Tournaments

14th East Sussex Junior Badminton Championships – 2018

Sunday 13th saw the 14th Annual East Sussex Junior Championships.  The event moved to Hailsham Community College, with its excellent facilities especially the viewing gallery for parents.  This event is aimed at those players who are not selected for the County teams.  Once more the tournament ran to a very tight schedule and only ran over schedule by 30 minutes.  We had a total of 37 entrants from across East Sussex. 28/9 boys/girls.  A total of 96 games were played over eight hours.

Presentations were made by William Brown, Chairman of East Sussex Badminton.  This was also the sixth year of presenting the Kevin Marquiss Award, made in honour of Kevin, one of the Association’s founders who sadly passed away eight years ago with cancer.  This year it was awarded to Alice Archer (Rye) one of our U15 players.  This award is made from all the squad coaches’ nominations, combining their players and based upon attendance, attitude, ability and personality.

The morning session was for the U11 & U13 age groups plus an U17 Mixed doubles group.  In the afternoon it was the turn of the U15 and U17 age groups.  The results were that 23 out of 32 of the trophies were taken by players from the ESJBA squads.  This year there was a much smaller entry across all ages with still an enormous shortage lack of girls playing the sport.

RESULTS

U11

Singles:  WINNER:  ELIZABETH COLLIS Burwash  R/U: FINN DAVENPORT St Leonards

3rd Place: DAVID NEESAM Eastbourne

U13

 Boys Singles:   WINNER: HARRY SOUTHERN Eastbourne   R/U: ARJUN KOLANI St. Leonards

‘Plate’:  WINNER: AARON DU FEU Ashurst Wood R/U: AARON ADAMS  Bexhill

Boy’s Doubles: WINNER: HARRY SOUTHERN/MATTHEW MORGAN Eastbourne /Vines Cross

                          R/U: JACK HAMMOND/HARVEY JAMES Heathfield/Stonecross

U15

  Boys Singles: WINNER: TOM WILKIESON Ickenham R/U: RYAN BURDETT St. Leonards

‘Plate’: WINNER: CALUM CORNEY Eastbourne R/U: MARK SAUNDERS Heathfield

Boys Doubles: WINNER: MARK SAUNDERS/TOM WILKIESON Heathfield/Icklesham

                         R/U: RYAN BURDETT/TRISTAN HYLAND St. Leonards/ St. Leonards

‘Girls Singles:  WINNER: GEORGIA THOMAS Eastbourne R/U: GRACE TYE Heathfield

U18

Boys Singles:     WINNER:  JAMES PICKERING Hastings R/U: BRADLEY LYNAM Polegate

‘Plate’:   WINNER: MATTHEW LAING Eastbourne R/U: PRITVY SHANKER Stone Cross

Boys Doubles:  WINNER: TOBY DE GARSTON/JAMES PICKERING Westfield/Hastings

R/U: BRADLEY LYNAM/HARRY SOUTHERN Polegate/Eastbourne

Mixed Doubles:    WINNER: JESSICA NEWBERRY/TOBY DE GARSTON St Leonards/ Westfield

R/U: ABBEY SPENCER/BRADLEY LYNAM St. Leonards /Polegate

Underlining indicates ESJBA players

4th Annual ESJBA Team Challenge Event – Sunday 22nd April 2018

This event is organised as a 4-way team competition in two age groups; U15 and U18.  Badminton clubs from across Sussex were invited and teams from ESJBA, Worthing Juniors, Felbridge BC and St Johns BC entered.  The event is styled on the ex-NBL competition where each team of 6 (3 boys and 3 girls) plays one match against the other 3 teams with the result being decided as the best of 5 games – boy’s and girl’s singles, mixed doubles and boy’s and girl’s doubles.  To increase the tension the teams can use a “power play” shuttle in each game to claim 2 points if they win a chosen point.

The event as always provided some exciting and competitive badminton.  ESJBA had teams in both age groups, and this year, proved a little too strong for the other teams, winning all their matches.  Trophies were awarded to the winning teams who will be asked back next season to defend their trophy!   A special thanks to the coaches and helpers from WJ, St Johns and Felbridge/Forest for their help on the day and making the event so enjoyable for the players involved. Any clubs wishing to take part please contact us for details of this annual event.

