Wessex Wanderers have completed a clean-sweep of the Team Knock-Out Competition, winning both the Cup and Plate Finals.
Wessex Wanderers 3 struggled against Bridport Royals and led by only 74 points at the end of the evening. Considering the relative league positions of the teams, a largish handicap was expected with the expectation of a win for Bridport, but the envelope only gave Bridport a handicap of +28, meaning that Wessex Wanderers 3 won by 46 points.
In the Plate Final, a good start by Mike Read and Jo Searle of Wessex Wanderers 2, winning 15-0, 15-0 in the opening rubber, lent the team some confidence against Charmouth 1 and they went on to amass a lead of 106 points before the envelope was opened to reveal a handicap of only 18 points to Charmouth. Although Wessex Wanderers thought they had done enough anyway, they and Charmouth had expected a larger handicap and a closer finish.
In the closest finishes for many years, both Division One and Division Two have teams tied at the top.
In Division One, Yeovil Graduates finished their season on a high, winning 9-0 against Dorchester 1. However Weymouth Falcons beat Westland 1 by just enough points to tie with Graduates at the top. The top spot had to be decided by the team winning most matches and that honour has fallen to Falcons with 13 wins against Graduates 12.
So, congratulations to the new champions, Weymouth Falcons.
A similar story in Division Two, with Wessex Wanderers 1 just failing to win enough rubbers in their last two matches, finishing joint top with Dorchester 2 but losing out on matches won.
So congratulations to Dorchester 2 for winning Division Two.
And finally, congratulations also to Charmouth 1 who won Division Three some weeks ago.
Check out the league tables for all the promotions/relegations.
The EGM held tonight passed both resolutions unanimously.
- From next season the League will adopt the Rally Points scoring system
- The new FourTwo League format will be available (details to follow).
The draw for the Knock-Out Cup and Plate Finals has been made.
Bridport Royals will play Wessex Wanderers 3 in the Cup Final.
Charmouth 1 will play Wessex Wanderers 2 in the Plate final.
Victory for Weymouth Falcons over second-placed Westland 1 makes the race for the Division One title even closer, with both teams now within striking distance of leaders Yeovil Graduates 1.
Another victory for North Dorset moves them into 4th spot and improves their chance of promotion. However Wessex Wanderers 1 have to play both of the other promotion-chasing teams, and will be looking to win both and possibly catch already-promoted Dorchester 2.
Dorchester 3 won their last match in Division Three, beating Crewkerne Hermitage in a close match.
Yeovil Graduates 1 continue to lead the way at the top of Division One but their rivals Westland and Weymouth Falcons still have games in hand. At the bottom both Bridport Royals 1 and Westland 2 have found the going tough and have been relegated to Division Two for next season.
Congratulations to Dorchester 2 who have secured promotion to the top flight. They will be joined by either Budmouth, Wessex Wanderers 1 or North Dorset who all have games in hand, and Wessex Wanderers 1 could still pip Dorchester 2 for top spot if results go in their favour.
Bishops Caundle will be joined in Division Three next season by Wessex Wanderers 3.
Dorchester 3 will be moving up to Division Two along with champions Charmouth 1. The champions completed their season with a narrow victory over Bridport Royals 2 and are the only un-beaten team in the entire league. Charmouth 2 finished the season with a flourish and will finish in 3rd spot.
Congratulations to Charmouth 1 who cannot now be caught and who will finish the season as Champions of Division Three. Dorchester 3 look likely to be promoted with them despite dropping points in recent matches.
In Divsion One, both Weymouth Falcons and Westland 1 have also been dropping valuable points as they chase leaders Yeovil Graduates 1 in what proves to be the closest finish in the top division for many years. Meanwhile Bridport Royals 1 secured their first victory of the season at home against fellow strugglers Westland 2.
In another close finish, Wessex Wanderers 1 lost an encounter against Dorchester 2 by the narrowest of margins and both have now fallen behind Budmouth who in turn struggled to overcome bottom side Bishops Caundle.
Calling notice issued for Extra-Ordinary General Meeting.
Congratulations to Charmouth 1 who are now guaranteed promotion from Division Three next season following victory over bottom team Cerne Abbas.
In Divsion One, Weymouth Falcons move into 2nd spot behind Yeovil Graduates 1 following victory over Dorchester 1.
Wessex Wanderers 1 are in pole position in Division Two ahead of Budmouth, both of whom won matches recently. Dorchester 2 are in third spot, and only a single point separates the three teams.
