New champions crowned at adult social badminton tournament

Men's and women's doubles winners and runners-up with their trophies.
Men's and women's doubles winners and runners-up with their trophies.

John Spence Community High School sports hall was the venue for the latest Adult Social Badminton Tournament organised by the North Tyneside Badminton Partnership.

The tournament was njoyed by all who took part, with several close, exciting games, but with an atmosphere of fun and social interaction.

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

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

Volunteers from Bewicke Badminton Club, which plays at John Spence, ensured that all ran smoothly.

Competitors, with an age range of low 20s 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 narrowly lost 21-18 in the semi-finals to old rivals Jamil and Milad Khan.

The second semi saw new players Chayut Sutharoj and Thanakrit Chongnimitsathaporn lose by the same score to Redwan Ahmed and Monsur Khan.

In the final, Ahmed and Monsur Khan emerged victorious 21-15.

In the mixed doubles, 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, Akshay Kapoor and Xiatong Yang defeated the scratch pairing of Jay Metcalfe and Sam Cave, who had played well to reach this stage.

In the final, Henderson and Buchan were too strong for their opponents and won comfortably 21-8.

Jamil Khan, owner of Jeera Tandoori on Albion Road, North Shields, once again kindly provided trophies for the winners and runners-up.

One competitor said: “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.”

Meanwhile Jamil Khan is setting up a new multi-cultural day-time badminton club at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields, starting on Monday, April 4, from noon until 2pm.

It is aimed at anyone from any ethnic background who wishes to play during the day.

Anyone interested should contact either Jamil Khan on 07875 510327 or co-organiser Mike Waterfield on (0191) 290 3358.