Well Done to GB Badminton Bronze Medallists

 

British pair Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis fought hard and produced some brilliant Badminton to claim Olympic Bronze for Team GB in the men’s doubles Badminton – what a fantastic match, and what an awesome achievement!

See the full story here http://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/landingpage.asp?section=6404§ionTitle=Olympic+bronze+for+Langridge+and+Ellis

 

Mereway Badminton club are currently running our summer club, every Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Caroline Chisholm school. It’s a perfect way to give this exciting sport at try.

Badminton Action at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

 

England took silver in the Mixed Team Badminton at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after losing out to strong Malaysian opponents.

Despite the England loss, the match was thoroughly entertaining and a brilliant example of why Badminton can be such an exciting sport, as BBC footage of this 59 shot rally shows.

 

Mereway Badminton club Northampton are currently running their summer club – a perfect opportunity to play during the summer break.

Badminton Summer Club 2014

 

This summer, starting May 16th we will be running a Badminton summer club on Friday evenings between 7pm and 9pm in the sports hall at the Wooldale Centre for Learning in Wootton, Northampton.

As well as a good opportunity for existing members to continue their Badminton play and maintain their fitness, the summer months are an excellent time for non-members to give our club a try. League matches don’t run through the summer, so there is a much less competitive atmosphere, giving you the perfect opportunity to see if you enjoy playing at the club before the new season starts in September.

We welcome Badminton players of all ages.

Costs for the summer club are:

£7 per week (£3.50 for juniors and full time students)

or £55 for the whole summer (£25 for juniors and full time students)

 

Senior and Junior Doubles Tournament 2014

 

A reminder to members that our mixed senior / junior Badminton tournament is this Friday 9th May, and all are welcome to participate.

Senior / Junior pairings will play in a round robin competition to battle for the coveted title of “Top Senior Player” and “Top Junior Player”

The evening begins at 7pm for a 7.15pm prompt tournament start.

Unfortunately there will be no other badminton play other than the tournament on the night, so please get there before 7.15pm if you want to play.

Badminton Shuttlecocks On Test

 

The cost of feather shuttlecocks is a headache for many a club treasurer and from our experience playing matches at other Badminton Clubs in Northampton, there are a wide range of shuttles in use across the county. To ensure we were getting the best possible value for money at Mereway Badminton Club, we recently carried out a test of 6 different types of shuttlecock.

The shuttlecocks we tested, all from the low to mid price range for feather shuttlecocks, were:

Carlton GT 2
Forza FZ S-6000
Victor Service
Yehlex Competition
Yehlex Tournament
Yonex Aeroclub AC-07

We used a simple form to track shuttle changes and scores, as well as player names for later reference (some players might be harder on shuttles than others!). Players had to return spent shuttles before being given a new one, at which point their mid-game score at the point of the change was noted. Shuttles still playable at the end of a game were tracked through to the next game on that court. It was quite difficult at times to keep track, with 4 courts on the go completing games, or players asking for new shuttles!

At the end of the evening, all of the data collected was taken away and entered into a spreadsheet, and the total scores for each shuttle added together to allow an average points duration for each type of shuttle to be calculated.

The results were then double checked against the player names for any obvious things which may skew the results, e.g. a beginner consistently breaking shuttles quickly, games where most of the players are very heavy smashers .etc. but there were no glaring anomalies.

The shuttlecocks with best average duration are shown below, best to worst:

Yehlex Tournament
Victor Service
Yehlex Competition
Forza FZ S-6000
Yonex Aeroclub AC7
Carlton GT2

Price was added to the mix, with the best price we could obtain each shuttlecock (including bulk discounts) added to the spreadsheet, yielding an average price per point played. Sorting the resulting list in ascending order of the lowest average price per point gave us the best value shuttlecock, as follows, best value to worst value:

Yehlex Tournament (0.7 pence per point)
Yehlex Competition (1.1 pence per point)
Victor Service (1.4 pence per point)
Forza FZ S-6000 (2.1 pence per point)
Yonex Aeroclub AC7 (2.3 pence per point)
Carlton GT2 (3.1 pence per point)

So there you have it, from now on Mereway Badminton Club Northampton will be using Yehlex Tournament shuttles. Obviously in a club setting with lots of different types of players, our test couldn’t be 100% scientific, but it’s an improvement over anything we’ve done before to choose shuttlecocks. The next step is to monitor our shuttle spend with the Yehlex Tournament over the course of the Badminton season to see if there is any change. If any Badminton clubs are interested in our results, or have done similar tests with different results, please get in touch using the contact page or leave a comment below.

2013/2014 Mixed Season Off to a Good Start

 

Our mixed doubles team got their 2013/2014 season off to a good start with a victory over Duston Badminton Club. Playing at home, the team put in a good performance to take a comfortable 7-2 victory.

 

Mereway Badminton Club offers it’s members a variety of league badminton action through 5 teams.

Badminton Racket Demo

 

Our club recently enjoyed a racket demonstration night where our members were given the opportunity to try out a variety of rackets to see which suited their different playing styles. Some of the rackets brought along by the organizer included the Yonex Arcsaber Z-Slash, the racket responsible for producing the fastest ever smash in the Guinness Book of Records, at 421km/h (262mph) and the Arcsaber FB, the lightest racket ever produced by Yonex.

Allowing our members to use the rackets in actual games represented a much more effective way to successfully choose a new racket, in comparison with the limited testing that you can do in a shop.

Different players favoured different rackets from the 10 different types brought along, but the sheer power of the Arcsaber Z-Slash won it many admirers, even if they won’t be breaking any world records themselves any time soon!

Summer Fayre Sunday 16th June

 

Sunday 16th June is the Caroline Chisholm School Summer Fayre!

Players and coaches from Mereway Badminton Club will be in the Sports Hall between 1pm and 3pm to demonstrate the exciting sport of Badminton, so come along and take a look.

The full day of activities runs from 11am to 3pm and includes an open day of facilities, primary graduation, stalls, music, refreshments, entertainment and free community activities and exhibitions.

Senior Junior Tournament 2013

 

The Mereway Badminton Club annual senior / junior badminton tournament was held on May 17th at the Wooldale Centre for Learning in Northampton.

26 players from both the senior club and junior club joined together as mixed senior / junior pairs to compete in a round robin tournament.

A total of 156 shortened doubles games were played over an evening of non-stop thoroughly entertaining badminton, with Callum Beech (Senior Club) and Harvey Henry (Junior Club) the individual winners overall, and Callum Beech and James Baker the highest scoring overall pair.

Our senior/ junior badminton tournament is an annual event, designed to encourage a spirit of inclusion towards our junior members, who will hopefully one day be the future of our club.

Sixth Win This Season For Doubles Team

 

The Doubles team recorded their sixth win of the season on Friday March 22nd at home Vs Brixworth. The final result of 7-2 doesn’t tell the whole story, with 6 of the 9 games going to a deciding third end and one game finishing 29-27! Strong debut performances from juniors Ed Baldwin and Dylan Patel a particular highlight.

Well done to all – promotion remains a possibility…

 

Mereway Badminton Club offers competitive badminton through 4 varied teams in the Northampton Badminton league. A growing number of players have progressed from our junior badminton club to now play alongside our senior players in competitive matches.