TEAM Challenge Event Results 2018

U15 Winners – ESJBA (Tom Wilkieson, Harry Southern, Tristan Hyland, Alice Archer, Alice Shephard, Grace Tye)

U15 Runners Up –  Worthing Juniors (James Colcombe, Josh Farley, Drew Hammersley, Yohansa Bandaranayake, Mille Whiteside, Lily Wingrove)

U18 Winners – ESJBA #1 (Jessica Newberry, Sahara Moshref, Abbey Spencer, Alex Pusey, Bradley Lynam, Matt Laing)

U15-17 Runners Up – ESJBA #2 (Zara Hyland, Georgia Thomas, Grace Shephard, Nathan Davidson, Ryan Burdett, Mark Saunders)

4th Annual ESJBA Team Challenge Event

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Curtis and Alfie – U 12 winners at the Mid-Sussex Tournament

Annual Xmas ‘Fun-Day’ 2017

On Sunday morning 17th December, over 60 players including parents swooped into the Heathfield Leisure Centre for our annual Pre-Christmas ‘fun-day’.  Teams comprised of player and parent or coach and were formed into four groups, each having to play everyone in their group with an overall group winner.  We saw parents, grandparents, ex-members and even friends of the players taking part and thoroughly enjoying a morning of mixed play.  Games were very competitive – mostly from the parents, and there was an abundance of seasonal jumpers and headgear supported by all.

Presentations were made by William Brown, Chairman of the Association, with refreshments organised by Anita Saunders, the treasurer, for all to partake and celebrate another good year with the coaches and committee members.

The pictures show some of the group winners alongside Best Christmas Jumper winners Elizabeth and Ryan.

Yes, they’re all mine

Winning combination

Curtis & grandad

Tom & mum

Finn & dad

Sahara and Josh

Ryan and Elizabeth

Nifty footwork

Jingle bells!

Martin and Sean

Lekham and dad

I’m back

Jessica and Alex

Jack and mum

Jevon & Callum

Is it an elf or a leprechaun?

13th East Sussex Junior Restricted Badminton Championships – 2017

Sunday 12th saw the 13th Annual East Sussex Junior Championships.  Once more the event was held at the 6-court University of Brighton Sports Centre, Falmer.  This event is aimed at those players who are not selected for the County teams.  Once more the tournament ran to a very tight schedule and managed to complete ahead of schedule.  We had a total of 44 entrants from across East Sussex. 34/8 boys/girls.  A total of 225 games were played over 7½ hours.

Presentations were made by William Brown, Chairman of East Sussex Badminton.  This was also the fifth year of presenting the Kevin Marquiss Award, made in honour of Kevin, one of the Association’s founders who sadly passed away eight years ago with cancer.  This year it was awarded to Parisé Lockwood (Heathfield) one of our U18 players.  This award is made from all the squad coaches’ nominations, combining their players and based upon attendance, attitude, ability and personality.

The morning session was for the U11 & U13 age groups plus an U15 Mixed doubles group.  In the afternoon it was the turn of the U15 and U18 age groups.  The results were that 24 out of 39 of the trophies were taken by players from the ESJBA squads.  Once more we saw a much larger entry in the middle aged groups with a considerably low number of U11’s coming through and an enormous lack of girls across the board.  The U18 Girl’s featured Charlotte Foord, from St. Leonards-on-Sea, who has entered every year since 2011 and consistently won a trophy every year. We also saw the return of Dhanush Thiagaraj from Stonecross, for the second year, who also first appeared in 2011 but ‘missed out’ for two years due to his selection into the County Squads.

