Over 60 badminton players from all over Cornwall, Plymouth and North Devon gathered at the eight-court Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre in Truro to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association’s latest ‘Bonanza’.
The idea of Bonanza tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players. The many regulars were joined this time by some very welcome new faces, some playing in a tournament for the first time, as the Bonanza goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing the sport in Cornwall.
This year’s tournament was an- other great success, with some close fought battles in five different disciplines.
In the social events there were tightly contested matches, with some new winners in the men’s and women’s categories. The men’s singles proved to be the final of the day and was won by Alan Spencer from St Ives for the first time, as he just beat Camborne’s Martin Penney in an exciting, evenly-matched affair. Once again, St Austell’s Sanaa Roff was the only women singles contestant, and she competed well in the men’s section.
The men’s doubles was another close contest which saw St Austell’s Mansell Ahmed and Sha Uddin just beat Penney and his regular partner Steve Knuckey.
In the mixed doubles, another St Austell pair took the title, as Ashley Southey and Tracey Cooke came top, with the luckless Penney and his partner Dee Frost finishing runners-up.
For the combined women’s doubles, last year’s winners from Pool, Kay Bossenger and Debbie Blight, once again triumphed, beating the Devon pair Michelle Wylde and Jackie Anderson to the title, with Frost and Deborah Peters of Cam- borne winning the social doubles medals.
The league events also had some hard fought badminton, and, in the men’s singles, last year’s winner from St Ives, Tony Wong, showed his fitness and experience in beating Rick Kisslay, a student from Falmouth.
There was another tight final for the men’s doubles with Stuart Larter and Gary Braunton from Pool taking on Camborne’s Danny Gillman and James Cassidy. Larter and Braunton finally repeated their success of last year with some more consistent, well-matched play to win in the end.
The mixed doubles this year was won by the Devon partnership of Ben Hammill and Wylde who pipped runners-up Braunton and Blight to top spot, to complete an excellent day’s badminton.