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.
LANCASHIRE COUNTY BADMINTON ASSOCIATION
COUNTY FIXTURES – 2018/19
REGIONAL DIVISION 1 NORTH - LANCASHIRE 1
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2018 at WRIGHT ROBINSON
Abbey Hey Lane, Manchester. M18 8RL
11.00 CHESHIRE -v- Lancashire
14.30 Lancashire -v- YORKSHIRE 3
SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019 at WRIGHT ROBINSON SCHOOL
11.00 Lancashire –v- DERBYSHIRE
14.30 ULSTER -v- Lancashire
SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 at LEIGH INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE
11.00 YORKSHIRE 2 -v- Lancashire
14.30 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE –v- Lancashire
SUNDAY 24 MARCH 2019 at LEIGH INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.
11.00 Lancashire –v- STAFFORDSHIRE
Division 1 Play-offs at Milton Keynes on Sat/Sun 27/28th April 2019
REGIONAL DIVISION 2 NORTH – LANCASHIRE 2 & 3
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2018 at PONDSFORD SPORTS CENTRE SHEFFIELD
11.00 Lancashire 2 -v- Lancashire 3
14.30 CHESHIRE 2 -v- Lancashire 2
CUMBRIA –v- Lancashire 3
SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019 at YORK RAILWAY INSTITUTE
11.00 Lancashire 2 –v- LANARKSHIRE
Lancashire 3 –v- DURHAM
14.30 Lancashire 2 –v- CUMBRIA
LOTHIAN –v- Lancashire 3
SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 at BABINGTON COLLEGE
11.00 DURHAM –v-Lancashire 2
Lancashire 3 –v- LANARKSHIRE
14.30 NORTHUMBERLAND –v- Lancashire 2
Lancashire 3 –v- CHESHIRE 2
SUNDAY 24 MARCH 2019 at BABINGTON COLLEGE
11.00 Lancashire 2 –v- LOTHIAN
NORTHUMBERLAND –v- Lancashire 3
REGIONAL DIVISION 4 NORTH – LANCASHIRE 4
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2018 at TYNESIDE B.C.
11.00 CUMBRIA 2 -v- Lancashire 4
14.30 DURHAM 2 –v- Lancashire 4
SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019 at TYNESIDE B.C.
11.00 Lancashire 4 -v- NORTHUMBERLAND 2
14.30 Lancashire 4 -v- DURHAM 2
SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2017 at TYNESIDE B.C.
11.00 NORTHUMBERLAND 2 –v- Lancashire 4
14.30 Lancashire 4 -v- CUMBRIA 2
N.B. In Division 4 North there are only 4 teams, therefore they play each other on 2 occasions.
Subject to confirmation.
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Congratulations to Jeff Johnson for winning the Badminton England Volunteer of the year award 2014.
Prime Minister David Cameron says Inspirational volunteer Jeff Johnson has been named a Point of Light for the 35 years coaching badminton and encouraging athletes with disabilities to play, spending the last seven years volunteering with the Special Olympics