St Clements Badminton Club, Oxford

New Location for 2016-17 Season

St Clements will be moving from Cheney School to Matthew Arnold School,¬†Arnold’s Way, Oxford, OX2 9JE for the forthcoming 2016-17 season.

We are always looking for new members and new players are welcome to come along as visitors to try us out. Our first club night of the new season will be on Wednesday 7th September 2016 from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Summer Singles 2016

During our very popular summer club in May and June this year we held our annual summer singles tournament open to all summer club members.

The ten players were organised into two qualifying groups with the top two going through to the semi-finals.

Group A saw Nick go through as top of the group after 4 wins out of 4. Dan went through in second place after a vital 21-16 win over Alexandra. In Group B, Steve secured a narrow 22-20 over David in his first game before going through as undefeated group winner. The battle for second came down to a tight game between David and Jonathan, which was unfortunately marred by a nasty ankle injury to Jonathan. David eventually winning 21-16.

In the semi-finals Steve ran out a 21-12 winner over Dan and Nick secured a place in the final for the third time after a tight 21-18 win over David. David then secured a deserved third place with a 21-13 win over Dan.

The final was played as a best of 3 games. It was a very closely fought contest throughout. Eventually youth was victorious over experience(!) with Nick winning his first summer singles final, beating Steve 21-18, 22-20.

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Many thanks to everyone who took part.

New League Players Welcome Especially for Ladies Doubles

We are running 4 teams in the Oxfordshire Badminton League this season. New players who are interested in playing competitive badminton are always welcome. Matches start in October so just come along to our club nights during September. There are lots of opportunities to get involved.

In particular, we would welcome new players for our Ladies Doubles team. After remaining unbeaten throughout 2014-15 they are now in Division 2 and would welcome new players to add to their squad.

Ladies Doubles Team Promoted as League Structures for 2015-16 Published

The Oxfordshire Badminton League recently published the league structures for the forthcoming 2015-16 season. St Clements Ladies Doubles team enjoyed an unbeaten season during 2014-15 in Division 3, securing 9 wins and a draw in their 10 fixtures. They have been rewarded with promotion to Division 2.

Our Mens Doubles team remain in Division 3 of their competition, the Mixed Doubles stay in Division 4, whilst our 3D team drop down to Division 3.

Summer Singles 2015

During our popular Summer Club we again held a fun singles tournament open to any summer club members. Entrants were organised into two qualifying groups with the top two players in each going through to the semi-finals.

Summer Singles winner David Doan (right) with runner-up Nick Abitabile (left)

Summer Singles winner David Doan (right) with runner-up Nick Abitabile (left)

Group A saw David Doan and Jonathan Treadgold qualify, whilst Group B was won by Nick Abitabile with Matt Bramall finishing second. The semi-finals saw David beat Matt 21-10 and then Nick won a hard fought encounter against Jonathan 21-16.

The final was best of 3 games and despite putting up a brave fight in the second game, Nick was no match for the youthful David who came through 21-7, 21-17.

Thanks to everyone who took part.

Recent Results – A win for Mixed A but losses for Men and 3D

After winning their first league fixture of the season, Mens A went down to a heavy 8-1 defeat away to Abingdon B on Friday 10th October. Unavailability of key players gave opportunities for both Will Treadwell and Tim Claridge to make their first match appearances of the season. Unfortunately the opposition, who were playing in Division 2 last season were too strong. Rohit and Alex did secure a victory against their second pair and Dan and Steve squandered a series of match points against the same pair but ended up losing all 3 rubbers.

Our 3D team were also hit by injury and unavailability and were indebted to Jayne Wallace stepping in to play at the last minute. A creditable performance against Leys A on Wednesday 8th October saw them go down 287-209.

Mixed A made it two wins out of two with a comprehensive 7-2 win at home to Long Crendon on Wednesday 15th October. Alexandra and Alex Cousins made light work of all three of their rubbers and were well-supported by Steve and Alison and Nick and Frances who also secured two wins each.

A busy week of matches lies ahead with Mixed A away to Pegasus tomorrow, Mens A home to Windrush D on Wednesday and 3D A away to Wallingford A on Thursday evening.