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Week 5 Report W/E 12th October


Week 5 Report W/E 12th October

Division 1
No matches this week

Division 2
Monday night saw a top of the table clash between two unbeaten teams Kingfisher B and Lids B which ended with a narrow 14-10 win for the home team.Their ladies were the main difference winning 5 whilst the mens ended 3-3. Lids were unable to make up any ground in the mixed which ended 6-6.Kingfisher's top pair of Lynne Williams and James de Wolf both won 7 and James Leigh won 5 for Lids.

Newly promoted Lids C are finding it tough in this higher division.They suffered a heavy defeat 2-22 against mid table Stanley A.Julie Bennet was involved in both of the home teams wins whilst Lee Meakin and Steve Canavan from Stanley won all their 8 games.

Match of the week featured two mid table teams Fleetwood B and Project 12 and saw the lead change hands several times.The home men won 5 whilst the away women also won 5 for a half time score of 6-6! Onto the mixed where Fleetwood won the first set and with the next two sets split they led 10-8 before P12 hit back for 10-10.Fleetwood replied by winning the next set to put them in sight of victory but P12 responded with the last 2 games for a well deserved and hard fought draw.Derek Hill with 6 for Fleetwood but Sarah Coultas was the star of the match for P12 winning 7. Three settings - all won by Fleetwood reflected this even match.

Division leaders Hesketh A consolidated their top position with a 16-8 win over the unfortunate Pilling B who were a lady missing and therefore had to concede 8 games.Andy Manson won 6/6 for Hesketh and Jane Grey won 5/6 for Pilling.

Division 3
Kirkham Charter B v Stanley B was a good close fought match which either side could have won but ended in a 10-14 win for the visitors.Despite winning 4 ladies Kirkham found themselves 4-8 down after all the mens were won by Stanley. The mixed ended 6-6 to at least give Kirkham their first point of the season. All Stanleys's men P.Marshall, S.Whyatt and J.Meakin won 6 but the player of the match was Penny Page with a great effort - winning 7 games for the losing team.

Top of the table clash between nearby neighbours Ribby Hall A and Kirkham Charter A ended with victory for the visitors 16-8. Ribby's ladies won 5 but Kirkham's men won all 6 to give them a slender lead of 7-5. The mixed however was comfortably won 9-3 by Kirkham with Ribby just managing to snatch a point in the last set. Carol Howarth won 5 for Ribby but star man was Ian Chase with all 8 games.

An experienced Project 12 team were much too strong for Albany and were 15-0 ahead before Steve Tivey and Gregor Creelman won the last game to avoid a whitewash. Paul Whitehouse and John Wright with all 8.

A strong Warton A came way with a comfortable 13-3 win against Stanley with Adrian Speakman winning 8 and both Rob Lee and Neil Pemberton winning 2 for the losing team.

In a closer contest Warton B managed a 10-6 home victory against Fleetwood. After taking an early lead 5-1 Warton were pegged back when Fleetwood won the next 4. However Warton finished the stronger winning 5 of the final 6 games. Jenish Prajapati and Kashyap Parekh were the stars for Warton for winning 6 and Tai Yay won 5 for Fleetwood.

In order to try and speed up the report could all home team captains please copy me in when sending their scorecards. If they could send them by Saturday at the latest then this will ensure that their own match report is included.
In addition I apologise if I have misspelt anyone's names but not all scorecards are easy to read! Please let me know.
Finally, if anyone wishes to send a short report of their match perhaps 1-2 sentences then that would be most useful. There are 2 clubs that already do this so many thanks to Kirkham and Lids.


Brian Oakes

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Week 4 Report W/E 5th October


Division 1
Poulton lost only 2 games away to struggling Pilling although the match was much closer than the score line suggests. Nikki Wilford and Ant Forrest were statistically the best players. Andy Davis was involved in both of Pilling's winning games.

Game Of The Week
Featured Albany and Kingfisher, two of the top teams from last season and who had won both of their games this season.Unsurprisingly the match was close and ended in a 13-11 win for the (nearly all except Stuart!) youngsters from Albany.It was the ladies from Albany and the men from Kingfisher who dominated the levels meaning that it was 6-6 going into the mixed.With both pairings of Natalie Appleyard & Lee Williams and Jenny Stothard & Rob Oakes winning their sets Albany went 10-6 up.Kingfisher hit back and won 3/4 to close the gap to 11-9 but Albany kept their nerve and won the required 2 games for a close victory.Natalie & Jenny won 7 for Albany. Jonathan Mosley replied with 6 for Kingfisher.

Fleetwood were too strong against a weakened Lids and ran out comfortable winners 22-2.Tim Vickers, Caroline Andrew and Cath Bagley (correct spelling this week!) won 8 James Leigh with both games for Lids.

Division 2
It was another thrilling night as Lids B took on Pilling B! Lids got off to a great start winning the levels 11-1. Pilling then started to claw it back in the mixed winning 4/6 before Lids pushed on in the final games. The final score of 18-6 to Lids however didn't give justice to some close and tense matches.The result leaves Lids with a fantastic start to the season with 2 wins and candidates for promotion.Thanks to Dan Cooper for his report.Lisa Musson was the star player for Lids whilst the mixed pairing of Jane Grey and Tim Shipway won 3 for Pilling.

