Welcome to the Ross Badminton Club website
We're a friendly club with about 40 regular players competing in the Hereford, Wyedean and Gloucester leagues. We train on Monday and Friday evenings from 7 - 10pm at John Kyrle High School on the edge of Ross-on-Wye.
‘Congratulations’ – it is that Eurovision time of year again, when Cliff first sang this song – apparently it was going to be called ‘I Think I Love you’ which doesn’t have quite the same ring about it does it ? But I digress (as usual!).
We have some congratulations to send of our own – first of all Lee and Katie had an 8lb 6oz baby on the 1st May called Grace, and second David and Audrey are getting married at the beginning of June – and we send our congratulations and love to all of them.
Some members have expressed a wish to attend one of the various AGMs. The dates are :
* Gloucester – 22nd April,
* Hereford – 30th May
* Wyedean – 3rd September
Please contact me if you would like any more information.
REMINDERS – just in case …………
There will be NO badminton on Good Friday and Easter Monday, play resuming on Friday, 10th April. The end of season tournament will be on our last day of the season, Friday 17th April, and an entry form will be available at club for you to sign next week.
Wyedean – Division 1
Jess reports on the last two Wyedean Division 1 matches – the first of these was at home on Friday 13th (!) against Five Acres A. Elin and Jess proved a solid pairing winning their game in two. Jess and Euan continued their vein of form, winning both their mixed games in two. Sadly Les from Five Acres had to retire due to injury, and so Elin and David only had to play one mixed game, which they won comfortably. All in all a good result, Ross winning 6-0.
The last match of the season was away against Broadlands B on the 19th March. Jess and Elin won in two, remaining undefeated all season. This time out it was a Ross player injured (luckily this time before the start of the match!) and Euan’s place was taken by Sam. The match was a close one. David and Sam won their mens, Elin and Sam won both their mixed, but although David and Jess won their first mixed, they lost their second game very closely, and this resulted in Ross winning 5-1.
Ross played very well all season, and looking at the score sheets, they actually won 90% of all their matches in only two ends. But sadly these excellent results couldn’t quite knock St Whites off the top spot, and Ross finally ended their season coming second, just three points behind St Whites.
(Editor’s Note – an excellent season for the team in only their first season together – they know what they have to do next season now !).
Ross B – Winners of Wyedean Division 3
Congratulations to Ross B who have won the division, with Five Acres C in second place. There is still a battle for third place in the division, with only 3 points separating Ross C, Lydney and Cinderford, but with Ross C having 2 games left to play.
So far as the individual standings are concerned, currently Elin is still in the lead on 93.3%, with Hannah in second on 88.9%, and Sam Watson from Wye third on 83.3%. In the mens table James is still at the top (sadly still wearing his St Whites & Monmouth hat) with 100%, Kieron is second with 95/8%, with Heath (Wye) and Graham (St Whites) tying in third place on 88.9%.
THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER !
Those of you who were at badminton on Monday, will know that the floor was in a very strange state when we arrived (understatement!). I left a message for the caretaker, and he came back to me yesterday. Because it was half term, he had arranged for the hall to be unlocked for us, but there was clearly no need for anyone to go inside.
Apparently what had happened was that someone had got into the hall over the weekend and extinguished (!) the dry fire extinguisher, and then even hung the empty extinguisher back up again so that it wasn’t obvious to anyone who might have checked. So far as the water everywhere is concerned, that is yet another mystery to be solved.
Bryan says that he is on the trail of the perpetrators, and if he finds out who they are not only will they have an £80 fee for the cost of refilling the extinguisher, but also a bill for the hours he had to put in cleaning the hall !
Anyway, clearly just one of those things, but apologies anyway to all.
Birthdays – a belated Happy Birthday to Ali who was 21 recently, and a Happy Birthday to Rhiannon, who is 17 today.
Wyedean – Division 1 – Ross A v St Whites A
Disappointing …………… Jess reports that the match last Monday against St Whites was a tough match, and probably the decider for the League One title.
David and Euan lost their mens in three games, but Jess and Elin won their Ladies 21-13, 21-7. David and Elin then won their first mixed match 23-21, 21-16, but Euan and Jess struggled in their first mixed match and lost 10-21, 15-21.
David and Elin took their second mixed match to 3, finally winning 15-21, 21-19 21-14, whilst Euan and Jess had a real battle in their second mixed game. They lost 20-22 in the first but came back from 15-20 in the second to win 22-20. The final game was similar, Euan and Jess found themselves chasing points. This time it was 14-20. Jess and Euan eventually lost 19-21. A very tense game of 11 game/match points. (Moral of the story…NEVER GIVE UP!)
The final outcome of the match was a draw – Ross 3 – St Whites 3.
Wyedean – Ross A v Broadlands B
Ross played Broadlands B on Friday 23rd January. Everyone played really well and not a single match went to three games, a first for the season.
David and Euan won their mens match 21-15 21-12. Jess and Elin won their ladies match 21-11, 21-17.
Euan and Jess won their first mixed match without going into double figures, 21-9 21-8. Their second match tested them a bit more but they won 21-19, 21-11. David and Elin won both their matches. Their scores were consistently low winning 21-13, 21-8 and 21-7, 21-14.
The next match is on 9th February against St Whites at Home. This is a very important match with Ross and St Whites fighting for the top spot. Ross lost Away against St Whites 4-2 before Christmas, so Ross will be trying very hard to reverse the score.