Badminton day a big success

TYNESIDE Sharks Badminton Club, with support from the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership, ran a highly successful tournament at the Parks Leisure Centre, North Shields on Sunday.

The tournament was aimed at non-club, social and recreational players.

It attracted an entry of 66 participants.

Mike Woodward, the tournament referee, said: “For many of the entrants this was their first taste of competitive badminton and they should all be applauded.

“In particular the number from over-50’s sessions was indicative of the appeal of badminton for players of all ages.”

Women’s doubles saw an increase in entries compared to the inaugural competition. Group A was won by Angela Paterson and Katie Basak, who remained unbeaten despite facing a determined challenge in the group from Lin Gray and Pam Moat. In the final they faced Jennie Wade and Christine Graham, who came out on top in group B despite notable challenges from Trish Bryans and Maggie Wakeley and the ebullient Chen Ren and Xiao Tong Yang. In the final Paterson and Basak’s use of space and athleticism just overcame the tenacious retrieving of Wade and Graham 21-18.

In the men’s doubles, 17 pairs split into four groups, with the winners of each group contesting two semi-finals. Having succeeded in topping a highly competitive group, Colin Hamilton and Gavin Sked maintained their form to achieve a 21-13 semi-final win over the powerful Scott Provost and Dave Inkster combination. In the other semi-final, Arvind Sudhakaran and Josey just overcame the experienced pairing of Mark and William Henderson, 21-19. In the final, the Sudhakaran and Josey pairing won 21-13, despite a valiant rearguard action from their opponents.

The mixed doubles was played in four groups, with the group winners contesting the semi-finals. The final was contested between Dawid Miozga and Katie Basak and Ryan Brignall and Gloria Armstrong with Dawid’s power and Katie’s mobility overcoming the court-craft and strokeplay of Ryan and Gloria.

Players travelled from across the north east to compete, and a fantastic day was had by all involved.