Division 3
An eventful start to the match involving a locked hall and missing posts, but ending with a 14-10 victory and birthday cakes for Emma and the home team Kirkham in their local derby with Ribby Hall B.Some close games with 4 going to setting - all won by Ribby!
James Atherton for the home team and Melanie Bunney for the visitors each won 6.Many thanks to Ian Chase for his amusing report.

Kingfisher C came away with a much needed win against Stanley B.This closely contested match was 6-6 after the levels with the first mixed set to Kingfisher and the second to Stanley for an 8-8 score.The away team then finished strongly winning 6 of the last 8 games for a 14-10 win.Stanley's Steve Whyatt and Kingfisher's Julie Sleightholme with 6 games each.

Hesketh B consolidated their top position with a comfortable 20-4 home win against struggling Kirkham Charter B. Vanessa Butcher and Steve Blackburn with maximum games and Katie Kinder with 3 for Kirkham.The match saw the first 30-29 game of the season won by Jill McMillan & Steve against the unlucky Katie & Richard Pascucci.

All results and tables on website.



Week 3 Report


Division 1

Game of the week saw Kingfisher's men and Poulton's ladies win 6 each to tie them going into the mixed. The next 4 games were split for an 8-8 scoreline but Kingfisher then raced ahead by winning the next 4. Poulton then took 2 to make it 12-10 to Kingfisher.In the final mixed Poulton's Nikki Wilford and Ant Forrest won the first game however Linda Franks and Chris Foote replied 22-20 for a 13-11 win! Chris and Luke Bennet won 7 for Kingfisher whilst Michelle Skinner won 7 for Poulton.
Fleetwood started their defence of the title with a comfortable win 21-3 over Albany B.Caroline Andrew and Cath Baguley with 8 for the champions with Fran Hellier and Amit Mistry winning 2 mixed.
Albany ladies won all 6 against Lids to give them a strong lead of 9-3.Albany then won the mixed 10-2 for an impressive 19-5 win.Natalie Appleyard and Jenny Stothard won all 8 games.

Division 2

Project 12 and Stanley had a tough match with some very close games.
Stanley's women won 5 whilst Project's men replied with 5 themselves and with the next 3 sets all being split the score moved to 9-9.However the last 3 sets all went to Project for a 15-9 victory.Mark Pickles with 7 for the winners and Lynsey Rees 5 for Stanley.
Kingfisher beat Fleetwood 19-5 after their ladies won all 6 and the men's were all split.Kingfisher forged ahead winning 10 games in the mixed. Lynn Williams and Julie Sleighthorne with all 8 for the home team.Ant Cross and Nick Metcalfe managed 3 games for Fleetwood.
Hesketh demolished Lids 24-0 to send both teams to the opposite parts of the table. Nicky Johnson was statistically the best player on the night.


Week 2 Report


Division 1 No matches Week 2 but will resume Week 3
Division 2
Game of the week saw local rivals Kingfisher and Pilling draw 12-12 after a see-saw match which had 5 games go to settings-4 won by Kingfisher!
5 of the levels were split with the only decisive tie ending in a win for the Pilling men to give them a narrow 5-7 lead. In the mixed,Pilling won 3 of the next 4 to lead 6-10 but Kingfisher came back and took the next 6 games for a 12-10 advantage.Pilling’s Tim Shipway and partner Jane Grey won the last 2 games for a fantastic 12-12 result.Best player was Tim for winning 7 whilst Lynne Williams won 5 for the home team.
There were lots of close games especially in the levels when Lids B met their C team.The B gained a narrow advantage of 7-5 by winning all the mens whilst the C won 5 ladies. The B pushed on in the mixed to win overall by 18-6.Simon Tebbutt and James Leigh won their 8 games and Emma Dean a commendable 5 games for the C.

Fleetwood had 4 players who won 6 in their 16-8 win over Stanley.Linda Adams was the best statistically.The away team had 4 players who won
3 with Reehan Khan having the best score.
Last season Hesketh, relegated from Division 1,met Project 12,promoted from Division 3. The result was an inevitable 17-7 to the home team.Despite just missing out on a bonus point Project 12 fought to the end winning the last 4 games.Nicky Johnson with all 8 and Mark Pickles with 4 for the losing team.

Division 3
Kirkham A returned to their newly refurbished hall for the first time this season but that couldn’t inspire them to victory in a keenly contested match against Hesketh B in very white and bright surroundings!
Andy Manson for the visitors won all 8 matches with his powerful smash proving too hot to handle.Kirkham’s Emma Gilfoyle and Ian Chase won 6 but it wasn’t enough as Hesketh won 15 9.
Stanley beat a 5 sided Ribby B 19-5. Gareth Jones won 5/6 for the home team and John Wright 4 for Ribby.
Ribby Hall A beat struggling Kingfisher 23-1.

