John Spence Community High School sports hall was the venue for the latest Adult Social Badminton Tournament organised by North Tyneside Badminton Partnership.  The tournament was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part, with many close exciting games, but with an atmosphere of fun and social interaction.  Volunteers from Bewicke Badminton Club, which plays at John Spence, ensured that all ran smoothly.  Competitors (with an age range of low twenties up to 76!) travelled from as far afield as Consett to take part.  With no League or County players allowed to enter, the event was aimed at the casual, social players.

New champions were crowned in the Women’s Doubles, with Gillian Smith and Claire King coming out on top  and Geraldine Dodds and Diane Michie runners-up.  In the Men’s Doubles, previous winners Mark Henderson and Michael Abernethy very narrowly lost 18-21 in the semi-finals to old rivals Jamil and Milad Khan.  The second semi-final saw new players Chayut Sutharoj and Thanakrit Chongnimitsathaporn lose by the same score to Redwan Ahmed and Monsur Khan.  In the final, Redwan and Monsur emerged victorious 21-15.  The Mixed Doubles produced lots of very tight matches, with one point deciding the fourth semi-finalists.  Mark Henderson, with new partner Joyce Buchan, got his revenge over Jamil Khan and regular partner Teresa McManus in his semi-final, winning 21-17.  In the second semi-final, Akshay Kapoor and Xiatong Yang defeated the scratch pairing of Jay Metcalfe and Sam Cave, who had played really well to reach this stage.  In the final, Mark and Joyce were too strong for their opponents Akshay and Xiatong, and won comfortably 21-8.

Jamil Khan, owner of Jeera Tandoori on Albion Road in North Shields, once again very kindly provided lovely trophies for the winners and runners-up (collecting a runner-up trophy himself!).  One competitor commented “Just to say thanks to you all for the tournament. As usual it was so well run with everyone enjoying it.  The trophies were great (hope to get one next time!!). So here’s my vote for more tournaments!!”


Jamil is setting up a new multi-cultural day-time badminton club at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields, starting on Monday 4 April, from 12 noon until 2pm. It is aimed at anyone from any ethnic background who wishes to play during the daytime. Anyone interested should contact either Jamil [07875 510327] or co-organiser Mike Waterfield [0191 2903358].

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