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The TWBL confirms it is adopting the new Badminton England Inclusion Policy with immediate effect. Our Rules will be updated accordingly. In brief, this means that references to Men's divisions will change to "Open" and that only 'female at birth' ladies will be able to play in traditional ladies events.
Fabulous news from Canterbury as our Junior U19s and our Senior team win the Kent Inter-Regional competition at the University of Kent. With several years of no play due to Covid, this means the Tunbridge Wells senior team has won this for two years out of the last three played. That's pretty good for us! We secured top place by finishing ahead of both Orpington and North Foreland this time around.
One of our senior players, William Brown, has put together a document highlighting the strength in our region of our Masters players. Well done to all our 'of a certain age' players who continue to compete at a high level around the country! Please click here
- Don't forget, Chelwood Gate BC also have a new venue, which is now Brambletye School in East Grinstead RH19 3PD.
- Paddock Wood BC have a new venue for their matches - Somerhill School in Tonbridge. Please see the document on the Admin page for the exact address and dates and times.
- Our new 2022-23 match playing season start will be on 1st October as is usual for the TWBL. All further, relevant information can be found on the Administration tab.
KENT INTER-REGIONAL - Our Juniors entered into this competition, which took place in Canterbury, to represent the TWBL and finished first in both competitive age groups, namely U15 and U19. A very well done all round to all of them for their excellent attitude and skilful playing! Thank you also to the parents who helped on the day and took on the role of squad captains.
As things currently stand, the TWBL Committee is planning on running our usual competitive season from October this year.
- Updated July - our season start will be Monday 1 November.
Well done to Rory Easton and his doubles partner for reaching the final of the English National Badminton Championships Men's Doubles at the Westgate Badminton Centre in Winchester. Although they took the first game, they then lost the next two to finish as runners-up in this important Seniors tournament. Very well done!
More stunning news now as both Kenton Jones and Martin Staden (see also below) became Singles Champions in their respective age groups in the 25th English National Masters Championships 2019 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Kenton was ranked #2 at the start and he beat Tim Cope the #1 seed 21-13, 21-17 in the final. Martin was ranked #1 in his event and he beat the #2 seed Mike Nevett 21-15, 21-7 in the final. Well done chaps!
For further information on the 2019 National Masters event, please CLICK HERE
Congratulations to Kenton Jones (Trident) for winning the Kent Masters Gold over 45s Singles tournament on Friday 25th October at Medway Park, Gillingham where he beat Marco Gouw in the final. Kenton was presented with his medal by Geoff Rofe (see below). On the Saturday he partnered Chris Spice (also Trident) in the level doubles and they finished as runners up in the over 40s. Another excellent result, bearing in mind they beat the number 1 seeds in their group match on the way to the final. A big well done also to Martin Staden (Trident) for winning the Men's singles in the over 55s event. A fabulous result! Several other TWBL players took part in this Gold Masters tournament and well done to them all for competing.
St John’s Badminton Club are sad to announce the news that Stewart Wild passed away recently after a short illness. Stewart was the inspiration behind the formation of St John's back in 2008, became their first chairman, and subsequently treasurer.
Stewart will be greatly missed by all who knew him at St John’s, and by everyone in the wider badminton community.
Fabulous news from Canterbury as the TWBL Senior team & our U19's win the Kent Inter-Regionals
We're used to reporting here that our Juniors have won this tournament on a regular basis (see further below) but it's a rare event to see our senior team come up trumps. Albeit a couple of the players were under 18 but a win is a win and for the first time in a number of years TWBL can stand proud in this event. To complement this win, our U19 Juniors walked away with the Kent Inter-Regional title the day after. Both events are staged annually at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
TWBL Juniors win both Kent Inter-Regional trophies.... again!
Once again our juniors, ably organised by Alex & Tara Easton, have won the inter-regional trophy in both age groups (all players can be seen below).
Other regions represented were Medway (U15 only), Orpington and North Foreland. This is an annual event that has been taking place for many years and we have had our name on it quite a few times in recent seasons.
Particularly well done to Hannah and Annabel who were playing in their first competition of this type and also to Rohan Shergill who although he would have had a lovely time playing in his own age group (U15) had to take one for the team and play up against the U19s. Both Hannah and Annabel won points against the two weaker teams in the U15 group proving they were not out of their depth at all despite only playing the sport for a relatively short time.
The closest match for the U15s was against Orpington and the two stand out performances of that match were David playing first singles and Prabhav playing 2nd singles. Both won against older County squad opponents who have beaten them in the past. So it was their points, backed up by a solid boys doubles and Shivani winning her singles (more comfortably!) that gave TWBL a 4-3 win and secured the Trophy.
Rory captained the U19s to a comfortable win by strategic use of his girl power (Emily Easton, Emily Tillman and Alisha Gupta) who in combination were stronger than the girls in the opposition teams. So together with his own points they were comfortable victors.
Holly Williams (HBC junior) takes 2 Golds & 1 Bronze in U15 English Nationals!
It is perhaps no coincidence that Hildenborough Ladies A have risen to the top of the TWBL Premier division this season with 4 of the team aged U17 and all junior training under the watchful eyes of Jo Muggeridge & Alex Easton.
At this year’s Nationals 13 year old Emma Goddard made it through to the quarter finals of the U15 ladies singles whilst Holly Williams stole the show with a stunning display of controlled shot making to take Gold in the U15 Mixed partnering Neil Bhabuta & Gold in the U15 ladies doubles partnering Gauri Shidhaye. Holly fell short in the ladies singles after a 3 set loss to Sofia Nicholson in the semi-final but she was magnificent throughout the whole tournament.
In the U17 Nationals, HBC’s Rory Easton had another fine weekend reaching all 3 finals only to be un-done in the boys singles & doubles by arch rival Harry Huang with Harry partnering Ethan Van Leeuwen in the doubles. Rory was not to be un-done though as he and Mixed partner Annie Lado controlled the final of the mixed with a 21-7, 21-12 win over Ethan Van Leeuwen & Abbygael Harris.
Both Holly (below) & Rory are on International duty in the coming weeks as Holly heads to Ireland for the Home Nations and Rory is off to Denmark for the 6 Nations.
Great success for many junior badminton players from St John's at the Mid Sussex tournament which took place over two recent weekends at the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath. Please see the attached document for a list of their medal winners!
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Tunbridge Wells Junior Badminton players win Kent Inter-Regional
A team of seven Under 15, and seven Under 19 badminton players representing Tunbridge Wells Junior Badminton won the prestigious Kent Inter Regional Badminton Tournament at the Kent University Campus, Canterbury on Sunday 17th April 2016. The Kent Inter Regional is an annual junior badminton tournament that places the top juniors from each of five Kent regions against each other. Our teams can be seen below.
Ian Kinghorn the Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Junior Badminton thanked Alex Easton of Hildenborough BC for all his assistance in selecting and managing the teams and stated that the wins in both age groups clearly demonstrates that we in the TWBL area have the best juniors in the county and clearly shows that the growing success of junior badminton clubs within the Tunbridge Wells area was paying dividends.
Further info here: Refrath Cup (images 4 & 8)
The TWBL U15 Kent Inter-Regional winning team
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