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News in Detail . . .

SSBA Under 14 Championship Tournament 21/5/17


Please see report from Team Manager - Ed Twigge


SSBA Under 9 and Under 10 Tournament Results 7/5/17


Please see report from Team Manager - Ken Steele

Good Weekend for Staffs Seniors!

Comments from:

David Eddy:

Dear All
It was a pleasure to see our first team in action on Saturday with what I considered to be an enthusiastic well led group of really good players all capable of competing at that level of play.
I saw Abby play for the first time and win all 3 matches she played – had Linzi not been injured she would have won her singles against Lancashire Firsts which she almost managed on one leg !
And as to the final outcomes for both of our teams – simply brilliant ! Congratulations to both sets of players on what is a definitely good result for this season and in particular to Helen and Ed as captains – very well done.

Ed Twigge:

Just to let you know that the 2nds had a fabulous weekend picking up lots of games, even beating Derby 7-4. Big results mean we finish a very very respectable mid-table, even without Linzi who the first team pinched for the weekend!!!! If we'd have had her she'd have won all her games and we would very likely finished runners up.
I think at the time of writing that the 1sts have just beaten Worcestershire to send them down and the first survive! So a brilliant season really.
Great Result.

See full match results - click here!

SSBA Under 12 Restricted Tournament Results 5/2/17

Held at Sir Graham Balfour High School, this event was well supported with 20 entries.

Please see report from Under 12 Team Manager - Ken Steele

Local Junior Match ~ Streetly vs Lichfield


Though on average younger and less experienced, the young players from Lichfield, Holly, Amy, Will, Joe and Aiden, fought well last weekend against a mixture of Warwickshire and Worcester county juniors who represented the Streetly juniors.

In the end, size and experience paid off. But the Lichfield team played with great spirit and enthusiasm, plus good skills, to take 6 of the 14 singles matches. Could have been so easily reversed, with many close matches going to Streetly, the closest by 28 points to 26! The 7 doubles matches, despite many close games, all went to Streetly.

A very good day enjoyed by all the players and supporters!


John Bagshaw 31/1/17

Lichfield Team


SSBA Junior Championships, Match Reports and Pictures

SSBA U18 Championships

Sunday was a wet and miserable day outside so we were glad to be in the dry and warmth in Stafford for the U18 Championship. The day started with the singles and was arranged with just one group for the girls and one for the boys so everyone else was due to play everyone else. Unfortunately James Duffy had to withdraw through injury and Tom Lovatt through illness – but we were still left with groups of 8 and 7.
The boys singles was keenly contested with Alfie James winning the group and Max Walters finishing as runner up.
The girls singles proving possibly the most competitively fought competition of the day – with the last game to be played there were still 3 possible winners of the competition – depending upon not just who won but on how many points were scored by each player. Alisha Campbell winning her last game meant she finishing as the group winner but with Bridie Harding, Davina Patel and Charlotte Bradley all finishing winning 5 games – counting back points meant the difference between second and forth was just 6 points – with Bridie taking the runners up trophy.

The boys doubles became a straight final with Max Walters and Izaak Fairclough beating Matt Eyton-Jones and James Yearsley.

The girls was in a group format with Alisha Campbell and Tilly Taylor finishing as winners and Davina Patel and Charlotte Bradley as runners up.

Following Mandy’s persuasive measures in recruiting players we had 6 pairs in the mixed doubles – some enjoyable competitive games resulted with Alisha Campbell and Alfie James finishing as winners and Davina Patel and Max Walters as runners up.

Thanks to everyone for helping before and after in getting everything out and then putting everything back away again – for Mandy for recruiting players and chasing money but especially all the players for playing and making it a very enjoyable day
Tony Lovatt


Worcestershire v Staffordshire – 19 v 1
4 December 2016

We started the under 16 season on 4 December 2016 away against Worcestershire. As soon as we got there we knew it was going to be a difficult match. Worcestershire’s top 3 girls had played the previous week in the under 18’s match and beat our under 18 team.

With two new girl team members who are both in the first year age group and two Under 14 boys playing up in our team. We started off in normal tradition with the mixed being played first however Worcester’s pairings were too strong for us. In the singles Worcester showed their strength throughout although Sean Padley had a cracking game being extremely unlucky in his second game (21-15, 21-19). The girls strength in the Worcester team again showed through on the day. There were some real good level doubles games with both Tom and Sean having some good rallies and Mat and Ben fighting hard in their second game. Alisha and Tilly Taylor started off well in their first doubles but the 1st Worcester pairing came out hard on the second game, their 2nd girls pairing match registered Staffordshire’s only victory losing the first 12-21 but Alisha and Tilly Taylor winning the next two games in 21-19, 21-19.

