Last Friday (13 Jan) saw the Levels Doubles disciplines of the Handicap Tournament for the 2016-17 season.  The competitors came together at Rudheath leisure centre to learn their handicaps and take to the court.

The ladies event was contested by 4 pairs (handicaps in brackets):
                Amber Tennant-Fry & Rachel Wellings (+6)
                Hannah Marks & Symone Dale (0)
                Ann Lewis & Charlotte Sherlock (+4)
                Jeanette Taylor & Maxine Brooks (0)

The event was contested in a group format with each match consisting of 2 games to 15 points.  In the end the experience of Ann and youthful energy of Charlotte proved to be a winning combination, 6 wins from 6 games.  The runners up were Hannah and Symone who won 3 and lost 3.

Congratulations to Ann Lewis and Charlotte Sherlock,  Ladies Double Handicap Champions 2016-17

The mens event saw 10 pairs compete, these were split into 2 groups

Group 1:
                Carl McGregor-Ogden & Manbun Lee (-1)
                John Hunter & James Burnham (-6)
                Mark McGlinchey & Paul Wilson (-2)
                Terry Naylor & Paul Evans (+3)
                Matthew Simmons & Grant Major (+8)

Group 2:
                Tony Dutton & Elliot Hesp (-2)
                Steve Moore & Lee McKenna (-2)
                Jez Touch & Jack Raiswell (-8)
                Ben Barker & George Pettitt (+3)
                Josh Millington & Dave Lee (-2)

Within each group all pairs would play each other in one game to 15 points.  The top placed team from each group would then face each other in the final.

Group 1 saw the heaviest handicapped team of John and James come through – not unbeaten though, Carl and Manbun did beat them.  The rest of the group was very even with 3 pairs having an identical record of 2 wins and 2 losses.

Group 2 had a very similar outcome with the winners, Ben and George, having a record of 3 wins and 1 loss (to Steve and Lee).  Again there were 3 pairs with 2 wins and 2 losses.

The final then would see the experience of John and James (-6) take on the youth of Ben and George (+3).  It all started so well for John and James with them eradicating the handicap deficit by the change of ends, 5-5.  It didn't look good for the youngsters but the break saw them re-energise and take the fight to John and James.  A proper ding-dong battle followed and delivered us to the perfect position of 14-14, next point wins, with John and James serving.  The tension in the hall was palpable and the final rally ended with Ben and George taking the victory after the experienced pair drove the shuttle out the back of the court.  A great final which was a great advert for badminton in Crewe and District.

Congratulations to Ben Barker and George Pettitt,  Mens Double Handicap Champions 2016-17.

All in all a good night was had by everyone, no-one left without winning a game and the handicaps meant that there were a host of very close games, including the final!

Please remember that the Mixed event has been moved to 3 Feb and it is not too late to enter.  If you are interested contact Tony Marks, or 07870 125043.  Please ensure you receive confirmation of your entry to avoid issues with junk mail etc.