Posted By: Neil Sedgewick
Home Team: Minsthorpe Badminton Club
Away Team: Staincross
Report: Match Report Minsthorpe vs Staincross C (Friday 24th November) It was a surprise to see no Ian Nicholls for tonight’s game...... it was Black Friday so perhaps he was out buying a sixty inch Tv, a Playstation, a smart watch or a sofa in the DFS sale which definitely, definitely, definitely ended that weekend! However, if he wanted excitement then he was simply in the wrong place!........ It was all set to explode in spectacular fashion as Minsthorpe BC faced Staincross in an epic mid table clash at Minsthorpe Sports Centre! Minsthorpe have been pushing young players into their squad this season and tonight’s game was no different. Forget Rashford for England and Neymar for Brazil. Tonight their very own starlets were making an appearance by the names of Alex (Rock-n-Roll) Robson, Harry (Dubstep) Duffield and Josh (Twinkle Toes) Tetlow. After an impressive fireworks display, a stunning performance by a full brass band, a song by Michael Buble and a short routine of scantily dressed Columbian dancers waving palm leaves the match was finally underway! Minsthorpe’s Captain was Ben Allsup, he may have been a B.Allsup on paper but he certainly wasn’t one on the badminton court tonight as him and his partner Alex Robson took their first game against A.Hurst and D.Hawtin of Staincross 21-19 21-19 to make it 1-0 to Minsthorpe and a great start to the match. The second game was also a cracker but Minsthorpe’s second pairing of Josh Tetlow and Neil Sedgewick narrowly missed taking a 3 game thriller against a well played pairing of E.White and J.Campbell of Staincross 21-19 13-21 20-22. 1 game each now and it was all to play for. Next up was our wild card, as newcomer Harry (Dubstep) Duffield entered the fray alongside his partner Sue Ely, an ex-England player who struck fear in to the heart of the Staincross team and the pairing of A. Barber and M.Allen. Sue and Harry floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, but sadly couldn’t avoid losing game number 3! 2-1 to Staincross now and things very quickly started to go downhill for Minsthorpe. At one point Josh (twinkle-toes) Tetlow seemed to have a problem keeping hold of his racket?? Not quite sure why this was? Perhaps his racket needed a new grip.....or maybe he was hinting to his on-looking parents that he wanted a new one for Christmas? Who knows? What was for sure was that Minsthorpe were beginning to get frustrated and several of their players now began to resemble the fire breathing dragon from the popular film series Lord Of The Rings! Over the course of the night there were some very close games indeed with over 5 of them being lost 21-20! But the fact of the matter was that Staincross played extremely well and simply proved too strong in the end and for Minsthorpe and their youngsters. Although the games suggested it was closer than the final score, Staincross deserved their 8-1 win. A big thank you to Staincross for some really good games, although Minsthorpe had been beaten badly it was all valuable experience for 3 of their upcoming youngsters. After shaking hands Staincross made their way to the carpark to head home and celebrate their success. It was just a shame that Minsthorpe BC had logged on to webuyanycar.com during the match and sold all of their cars! Joking aside it was a very enjoyable night of badminton. Thanks again to Staincross and good luck in your next game.
Posted By: Mike Street
Comment: Hi to all, at the pre season meeting Emma Smethurst of Badminton England attended and talked about what Badminton England could do in terms of potential funding and support. We have now received more information on this and it has been sent to all League Secretaries. I am afraid their is a limited amount of time to respond to Emma as per her email but if anybody does want to on behalf of the clubs then please request the information from your Secretary or alternatively email me direct and I will forward you a copy.
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