Yeovil Graduates 1 still lead the way in Division One, but a second defeat means that both Westland 1 and Weymouth Falcons with games in hand could overhaul them. Meanwhile Weymouth Sports are almost safe from relegation following victory over struggling Bridport Royals 1 and despite being forced to conceed their match against Westland 2 who consequently move off the bottom.
Budmouth suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Wessex Wanderers 2 as they strive for promotion but remain in second place behind Dorchester 2 and ahead of Wessex Wanderers 1. Victory for Gryphon may have saved them from relegation, while Bishops Caundle’s first win of the season may have come too late to save them.
Another victory for Charmouth 1 sees them extend their lead at the top of Division Three to 25 points over Dorchester 3 who do have a couple of games in hand.
The Handicap Tournament had to be cancelled due to lack of interest.
The draw for the semi-finals of the Knock-Out Cup and Plate has been made.
Not much change in Division One with the top teams all winning their respective matches. Yeovil Graduates 1 lead but have played a game more than both Westland 1 and Weymouth Falcons.
In Division Two, Dorchester 2 move into top spot following victories over Gryphon and previous leaders Budmouth.
Charmouth 1 are now the only unbeaten team in the League and moved further clear at the top of Division Three following victory over Dorchester 3 who move into 2nd place ahead of Crewkerne Hermitage.
Yeovil Graduates 1 lost their first match of the season to 3rd-placed Weymouth Falcons, forfeiting 3 rubbers due to illness. With Westland 1 winning their match convincingly, they take over in top spot by a single point, with Falcons still in touch with a game in hand.
The only match in Division Two saw an all-Wessex Wanderers affair, with the first team victorious. This moves them into joint-second spot with Dorchester 2 just 1 point behaind the leaders Budmouth.
Crewkerne Hermitage consolidated their position behind the leaders in Division Three with victory over Portland Red Triangle.
Yeovil Graduates 1 maintain a 3-point advantage over Westland 1 at the top of Division One, with Weymouth Falcons not far behind in 3rd spot with a game in hand. A whole string of 9-0 results emphasises the gulf in standard between the top and bottom of this division.
In complete contrast, results in Division Two are much closer, with Budmouth leading ahead of Dorchester 2 and Wessex Wanderers 1. Bishops Caundle are now well adrift at the foot of the division and look like being relegated, but who will join them?
In Division Three, Dorchester 3’s victory over Charmouth 2 sees them jump into second place behind Charmouth 1, while Crewkerne Hermitage continue their recent winning streak and move into 3rd spot.
The Partner Swap Tournament was won by Ron Fawcett and Brenda Jones, both from Dorchester.
Committee meeting held for the draw and handicapping of the 2nd round of the Knockout Cup competition and 1st round of the Plate. Only a single match needs to be played in each competition, the remaining teams getting byes to the semi-finals.
Also the organisation of the Partner Swap tournament and discussions around the format of the League for next season.
Bridport Royals 1 just failed to win their first match of the season, losing a close match against fellow strugglers Yeovil Graduates 2. Meanwhile, Westland 1 remain in top spot despite victories for Yeovil Graduates 1 and Weymouth Falcons.
In Division Two, Allan Potter and Janet Martin suffered their first defeat of the season but their North Dorset team managed to win a close match against Wessex Wanderers 3.
Charmouth 1 maintained their unbeaten season with victory over Charmouth 2, and the teams are currently occupying first and second places in Division Three with the second team only marginally ahead of Dorchester 3.
Gryphon move up to 4th in Division Two following victory over bottom team Bishops Caundle. Meanwhile Dorchester 2 bounced back after last week’s slip and comfortably beat Wessex Wanderers 2.
Charmouth extended their lead at the top of Division Three to 15 points with a comprehensive defeat of Bridport Royals 2 while Portland Red Triangle jumped 4 places following their win over Cerne Abbas.
Westland 1 have regained top spot in Division One following victory over Dorchester 1.
Wessex Wanderers 1 have played two of their promotion-chasing opponents and came away victorious in both matches, but only just. A close result saw Dorchester 2 lose their first match of the season, while victory over Budmouth wasn’t quite enough to take top spot away from their rivals.
In the only match played in Division Three, Cerne Abbas proved too strong for Bridport Royals 2 and move off the bottom of the table.
Yeovil Graduates 2 proved too strong for fellow strugglers Westland 2 and move off the bottom of the Division One table. Weymouth Falcons move into 2nd spot behind Yeovil Graduates 1 after a whitewash of Weymouth Sports.
In Division Two, Budmouth claim top spot following a 9-0 defeat of bottom team Bishops Caundle. With only 2 pairs, Gryphon still proved too strong for Wessex Wanderers 3 and climb out of the danger area.
