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Duchy Badminton Open gets underway this weekend
1:33pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
There has been another excellent entry of over 100 competitors from a spread of seventeen English counties, as well as the Channel Islands, for the 31st Duchy of Cornwall Open Badminton Championships, writes John Tressider.
The prestigious event, a tournament in the Badminton England Senior Silver Circuit, is scheduled to take place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool, near Redruth on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 21 starting at 10am each day.
The tournament, which has a prize fund of £1,340, will see men's champion Wojtek Poszelezny, from Sussex, defend his singles crown, followed by the mixed doubles event which features five round-robin matches in the preliminaries.
The number one and two seeds are Devon's Jamie Roberton and Claire Hannah, and the Cornish partnership of James Whetter and Johanna Philip, the gallant runners up last year.
On day two, Devon sisters Sarah and Hannah Preece are tipped to take the women's level doubles, with the ever-popular Matt and Dan Corby, also of Devon, hot favourites for the men's title, which finishes off the weekend's play.
Over 25 entrants from Cornwall are registered to take part, including a large squad from the Cornwall Youth Badminton organisation, together with the Cornwall Senior Inter-County third team squad.
Local youngsters champing at the bit to compete include Hester Luke, the county women's under 21 singles champion from the Mounts Bay Club whose form has been a revelation this year, and Camborne badminton stars Kellen Moore and Amy Polglase, both aged 14 and year 10 students at the Camborne Science International Academy.
Tournament secretary and chairman Linda Collins, who is celebrating her 25th anniversary in charge of the 'Duchy,' and referee Alan Potter from Dorset look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators to the event for another feast of badminton.