Solihull Junior League WMPC v Tudor Grange
Sunday 22 October 2017
Second match and we play Tudor Grange sees four PC members turned up early at the second of the Solihill Junior League games and a different venue from the first match.
Raring to go we picked the court for the evening. We were one of the first teams there so we waited patiently for the opposition.
Tudor Grange’s team manager walked straight over to say hello, fellow self employed coach, Steve Kiernan who I had not seen for a couple of years. So we did a bit of catching up whilst the boys knocked up and we filled the score sheet in.
Down to business and Ethan and Toby went on for their first game. Best of three games and with a comfortable opening game beating the Tudor grange first pair in two games to take the rubber. Then Charlie and Joe took to court. Not quote such a fast start but once they got going a good game, settling in nicely. Again in two games to give us two rubbers.
There pairings stay the same for the second round but our second pair play the first pair from Tudor. Grange and vice versa (our first play their seconds). Mot quiet so comfortable but we came though the second round of games unscathed, with another two rubbers.
Third round not quiet as easy. The pairing changes (as per the format) and our no. 1 player pairs up with our 3rd player, whilst no. 2 plays with no. 4. Now on two courts al four players took to court. Toby and Charlie made light work of the opposition moving them around and generally putting them under pressure. Joe and Ethan won the first game but the opposition fought back in the second taking the game 22-20 to Tudor Grange, one game all. Sorted themselves out in the last game to give us an overall win on rubber 6-0. Well done guys here’s to the next one.
Solihull Junior League – WMPC v. Uni-T
Sunday 8th October 2017
Lode Heath School.
The first match of the season for the WMPC junior team against Uni-T. The team consisted of 4 players, Toby, Ethan, Zak and Charlie. As a team they played extremely well. Although at times they got annoyed at each other and became frustrated. They did managed to keep going and get a 4-2 (rubbers) win overall.
Well done to Charlie and Zak for winning some key games that allowed us to win the match overall. Overall, all the games came extremely close and often went to 3 sets. The opposition hit very hard and when given the opportunity attacked the shuttle and some were very successful. Our PC players managed to counteract the attack by not lifting the Shuttle to them as often and really looking to attack them Uni-T’s shots instead. Well done to everyone. Under match conditions they played great together as a team and well done for winning the match.
WMPC success in the local County Restricted 2017 weekend.
Several players from the WMPC participated in the local county’s restricted 2017 tournaments this weekend. Although some had more success than others,entered below is a snippet of what the PC players have achieved. Congratulations to all those that took part in the event.
Worcestershire Restricted 2017
Mixed Doubles – Winners – Pernille Wood and Steve
Mens Singles – Winner – Ryan Quek
Ladies Doubles – Winners – Pernille and Ann Corbett
Warwickshire Restricted 2017
Mens Singles – Winner – Chris Williams beat Dan Morris (18-21, 21-16, 21-9)
Ladies Doubles – Winner – Asmita Chaudhari and Mary Le Druillenec beat Katherine Grant and Kiara Henry (21-19, 21-17)
Mixed Doubles – Knocked out in the Semi final. Asmita Chaudhari and Andrew Wainwright.
Staffordshire Restricted 2017
Mens Doubles – Tim Bradbury and Darren Chesworth
Summer Camp smash hit will all the players………
Week ONE of the Summer Camp, at the University of Birmingham’s NEW sport and fitness centre, proved to be a SMASH HIT for the West Midlands Performance Centre.
This annual event’s first week, saw in excess of 40 badminton players, aged from as young as three years old to a gentleman in his thirties, participate in the badminton Summer Camp. The first week was run over four days and not only included routines, covering the different shots, lift, drop, net etc…. it covered singles and doubles rotation, technical advice to improve individual techniques, but I think for most the footwork to music was the biggest smash hit with all the players. Footwork to music was held in the impressive dance studio at the Sport and Fitness Centre, even for all passers by to see from Edgbaston Park Road. The two hour session was lead by Julia Mann (England and GB coach) who demonstrated each routine for the players to follow and practice.
There are still two weeks left of the Summer Camp w/c 14th and w/c 21st. Now with only limited places left. If you are quick booking forms can be found HERE.
HOT DOG – 24 HOURS before the Summer Camp starts.
