Abbeydale Park Badminton Club is one of 7 sports clubs based in the grounds of Abbeydale Sports Club in South Sheffield and is the largest badminton club in Yorkshire with in excess of 100 adult and 200 junior members.
It has its own dedicated 5 court sprung floor badminton hall, which was refurbished in 2012, and caters to players of all ages and abilities from beginner to internationals.
It runs both junior & adult coaching sessions, has a range of club nights through the week aimed at different standards of player and enters 20 men’s, ladies’ and combined teams across the Sheffield and Yorkshire leagues.
On Friday 27th May 2016 the club held it’s Annual Handicap singles tournament for members. Poorly attended this year with only 5 entrants but they were from a range of nights and much fun was had by all.
The tournament was run in a relaxed and informal manner with Tony Durbin and Ian Sills the tops seeds on -6 with Martin Proctor not far behind on -4.
After a hard fought group stage where everyone played everyone else we emerged with Tony, Ian and Santosh all having won 4 out of 5 games! Ian lost to Santosh 21-20 (after being 20-16 up, doh!), Tony lost to Ian 21-20 and Tony beat Santosh.
After a bit of discussion and more to continue the fun games than find a winner the three joint winners decided a further group of three was in order.
Santosh played admirably, loosing narrowly to Ian and then Tony. This then left the final game for the title. Ian vs Tony. Tony’s sadistic streak came into play insisting on starting the 7th and final game from -6 all!
After a tight game all the way through with no player ever getting more than 3 points clear the game came down to a final point at 20-20 to decide the winner. A long and gruelling point ensued with Tony finishing champion after a slightly fortunate cross court frame shot and Ian finishing on the next court after a fruitless chase!
Hoping for more entries next year!
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.
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 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
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.
Please find below a link to the May committee meeting minutes. Remember if any members have anything to ask please just get in touch with any committee member.
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Please find below a link to the April committee meeting minutes. Remember if any members have anything to ask please just get in touch with any committee member.
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Please find below a link to the February committee meeting minutes. Remember if any members have anything to ask please just get in touch with any committee member.
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Parkinson’s Badminton Sessions
The first of six badminton sessions for people with Parkinson’s
was held at Abbeydale Park Badminton Club (APBC) this morning,
Thursday Feb 18th 2016. Organised by Tim Hale (APBC Committee member and
a PD patient himself) and led by Abbeydale Badminton coach Vicki Smith.
Shuttles and rackets were provided by the club, full session costs are
being met by the Sheffield Parkinson’s society although there is a £5 per session
charge for participants.
There were seven players at the session, which started with some warm-up
exercises, went on to basic shot training for those not already familiar
with the sport, and proceeded with swap-round shot practice at serving,
lift, clear and drop. The session continued with some genuine games,
mixing players of like ability in order to try to create a balanced pairing.
The hour and a half session concluded with tea and biscuits and a
consensus that this had been a useful and fun session for all concerned.
These are believed to be the first sessions of this type in Sheffield,
and it is hoped to build them up to perhaps a dozen or so regular
players as word spreads.
Next session is on Thursday 25th Feb starting at 10.00am.
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Please find below a link to the January committee meeting minutes. Remember if any members have anything to ask please just get in touch with any committee member.
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Christmas Fancy Dress Tournament
8 Pairs turned out on the 23rd December for our annual fancy dress tournament. Some good quality play and a great turnout from our younger members gave the event a light hearted enjoyable atmosphere which I hope can be replicated again next Christmas
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