6 and Counting – Senior County Restricted Results

Sol Griffiths chalked up his 6th Gloucestershire Restricted Men’s Single title at this years championships holding off the young title contenders rising through the ranks. Sunday morning started with a bang as Henry Jones and Jamie Pearcy battled it out for a spot in the final. It took 3 sets to split them with Jones running out the eventual winner 21-16, his reward a final against Griffiths. The semi final potentially taking its toll Jones went down 21-13, 21-8 with Griffiths keeping his name on the Men’s Singles trophy for another year. 

In the Women’s singles it was two Junior players who would battle it out for the trophy in Sian Evans and Vivi Jennings-Trace. It was always going to be a  close match between two players who know each other very well and the match certainly didn’t disappoint. The winning score 13-21, 21-14, 21-16 with Evans grinding out the win to take her first senior title. There is no doubt we will be seeing a lot of these two players in senior finals in the years to come. 

The Women`s doubles took part over the one day on Saturday with a mixture of youth, experience and also a few scratch partnerships to enter the mix. After some very close and hard fought box games it was the two seeded pairs who prevailed through their groups to make the final which again promised to be close. The number 1 seeded Kerry Mullen/Abigail Jolliffe saw off the challenge of Emily Prankard/Isla Townley in 3 sets 21-13, 22-24, 21-13 to etch their names on the trophy. 

Onto the Men’s Doubles with top seeded Jon Horsfield and Mike Haywood beating off the challengers with strong pairs in depth across the event. All the way through the event there was some entertaining badminton and that continued into the semi`s and finals on sunday. First the title winners saw off the combination of Ian Woolway/Jamie Pearcy before beating Andy Woolway/Joe Honeybone in the final to claim another Restricted title. 

The final event of the senior restricted was the Mixed Doubles which saw multiple pairs at the start of the event in with a shot of taking the title. The Box rounds saw a lot of 3 set matches and very tight results which could have gone either way. In the end the semi final lineups were Kerry Mullen/Jamie Pearcy vs Henry Jones/ Matilda Tierney and Ian Woolway/Anna Marie Abdon vs Adam Watts/Emily Prankard. Mullen/Pearcy held off the challenge from Jones/Tierney in two close sets whilst Watts/Prankard put up a close fight before eventually going down to Woolway/Abdon. The final game of the tournament saw some tired bodies and minds on court after the two days of play but the players showed some great skills and determination to provide a high quality final for those that had stayed to watch. Mullen/Pearcy taking the win 21-11, 21-19 to beat the top two seeded pairs on their way to the trophy. 

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Gloucestershire First Team 2017/18

The team finished 5th out of 8 and will remain in Division 2 for next season

The 1st team this year was represented by:

Men: Chris Hotchen, Ian Woolway, Nick Ponting, Sol Griffiths, Jamie Pearcy, Andy Woolway

Women: Abbie Jolliffe, Kerry Mullen, Linda Pearcy, Rebecca Pantaney, Isla Townley, Matilda Tierney

Report: Gloucestershire First Team entered the season with optimism after losing out on promotion by 1 point last season (despite being provided the opportunity to move up a division anyway – which we turned down).

We began the first weekend well beating a strong Avon side 7-4 despite not having the injured Bex. We then went to play Dorset (eventual division winners) who we knew would be strong and just missed out 6-5 but this was a strong performance.

The second weekend was without Andy and Bex so needed some players to fill in, up stepped Matilda and Sol and Jamie shared the doubles. This was a mixed weekend for the squad as we hammered Devon thirds 10-1 but went down very disappointingly to Wiltshire 8-3.

The final weekend the first team were up to a full complement of players and on the Saturday, this showed. Some very dominant displays saw Gloucestershire beat Berkshire 8-3 (winning 5 out of 6 of the 3 set matches) and Devon seconds 9-2. Going into the Sunday on the final day of the season, 5 teams were very evenly matched with only 5 points separating them, with opponents Worcestershire being one of them. This was always going to be a tough match with a few sore heads and bodies in the team. We eventually went down 6-5 despite some very close matches.

