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 Once again a good turnout of players from Avon made their way to Hatfield for the English National Masters Championships. Joanna Elson again deserving of a mention as runner up at Women’s Doubles 70+ with Vicki Betts (Hampshire) and a semi-finalist at Mixed Doubles with Ken Tantum (Notts).

Penny Shears had the best results of the weekend achieving the runners up spot with regular Avon partner Cathy Alexander at Women’s Doubles 65+ (pictured above) and was also a finalist at Mixed Doubles 65+ with Bob Bell (Cornwall). Val O’Neill also playing at Women’s Doubles 65+ was a semi-finalist, losing out to the eventual winners with Janet Fletcher (Derbyshire), and at Mixed Doubles with Dave Chapman (Kent) was part of a 3-way tie at the group stages. Mike Cox played at 65+ Men’s Doubles with Jim Garrett (Kent), as did Derek Simmons and Chris Hockey (Surrey), both pairs failed to progress from a tough group which included the top seeds and eventual winners.  Julian Clapp had some close games at Men’s Doubles 60+ with Robin Wells (Kent) and at Mixed Doubles with Brenda Creasey (Surrey).

Ian Nicholls with Jenny Cox (Surrey) finished in runners up spot at Mixed Doubles 55+, having come through a tough semi-final then narrowly losing in the final 21-16, 22-20. Ian played in a scratch partnership at Men’s Doubles 55+ losing out at the group stage as did Gene Joyner with Dave Gribble.  Shirley Green with Sue Tooke (Hampshire) was in a tough group with the top seeds and eventual winners at Women’s Doubles 55+, and with Gene Joyner finished second in their Mixed Group to Ian and Jenny.  Cathy Jowett and Paul Chard also lost out to the top seeds and winners at Mixed Doubles 50+.

Val O'Neill


We are looking for Bristol Jets Volunteers for the upcoming National Badminton League season!

The Professional NBL has been a huge success across the country since its introduction in 2014 and this season the action is heading to Bristol. The newly formed Bristol Jets include some familiar faces from around the county and matches are sure to be fast paced and exciting! To make the home games a success, a group of volunteers is needed - which is where you come in. Volunteering could involve anything from being a match night helper, a steward, helping prepare the venue, or doing some marketing dressed as a mascot! There will be lots of things to choose from and we promise to look after our volunteers.

There will be 3 home matches across the season: January 9th, January 30th and February 6th.

So, if you would like to get involved and be a part of the Bristol Jets volunteer team then please speak to Ian Gorham, or email Lucy Manley by clicking below:

We look forward to hearing from you, thanks!"

We have now announced the fixtures for the 2016/17 National Badminton League season. The newly formed team have signed numerous players over the last couple of months and are excited and keen to take on competing teams.
Read the latest edition of the Bristol Jets Badminton newsletter, which includes how to register for tickets, information on players as well as match day information, by CLICKING HERE.
Bristol is the only city in the South West (and one of only 9 in the country) to have its own professional badminton team competing in the fast and furious National Badminton League (NBL), so support the Jets and make their first season a "smashing" success!! 
Thanks, Ian Gorham. Chairman Avon Badminton Association & Bristol Jets

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