The finals of the 49th Ipswich and District Badminton League (IDBL) Championships were played at Northgate Sports Centre with the finals of the veteransí tournaments also being played at the same time. Pride of place goes to Dan Moss (YMCA), who won a hat-trick of titles. He led the way, as eight players made their finals night debuts and some emerged as title winners.
The first match provided the most competitive encounter of the evening when last yearís runner up in the ladies singles, Emma Lee (Abbeygate), took on the challenge of Jo Tumilty (Ipswich). The match was evenly poised at one game all, but Lee pulled away in the later stages of the third game, winning 21-17 to win the trophy for the first time.
Moss won the first of his titles in the menís singles, where he defeated Gavin Coyne (YMCA). 15 year old Coyne battled hard but could not prevent his more experienced opponent from winning in two games.
In an all YMCA menís doubles final, Moss, partnered by David Poole came out on top winning 21-12, 22-20 to foil Paul Adderson and Miguel Solerís attempt to win an eighth title in this event.
With two pairs making their first appearance in the ladies doubles final, new winners were guaranteed. Linzi Chatfield and Mandy Davies from the Coastal Wanderers club came out on top, beating the YMCA pair of Suzanne Howes and Jo Poole by a comfortable margin.
The remarkable run of success for the YMCA pairing of Sue Poole and Soler, who had won the mixed doubles for the last nine seasons, finally came to an end in the last contest of the evening. They were beaten 21-18, 21-14 by Moss, completing his hat-trick of victories, and Amanda Newcombe (Stowmarket).
Menís Singles: Dan Moss beat Gavin Coyne 21-8, 21-16.
Ladies Singles: Emma Lee beat Jo Tumilty 18-21, 21-12, 21-17.
Menís Doubles: Dan Moss & David Poole beat Paul Adderson & Miguel Soler 21-12, 22-20.
Ladies Doubles: Linzi Chatfield & Mandy Davies beat Suzanne Howes & Jo Poole 21-11, 21-12.
Mixed Doubles: Amanda Newcombe & Dan Moss beat Sue Poole & Miguel Soler 21-18, 21-14.
Menís Singles: Sandy Taylor (Abbeygate) best Bob Chamberlain (Corinthians) 21-19, 21-16.
Menís Doubles: Mike Tee (YMCA) & Martin Waters (Corinthians) beat Paul Adderson & Peter Day (YMCA) 20-21, 21-17, 21-13.
Ladies Doubles: Sue Poole & Wendy Collins (YMCA) beat Pauline Tarbit & Sarah Taylor (Abbeygate) 21-15, 21-16.
Mixed Doubles: Sarah Taylor & Sandy Taylor beat Gill Harris (Corinthians) & Mike Tee 21-20, 12-21, 21-20.
The final of the Ipswich and District Badminton League Team Championships, for the Playford Trophy was played at Suffolk New College Sports Centre. For the first time in the 42 year history of the event, there was no outright winner and the trophy will be shared between the two teams, Felixstowe and Kesgrave, who both scored 317 points.
Kesgrave gained victories over Abbeygate, Gainsborough and Woodbridge to reach the final, with Felixstowe defeating Framlingham, who were last yearís runners-up, Battledores and Corinthians.
In an evening of closely contested badminton, there was little to choose between the two teams. Felixstowe had a nine point lead, going into the last match, but Paul McEvoy and Dan West of Kesgrave clawed back the deficit to leave honours even at 317 points each.
The match concluded a successful season for the two clubs with both having two of their sides promoted.
The teams were:
Katy Benns, Lucy Hornett, Ali Oxburrow, Mike Attwood, Andrew Cleveland and Sean Hastings.
Imogen Day, Sam Day, Jessie Eustace, Ryan Leggett, Paul McEvoy and Dan West.
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