Overall this was a very enjoyable and positive season – if not a bit bizarre being 2 points off the top spot yet finishing 5th in the table. Compliments to Chris Hotchen who was the best performer in the league for the second year running winning 14 of his 15 matches – he always loses one on the final Sunday of the league. This was a real squad effort this season where every player contributed and it was a pleasure to be a part of.

Gloucestershire 2nd Team Report  2017/18

The team finished 6th (out of 8) and will remain in Division 3 for next season.

The 2nd team this year was represented by:

Men: Henry Jones, Joe Honeybone, Jon Horsfield, James Read (Captain), Adam Watts, with Dom Jones and Gav Townley filling in as substitutes on the final weekend

Ladies: Emily Witham, Mandy Joiner, Joanna Gresty, Vivi Jennings-Trace, Ceri Evans, with Matilda Tierney and Isla Townley joining the team on the final weekend.

Report: If last year was anything to go by – this year was going to be a division split by the smallest of margins. The first weekend played out as if it was an extension of last season – a 6-5 win over Dorset, and a 6-5 loss against Somerset – nothing to split the field, just a good set of competitive matches. Particular credit to Vivi Jennings-trace who won her first senior county singles match, and a marked overall improvement in singles for the team, as we took all 3 men’s matches against Somerset. At 5-5, an unfortunate knee injury sustained by Mandy Joiner resulted in a walkover for Somerset – in what would have otherwise been a competitive and winnable match

The 2nd weekend saw a heavier defeat against a strong Worcestershire side (3-8), but continued to show promise amongst the juniors, with Vivi once again winning her singles, and Ceri Evans winning a hard fought 3-ended ladies doubles, partnered with the experienced Emily Prankard. A strong performance by Adam Watts helped us pinch a point in the doubles.  A subsequent close 6-5 loss to Cornwall pushed us the wrong direction down the table, but underlined the strength and consistency across men’s doubles, and mixed pairs. Notable mention goes to Henry Jones who was drafted in to play all 3 events, due to several injuries among the senior players – winning both the doubles and mixed.

After being competitive across the first 4 matches, it was a stark situation finding ourselves at the bottom of the table going into the final weekend. The first match was against an almost unrecognisable Avon 3rd team, who were clearly on a mission to seek promotion and had fielded a near-unbeatable team. The resulting 11-0 defeat was still however a shock and disappointment, and we assumed had sealed our fate in the battle for relegation. HOWEVER…. A strong showing and a 6-5 win against Hampshire, leaving just 3 points between the bottom 3 gave us hope. With credit to Joe Honeybone and Gav Townley for taking impressive singles wins, and to Joanna Gresty and Mandy Joiner, who once again proved they are a formidable pairing in the ladies doubles. Myself and Isla sealed the final mixed match to take the win.

Going into the final match, we needed to pick up 8 points against Guernsey, and hope that Hampshire took no more than 5 against Avon.  Thankfully Guernsey were travelling with a diminished team due to their key players playing in the Commonwealth games.  We capitalised on this early, with both Jon Horsefield, Dom Jones and Matilda Tierney taking critical early singles matches. Myself and Adam, Joe and Jon, & Mandy and Joanna continued the run taking 3 out of the following 4 doubles, with Joe and Emily sealing the 8 points we needed in the final mixed.

All that was left was to check the Hampshire-Avon score. To our delight Avon were giving a Hampshire a real thumping, which meant we just had to check if we’d done the maths right. Lacking the qualified oversight of our in-house mathematician Henry Jones, we all gathered around a calculator and nodded at each other enthusiastically, coming to the conclusion that we had indeed spared ourselves from relegation, and achieved what had appeared to be the impossible! Whilst we can’t be happy that our battle played out for us at the bottom of the table – we can be heartened and proud that we overcame adversity, performed superbly as a team and won the battle for survival!

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