Deeside Leisure Centre was the venue for some thrilling badminton as 45 players arrived for the 2019 NEWBA Senior Gold.
First off were the singles, the Women’s event being fought out by four players from Menai Bridge and Carys Jones of Llanferres, who arrived fresh from winning silver in the U19 girl’s doubles at the Welsh Nationals the previous day. Carys, who didn’t concede a game, won Gold. Hannah Evans, who only lost to Carys, took Silver.
In the men’s singles Andre Cardoso, Ian Cottrill and Jamie Noble sailed through the elimination rounds, although Iain Lovatt put Noble under pressure in an exciting three-setter. Competition was fierce in the quarters where James Hulley beat Lovatt 12-15, 15-11, 17-15 and Noble had a good win against Andrew Chatterton in a close run 19-17, 8-15, 15-13.
In the semis Cardoso beat Hulley 15-9, 15-13. In the other semi Noble won the first game against Ian Cottrill 15-12 but was caught napping in the second game and lost 3-15. He came back in the third to win 15-10.
The final was a tense battle, Jamie Noble withstanding the pressure to win 15-17, 19-17, 15-10.
There were 8 pairs in the women’s doubles. In the semis Carys Jones and Jess Markey put up a great fight against Katie Mitchell and Rhian Owen but lost 15-6, 20-21, 15-11. As happened the previous year Georgia Hughes and Sammy Hutt dominated the event with their skill and speed, beating Katie Lemon and Hannah Hughes in the semi and securing a convincing victory over Mitchell and Owen in the final 15-8, 15-4.
There were some exciting battles between the 11 pairs in the men’s doubles. Notable in the groups was Roy Hinchcliffe and Dave Standring’s win over Iain Lovatt and Stuart Mears 15-14, 14-15, 15-8 as they powered their way to the final.
In the quarters Lovatt and Mears went out to Andy Gibbons and Chris McNeil Ford 9-15, 21-19, 15-7 whilst Hinchcliffe and Standring beat James Hulley and Jamie Noble 16-14, 15-11.
Hinchcliffe and Standring then met Joe Cottrill and Ben Woodward in the semis, beating them 15-9 and 15-13. In the other semi Ian Cottrill and Andrew Chatterton beat Gibbons and McNeil Ford convincingly 15-5, 15-6.
The final was a real crowd pleaser which ended 15-9, 17-15 to Hinchcliffe and Standring.
In the mixed doubles there were 16 pairs competing in four groups. Going through to the semi-finals were Georgia Hughes and Joe Cottrill who beat Susan Crompton and Dave Standring 15-12, 15-12 and Sammy Hutt and Andy Gibbons who beat Rhian Owen and Will Toomey 15-12, 15-6.
The final was a spectacular display of badminton with victory going to Hutt and Gibbons over the favourites Hughes and Cottrill 15-9, 13-15, 15-12.