Newmarket Badminton Federation - Report for 2012/13 Season Ė 12 May 2013

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The story this year was that most league champions again proved dominant whilst the usual suspects swapped relegation and promotion spots.


In the Ladies Abbeygate retained their First Division title, but with only one win St Phillips will drop to the second division swapping with Crossways ladies.


In the Menís Crossways (relegated last season) also topped the second division and will replace Littleport (promoted to the first division last season) who found life very tough, only winning 1 out of 84 games played.Soham find themselves at the bottom of the menís second division and will swap with Burwell B (relegated last season) who topped the menís third division.


In the Mixed Con Club retained their First Division title, but Ely Victoria B (promoted last season) lost all their matches so go back down to the Second Division, swapping with Second Division winners Newmarket (relegated last season).


The only First Division champions who did not retain their title were St Edmunds who were pushed into second place by Ely Victoria Menís A as the only new league champions.


Note that at the 2012 AGM a motion was passed that, giving the few clubs affected a year to plan, all first division teams would play with feather shuttlecocks commencing next season 2013/14.


Rushworth Knockout Trophy:


With some new faces this year handicapping the teams through the earlier rounds proved difficult and similarly in the final where Crossways were expected to score better but Abbeygate proved too strong for them, even after the handicap.










a)      NBF International (20th year)


Another hard-fought International Badminton team tournament was held over the weekend of 23rd and 24th February 2013, organised by Newmarket Badminton Federation, with local league players competing with others from around the country and a large contingent of our friends from Belgium.


Just one less team than last year for the twentieth consecutive year of this event, so twenty four teams, which with some substitutes amounted to over 100 players, took over Littleport Leisure Centre (for the tenth year), again at the Paradise Sports centre in Ely and for the first time at Ross Peers Sports Centre in Soham.


Teams played in groups, based on the Belgian playing categories from B, the top group and County standard through to C1 and C2, both still very decent standard.All groups played in a round robin basis i.e. each team, consisting of two men and two women, playing each other in Menís, Ladiesí and Mixed Doubles.Games used the rally point scoring system up to 21 points only (for the Menís and Ladiesí) and 15 points (for the Mixed) apart from the B group (as this group had just 5 teams) who played to 21, all games with no setting.Maximum scores attainable in each match therefore being 204 points or 252 for the B group.The places in each group were determined by the total points scored over the whole weekend, with some groups involving play-offs to determine the final places.Play started around 9am up to around 7pm on the Saturday and from 9am to 4pm on Sunday.


Although the total number of games was down (to 456) this year this allowed time for play-offs, but players still had to survive at least 24 games each and some as many as 39 (so a rest was well earned by the C1 finalists).


Many thanks go to Phil May for organising this yearís successful badminton and social event which was again a tasty Hog roast on the Saturday night at Stuntney Village Hall, where there was also a small presentation to show appreciation to some of the people (organisers andparticipants) who have kept this event going over the last twenty years.


In what is probably the strongest B group seen in the eventís twenty years defending champions ďPosh ScousersĒ had a battle royal with ďBiff Byfordís Fluorescent ZebrafishĒ (who get the prize for the most inventive and obscure team name in twenty years) and, although the fish won by 13 points, the Scousers went on to score more highly and take the title again.


A full report can be found on the NBF website

(international page).Preparations are already underway for next yearís event which will be held over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd February 2014 and initial thoughts include, below the B (1) group an additional playing category of B2 for the better C1 teams and maybe a hot / cold buffet as a change from the hog roast on the Saturday night.


b)      Doubles Event (third year):


The doubles event again proved popular with a full house playing at Newmarket Leisure Centre (NLC) on 28th October 2012 where entrants were drawn into pairings on the day, firstly for groups of level doubles and then mixed doubles.


Chris Parker won the menís doubles partnering Phil May by a point ahead of his brother Simon Parker partnering John Harvey and was a point away from winning the mixed too with ???? when Hazel Greethamís partner Gareth Gibbs (uncharacteristically) served from several points behind through to win the final.The ladies was won by Sue McKeown partnering ?????.


As this event is still popular we will again be looking to book the NLC for 20 October 2013.


Foreign competitions:


Several of our league players have travelled to various tournaments in Belgium again this year, notably Bruges and Roeselare which has a fabulous 16 court venue with some success, reaching some semi-finals and even further for Sue Mckeown winning the C1 Mixed with partner ????




There was good news for two clubs, Newmarket and St Phillips, who faced losing their home of over thirty years when Scaltback Middle School was closed at the end of July as Suffolk have made arrangements for the school hall and changing rooms to continue to be used until the future of the school has been decided.