I would like to say a special thanks to Ben Twigge and Sean Padley for playing up in our team.


Staffordshire v Shropshire – 13 v 7
11 December 2016

With one of Shropshire’s boys going to be a little late due to a football match, we had agreed to start the day off with the girls singles. Although we were level pegged after these matches they had been well fought with Tilly Taylor playing extremely well just losing 16-21, 24-26 and Tilly James taking hers to three games the first 26-28, 21-19, 19-21 this game could have very easily gone either way and was extremely unlucky for Tilly James. Alisha and Grace Litherland-Clews both winning their single games in two.

The mixed games were played next, which we secured wins in 3 of the 4 games this gave use a lead of 5 v 3.
Mat/Alisha, Ben/Tilly Taylor and Sean/Tilly James all winning their mixed in two games.

Next on were the boys singles games. Mat winning his in three games, Ben winning his convincingly in two games, Tom missing out on a close fought battle losing in three games, and Sean was determined to win his in two games 21-12, 25-23 – Sean was determined he wasn’t going to let this go to three games …

With the level doubles coming next Mat and Ben took their first match in two games and their second double pairings resulted in a hard battle on their first game winning 22-20 but came out strongly on the next game taking it in 21-10. Although Tom and Sean lost to the second pairing they managed to take the first pairing match to three games winning 21-12, 21-23, 21-18. We managed to secure two of the girls doubles games giving us a win overall.


Staffordshire v Nottinghamshire – 0 v 20
8 January 2017

We started in the traditional format starting with the mixed but Nottingham showed they had strength and depth within their team and took all four mixed games. Mat and Alisha did play their second game much better losing 11-21, 18-21.

The single games went a very similar way to the mixed losing all games even though the whole team tried extremely hard but we were just outclassed unfortunately today.

All the level doubles were won by Nottinghamshire in two games except for Alisha and Tilly’s second pairing game going to three games which unfortunately although they battled extremely hard they just could not get the result they both really wanted.

A big thank you to Will Robinson for stepping up to the under 16 team – especially in a very difficult match.

I would like to thank everyone for their help in setting up/clearing away, making drinks etc. (especial thanks to Ben – Graces’ boyfriend who brought the cups in today, helped with most of the chairs and got the benches out – as they were the first to arrive, then to top it off Ed gave him the scoring to do also which he did a fantastic job at) I hope Grace brings him to all the rest of the matches …

Thanks to the parents for supporting the children on the day and to Ed for his coaching skills and keeping the players happy with his “sparkling wit”.

Mandy Campbell
Under 16 Team Manager
8 January 2017


Under 12 Shires League Match v Leicestershire Sunday 15/1/17


The whole team played really well at Babbington college with most players winning a game and the overall score was 4 -16 to Leicestershire.

Many thanks to parents and grandparents for getting the players to the venue in good time for this early morning match.

Ken Steele Under 12 Team Manager

Junior Individual Achievements - November and December

Alfie James - Silver medal in mixed at under 18 silver tournament in Lancashire 27/11/16
Alfie James - Bronze medal in singles at under 17 Gold tournament in York 4/12/16

Well done Alfie - keep the Staffs flag flying! (See picture below)

Mid-Season U18 Catch-Up: from Under 18 Team Manager Tony Lovatt

The season started on the 27/11/16 with 2 matches in Worcester against Worcestershire and Warwickshire. This was a first shires league match for 3 of the Staffs players and only the second for one other and with all the Staffs players being first year U18’s it was always going to be a tough couple of games. Warwickshire were up first in the morning.

The traditional start of the mixed games showed the strength and experience of the Warwickshire pairings who proved too strong for the 4 new pairings of Staffs with Staffs losing all 4 games. The individual strengths of the Warwickshire team was apparent again in the singles with just Alfie managing to record a victory in his hard fought match.
The level doubles produced some very keenly fought games but with Warwickshire coming out top on all the games meaning Staffs were unable to add to their games total- resulting in a 19-1 loss.

