Another badminton season has come and gone in the blink of an eye for members of Mapperley Park Badminton Club. This year the club have focused on maintaining what the they managed to achieve last season. Here is a season summary team-by-team, written by the club’s Andy Shaw…
A tough season back in the top flight for the Men’s 1st. With West Bridgford dropping out, it was vital that one victory was obtained. They got this, 5-4 away at Beeston Fields giving them a chance of maintaining their Premier division status.
A return to division 1 was the main target for captain Con Truong this season. However a bad start left the team having to win 2 of the last 3 matches to stay in the division. Injuries and unavailability didn’t help; one positive was Harry Brownlee becoming a permanent fixture in the 2nd team
After an unexpected promotion to division 2 the previous season, the 3rd men’s team was always going to find it tough going. The season ended in relegation back to division 3, but new players to the team like Callum Magee will benefit for the coming season
The goal for 1st Ladies was to survive in Division 1, after flirting with danger for the past two seasons. They managed that comfortable this time round, winning 3 of 5 matches. One more victory would have seen them in the mix up for promotion
A good solid season for Julie Whitby’s team, winning 4 of their 7 matches in a very competitive division 2, with a couple of additions they could challenge for promotion back to division 1 next season.
Sarah Thomas took over the captaincy of the team from Maxine Day this year and continued the excellent progress. A second place finish in the 3rd tier might well guarantee them promotion to Division 2. A great mix of youth and experience which is pleasing to see
The 1st Mixed team had a solid season on their return to Division 1, winning 4 of 7. They even had a chance of promotion up until the last 2 matches. Where unavailability and a nasty injury to Ruth Wear proving costly.
Probably the unluckiest team this season, finishing tied 1st in Division 2 along with Forest and Crusader. Promotion looked on the cards, however Nottingham Universities concession of their last 2 matches, giving 9-0 victories to both Forest and Crusader, condemned the 2nd team to another season in Division 2
The 3rd Mixed had a rotten season, losing all 5 matches and only scoring 9 rubbers. A season of stability is needed in 2016/2017
Kara Gokova’s reliable troops once again secured a mid-table finish in division 3, again, a really competitive league, where another win would have seen them take second place
After a couple of years without progress, the 5th mixed was freshened up. Sam Straw tried his hand at captaincy (despite injury) and nearly achieved promotion at the first attempt. Only a concession to Redhill on Mothering Sunday denied them.