A very Happy New Year to you all.
We are half way through the Badminton season now and this email is just to keep you abreast of what’s happened so far and what’s left to come in 2019.
The fist major event of the season was the European Masters Championships held in September in Guadalajara in Spain and there were outstanding performances from our Lancashire players, as follows:
Gold Medals: Graham Robinson (MS65), Bill Hamblett & Graham Holt (MD65).
Silver Medals: Graham Robinson & Avril Sloane (XD65), Ann Hurst & Avril Sloane (WD65), Tracy Walker (WD55).
Bronze Medals: Graham Holt & Ann Hurst (XD65), Roger Taylor (MD55).
In December the Masters Nationals were held in Hatfield, only a 400 mile round trip for most of us, and again our County players came home with multiple medals, as follows:
Gold Medals: Graham Holt & Bill Hamblett (MD65), Tracy Walker (WD55), Graham Robinson (MS65), Ann Hurst (WD65).
Silver Medals: Tracy Walker (XD55), Roger Taylor (MD60), Phil Price (MS55), Graham Holt (XD65).
Bronze Medals: Chris Wray & Jo Holt (XD50), Bill Hamblett (XD60), Roger Leigh (MD55), Graham Robinson & Avril Sloane (XD65), Mohamed Suleman (MS60), Graham Robinson (MD65), Cecilia Rodger (XD70).
Throughout the season the County have teams competing in the Masters County League in all age groups up to and including 70, with 2 teams in the 65s age group. This culminates in the Finals weekend at the end of the season in Hatfield. All the teams are managing to turn quality teams out as and when required but we are still open to new talent coming through. If you think you are that talent please feel free to get in touch with me via email.
Next weekend the County have entered teams, again in all age groups, in the Master County Challenge. This takes place once every season at various venues across the country, usually closer to the South of England, and our teams compete in groups to try and earn the right to be called the top County in their age group. This is an event Lancashire have been habitual winners at and I wish everyone the best for this competition.
Over the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February Markland Hill will be hosting the Lancashire Masters Silver tournament. This is a first for my club and we are looking forward to welcoming players from across the country. Please try and make the effort to enter and come along and enjoy some quality badminton. If you cant enter please come along and watch, you will be most welcome. To enter please the event please go to the following website, https://be.tournamentsoftware.com/default.aspx?cb=BCF1803A-2DC2-4343-845C-B819F6E49F9E , log in and search for the Lancashire Masters Silver Tournament.
Wishing you all the best for the rest of the season.
Photo Jeff Johnson, Suzanne Monk, Neil Brayford, Catherine Carson, Mark Goulder, Katie O’Neil, Hazel Johnson, Lewis Haywood, Robert Monk, Emily Eyre, Ben fairhurst, Matt Stone, James Monk, Dave Savage, Sam Monk.
North West Special Olympics Badminton Team ( NWSOB )
NWSOB was one of 12 sports representing the North West at the GB Special Olympic Summer Games in Sheffield last week. We arrived back on Saturday with the best ever results. It was the first time at a national event for 4 of our
players – Katie O’Neil, James Monk, Lewis Haywood (U16) and Ben Fairhurst (U16).
We only have 12 players in the squad (from Wigan, Bolton, Southport & St Helens) and would welcome new members from any area in the North West, with welcome arms.
We managed a grand total of: 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze medals, with impressive placing in all events. ( See attached for individual players’ results )
Several of our new members were pitched against more experienced and older players. Lewis won Gold in the M8 division Men’s Singles and Ben Fairhurst won the Bronze. They teamed up in the M4 division Men’s Doubles with a great result, gaining a Bronze. Katie O’Neil injured her back while playing with Catherine Carson (who had a heavy cold) but despite this, they beat the odds by winning Gold in the F04 division Women’s Doubles. Katie never complained about her injury and continued playing the following day in the F02 division Ladies’ winning her 2nd Gold medal. During the Mixed Doubles on the 3rd day, the Medics intervened and strapped up Katie, who returned to court after 30 minutes. Her partner Neil Brayford kindly retrieved all the grounded shuttles and the pair continued, wining an inspirational Bronze medal.
At the other end of the experience ladder, Emily Eyre & Hazel Johnson won their 3rd consecutive games Gold medals in the F01 Women’s Doubles. The following day Hazel went on to win her 2nd Gold medal in the F01 Women’s Singles. Robert Monk was only narrowly beaten in the final of the M04 Singles by John Hopper (South West).
The 3 team coaches are so proud of everyone’s performance. It will be a real challenge to improve on these achievements.
As a Official from me All team did very Well and enjoyed every day and very happy players well done every one bring Madels back to Lancashire.