Following much huddling under blankets during the lunch break in attempts to keep warm and the potential of an early start to the afternoon lost with Worcestershire having arranged to play different players in afternoon match who were not arriving until much later – everyone settled in to watch Mindula’s dad take on Charlotte’s – an epic battled resulted…..

When play did start again in the afternoon - Worcestershire proved to be another tough opponent – the now slightly more experienced pairing from Staffs again had some really hard fought games but unfortunately all 4 mixed were lost – the singles produced a very similar result to the morning’s games with just Alfie managing to record a victory, but both Max and James managing to take their games into a third. The level doubles seemed to be going the same way as well – until Alisha and Mindula, in the last match on court on the day secured a second game for staffs – a 18-2 loss.
A big thank to everyone on the day – Mandy for scorekeeping, the James’
for the homemade rockyroads, Nescafe for the warmth but especially all of the players for giving it their all – over a long cold day.
The team: Alisha Campbell, Mindula Illeperuma, Sinali Gunarathne and Charlotte Bradley, Alfie James, Tom Lovatt, Max Walters and James Duffy

Alfie James

Next up was a home game on the 18/12/16 against Lancashire II. Because of traffic problems experienced with some of the Lancs players on the way down the match started with all of the girls singles and with good wins for Harini, Alisha and Davina we were 3-1 up, the boys singles was a reversal, Max going very close but just James winning – 4-4.
Next was the mixed and following good wins for Alfie and Harini, James and Alisha and Max and Davina saw Staffs with a narrow 7-5 lead. The first of the level doubles games were shared with Max and James winning one of the boys and Harini and Alisha one of the girls – 9-7 – the reverse doubles saw Alfie and Tom win there’s and then Harini and Alisha winning another to secure Staffs an 11-9 victory.
The team: Harini Ratnayake, Mindula Illeperuma, Alisha Campbell and Davina Patel, Alfie James, Tom Lovatt, Max Walters and James Duffy As ever a big thanks to everyone – Mandy our resident scorekeeper, everyone for helping on the day but especially the players for playing – a big thanks for 2016 – let’s hope 2017 is a good one
Regards Tony


Success for Rebecca!!

Staffs player Rebecca Bedford recently returned from the 2016 European Para badminton Championships which were held in Beek, Netherlands. 143 players from 21 countries attended the tournament which took place over four days.

Rebecca, from Yoxall, competed in the SS6 classification, playing in the singles and mixed doubles competitions. She got through to the finals and won silver medals in both categories. She also won an exhibition final match in women’s doubles with her partner, Rachel Choong.

Para badminton is becoming ever more competitive as the sport progresses towards its debut in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. International ranking competitions are now subject to anti-doping control and Rebecca, who turned 18 earlier this year, was selected for random testing after her final match on the last day. This led to a major delay leaving the venue and a missed ferry with her finally getting home at 4am the next morning !

Rebecca is currently studying history at Sheffield University and has been selected for the inaugural GB squad, who have started intense training ready for competing in Tokyo 2020. She is now looking forward to playing in next year’s World Championships, which is being held in South Korea.

County Teams Round-Up!

Last Week-end the Masters Over 65's narrowly lost to old adversary Warwickshire by 5 matches to 4.
In the Division 1 North of the Seniors County Championship, the First Team had the closest of matches in November, losing 5-6 to both Leinster and Yorkshire 3.
Sadly the Second Team have fared no better in November in Division 3 Central of the Seniors County Championship, losing 5-6 to Warwickshire 3 and 4-7 to Worcestershire 2.

Hope for better results in the New Year!

UKCC L1 course

Please if you could pass this information onto any interested parties that would be great. The deadline for this course is on Friday 16th December, so please get in contact with BADMINTON England Coaching as soon as possible.

Venue: Staffordshire University, Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2DF


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SSBA U14 Opening Tournament 9 October 2016

Click here for Under 14 Opening Tournament Results

The North Staffordshire Badminton League's Junior Jubilee Singles Tournament will take place on the
12th/13th November at Clayton Sports Centre, Stafford Ave., Newcastle, Staffs., ST5 3BN.

There will be Girls and Boys Singles events for Under 9s, Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 17s

Sat 12th Nov. 9.30am U15 (for players born on or after 1st January 2002)
Sat 12th Nov. 1.30pm U9 (for players born on or after 1st January 2008)
Sat 12th Nov. 1.30pm U17 (for players born on or after 1st January 2000)
Sun 13th Nov. 10.00am U11 (for players born on or after 1st January 2006)
Sun 13th Nov. 1.00pm U13 (for players born on or after 1st January 2004)

Please find tournament entry form attached.

