The League, formed in 1952, is based in Exeter and provides competitive badminton for clubs in the area. The season usually starts in September and ends in April. Some clubs do, however continue to play socially throughout the summer months...

Ringswell A top Division 1 with three wins from three

 Ringswell A have been running rings around the rest of the first division as three wins out of three have put them on course for their first ever Mixed Division One title. They started with a tense 5-4 win away to Exeter A with the points shared between the pairs of Iain Walsh/Jess Hill, Nigel Osbourne/Marion Ginger and Chloe Tsang/Ben Hartridge. It was followed by a 8-1 thrashing of St Leonards A with Walsh/Hill and Osborne/Erin Whitten winning all three of their matches – Tom Phillips/Louise Gubbin with the consolation point. Ringswell A then did the double of Exeter as they beat their B team 9-0, with Walsh/Hill, Osborne/Whitten and Ginger/Barry Hariss all winning their three matches. Queens B top Division 2A after winning their top of the table clash against Ringswell B 8-1, with unbeaten performances coming from Sarah Preece/Nathan

High flying Exeter C top Division 2

 High flying Exeter C top Division 2 after 3 impressive wins. They won a see-saw match 5-4 over Ringswell B, thanks to 2 wins from the pairings of Jack Southcott/Alex Bulley, John Collar and Tim Howard, with Tom Laver and Chris Bowker picking up the 5th and crucial point.Exeter C ended Honiton A’s unbeaten start to the season with a convincing 8-1 win. Alastair Banks, in his first start of the season for Exeter, picked up 2 wins with Jack Southcott. Tom Laver/Tim Howard and Chris Bowker/Matt Whyman won all 3 of their rubbers. Exeter C went one better against Otter Vale A with a 9-0 win. Ringswell B sit in second place after wins over St Leonards B and C teams. St Leonards B were on the cusp of victory at 4-2 up against

A Littler goes a long way....

 There was a triple success for Exeter’s Geoff Littler at this year’s Annual League Tournament. Geoff won the Singles and then teamed up with his clubmates, Sam Lees and Rowan Despard, to win the men’s and mixed titles. Tom Phillips (St. Leonards) was runner-up to Geoff Littler in all 3 level events partnering Tim Wardale in the men’s and Verity Greenaway in the mixed doubles.Sarah Preece (Queens) successfully defended her singles crown as this competition has not been held since Sarah won the event in 2014. The Ladies Doubles was not contested this year due to lack of entries. Sadly, for the first time ever, all the level competitions were run as round robin events due to the low number of entries.   Therefore, the League Committee are considering holding the tournaments on weekday evenings next season to try and attract more entries.

Andy Rowe
Last Modified 2017-12-7