There’s not much change in Division Three, where Portland Red Triangle narrowly lost 5-4 against Dorchester 3 despite only fielding 2 pairs.
Yeovil Graduates 1 have moved back to the top in Division One following an annihilation of Westland 1. Both teams move ahead of previous leaders Weymouth Sports.
In Division Three, Charmouth 2 won a close match against Bridport Royals 2 and move into second spot behind runaway leaders Charmouth 1.
The Divisional Tournaments were a great success with 26 pairs in total competing in the 3 tournaments. The decision to use the rally points scoring system caused a few headaches early on, and quite a few discussions were evident on court as players got to grips with the new scoring system. However, as the evening wore on and everyone got more used to it, the games seemed to flow more freely. Certainly it led to some close finishes in a number of games.
Congratulations to the winners and runner-ups and a big thankyou to all who competed.
Not much change in Division One where Westland 1 continue to lead, while Bridport Royals 1 have moved off bottom spot after gaining points against Weymouth Sports. However, they are still searching for their first win of the season.
North Dorset remain on top in Division Two following victory against previously unbeaten Wessex Wanderers 1, while Budmouth won against Wessex Wanderers 3 in a close-fought match that could have gone either way. Dorchester 2 are now the only unbeaten team in this division, and they move into 3rd spot following victory over Gryphon.
Charmouth 1 have leapt to the top of the pile in Division Three following victories over Portland Red Triangle and Crewkerne Hermitage, while the latter move into second place ahead of Bridport Royals 2.
Dorchester 1 have moved into 2nd place following successive victories against Yeovil Graduates 2 and Bridport Royals 1. However Westland 1 are still well out in front at this early stage in the season.
Victory for North Dorset over Wessex Wanderers 2 sees them move in to top spot in Division Two ahead of Budmouth who were narrowly defeated by Dorchester 2. Both matches were slightly spoiled due to injuries. Wessex Wanderers suffered a player injury in the opening rubber, while in the other match a game was finely balanced at 14-all when Dorchester were forced to concede. Hopefully the players concerned will be fighting fit for their next matches.
In Division Three there were narrow wins for the two Charmouth teams, but it’s Bridport Royals 2 who continue to lead the division.
Dave & Liz Osborne have won the Veterans Tournament, beating another Dorchester pair Steve Titchard-Jones and Julie Nash.
Westland 1 have started the season with back-to-back victories without dropping any rubbers, while second placed Yeovil Graduates 1 have dropped rubbers against Weymouth Falcons.
In complete contrast to Division One, the second division looks as though it’s going to be a very tight affair, with only 8 points separating top from bottom. Currently Wessex Wanderers 1 hold the top spot just ahead of Budmouth. but anything could happen.
Division Three sees Bridport Royals 2 just ahead of Crewkerne Hermitage who finished bottom last year, so an improved start to the season from them.
Committee meeting held for the draw and handicapping of the 1st round of the Knockout Cup competition.
Also the organisation of the Veterans tournament and discussions around the forthcoming Divisional tournaments.
First results and league tables for the season posted to the website.
Dorchester Greys have notified the committee that from now on they will be playing matches at Cerne Abbas Village Hall. As a consequence, the club will henceforth be known as Cerne Abbas Badminton Club.
12th Jul (AGM)
Two teams have withdrawn from the league - North Dorset 1 and Dorchester 4. The standard 2-up and 2-down will be sufficient for next season, so those who finished 3rd can breathe easy! However, the continuing trend of teams withdrawing from the league is causing great concern: so much so that a proposal to change the basic format of the league was proposed by the Executive Committee for the 2007/8 season. However, this proposal was narrowly defeated.
The other main item discussed was the change of sponsor. For the last few years the league has been sponsored by Goode Sports and Ashaway shuttles. However, the committee felt that a better deal was available from Tony Pryce and this proposal was accepted by the membership. As a consequence all clubs will be required to play with Carlton shuttles for the 2006/7 season. These shuttles are available through the treasurer.
Nobody volunteered for the post of Vice-Chairman, so the rota was invoked. The next team was due to be North Dorset 2 but they have withdrawn from the League, so the honour fell to Gryphon. Sadly they have declined to fill the post, as have Budmouth and Dorchester Greys. So much for the rota!
The fixture meeting was held and the fixtures are being collated. They will be available on the website soon and the handbook should be available towards the end of August. The colour for the new season is to be yellow, hence the tone of the new-look website. The handbook and all scoresheets will be in the same fetching colour.