SSBA U18 Opening Tournament 18th September 2016

The U18 Opening Tournament attracted a reasonable entry of 7 girls and 6 and it was really nice to see some new faces along with some of the more familiar ones. All the events were played on a league basis with the exception of the boys doubles where a straight final was played.
The singles was played first producing some really good games to watch – with eventually Harini and Alfie winning each group each undefeated
The girls doubles resulted in a win for Alisha and Harini and the boys for the James’s (Duffy & Yearsley) winning a very closely contested best of 3 final.
The mixed competition finished the day off with again some really good games to watch with Harini and Alfie winning remaining unbeaten.
Thanks to all for playing, to everyone who helped setting up and/or packing away, for supplies of Coffee (Mrs Campbell) for all the support the players got during the day and for making it a really pleasurable day.

SSBA U16 Opening Tournament 1 October 2016

U16 Open tournament – Saturday 1st October 2016
The tournament got off to a good start, with only 5 boys and 5 girls entered it was great to see three non-County players together with some of the younger players who played extremely well on the day.
All events were played on a league basis with the exception of the level double games which were straight finals.
We started off playing the singles with Alisha Campbell and Jeremy Kurian George winning their groups undefeated. The girls singles runner up was a closely fought battle with Grace Litherland-Clews (non-County player) just pipping Tilly James by 2 points over 4 matches. The boys singles produced some great close matches with Matthew Eyton-Jones taking runner up prize.
The girls doubles resulted in a win for Alisha & Tilly with Shruti Deshpande & Shreiya Singh (non-County player) as runners up. The boys doubles was a well fought battle against Matthew & Ben Twigge v Jeremy & Tom Gauvin with Matthew and Ben winning 21/16 and 21/19.
It was a great finish to the day with 5 mixed teams participating, who all played honestly and respectfully with Alisha & Matthew winning, with Shruti & Jeremy as runners up.
I would like to thank all the players for making the day run smoothly, and extra congratulations goes to the three non-County players Jake Bailey, Grace Litherland-Clews and Shreiya Singh in which I hope will be the first of many competitions for them. Thank you to the parents for supporting the children and helping with the setting up and packing away on the day, with a special thanks to Andrea for assisting me on the day.
I hope all the players enjoyed it as much as I did.
Mandy Campbell
U/16 Team Manager

New Season Approaches!!

2016/17 sees our Staffs First Team playing in Division 1 North, competing against Lancs and Leicestershire, Yorks 2 and 3, Leinster and Lanarkshire, and Worcs. Match veues and dates are shown below.

The Staffs Seniors Second Team are in Division 3 Central, and will play against Derby 2, Worcs 2, Cambridgeshire 2, Warwicks 3, Norfolk 2 and Notts 3.


12 Nov 28 Jan 25-26 Mar
1 North Leeds Beckett Uni Derby University Derby University
3 Central Nottingham Jubilee Nottingham Jubilee Nottingham Jubilee


2015-16 Season News

 Under 9 Winner - Will Smith!

In the recent Under 9/Under 10 Tournament, Will didn't lose a game to win his Under 9 section.

He now awaits the promised invite to attend the SSBA training sessions.

Junior Individual Achievements - April

Abby Harris - Won Gold in the singles and silver in the doubles at the under 15 Nationals.
Tighe Crook - Won bronze in the doubles at the under 12 rising stars in Warwickshire.

Junior Individual Achievements - March

Jeremy George - Gold Medal Singles and Bronze in Doubles in Under 13 Bronze in Hereford
Mark Eardley -
Bronze in Doubles in Under 17 Bronze in Oxford
Oliver Harris - Bronze in Doubles in Under 17 Bronze in Oxford
Ian Eddy 1936 - 2016 (Letter from Dave Eddy)

This is to let you know that my brother Ian Eddy (80) died last night March 1st. in Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham.
He had been in and out of hospital for the past 12M but collapsed on sunday, having developed an infection and never recovered. I was with him in hospital until near the end which came quickly - a blessing after all his troubles over the last 40 years.