Winners and runner-ups for the tournament were: –

RESULTS

U11

Boys Singles:  WINNER:  ARJUN KOLANI St. Leonards-on-sea  R/U: CURTIS LYNAM Polegate

U13

 Boys Singles:   WINNER: MAX WARREN Brighton   R/U: HARRY SOUTHERN Stone Cross

‘Plate’:  WINNER: OLIVER WILLIAMS Eastbourne R/U: AARON ADAMS  Bexhill

Boy’s Doubles: WINNER: AMEYA SANGLE/HARRY SOUTHERN St Leonards/Stone Cross

                          R/U: ALEX CIOBANU-NEESAM/MAX WARREN Eastbourne/Brighton

U15

 Girls Singles:  WINNER: ABBEY SPENCER Hastings R/U:  LUCY MEACHER Uckfield

Boys Singles: WINNER: DHANUSH THIAGARAJ Stone Cross R/U:MATTHEW LAING Pevensey

‘Plate’: WINNER: DANIEL KAVANAGH Lewes  R/U: PRITVEY SHANKER Stone Cross

Boys Doubles: WINNER: CAMERON COOPER/DHANUSH THIAGARAJ Burgess Hill/Stone Cross

                         R/U: CHARLIE RUSSELL/MATTHEW LAING Tidebrook/Pevensey

‘Plate’:   WINNER: FINLAY ROBERTS / PRITVEY SHANKER Heathfield/Stone Cross

R/U: SAMUEL FARLEY/MARK SAUNDERS Brighton/Heathfield

Mixed Doubles: WINNER: GEORGIA THOMAS/BRADLEY LYNAM Eastbourne/Polegate

R/U: ABBEY SPENCER/RYAN BURDETT Hastings/St. Leonards-on-Sea

U18

Boys Singles:     WINNER: BRADLEY LYNAM Polegate R/U: RYAN HOBBS Uckfield

‘Plate’:   WINNER: ALEX PUSEY Eastbourne R/U: JACOB FORWARD Hartfield

Girls Singles:  WINNER: CHARLOTTE FOORD St Leonards 2nd: JESSICA NEWBERRY  St Leonards 3rd: PARISĔ LOCKWOOD Heathfield

Boys Doubles:  WINNER: BRADLEY LYNAM/ ALEX PUSEY Polegate/Eastbourne

R/U: NATHAN DAVIDSON/RYAN HOBBS Hartfield/Uckfield

Christmas Fun-Day 2016

With our annual organiser, Martin lying on a beach in sunnier climes, the task of organising this year’s event was taken on by former Chairman, Bruce and assistant coach, Rosa. Once more the turnout was excellent with over 30, players and parents taking part, alongside coaches and committee members.

Group winners were:  Curtis + Dad (Stuart) Photo-bombed by younger brother; Lekham + Dad; Pritvit + Dad; Bradley + Dad (Glenn)

Winners of the Christmas Jumpers were:-  Lara + Jack Hammond (Quite honestly it was Rosa’s own that was best).It was also birthdays for Alex Neesam + Curtis Lynam, so special cakes were presented to a round of choral greetings.

It was only last year that Rosa was a member of the U18 squad and already assisting at the other squads, this year she has been assisting Martin in Eastbourne and now becoming an active member of the committee with running our Christmas event. Well done Rosa.

2016 – Invitation Team Challenge

On Sunday 8th May we hosted the second Invitation Team Challenge competition. This was so successful last year that the response from other clubs meant that this year’s event hosted three other clubs alongside the Esjba teams.

The event was divided into two age groups, U11-13 and U15-17 with four teams in each. The games started off at a pace as two of the teams were involved last year and were well prepared for the format. The use of the ‘Power-play’ shuttle became evident by the active contributions from the team mangers/coaches. The introduction of the ‘Power Play’ shuttle was taken by all teams and for many made the deciding result of a match. The day ran to an extremely well calculated timescale, once more by Eastbourne Coach, Martin Bilton and finishing 15 minutes ahead of schedule. The finals’ places in both age groups were decided by the last games with each group going down to the wire with equal matches and a count back on games. The results for both groups were as follows:

U11-13’s 1st Lewes , 2nd ESJBA, 3rd Worthing, 4th St. Johns
U15-17’s 1st Lewes, 2nd St. Johns, 3rd ESJBA, 4th Worthing

East Sussex Tournament – 2016

Sunday 20th saw the 11th Annual East Sussex Junior Championships. For the third year the event was held at the 6-court University of Brighton Sports Centre, Falmer. This event is aimed at those players who are not selected for the County teams. Once more the tournament ran to a very tight schedule and managed to complete 15 minutes ahead of schedule. We had a total of 59 entrants from across East Sussex. 48/11 boys/girls. A total of 205 games were played over 7½ hours.