August 7th is less that 24 hours away. The first day of what is planned to be a fabulous training camp over the Summer.
Three weeks start tomorrow. If you have not booked on and you can not make it tomorrow then book for next week, starting 14th August, or even the week after.
Julia Mann is working with Lorraine Cole (Head Coach at the PC) both X England players, so you tell me how good is it going to be. Awesome springs to mind. SnC, Footwork to music, Nutrition are just tasters….(no punn intended) for the contecnt of the camp.
And to top that it is at the NEW Sport and Fitness Centre at the University of Birmingham. Get there early so you can have a look round the center. Impressive…!
West Midlands Performance Centre Summer Camp for 2017.
EXCITEMENT – 42 HOURS before the Summer Camp starts.
Enjoy your weekend while you can as Monday morning, August 7th 10.00am I will be there to see the start. West Midlands Performance Centre starts its three weeks, of four days a week and four hours a day training. Hope you are as excited as I am.
Lorraine Cole is not only working with Julia Mann (GB and England team squad coach) but has other guest coaches running sessions during the three weeks. Learn what to eat and when, how to warm up properly, mentally prepare yourself for an important match…..and much more.
The sessions are over eight courts in the new hall, at the University of Birmingham’s NEW sport and fitness centre. Impressive building with lots going on and a Costa coffee on site. Spend a little time get there early and have a look round. If you have not yet chosen which university you want to attend then see what is on offer.
GETTING EVEN CLOSER – 72 HOURS before the Summer Camp starts.
The suspense is getting to me now. I have to wait the whole weekend before the West Midlands Performance Centre’s Summer Camp starts on Monday 7th August, 10.00am prompt.
Would be worth arriving a little early so that you can have a wonder around the impressive Sport and Fitness Centre, University of Birmingham. Might inspire you to do a little more fitness……!
Lorraine Cole has written a three week program and is working with the likes of Julia Mann – GB Team and England squad coach, in not only for the Summer camp but to the PC on a permanent basis.
There will be sessions that cover Single, some that cover Doubles and others that cover mixed doubles. Not only the footwork, movement and balance but tactics, positional play and much more.
MORE details can be found HERE along with booking forms for those of us that are a little behind with their booking.
Inter PC Manchester sees the Emerging team put up a hard Fight.
Manchester 2 July 2017 Inter PC where the West Midlands PC Emerging group have a fight and a half.
The team four of our most dedicated player, Joe B, Matt B, Abdul R and Victoria L. All travel to Manchester some have a longer journey than others with a coach ride leaving home at 4.30am….as I said dedicated.
A quick briefing saw an Emerging group of 6 teams, North Cumbria, Potteries, East Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside and of course WMPC. So a full on day with some very strong opposition, let the battles commence as the fight is on.
Two games were lost 1-4 but with 22-24, 19-21 as loosing scores, the match defeat does not tell the full story. The of course we won two games with a couple of 22-20s, 21-18s ans several 15’s more close games. The match against Manchester saw the biggest battle with the score at 2 games all it was down to the last end. Nail biting stuff but to no avail, 2-3 to Manchester and the fight was over. All said and done a good days badminton with loads of close calls and great experience.
Along journey home! Well done all.
Hard luck strike the Developing team at Inter PC.
The Developing group at the Inter PC in Manchester was the biggest group of the tournament. The WMPC Developing group caught bad luck. Five PC players were selected to attend the tournament on Sunday 2nd July. After last year when we only selected four players and one dropped out on the day, it was hard then. So this year we thought five players to cover any drop outs. Good job we did. One of the strongest please was hit with an injury so luck was looking to be against us. So with four players we set about the task at hand.
The draw did not go our way so we have some strong opposition in our Group. The lads Caleb, Zak, Dileep and Charlie had got several tough matches on the horizon, but they were up for a battle, figures crossed the results could go their way. Unfortunately not to be.
Out of the 4 matches and 20 games played, all the games were hard fought and played well. Only winning two singles and three doubles games does not at all reflect the individual game scores loosing 21-23 and 23-25 with several looses to 17, 18 and 19. There was the odd bleep when the luck was all one sided but the boys played well. It was great to see how they had improved. Although there were no medals/trophies on the day at least one player can hold his head up after being nominated twice by the opposing teams, out of the four matches as Sports Person so well done Charlie.