Eagles annual event breaks entry record
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 January 2016
Fun had by young and old at badminton event
Eagles Badminton Club saw a record number of 40 pairs compete at their annual adult and child competition at Emerson Park School at the weekend.
The event was divided into three categories, with the first being for primary school children.
This competition was played in a round-robin format and was the first taste of competition for the youngsters, with all who competed enjoying the experience.
At the end of the competition all pairs had won at least one game, demonstrating how competitive this division was.
Rose Klein was announced as the winner of the primary school competition alongside partner Matt Austin, with Mya Jones and mother Jennifer as runners-up.
The other children to have competed in the youngest age division were Millie Kruzycki, Ethan Brien and Oliver Yates, who all gave a good account of themselves on the day.
The advanced competition featured older and stronger club members and was the highest standard of badminton.
Eight pairs entered the category which began with two groups of four, with the top two going into the semi-finals, while the others competed for the plate.
After an extremely tough competition with lots of very close games, Paul and Tom Singh were drawn in the first semi-final against Ray and Ben Calder.
The second semi-final turned out to be a real family affair as brothers Raece and Adam Master were drawn against dad Altaf and his playing partner James Jolly.
The Singh boys ran out winners in the first tie, while the Masters brothers claimed the other spot in the final, which turned into a hard-fought encounter.
In the end, the Master brothers were crowned champions in what proved to be the perfect treat for Raece on his birthday.
Meanwhile, the winners of the plate competition were Spencer and Harley Whittlestone.
All remaining pairings were then included in the biggest competition of the day that began with 28 pairs.
Again this started with a group stage where the top two duos from each section progressed through to the knockout stage of the main competition, while the other pairs headed into the plate event.
Paul Singh impressed again, this time with younger son Will, and took on Jamie Squance and David Ridout in the first semi-final.
But Singh’s hopes of a double were shattered as Squance and Ridout went through to face Alex and Jack Chau, who got the better of Nick and Joseph Read.
Squance and Ridout then ran out convincing winners in the showpiece match, while the Reads took third spot with a win over the Singhs.
The plate competition produced one of the closest finals on the day, but it was Ray Calder and Elizabeth Oladipo who were victorious at the end of it.
The day’s events provided the youngsters with a great way to experience competitive action for the first time.
The event was open to club members and to a partner either over 18 if the member was a junior or under 18 if the club member was a senior player.
“It was really great to have so many entrants and to see how competitive the matches were,” said organiser Amanda Austin.
“The competition is run each year and to see the progress lots of the players have made is very rewarding and a credit to the club and its team of coaches.”