The League, formed in 1952, is based in Exeter and provides competitive badminton for clubs in the area. The season usually starts in September and ends in April. Some clubs do, however continue to play socially throughout the summer months...

Ethan hunts down Sidmouth to open up 2B title race

 Queens A start 2017 with a healthy 12 point lead at the top of Division 1.They overcame Ringswell A 8-1 in style, with Zac Phillips/Sarah Preece and Jamie Roberton/Bronya Pike unbeaten and Hannah Preece and her partner Darren Frisby winning 2. In a match of family fortunes, the Preece sisters, Hannah and Sarah, came out winners over the Owens family of Suzanne, Sam and Callum, when Queens A beat Exeter A by an 8-1 scoreline.Exeter A made a late replacement to their starting line up for the match against Sidmouth A. Callum Owens stepped in to replace Mark Trebble and help Exeter A to a 7-2 win.Exeter B edged a thriller – 6-3 – against Ringswell A. Theresa Ford in her first match of the season for Exeter, partnered Callum Owens to 3 wins. This included an epic 21-17, 16-21, 24-22 win over Ringswell’s top pair Jess Hill and Ian Walsh.Exeter A came out on tops in their in-house derby, beating their B team

David Pearson

  The League Committee are very sorry to hear that one of their Life Members, David Pearson, passed away in November. Dave started playing in the Exeter and District Badminton League with the All Saints Badminton Club in Exmouth in 1957 in their men’s team and the following season All Saints entered a mixed team in the league. The All Saints Club folded at the end of the 1966-67 season but that year their men’s team: Dave Pearson & Bill Davis, John Dixon & John Milford, Dave Prince & John Tozer were proud winners of the Division 1 Championship. Dave was also a member of the Cranford Club in Exmouth who joined the League in 1958 and he was their badminton secretary for many, many years. When All Saints folded most their members joined the Cranford Club and Cranford became one of the strongest clubs in the league over the next two decades.Dave was a very popular player both on and off the court and on

Ho, Ho, Ho.....It's Christmas!

 In Division 3A Sidmouth B travelled 2000 miles to Chulmleigh.However Chulmleigh are rocking around the Christmas tree celebrating a 7-2 win over Sidmouth. It was a fairytale of Chulmleigh as the bells continue to ring out for Mat Older and Martin Griffiths (3), John Down and Adrian Bourner (2) and Paul Smith and Andy Horsell (2). Sidmouth’s Saviours on the day were Graham Baker and William Amos. On the fifth day of Christmas Sidmouth B gave themselves 5 gold points, beating Honiton B 5-4. Captain Graham Baker said “Last match we gave them a win, this time to save us from tears we gave it something special!” Graham was so pleased with the win he treated his team to Mistletoe and Wine after the match! Queens C are wishing it could be Christmas everyday after winning their 1st match of the season – They put the stuffing into St Leonards C winning 6-3.I

Ladies Report 2

 In Division 1,  Queens' Sarah Preece, Bronya Pike, Jenny Madison and Mandy Raasch-Sotinwa dropped just one game when they beat Exeter B 6-0.   Queens top the league at this point having dropped just three points when they drew with Ringswell A. In Division 2,  Otter Vale A's Teresa Simic, June Goode,  Heather Rake and Anne Drury convincingly beat Ringswell B 5-1. Ringswell B's point was deservedly  earned by Anne Jones and Di Brooker in the only rubber that was decided in three ends.St Leonards B's Nikki Anslow, Laura Britton, Jess Hand, and Ruth McClelland showed their strength when they beat Otter Vale B 6-0. Despite the scoreline, long rallies all round were reported (and no-one hit the little sparrow that got in!).Having played only two matches so far this season, St Leonards A top Division 2, one point ahead of St Leonards B and the rest of the division who have all played three matches.  

League Composition 2016/2017

The League composition for the 2016/2017 season will be decided when the League Committee meets on Wednesday 21st September. Secretaries are reminded that they MUST submit their League Entries and Club Details paperwork to Helen Potter, by 6pm on Saturday 17th September at the latest.  See downloadable version below.  The League's Fixtures Meeting will take place on Thursday 29th September at The Coaver Club, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter from 7.00pm.

Sam has double success at League Tournament

 There was a double success for Sam Owens at this year’s Exeter and District Badminton League’s Annual Tournament.  Sam won the doubles with his brother, Callum, and mixed doubles title with his mother, Suzanne.The new Men’s Singles champion is Zac Phillips who defeated the number one seed, Sam Owens, in his semi-final match and the holder and number two seed, Jamie Roberton, in the final. Jamie faced tough opposition from Nathan Scase in his semi-final match before winning 21-11 in the third set.There was a shock defeat for the 2014 champions and number one seeds, Jamie Roberton and Zac Phillips in the first round of the Mens Doubles when they were beaten 21-13, 7-21, 21-19 by their clubmates, Lloyd Skinner and Alex Moir. Skinner and Moir had another tough match in their semi-final against Geoff Littler and Sam Lees, this time lo

Queens are the 2016 Knockout Winners

The finals of the 2016 Knockout Competition were held at the Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter on Saturday 5th March.  In the main event Queens (-14) beat Otter Vale (+7) by 45 points.  In the plate final, Ringswell B (+9) beat Honiton (+9) by 57 points. 

Saints stars Brewer and Midmer are Masters Mixed Champs

 10 pairs took part in the 2016 Mixed Masters Handicapped Tournament. The Pairs were split into 2 groups, played on a round robin basis, with the winner of each Group progressing to a Final. Di Brooker and Brian Jeary of Ringswell (+1) took full control of their group and booked their spot in the final by winning 7 out of 8 games, dropping only 2 points in the process. Clyst Vales Nicola Martin and Steve Thompson (Scr) being the only pair to beat them in the group stages. The other half of the draw was wide open with no one pair winning all their games. The winner of the group was decided in the match between Kay Brewer/Adrian Midmer of St Leonards (-12) and Julie Frost of Sidmouth and her partner Paul Owens of Ringswell (-9). In a pulsating game of high quality badminton, Kay and Adrian won the first game 21-15, and Julie and Paul fought back to win the second game 21-19. The St Leonards pair finished top of the group wi

Hat trick of wins for Andy Rowe in Masters Tournament

 The 2015/2016 Masters Levels Tournament produced some thrillingly close badminton. The Mens event was played as a round robin event with 7 pairs. Andy Rowe of St Leonards won the title for the 3rd time, this year partnered with Phil Matthews also of St Leonards. The pair playing off a handicap of -3 played some fine badminton of stubborn defending mixed with attacking play on their way to winning 6 out of 7 games and a total score of 125 points. Last years winners Adrian Wijay and Adrian Midmer, also of St Leonards (-12) denied them a perfect record by scraping a 21-20 win. That win secured the runners up spot for them with a points tally of 113 points and 4 wins. The Chulmleigh pair of Adrian Bourner and Matt Raasch-Sotinwa (+8) secured 3rd place with 113 points, but won 1 fewer game than the 2nd placed pair. 3 Pairs contested the Ladies with last years winners Chulmleighs Michelle Wylde

No Strings Badminton: Social, Pay & Play Sessions

Need to brush up on your skills before joining a league Club?Weekly, social, pay and play badminton sessions are available at:Clifton Hill Sports Centre: Wednesdays 08:30 - 11:30 for the over 50sContact the venue for more information: 01392 253353Wonford Leisure Centre: Wednesdays 9 - 10:30 & 19:30 - 20:30Contact the venue for more information: 01392 253453Riverside: Wednesdays 9-11Contact the venue for more information: 01392 221771

Andy Rowe
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