman & Will Watson (0)

With such even pairs the games were hard fought. Vicky and Tony’s ruthless consistency edging out Ian & Jenny 21-19 and Emma & Jerry making use their greater match experience to beat Rachel & Will 21-12.

Mixed Handicap 2016 Finalists

Mixed Handicap 2016 Finalists

The final (see picture above) was played in a great atmosphere with most of the other competitors hanging around until well after 10pm to see the conclusion which was nice to see. With some obviously tired legs on both sides the final still had some very hard fought points and long energy sapping rallies. Emma and Jerry maintained their lead until very near the end just losing out 21-20. Well done to Vicky & Tony.