Newmarket Badminton Federation - Report for 2010/11 Season Ė 22 May 2011

 

 

Leagues:

 

With all the results now in the final league places have been decided.Itís amazing what a difference one season can make Ė last seasonís champions Crossways are in relegation positions this time round, whereas Ely Victoria won the Menís First Division by 2 points (ahead of St Edmunds with their best showing for some time), the Ladies by just one point against last yearís champions Haverhill who must not have realised that conceding to bottom of the table Soham (to give them their only points) would cost them dearly. Ely also trounced others in the Mixed Second Division to regain their rightful place in the First and will undoubtedly look to compete with Con Club who won the title this year after also being newly promoted last season.

 

One major surprise is that having played a supporting role in previous seasons, Soham have something to shout about with their men topping the Third Division.In the Second Division Brandon A headed off the challenge from Linton so face First Division badminton for the first time.

 

Rushworth Knockout Trophy:

 

Borders only had to play one match to get to the final, but their luck ran out when they met Linton in good form and the handicap was not enough to get them even close, so there is a new name on the trophy this year.

 

Tournaments:

 

a)      NBF International (18th year)

 

Another hard-fought International Badminton team tournament was held over the weekend of 26th and 27th February 2011, organised by Newmarket Badminton Federation, with local league players competing with others from further a field such as Peterborough, Birmingham, Shropshire, the Wirral (Cheshire) and a large contingent from Belgium.

 

So that more players could take part in this, the eighteenth consecutive year of this event, as well as playing at Littleport Leisure Centre (for the eighth year), the tournament expanded into Kingís School and the Paradise Sports centre in Ely.This meant that entries could increase from last yearís sixteen to twenty four teams, which amounted to some 100 players, including substitutes.

 

Teams played in three 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.Each group 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), so no setting.Maximum scores attainable in each match therefore being 204 points.The places in each group were determined by the total points scored over the whole weekend, with play from 9am to 7pm on the Saturday and from 9am to 4pm on Sunday.

 

The number of games doubled from last year to 720 games.Players had to survive 30 games each and unfortunately several didnít make it so we hope that they make early and full recoveries and thank those who substituted for them (the record going to Richard Smith with two extra rounds, taking his tally to 42 games over the weekend).

 

A full report can be found on the NBF website www.newmarketbadmintonfederation.org.uk (international page).and plans are already under way for next yearís event on the weekend of 25th and 26th February 2012.

 

b)      Doubles Event (new):

 

NBF used to run monthly tournaments until numbers declined so we havenít run them for a few years, but we felt that there was potential interest so we booked an afternoon at Newmarket Leisure Centre (NLC) on 24th October 2010 and invited individual entries then drew pairings on the day, firstly for groups of level doubles and then mixed doubles.This event proved very popular so again we have booked NLC for 23 October 2011.

 

Other:

 

a)      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 and we are exploring the possibility of exporting our format for another team tournament (ďNBF on tourĒ) mid August next year 2012, so watch this space.

 

b)      Developments:

 

We were pleased to see a local coaching course(at NLC) and as a result have several local Level 1 qualified coaches so we look forward to future developments as outlined by our enthusiastic and engaging BDO (Di Thomas).