Speed and deception seals singles title for David

David Boxall

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There was an international flavour to this year’s Eastbourne badminton tournament.

Players from as far afield as Brunei, South Korea and Hastings competed for the title.

The ages of contestants was just as wide spread; 15 being the youngest and 70+ the oldest!

The round robin format saw each pair playing all the others in their group with some tightly contested matches.

The men’s consisted of two groups of 16 players, the winners and runners-up of each progressing to the KO stages.

Howard Gill, who was undefeated in his seven matches, won group A. Runner-up was Howard’s younger brother, Evan. The match between these two was a fine example of the game, full of high-speed smashes, deceptive drops and net play.

Howard shaded the match 21-19. In group B, David Boxall headed for the semi-final unbeaten, his toughest game being against Michael Braccutti, who, despite playing too little these days, took 17 points from David.

The semi-finals consisted of Howard Gill, who beat Oliver Penver 21-19, and David Boxall, who progressed 21-17 against Evan Gill.

The final was a great match for singles fans with the younger player, David, showing huge promise and maturity. His weight of shot, speed around the court and great deception proved too much for Howard, David’s 21-16 win being well earned.

In the ladies singles Sam Huggett received the trophy after beating Elissa Seddon 2-0.

Mixed doubles group A winners: Sam Huggett and William Brownhill, Runners-up: Wendy Gill and Andrew Leggett.

Group B winners: Elissa Seddon and William Savage. Runners-up: Sally Morris and Richard Eborn. Group C winners: Marion Devine and Stuart Charmers. Runners-up: Annika Soovere and Eddie Kumar.

Group D Winners: Samantha Leakey and Jamie Rand. Runners-up: Jenny Hutchinson and Peter Daubney.