Madam Secretary and fellow players,
I write this to let you know of the excellent start the mens team had in the Sheffield league last night, away against a tough Rawmarsh team. Although not pretty the team battled their way to a 5-3 victory, with a number of 3 “enders”. The new pairing of Heeramun and Jones took their first rubber together and were looking strong against the strongest pair on the night, ex-Bessacarr player Steve Place and his partner, when they ran out of court time at 1 game all.
The new first pair, Harrison and Harrop, looked strong from the start taking the Rawmarsh first pair 21-14 in the 3rd end. Although loosing to the experienced Place and his partner they came good again comfortably winning their 3rd game to take a 4-3 lead.
It was left to Sidwell and Lindop to get the team over the line though, after looking distinctly average throughout the night, at one-nil down against the Rawmarsh 1st pair they were looking in trouble but fought back to win the next 2 games taking the team to an important victory.
With Rawmarsh looking strong it clearly shows what a hard league this will be and undoubtedly there will be tough fixtures to come throughout the season.
A great win though!! GET IN THERE!!
The last match this season for Doncaster A in division one of the Yorkshire Inter-Club League took place on Sunday, 13th April 2014, against current Yorkshire League title holders, Abbeydale Park A.
Doncaster went in to the match needing to secure maximum points, which would mean defeating Abbeydale Park by a minimum 10 rubbers to four.
The match started poorly for Doncaster, with Abbeydale Park proving too strong in both the men’s and women’s singles; two rubbers down with 12 more to play for.
There was encouragement to be found in the level doubles, with Doncaster taking three out of four rubbers in both disciplines; match score now six rubbers to four.
Doncaster would require all four mixed doubles rubbers to secure victory, maximum points and the league title.
In an enthralling finale, all four mixed rubbers went the three game distance. First, third and fourth mixed pairings were won by Doncaster; match score now nine rubbers to four.
Doncaster had won the match but still needed the final mixed rubber to secure the Yorkshire League title.
Abbeydale Park’s second mixed pairing were 20 aces to 16 up in the third and deciding game, but Doncaster’s Leanne Dawson held her nerve and served through to win the rubber 22 aces to 20!
A clean sweep of the mixed doubles secured all four points for Doncaster A and for the first time in their history, were crowned Yorkshire League Division One Champions.
Doncaster B had a disappointing day at York Railway Institute on Sunday the 23rd of February
This was the third outing for the Doncaster team at this venue in the Yorkshire League
Regrettably we could only field two ladies despite the number of ladies usually available to play
Inevitably having to concede three of the nine games before the match starts put the team on the back foot
Doncaster lost both matches to 7-2 which now means they have moved from 3rd position to 7th.
The current table of teams is as follows
TEAM Rubbers Points
East Leeds B 42 16
Harrogate B 34 13
York RI 30 10
Clifton B 26 8
Horsforth 24 8
East Leeds C 23 8
Doncaster B 24 7
Bridlington B 13 2
The final match of the season is between East Leeds C and Doncaster B and will be played on
Sunday March 30th at 11:00
Mere Lane combined team were guests at Bessecarr BC at their home venue Hunger Hill School
The visitors (men’s doubles) started of well beating Wright and Woods in a closely contested 3 ender
The Mere Lane pair of of Shelley and Laird won 21-18 19-21 21-19
Unfortunately that was there only win of the night despite a great effort from the visitors. Final Score Bessacarr 8 Mere Lane 1
The Bessacarr team was Mark Ellis (Capt) Brian Wright, Jon Woods, Jane Williams, Rosie Riley and Gill Ross.
Pictured are: back row (L to R) Will Martin, Ian Laird, Tim Shelley
front row (L to R) Viv Young, Becky Young, Liz Davies
Doncaster B Team got off to a great start to the 2013-14 season in division 3 having been relegated from Division 2 last year. The first round of matches were held on the 8th December at the York Railway Institute in York.
The Doncaster Team was made up of Richard Mellors, Ben Harrison, Richard Gutteridge, Rosie Riley, Andrea Walker, Gill Ross, and Rob Lindop.
Doncaster beat Horsforth and Bridlington convincingly in the opening matches of season. The next round of matches took place at York RI again on Sunday 26th January and the results (still to be filed officially) saw Doncaster win one match 6-3 but lost the other one 7-2. Match reports to follow.
Other results are:
East Leeds B v East Leeds C 6-3
Clifton B v York RI 4-5
Harrogate B v Bridlington B 6-3
Doncaster B v Horsforth 6-3
East Leeds B v Clifton B 7-2
York RI B v East Leeds C 4-5
Doncaster B v Bridlington B 7-2
Harrogate B v Horsforth B 8-1
Bessacarr BC v Sprotborough “A” BC
Venue – Hungerhill School
Date – Tuesday 28th Jan 2014
Although the final score was 9-0 to Bessacarr BC it doesn’t reflect how closely fought the match was. Sprotborough put up a spirited fight from beginning to end.
Budd and Purdy, a much improved pair, took all their games to 3 whilst Wassell and Cusworth took 2 of their games to 3. Sprotborough is a much improved team this year have stayed in the first division for 2 consecutive years now.Hopefully they will make that 3 consecutive years and raise their game even further.
Pictured are: Back row l-r Jason Newall, Kris Heeramun, Ben Harrison, Jon Woods
Front row l-r Brian Wright (Capt), Mark Ellis
Doncaster Badminton Association is looking for more teams to join the league so if you know of anyone who might be interested in forming a team and joining the league please pass on this website address.
The Yorkshire Masters is classed as a Gold Tournament and takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 28th Feb to 2nd March. Its an open tournament for players aged from 35+ upwards. There are mens and womens singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles. The age groupings are in 5 year sets, so 40+ 45+ etc
The tournament is held at York Railway Institute (Postcode YO24 1AD)
Anyone interested in playing should download the entry form immediately. Closing date for entries is 7th Feb but this is usually extended.
Yorkshire Masters Tournament Entry Form