The latest North Tyneside Social Badminton Tournament, held in the sports hall at John Spence Community High School in North Shields, attracted a record entry of 75 players, who play for fun. The ages of the players ranged from 14 to 74! It was again extremely pleasing to see over 20 new faces, including a good contingent of very friendly and polite Chinese players from Northumbria University.
Everyone got lots of games as initial rounds were played in round robin groups. The older players certainly had plenty of energy and they gave the younger players a really good run for their money, and taught them a few things!! In fact the Mixed Doubles Final featured 4 players all aged over 50, with the winners being over 60!! Similarly the Ladies Doubles Final featured one over 50 and three over 60s, with the over 60s coming out on top again!! There was a good deal of laughter to be heard throughout the afternoon, as well as lots of congratulatory comments, with everyone mixing in well, and the atmosphere was one of friendly, enjoyable competition – which is the aim of these social tournaments.
Regular competitor Jo Donaldson ended up winning both the Mixed and Ladies Doubles. She was absolutely delighted when she was also presented with the special Over 50s award for “Outstanding Performance”. Richard Mullen, a relative newcomer to these social tournaments, as this was only his second tournament, also received an over 50s special award, as he reached the semi-final of the Men’s Doubles, and the final of the Mixed. Other regular competitors also featured in finals as well as some new players. Mark Henderson (with a new Men’s Doubles partner) and Derek Gilhespie both collected more winners’ trophies, but unlucky Geraldine Dodds had to settle for two runners-up trophies! All of the finals were well contested.
Numerous volunteers from Bewicke BC and others from the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership, ensured that everything ran smoothly. The next North Tyneside social tournament will be in October/November at Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend.
RESULTS OF FINALS
LADIES DOUBLES – Jo Donaldson and Lillian Allison defeated Diane Mitchie and Geraldine Dodds 21-15
MEN’S DOUBLES – Mark Henderson and Kevin Mann defeated Hailun Xie and Yongtao Qu 21-16
MIXED DOUBLES – Derek Gilhespie and Jo Donaldson defeated Richard Mullen and Geraldine Dodds 21-17