Over 30 players took part in a special over 50’s North Tyneside social Badminton Tournament at John Spence Community High School. The tournament, organised by North Tyneside Badminton Partnership, was highly successful and enjoyed by all who took part.
The ages of the players ranged from 50 to 75 years old! Volunteers from the Partnership, which organises badminton activities across North Tyneside for players of all ages and abilities, and from Bewicke Badminton Club ensured that everything ran smoothly.
The matches were played in a really friendly yet competitive spirit. One of the regular tournament competitors commented:
As usual, I had a great time, with some really competitive games. It’s always so well organised and there was even a tub of chocolates that someone brought along. That’s my kind of tournament!!”
Sue Quick and Heather Ferris from Morpeth, playing for the first time in a North Tyneside Social Tournament, came out on top in the Ladies Doubles, winning all of their 5 matches in a group of 6 pairs. They defeated the runners-up, regular competitors Jo Donaldson and Lillian Allison, 21-13, and were worthy winners.
The other 2 doubles events produced a double champion in Derek Gilhespie. Derek and his partner Simon Entwistle, both regular competitors, defeated Richard Mullen and Ray Wynarczyk 21-11 in the final of the Men’s Doubles, after both pairs won their semi-finals comfortably.
The Mixed Doubles produced many close games. Derek Gilhespie collected his second winners’ trophy, with regular Mixed Doubles partner Jo Donaldson. They overcame Mike Turton and Honore Blenkinsopp 21-11 in the final.
One of the Ladies Doubles winners said:
Everyone was very welcoming. The games were played in a very good spirit.”
This perfectly sums up these social tournaments, which are fun and friendly yet competitive. The emphasis is always on enjoyment, and on providing an opportunity for social players to meet and play against different people.
Entry forms for the next North Tyneside Social Tournament, on Sunday 1st December, at John Spence Community High School are now available. The tournament is open to any social or casual players aged 14 and over.
Entry forms can be obtained from the tournament secretary by ringing 0191 2637686 or they’re also available in leisure centres in North Tyneside. The closing date for entries is Monday 25th November.