Local Medalists in Northumberland U17 Bronze

Northumberland’s BE Under 17 Bronze tournament was run parallel to the Under 13 event in late November and again saw medals of all colours won by our county juniors.  The honours went to Lucy and James Dodd, Charlotte Graham, Amy Ward, Ollie Edmondson, Jack Tilbury and Matthew Short who were all placed in the medal positions. Continue reading

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Anglo-Scottish Under 17 – THIS WEEKEND

There will be a full weekend of good junior badminton at TBC on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st.  Eight teams from north and south of the border will be battling it out for the Under 17 AS trophy.

Come along to support Northumberland.

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Under 14 & 18 Shires Updates

Last Sunday saw both our U14 and U18 teams playing their counterparts from Yorkshire.  The younger team are still very inexperienced and found the going tough, losing the match 6-14: but there were a number of games which were very close and the result could have been a lot tighter.

The Under 18s produced an excellent performance in a 10-all draw, although they were to some extent aided by Yorkshire missing one of their boys.

It is hoped that fuller reports will be available in the near future – if the team managers can take a break from Chrismas preparations!

The next Shires match sees our Under 16s away to Lancashire on 5th January.

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Excellent win for Under 18s v Cumbria

Northumberland’s U18s continued their strong start to the Shires League season with an impressive 17-3 victory over North rivals Cumbria, at Tyneside Badminton Centre in early December.

Northumberland’s team were: Charlotte Graham, Eve Beechinor-Collins, Natalie Ho, Teeda Prapunwong, Dominic Wilson-Baker, Jai Nayyar, Matty Grant and Sonny Ho. 


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Tough Starter for Under 16s v Cheshire

On a very cold start-of-December day, Northumberland’s Under16 team travelled to the neutral venue of Pontefract to play Cheshire in their first match of the season in the Shires League.  The team, managed by Joel Dodd, was Charlotte Graham, Ellen Davison, Katrina Ho, Lucy Dodd, Hugh Twelves, Jack Tilbury, Jamie Grant and Ollie Edmondson.    They were up against a strong Cheshire team, including a number of high achievers on the junior national Circuit.  On paper this was going to be a tough match for Northumberland and so it proved to be – although the final score of 17-3 in Cheshire’s favour was perhaps an unfair overall reflection of the whole match. Continue reading

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Under 18 Shires Team Come Close v Yorkshire 2nds

A technical problem with our website has meant there has been a delay in posting reports for the juniors’ initial Shires League matches.  The first of these took place at TBC in mid-November when the Under 18s played Yorkshire2.  This was a close match which we just lost 9-11 and the following is team manager Karen Davison’s report. Continue reading

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The latest North Tyneside Social Badminton Tournament, held in the 8 court sports hall at John Spence Community High School in North Shields, attracted yet another record entry, with 87 players entering.  There were one or two last minute injuries, but over 80 players turned up on the day to take part in what was another highly successful and enjoyable tournament.  There was a huge range of ages – from 15 to 75!!  Players came from all over the region to take part, and one player even travelled from Scotland to partner his girlfriend!  It was really good to see more new faces as well as several familiar ones.  There were some family pairings too.  The atmosphere was once again really friendly, and social, yet competitive, and quite a few spectators turned up to watch and support, including the injured Jo Donaldson (Jo normally wins a trophy or two!!) who thoroughly enjoyed watching many excellent games.  The overall standard for the tournament was very good, considering these tournaments are for players who do not play on League or County teams, and who generally play for fun socially.

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Success for Our Juniors in Northumberland Bronzes

A full report will follow in due course but we need to register a number of medal-winning performances by Northumberland’s juniors in Saturday’s Under 13 and Under 17 Bronze tournaments.

In the younger age group, gold medals were won by Oliver Heron, Stephen Glennie and Matthew Jefferson and additional silvers and bronzes were taken by Sophie Cockett, Chalida Prapunwong, Stephen, Matthew and Ollie.  In the Under 17s, golds were won by Lucy & James Dodd, Charlotte Graham and Amy Ward, with silvers and bronzes going to Ollie Edmondson, Jack Tilbury, Sonny Ho, Matthew Short,  Charlotte, Amy, James and Lucy.

Well done to them all and to the rest of our players who provided a number of good performances.

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Durham County Badminton Association, in partnership with Simpson Group, would like to invite badminton players of all standards to enter the first Durham County Men’s Doubles Open Tournament!

Date: Saturday 29th February 2020
Venue: Belmont Community School, Durham (DH1 2QP)
Start Time: 9.30am
Cost: £10 per player

The tournament is open to players from all areas and of any standard.

£300 prize money will be provided by Simpson Group (£100 each for winners & £50 each for runners up)!


Email hollyrobson91@hotmail.co.uk with your name, your partner’s name and the County you both represent.

*Please note, all entry fees will be collected on the day of the tournament

Entry deadline: Tuesday 25th February 2020

The tournament will be run in a round robin style format with group winners progressing to semi-finals then a final so players are guaranteed at least three matches.

