Collins wins women’s deciding set

More than 30 of Cornwall’s top young badminton players took part in this year’s under-21 championships at Penryn College.

With young people from Penzance to Launceston and an age range of 12 to 20, there was some exciting badminton and several sets of siblings from the Sillifant, Semonin, Dyer, Bailey, Bicks and Beaumont families giving their all.

A large entry of 32 in the men’s singles eventually saw all four top seeds making it through to the semi-finals, with Launceston’s Sillifant brothers, Liam and Tyler, defeating the Semonins of St Austell, Noah and Milo, to reach the final yet again, in a repeat of this season’s Senior County Championships. This time younger brother Tyler showed all his grit, fitness and speed to win in two, after a very close first end.

The top two women, Senior County champion Cara Collins, from Liskeard, and Mollie Bailey, from Truro, reached the final, but only after Bailey had won a tight three ender against Camborne’s Amelia Burrell. The thrilling final match seesawed between the two, with Bailey taking the first game, Collins the second before the Liskeard player held on to edge the decider.

The men’s doubles were again dominated by three sets of brothers, the Sillifants, Semonins and Truro’s Dyers. The Semonins just beat Elliot Dyer and his partner Mark Pearson in the semis before the Sillifants defeated Harry Dyer and Luke Sillifant. The Sillifants then took the title with victory in two close ends.

The women’s doubles came down to a play-off between the top two seeds, Camborne’s Kellen Moore and Burrell versus Bailey and Melissa Lin from Truro, which turned out to be a very close three- ender that the No.1 seeds Moore and Burrell narrowly won.

At the end of a long day 16 pairs competed in the mixed doubles and, as predicted, the No.1 and No.2 seeds reached the final after a comfortable run. This time it was the Semonin brothers against each other, as Noah and his partner Moore took on Milo and Burrell to try and defend their crown. There was no quarter given as Noah and Moore proved too strong and consistent to win the final event of a successful day.

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