It has been a successful month-and-half for Mapperley Park Badminton club writes Andy Shaw
1st Ladies ended their season with a 5-4 victory over Beeston Fields. Meaning they finish the season with a 3-3 record and maintain their division 1 status for another year.
The 2nd ladies have completely turned their season around with four straight victories over Byron (7-2) Crusader (8-1) Rushcliffe Arena (Walkover) Chilwell (5-4) Captain Julie Whitby has done a great job in getting the right results after a difficult start.
The 3rd Ladies are in with a chance of promotion after winning their final two games of the season again Beeston Fields (5-4) and Southwell (6-3) ending the season with a 5-2 record. Captain Sarah Thomas has carried on the great work by previous captain Maxine Day in bringing the youngsters through, with Rhia Simmonds, Laura Jones and Aylish Magee all excelling.
The 1st mixed ended their up and down season with two defeats. A 9-0 away loss at Roll Royce was not helped by serious injury to Ruth Wear in the first rubber. We wish her well in her strive to be fit for the new season. An understrength side missing Captain Steve Smith and Andy Shaw then lost 8-2 at home to Forest. The 3rd mixed ended a pretty disastrous season with an 8-1 loss at home to St Giles.
After starting the season with three straight losses, the 4th Mixed recorded 3 straight victories, ending their season with a 6-3 win at home to Unity. Andy Waplington and Captain Kara Gokova continuing their good form, taking a maximum.
5th mixed have a had a very good season, looking odds on for promotion, until an unavoidable forfeit away against Redhill. Dave Hall and Lisa Crouch have come in from Kimberley and showed their experience in what is a relatively inexperienced mixed team. Their latest result was a hard fought 5-4 win over Carlton. With Dave and Lisa taking a maximum. A win in their rearranged fixture against St Giles could see them enter the promotion mix.
After securing their first win of the season in men’s Premier, the 1st men’s (missing Steve Smith) suffered a tight 5-4 loss away at Byron, which would have guaranteed their status in the top division. James Watkins and Andy Shaw taking two. They ended the season with a tough 9-0 loss at home to Bingham. Their fate is now in the hands of the league as to whether they relegate one or two teams.
The 2nd men’s recorded a vital victory at home to Carlton, which should preserve their division 2 status, Harry Brownlee and Con Truong scoring a maximum. Four straight losses for the 3rd men’s looked like resigning them back to division 3, but victory over Unity (6-3) with Gurj Singh and Andy Waplington taking a maximum gives them hope with one match remaining away at East Leake.