It’s a win for the Ladies in their first match of the season

Our ladies team played Apollo in their first match of the season and came away with a 5-1 win! A great result to start the season off!

There were some very well fought games and closely contended matches with the opposition. All of the ladies put in a great performance and a lot of effort and determination, especially in some matches that had to be taken to 3 ends, to take control and achieve the result.

Well played ladies!

Doubles match away against Central

Our doubles team have won their second match of the season! The team put on a great performance in the match against Central this week and managed to achieve a fantastic 8:1 result.

Thank you to the opposition for a brilliant evening of games and well done to everyone in the team for achieving the win. A special mention also goes out to JJ for achieving great results in his debut for the team!

Well played all… Fantastic result!

First Men’s B Match of the Season

Our Men’s B team began their season this week as they headed for an away match against Soaring Shuttles B. Unfortunately the opposition were unable to play and had to concede the match, leading to a 9-0 win to Mereway.

Keep an eye out for the results of the upcoming Men’s B match next week as they play Apollo, alongside our ladies team!

Doubles Match: vs Pyghtle

This the first match of the season turned out to be quite the start. Every game was a well fought contest and after the level doubles both teams were tied 3-3 meaning it was all down to the mixed portion of the match. After the first 2 mixed games the teams still could not be separated, with the score now at 4-4 it all came down to the final match. Yet another set of close games ensued but Russel and Sheila were able to forge through and emerge the victors meaning Mereway win the first match of the season 5-4.

Well done to the team. A good start to the season and hopefully there will be more wins to come.

2019/20 Season Coming Soon

The 2019/20 season begins this Friday (6th September)!

To accompany the new season we have been developing our club website. Please feel free to have a browse and explore the new and improved design and features!

On our site you can find:

  • Details of our club and junior coaching sessions (and how to contact us if you would like to register an interest in joining!)
  • A calendar populated with the dates of upcoming league matches, club nights and other events.
  • Match results! We will be keeping you updated on our progress throughout the season with regular posts to let you know our match results.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on any posts!

Well Done to GB Badminton Bronze Medallists

British pair Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis fought hard and produced some brilliant┬áBadminton 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┬áhttp://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/landingpage.asp?section=6404┬žionTitle=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┬áto 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.

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.