BADMINTON: Park kick off season with impressive victory
2:19pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
PARK BC began the new Bolton Badminton League season with an encouraging 14-4 victory at Westhoughton BC B team’s new Lowton High School venue.
Park who finished fourth in the B Section last season made a determined start when mother and son duo, Tina and Matt Boyes, took the first two games 21-19, 21-14 against Westhoughton’s number one couple of Lesley Bates and John Cole.
Then it was the turn of Park’s second mother and son duo, Barbara and Tom Gillett, who, along with Matt, is an up-and-coming youngster in the developing group of the Bolton Performance Centre.
They won their two games 21-12, 21-14 against Lisa Wintle and James Lawson, Westhoughton’s second couple.
Mandy Gow and Stephen Dixon, Westhoughton’s third couple split their two games in a very tight first game 24-22, and Park’s Barbara Nowell and Phil Pilling won the next 21-15.
Allowing Westhoughton only three more games, Park continued to dominate, winning all their ladies’ games.
It is always hard, and especially so at the start of a season when two teams from the same club meet, as happened when Moorside C played Moorside B in D Section, the B team winning 12-6.
Moorside C, the home team on the night, with first couple, Sylvia Cockram and Stuart Hall splitting their games 21-12, and Amanda Bracegirdle and Phil Wignall, the B team’s second couple, taking the second 21-8.
The C team’s second couple, Jean Gooddy and Stephen Barton, also split their games 21-14 and the B team’s first couple, Judith Parker and Mike Ollerton won the second 21-11.
The B team’s third couple, Rhian Vickers and Alan Parkinson, won both their games 21-16, 21-17 against Jane Whelan and Jamie Belton.
The first pair of the ladies’ doubles games were split when the C team’s Sylvia Cockram and Jane Whelan won the first to 21-18 with Rhian Vickers and Judith Parker claiming the second 21-13.
The B team’s Alan Parkinson and Mike Ollerton won both their men’s games, 21-15, 21-13 against Stuart Hall and Jamie Belton.
The final four games were split between both teams.