Trio triumph again on North Tyneside badminton court

Women's and men's doubles winners and runners-up with Jamil Khan, centre, who provided the trophies.
Women's and men's doubles winners and runners-up with Jamil Khan, centre, who provided the trophies.
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Diane Michie, Geraldine Dodds and Derek Gilhespie have triumphed again on the badminton court.

The trio, who between them won two titles at the first ever Over 50s Social Badminton Tournament organised by the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership, won again in the latest event for anyone aged 16 and over, which was held in the sports hall at John Spence Community High School In North Shields.

The mixed doubles winners, right, and runners-up with their trophies.

The mixed doubles winners, right, and runners-up with their trophies.

Michie captured the women’s doubles title, again with her over 50s winning partner Dodds, though the final was a close, 21-19, against Jo Donaldson and Monica Readman.

Gilhespie again won the mixed doubles, this time with Donaldson, 21-19 against Jay Metcalfe and Holly Pendleton, who had travelled from Annfield Plain and Consett and were runners-up for the second successive time.

The ages of the 57 players in the tournament ranged from 18 to 75.

Milad Khan and Delwar Hussain, runners-up in the men’s doubles in the November tournament, came out on top this time, defeating Monsur Khan and Redwan Ahmed in the final 21-13.

Trophies for all winners and runners-up were provided by Jamil Khan from Jeera Tandoori in North Shields.

Tournament Secretary Norma Waterfield said: “It is just wonderful to see players of all ages competing together and having fun.

“Badminton is a great sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.”

As in previous social tournaments, aimed at casual players who play for fun and with no league or county players allowed, the atmosphere was friendly and sociable, though the matches were still competitive.

The tournaments have become popular, with players regularly travelling from all over the north east to take part.