Some 71 players from North Wales, South Wales, Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire took part in the “Badminton Wales Senior’s Open Championship” at Deeside Leisure Centre with the highlight being local Flint star Jamie Noble playing superbly to take three titles.
In an outstanding ladies singles group, Gwent’s talented Terrie Kelleher was the gold winner with Cheshire’s Emma Weaver taking the silver.
Jamie Noble took the first of his three titles in the men’s singles when he faced Cheshire’s Ian Cottrill in the final; playing attacking badminton from the start, Jamie’s game proved all round too strong for his opponent, winning in two highly contested games by 21/16 and 21/14.
In the ladies doubles Great Orme’s Georgia Hughes and Steph Mart-Jones repeated their success of last year taking the gold with Gwent’s Carol Davey and Terrie Kelleher in second place.
The Buckley based Eros duo of Jamie Noble and Will Toomey dominated the men’s doubles taking the gold with Lancashire’s Raj Britto and Riaz Javidahamed the silver.
Noble then secured his third title of the Championship when he teamed up with Ellen Liddle (Eros) and together they played fantastic mixed doubles tactics to defeat the Great Orme’s pairing of Iain Lovatt and Steph Marti-Jones and win by 21/15 and 21/18.
In Division 1of the North East Wales Badminton League Rossett A travelled to relegation threatened Deeside and playing high quality badminton came away with a 6 – 2 win. At second mixed for Rossett Ed Bennett and Sue Lord were just too good for Cerys Brackenbury and Luke McCarry winning 21/17 and 21/12.
Mold A arrived early to get their fixture with Denbigh A quickly under way but found that their hosts were not in a charitable mood – taking the close match 5 – 3 with four events going three games. Mold’s Liam Hird and Joe Nesbitt, at second men’s, showed their staying power when they triumphed over Matty Vacher and Richard Elston to win by 22/20, 19/21 and 21/12
Division 2 leaders Flint Phoenix B were pushed all the way by determined guests Prestatyn A, but winning three of the mixed double events helped them run out 5 – 3 winners. Prestatyn’s Martin Gould and Ruth Salisbury sparkled at fourth mixed and in a very competitive match just edged their encounter with Jordan Donnelly and Gwenda Moorcroft to win by 21/10 and 26/24. Phew!
With their eye still on promotion Buckley showed no mercy when they visited Hawarden and came away with a clear 7 – 1 win. Hawarden’s sole winner was at first ladies which saw their pairing of Di Fardoe and Suzy Steele dig in and in an entertaining match overcome Charlotte Ince and Helen Evans to win 22/20, 21/23 and 21/17.
Holywell A continue to dominate Division 3 and their 7 – 1 win away at Prestatyn B further consolidated their position at the top. Prestatyn’s only winners were at first ladies, where the accomplished Heather Owen and Amy Roberts remain undefeated all season. And they continued their success with an impressive 21/14, 21/18 win over Nicky Garnett – Hughes and Anne Booth.
Mold C and Denbigh B fought out a 4 – 4 draw with home team Mold winning the bragging rights by ten points. Mold’s Chris Preston and Shamanth Moodalbyle upstaged Caeron Jones and Den Cottle in a tense three game battle before closing out the event with an 18/21, 21/11 and 21/14 win.