Presentations were made by William Brown, Chairman of East Sussex Badminton. This was also the fifth year of presenting the Kevin Marquiss Award, made in honour of Kevin, one of the Association’s founders who sadly passed away eight years ago with cancer. This year it was awarded to Cameron Matthews (Heathfield) one of our U13 players. This award is made from all the squad coaches’ nominations, combining their players and based upon attendance, attitude, ability and personality.

The morning session was for the U11 & U13 age groups plus an U17 Mixed doubles group. In the afternoon it was the turn of the U15 and U17 age groups.  The results were that 24 out of 56 of the trophies were taken by players from the ESJBA squads. This year there was a very large entry in the middle aged groups with a low number of U11’s coming through and an enormous lack of girls across the board.

RESULTS

U11

Boys Singles:  WINNER:  ARJUN KOLANI St. Leonards  R/U: CURTIS LYNAM Heathfield

‘Plate’ WINNER: JACK HAMMOND  Heathfield  R/U OLIVER WILLIAMS Eastbourne

Boys Doubles: WINNER: CURTIS LYNAM/JACK HAMMOND Polegate/Heathfield

R/U: ALEX CIOBANU /ARJUN KOLANI Eastbourne/St Leonards

3rd Place: JACOB WILLIAMS/OLIVER WILLIAMS Eastbourne

U13

 Boys Singles:   WINNER: CAMERON MATTHEWS Heathfield   R/U: LUKE PEEL Eastbourne

‘Plate’:  WINNER: RYAN BURDETT St Leonards R/U: JOSHUA SAJI-MATHEW  Bexhill

U13 Girls Singles: Winner: GEORGIA THOMAS   R/U: HANNAH JEBB Eastbourne

Boy’s Doubles: WINNER: TRISTAN HYLAND/RYAN BURDETT St Leonards/St Leonards

                      R/U: LUKE PEEL/CAMERON MATTHEWS Eastbourne/Heathfield

‘Plate’ WINNER: DANIEL KAVANAGH/THOMAS SHAW Lewes/Lewes

R/U: MARK SAUNDERS/BEN CHEVASSUT Heathfield/Isfield

U15

  Boys Singles: WINNER: SETH TURNER Barcombe R/U:DHANUSH THIAGARAJ Stonecross

‘Plate’: WINNER: SAM HOODLESS Hassocks  R/U: LOUIS BIOLETTI Lewes

Boys Doubles: WINNER: BRADLEY LYNAM/DHANUSH THIAGARAJ Polegate/Stonecross

                      R/U: SAM HOODLESS/CAMERON MATTHEWS Hassocks/Lewes

‘Plate’:   WINNER: JOEL PENROSE/TOM SHINEBOURNE Lewes/Lewes

 R/U: FINLAY ROBERTS/MARK SAUNDERS Heathfield/Heathfield

U17

Boys Singles:     WINNER:  THOMAS PICKERING Hastings R/U: SAMUEL SAHAMI Brighton

‘Plate’:   WINNER: KIERAN JOHNSON Portslade R/U: AARON BROWN Eastbourne

Girls Singles:  WINNER: CHARLOTTE FOORD St Leonards R/U: JESSICA NEWBERRY St Leonards

Boys Doubles:  WINNER: ADRIAN SAHAMI/THOMAS PICKERING Brighton/Hastings

R/U: KIERAN JOHNSON/SAMUEL SAHAMI Portslade/Brighton

Mixed Doubles:    WINNER: CHARLOTTE FOORD/THOMAS PICKERING  St Leonards/Hastings

R/U: AMY FINES/KIERAN JOHNSON Lewes/Portslade

(Underlining indicates ESJBA players)