Having reached the half way point in their season, the Ladies from Victoria are leading the way in the Ladies Division of the Plymouth & District Badminton League. With two 12-0 home wins against Kuasa and Plymouth Life Centre, Victoria next took on last year’s winners, University at the Nancy Astor Centre. With a weakened team this season, the students struggled to close down the points and went down 1-11 to Victoria. Beth Wotton and Charli Ward prevented the whitewash for the students when they forced points to be shared against Lynne Hunt and Chris Shannon 21-12 17-21. The students next travelled to Plymouth Life Centre and despite some very close games, could not prevent their hosts gaining a 9-3 win. However, at Kuasa, the students found the games more to their liking, picking up a 2-10 victory. Kuasa’s 12-year old Jessica Lai was involved in both points for the home side whilst Rianka Patel was unbeaten for the students. Elsewhere the Division strugglers, Marjon travelled to Plymouth Life Centre. The ladies from Marjon are determined to have a team in the League this season but have found the going a little tough but do not appear discouraged, have taken the knocks well and can only learn from their experience this season. At the PLC, they put up a good fight but could not prevent the home team taking an 11-1 win. Ruth Fieldhouse and Abbie Horrigan put the point on the board when they forced points to be shared against PLC’s Claire Voaden and Julia Symons 21-10 20-22.
The Second Round of the annual Beckly Cup Tournament has been completed and the semi-finalists are gearing up for their matches which will take place over the next couple of weeks. Derriford played host to Plymouth Life Centre and had a small lead until the handicap envelop was opened to reveal +48 handed to the PLC which gave the visitors the victory by 29aces. Division One’s Victoria travelled to Tavyside knowing that they would need to build an unassailable lead as Division Three’s Tavyside would be classed as the underdogs. However with a +297 handicap, Tavyside secured the win by just 11 aces. At Kuasa, Callington knew that they would also have to build up the points against their Division Three opponents. With youngster Jessica Lai undaunted by her senior opponents, the home side performed well and when their final score was added to the +297 handicap, the semi-final place was secured by 56 aces. Torpoint became the fourth semi-finalist when they took advantage of a +72 handicap to defeat BATS by 26aces. The two semi-finals will see Tavyside play Plymouth Life Centre and Kuasa play Torpoint.
Further information about the Plymouth & Badminton League and their Clubs can be found on their website at www.plymouthbadminton.co.uk