In the Newmarket Badminton Federation leagues all last yearís champions are doing a good job of defending their titles so far.† Abbeygate are unbeaten and looking pretty unassailable at the top of Ladies Division One, Con Club top the Mixed Division One despite an unusual defeat (away to Ely) and St Edmunds are leading Menís Division One, although this is a very competitive division with all teams taking scalps and Ely Victoria, currently in second place, are looking strong challengers.
The good news for Newmarket and St Phillips, who both play club and matches at Scaltback Middle School, is that they have been able to move back into this venue after a short closure and it is hoped that there will be a long-term future for this valuable community facility.
After relegations last season Newmarket are making every effort to rectify the situation that, for the first season ever, they have no teams in any of the first divisions and are currently challenging in second place in Ladiesí, Menís and Mixed Second Divisions, although Crossways head those Ladiesí and Menís divisions and have ambitions themselves as do Impington at the top of Mixed Division Two.† Impington also head a very tight Menís Division Three so anybodyís guess who will win that battle.
The Rushworth cup is at semi-final stage with Abbeygate at home to Ely Victoria and Linton at home to Crossways.
Newmarket Badminton Federationís Twentieth Anniversary International Team Tournament was held over the weekend of 23rd and 24th February 2013 with local league players competing with others from around the country and a large contingent of friends from Belgium Ė see separate report.