Ian played many times for the County mainly during the 1960s - starting in the 2nd team with my sister Sheila for a short while before she married and moved away. Then into the First Team when he mostly partnered John Baylay and sometimes Jack McColl. On the occasion of my first appearance for the First Team (played 3 lost 3 !) against Derbyshire I well remember Ian scoring a famous victory at Cheddleton over Trevor Coates, England No 1.
We played in tournaments together and on another famous occasion at the Northern Championships beat John and Bill Havers, both full Internationals.
Ian himself was a successful tournament player and was mainly responsible for mentoring and supporting me such that without his help I would never have reached International level.
He was a very good cricketer representing Staffordshire A at 15 and having trials with Warks and Worcs. He was also a good golfer but his other main sport was Tennis where he represented Staffordshire First Team on a number of occasions and was a County Champion several times.
I will be able to publicise the funeral arrangements in due course.
Best regards
07760 228197 ( M ) 0121 454 0473 ( H )

Sunday saw the U15’s back in action – this time with an away match against Derbyshire – with both Abby (international duty in Russia) & Harshini (on holiday) away, Sinali made a very welcome and appreciated debut for the team.
The normal mixed started the day and it was obvious from the start that this was going to be a close match..…in spite of some very tough closely fought battles only Shauna & Alfie emerged victorious – we were 3-1 down
Next it was the 1&2 singles – Alfie, playing a player with a higher grading, taking a really good win – Shauna not to be outdone did likewise – David found himself up against a very tough opponent and lost & Mindula hung on for a great victory in 3 – all square at 4-4
Next up was the 3&4 singles – Rueben and Tom found the next Derbyshire lads tough opponents both going down in 2, Alisha, on a mission, put a spirted performance in winning her match, Sinali then took her singles to the third but sadly lost – 7-5 down.
The start of the level doubles – Alfie & Tom up against the Derbyshire 1st lads losing a very close game, David & Rueben against the 2nd’s battling hard but also losing out, Shauna & Mindula against the Derbyshire 1st’s girls winning well and then with Alisha and Sinali also winning their game against the 2nd’s – 9-7 down
The return doubles – Alfie & Tom winning, David & Rueben losing, Shauna & Mindula winning it was all down to the last game on court with Alisha & Sinali losing out to the 1st Derbyshire girls giving Derbyshire an 11-9 victory
As ever – many thanks to everyone for playing – parents for taxiing & support – Mandy for scorekeeping.
Thanks Tony Lovatt u15 manager

Junior Individual Achievements - February

Alfie James 6/2/16 Bronze in Singles at under 15 Silver tournament in Lancashire
Abby Harris 13/2/16
Gold in Doubles and Mixed Doubles at under 17 Silver tournament in Nottinghamshire
Oliver Harris 13/2/16 Quarter final in singles and Mixed at under 17 silver tournament in Nottinghamshire
Matt Bridge 13/2/16 Quarter final in Doubles at under 17 silver tournament in Nottinghamshire
Mark Eardley 13/2/16 Quarter final in Doubles at under 17 silver tournament in Nottinghamshire
Junior Individual Achievements - January
Tighe Crook 17/1/16 Gold Medal Singles Under 11 Worcestershire JC Silver Medal Doubles Under 11
Worcestershire JC
24/1/16 Silver Medal
Doubles Under 11 Oxfordshire JC

Jeremy Kurian George
17/1/16 Bronze Medal Singles Under 11 Worcestershire JC Silver Medal Doubles Under 11
Worcestershire JC
23/1/16 Bronze Medal
Singles Under 11 Northumberland JC
Gold Medal Doubles Under 11
Northumberland JC
24/1/16 Silver Medal
Doubles Under 11 Oxfordshire JC

Under 15 Staffs team verses Lancashire 2

Last Sunday saw the U15 return to action after the Christmas break with a visit to Leigh to play Lancs II. The match started in the familiar format of the mixed games. Alfie & Shauna and Rueben & Alisha getting good wins in 2 and Tom & Harshini winning theirs in 3 with David & Mindula just losing in their game in the 3rd saw us finish the mixed 3-1 up.
The singles were all tight games with boys splitting theirs with Alfie and David getting good wins and Alisha winning for the girls it was now 6-6 with just the level doubles to play
The girls split their doubles with both Alisha & Harshini and Shauna & Mindula winning one each and with Alfie & Tom and David & Rueben both winning both of their games a 12-8 victory was secured Many thanks to all as ever for playing, supporting, taxing and the supply of coffee s a very pleasurable, enjoyable match that was played in a great spirit by both teams.

Tony Lovatt (Under 15 manager) 15/1/16


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