In the Newmarket Badminton Federation Leagues there are no major changes since the pre-Christmas league positions.
Men’s’ Division One is hotting up with newly promoted Burwell A still heading the table, although Newmarket A are fielding their top team and remain unbeaten so far. In the Second Division Borders are having an easy time in their bid to return to the First Division, although St. Phillips B did make them work a bit for their 4-2 win.
The Mixed First Division is also looking much more lively than previous years. Newmarket A fielded their big guns to seek retribution for their 6-3 defeat by St. Phillips A earlier in the season, but in the end were fortunate to scrape through 5-4 winners assisted by a crucial half point from Darren Hayward and Belinda Drummond, and Newmarket now head the table. Howard and Haverhill and still level pegging in the Second Division. St. Phillips B appear to have it all under control in the Mixed Third Division.
In the Ladies Haverhill have sneaked to the top of the First Division, but this is only temporary until Newmarket A Ladies catch up with the number of games played. Linton appear to be in charge in the Second Division.
Travelling further afield, eight Federation players have just returned from their annual outing to Brugse, Belgium where they competed in the 36th International Badminton Tournament with some success. Honours went to Sandra Ashcroft and Belinda Drummond in their C1 Ladies tournament win, whilst Darren Hayward and Simon Martin enjoyed their experience as “new boys on the block”.
Continuing the International theme, the Federations’ thirteenth major International Team tournament will be held over the weekend of 18th and 19th of February 2006, this year at Littleport Sport and Leisure Centre. Teams are currently being finalised, so if any players wish to compete then please contact Sandra Ashcroft, ‘phone (01638) 721165 urgently. Teams will consist of two men and two women playing level and Mixed Doubles in this usually very popular and highly competitive weekend.