Levels League
A 8-8 draw was the result between Albany and Stanley.Jake Meakin won 6 for the away team but Lee Williams had a fantastic game winning all 8.
Project 12 beat Fleetwood 10-6 Jonathan Jackson with 7 and Ant Cross 5 for Fleetwood.
Warton A won 11-5 against their B team.Nathan Bunting winning 7 whilst Jenish Prajapati won 4.


Report Week Ending 14/9/18


Division 1
Last years runners up Kingfisher come away with an emphatic 20-4 win against Pilling. Both Adrian Greenwood and Jonathan Mosley won all 8 games whilst Elaine Danson won 3 for the losing team.
Newly promoted Albany B had a tough start as they were whitewashed 24-0 by their A team. Team Captain Jenny Stothard was statistically the best player on the night.
Match of the week was undoubtedly Poulton Le Fylde 13 v Lidunians 11
with the away team at least gaining a consolation point.
Unusually the best player on the night was from the losing team with a great effort from Sam Ames who won 7 games.

In Division 3
Ribby Hall A didn't have it all their own way against their B team winning 17-7.Emma Gilfoyle and Ian Wormesly both won 7 for the A whilst John Wright won 5 for the B.
Relegated from last season Kirkham Charter A made a strong start to the season beating their B team 21-3 however this was a much closer match than the scoreline suggests.Julia Somerside and Emma Gilfoyle won their 8 games whilst Richard Passcucci won 2 for the B.
Last seasons mid table teams Stanley and Hesketh was expected to be a close match.However Hesketh came away with a resounding 21-3 win.
Steve Blackburn and Andy Manson winning all 8 games and Gill Brook and Julie Burrows managing 2 each for the losers.

All the results,fixtures and tables are on the website.


Blackpool and District Presentation Evening


Pilling host Blackpools End of Season Presentation Evening.

Friday 4th May at North Shore Golf Club 7.30pm

Featuring Daniel Sings

£15 per person with payment to BDBA via BACS.

Presentation of all league, cup and tournament trophies.

All ticket requests to Audrey Connolly by the 4th April.


Town Team Results


North West Badminton Championship

Blackpool entered their first team into this league this year. A strong last performance resulted in the team finishing 2nd with 23 rubbers won.

League Table

Preston - 33
Blackpool - 23
Southport - 21
Liverpool - 13

Lancashire Interleague

The second team represented Blackpool in the Lancashire Interleague in divison 2, one division higher than last year. With a very solid 5 points from 4 games they finished middle of the table in 3rd position.

League Table

Mid Lancs 2 - 12
Bolton 2 - 6
Blackpool - 5
Southport 3 - 4
Mid Lancs 3 - 3


Presentation Evening


The end of season presentation evening for the league, cup and tournament winners will be Friday 12th May at 7.30pm at Fylde Rugby Club. It is a hot pot (or veggie option) and apple pie with entertainment from Daniel Sings. Please follow the link to see the event poster. End of Season Poster


Miller Roskell Sponsorship


The new league sponsor, Miller Roskell, is a Thornton accountancy practice, which since 2003 has offered general accountancy services, business development assistance and specialist tax services to a broad range of business and personal customers. Blackpool and District Badminton is delighted to have Miller Roskell's support this year.


Town Team 2 vs Mid Lancs 3 Match Report


In the days and weeks before this match, Captain Amit had stressed the importance of getting a result in this game (easy for him to say 🤓).
Onto the singles, Sian volunteered to do the ladies and played well to win in straight sets (we were watching you Sian, honest!) In the men's, Gee unfortunately lost in 3 close games which could have gone either way and Anthony put up a good effort and enjoyed sliding around like Rafa Nadal on a clay court but had a tough task and lost in straight sets.
So 2-1 down and onto the levels. In the men's, disappointment all round as both men's pairs lost tight games and just couldn't quite get over the line. I'm going to blame Dan in our men's as his shirt was inside-out for the first two games with his label sticking out and it was incredibly distracting.
The ladies picked up ALL four of their games to keep us in touch. Most of the games were comfortable (certainly from the scoresheet). Only Lucy and Hannah were taken to 3, but they managed to come through it. If anyone's counting, it is Blackpool ladies 5 - 0 Blackpool men's so far! (I had to mention that or Natalie would only highlight it for everyone later!)
So, 6-5 down currently. Thankfully, all men were now playing with a lady in the mixed to knock some sense into us. And it worked! Four wins from four. All the games were straight games apart from Lawerence's mixed but I had a feeling he was showing off and just wanted to toy with the opposition. 😜 So an incredible turn around with the match finishing 9-6, and a huge well done to all!
Player of the match goes to ... (I'm going to be biased) and give it to Lucy as she managed to get me from the, "I'm going to retire from badminton" attitude (after the men's) to ALMOST enjoying it after the mixed. 😳 Dick of the day (2nd time in a row) goes to El Capitan Amit for being hungover and smelling like the undead.
Cheers, Rob Oakes
Team: Sian Meakin, Natalie Appleyard, Hannah Settle, Lucy Currie, Gee Him Sue, Anthony Forest, Lawerence Smith, Dan Nixon, Rob Oakes
Supporters: Amit, Cockers and that traitor Lee Williams.