Victoria A take the Medley Championship – 23rd March 2015

The Plymouth & District Badminton League now has a winner in Medley League Division One with Victoria A in their first Medley season for many years. Victoria were boosted this season with an influx of players from two teams that had folded at the end of last season and a number of Plymouth University graduates and as a result, they have proved themselves a force to be reckoned with. Victoria’s A Team have now finished all of their matches in the Division but have set up a winning margin that the others cannot reach. The team finished their season having won all ten of their matches this season with many of those matches over the last few weeks. A 7-2 win at home to Derriford was followed by another win, this time 0-9 in the return fixture. The Victoria followed this up with a home 5-4 win over last season’s champions, University and then a 7-2 win at home to Callington and a 9-0 victory at home to Ivybridge. Now there is all to play for with the lesser places with just 5 points separating the next 3 teams – Callington A, University and Victoria B are all in the running for that second place. Currently in fourth place, Callington still have 2 games in hand whilst the other two only have one game in which to stake their claim. Callington started their race for the runners up spot with an 8-1 home win over Ivybridge and another 8-1 win at home to University. Meanwhile the current second placed Victoria B clocked up some home 8-1 victories against both Ivybridge and Derriford but went down 8-1 away to University. On their home courts however, Victoria B turned the tables and took a 7-2 win. Currently in third place, University took a 4-5 victory away to Ivybridge followed by a 0-9 win away to Derriford.

In Medley Division Two, there is all still to play for with just one match to play which may yet affect the final placings at the top of the table. Plymouth Life Centre A have now finished their matches and sit in that top spot but they need to wait on the outcome of others before they can consider celebrating. The run up to the end of their season has brought mixed fortunes including a 5-4 defeat away to Callington B, an 8-1 defeat at Victoria C and a 5-4 loss away to Eggbuckland. However, a weakened YMCA Kitto conceding 3 ends allowed the PLC to pick up a 2-7 away win which was followed by a 9-0 home win in the reverse fixture. Eggbuckland picked up an 8-1 win at home to Victoria C which also gave them the runners up position. Victoria C are the current third placed team after then took a 7-2 win over YMCA Kitto in their last match of the season. Meanwhile the YMCA Kitto also took a 6-3 win over Callington B. The Kitto may well hold the key to the final positions in this Division when they travel to Eggbuckland for the last match this season – they cannot make the top three but they could certainly affect the final order at the top!

With three more matches to be played in Division Three, it is difficult to predict the final placings due to mathematical possibilities. Plymouth Life Centre B currently hold a 4 point lead over nearest rivals, BATS. The PLC B have had a string of results in their favour over recent weeks with a 1-8 away win at Tavyside, a 6-3 home win against BATS and a 7-2 home win against Kuasa. Playing host to Tavyside, the PLC picked up a 6-3 victory when Tavyside were forced to concede three events. Meanwhile BATS kept themselves in the running for the top spot with an 8-1 win at home to Tayside.