Only the first 16 pairs to enter will be accepted into the tournament, entries will be taken on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Badminton England gradings and rankings will be used to determine seeding for the tournament, Yehlex shuttlecocks will be used for all matches and all matches will be played as the best of 3 ends to 21 points with setting.

Please see the attached poster for full information and please circulate to any players within your clubs, counties and networks who may be interested in entering this tournament.

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McMullen at the Double!

The annual “Restricted” tournament, restricted in the sense that only those people qualified for Northumberland can enter, formed the ‘A’ grade of the opening graded tournament of the season with some 70 entries in total across all the grades. It was expected to be a battle royal between the county’s two leading men, Garrylee McMullen and Philip Pahatouridis, across the three disciplines but they were not to have it all their own way.

The mixed doubles final saw Garrylee paired with Lauren Young and Philip with Rachel Frobisher and their first tussle did not disappoint with the former leading 11-7 at the interval in the opening set before being pegged back to 16-15. They held on well though to take it 21-18. In the second set both pairs responded well to falling behind several times, the most telling recovery being from Garrylee and Lauren who rallied from 17-15 down to reach match point at 20-18. More resistance from Philip and Rachel saw them save two match points to level at 20-all but Garrylee and Loz were not to be denied as they held on to win 22-20.


The ladies’ doubles saw the top two seeds reach the final with past winner Rachel Frobisher, and her regular county partner Lauren Young, up against defending champion Eleanor Laws, this time paired with Elmfield club colleague Cara Vincenti.

The opening game was close with Eleanor and Cara just in the lead at the interval at 11-10. They gradually edged further ahead 14-12, then 18-15 before a run of 3 points on Cara’s serve saw them home 21-15. Back came Rachel and Loz forging ahead to 9-3 in the second set before reaching the interval with the lead at 11-7. Elle and Cara recovered in turn and a further good run of points on Cara’s serve saw 10-13 become 15-13 before it was Eleanor’s turn with a service run from 16-14 to the brink of victory at 20-14. Two match points were saved but they held on to clinch it 21-16.


The group games of the men’s doubles produced some of the best games of the day with top seeds Ryan Jelley and Eddie Burgess unbeaten in their group despite a scare against Philip Pahatouridis and Jamie Tinnion who they defeated only 21-18 in the decider. The other group featured three pairs who won 2 and lost one with Garrylee McMullen and Michael Charlton just edging it on sets difference over Rex Lee and Yap Yi Xuan from Newcastle University, despite having lost to them 12-21, 21-17,21-19. Despite beating Rex and Yap in three sets, defending champions Malcolm Lightbown and Steve Swan were pushed down to third, again on sets difference.

Unfortunately, an injury to Yap’s knee meant they could not take their place in the semi-finals giving Ryan and Eddie a walkover with the second semi being between Garrylee McMullen and Michael Charlton and Philip Pahatouridis and Jamie Tinnion. This produced one of the tightest contests on the day with the opening two sets being shared, both with a score of 21-19. The decider saw Garrylee and Michael being the steadier of the two pairs and, once they had established a lead, they held on to take it 21-16.

The final started scrappily with neither pair playing that well but Garrylee and Michael just had the lead at the first set interval at 11-10. The lead kept changing hands until a run of just 3 points on Eddie’s serve got his side ahead at 16-13 and, with Ryan gaining more control in the forecourt, they took the opening set 21-17. Buoyed by that success they rapidly led 9-3 in the second before Garrylee and Michael rallied to only trail 11-8 at the interval. Ryan and Eddie gained control again though and raced away to 17-9 and then 19-10 before a late rally pulled them back to 19-17 but they kept their nerve to run out winners 21-17.


A disappointingly small entry in the singles nevertheless produced the expected final with both Phil and Garrylee getting through without the loss of a set.

These two normally produce a close contest and this was shaping up in similar fashion with Garrylee leading 11-8 at the first set interval. He edged further ahead to 14-10 before two errors in length by Philip and two cross-court winners from Garrylee saw him race ahead to 18-10 and he took his chance to run out 21-10.

The second set was not dissimilar to the first with Garrylee again edging it 11-7 at the interval and, maybe sensing that his opponent was not at his best, he produced an excellent spell of attacking play to stretch away to 17-7 and there was no way back for Philip making it two out of three for Garrylee.

Full Results: –

Men’s Singles: – Garrylee McMullen beat Philip Pahatouridis 21-10, 21-9

Men’s Doubles: – Eddie Burgess & Ryan Jelley beat Michael Charlton & Garrylee McMullen 21-17,21-17;

Ladies Doubles: – Eleanor Laws & Cara Vincenti beat Rachel Frobisher & Lauren Young 21-15,21-16;

Mixed Doubles: – Garrylee McMullen & Lauren Young beat Philip Pahatouridis & Rachel Frobisher 21-18,22-20.



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