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...

All Saints Never Ever have felt so right

 St Leonards A have become Division 2A champions after a remarkable run of results, and in so doing pushed long term leaders Queens B into 2nd place. They ended the season on 99 points, with the only games lost being to Queens B.The Saints team of Sue Banks, Tom Phillips, Kay Brewer, Adrian Midmer, Louise Gubbin and Tim Wardale beat Ringswell B 9-0.Nikki Anslow replaced Louise for the trip to Chulmleigh, and again the team came away with another superb 9-0 win.Louise returned for the final 2 matches, and the team made it 4 9-0 wins on the bounce with stunning wins over Otter Vale A and Chulmleigh.  It was a great team achievement, with Tom Phillips deserving of a special mention of going through the season unbeaten.The Queens B team of Jenny Maddison, Nathan Scase, Kate Povey, Ben Herbert, Hannah Partridge and Sam Clarke completed their campaign with a 9-0 win over St Leonards B to guarantee them the runners u

Honiton and Otter Vale in Easter hunt for Div 3A title

 The Mens season is almost complete with only a few matches remaining, including the key match of Ringswell A against Exeter A to be played on 13th April in Division 1. An 8-1 win for Exeter will see them steal the Division 1 title from long term leaders Queens A. All matches have been completed in Division 2, with Exeter B worthy champions.Exeter C completed the fixtures with an 8-1 win on the night over St Leonards C. However they fielded an unregistered player – Tim Howard – so the scoreline was amended to a 5-4 win in Exeter’s favour. The Division 3A title is a 2 horse race between Honiton A and Otter Vale.Otter Vale came out on top in their latest head to head, winning 6-3. Captain Dan Clark and his partner Chris Smith led the charge for Otter Vale with 3 fine wins, with Dave and Nic Williamson bagging a brace of wins and the pairing of Tim Hall/Andy O’Brien complet

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.

Ladies Report 6

In Division 3A, St Leonards C's Sharon May, Rachel Marson, Katie Brown and Anne Trevena beat Chulmleigh 4-2 in a closely-contested match. Chulmleigh's points were won by Jackie Anderson and Cath Escritt and by Jackie partnering Michelle Wylde. Chulmleigh's Michelle Wylde, Karen Parish, Jackie Anderson and Cath Escritt beat Cranford 5-1.  Cranford's point was picked up by Lisa Stevens and Karen Cunningham-Smith.  Very friendly, great games in good spirit were reported  The final scoreline did not reflect the close games enjoyed.    Chulmleigh had the benefit of a walkover when Honiton were unable to raise a team for Honiton's last match. There is one match to play in Division 3, between Chulmleigh and Sidmouth.  With one point separating these teams at the top of the table and both teams more than 10 points clear of Cranford in third place, this will decide the Division winner and runner-up. 

Ladies Report 5

 In Division 3A,Cranford's Lisa Stevens, Mo Martin, Sharon Young and Liane O'Donnell beat St Leonards C 4-2.  St Leonards' points were both won over three ends by Rachel Marson partnering Caroline Mace and Anne Trevena in turn.  Sidmouth's Grace Williams, Sarah Bond and Linda McCracken beat Honiton 6-0 when Honiton only fielded 3 players. With one match left to play against rivals, Chulmleigh, Sidmouth currently lead Division 3A.  It is only Chulmleigh that  can catch them, who have 4 matches left to play. Cranford's Lisa Stevens, Sharon Young. Liane O'Donnell and Karen Cunningham-Smith drew 3-3 with Sidmouth's Grace Williams, Sarah Bond, Hilary Herd and Linda McCracken in a gripping match which saw  4 rubbers decided over three ends.   St Leonards C's Sharon May, Rachel Marson, Caroline Mace and Anne Trevena picked up their first win of the season when they beat a three player Honiton 5-1. Honito

League Composition 2016/2017

The League composition for the 2016/2017 season will be decided when the League Committee meets on Wednesday 21st September. Secretaries are reminded that they MUST submit their League Entries and Club Details paperwork to Helen Potter, by 6pm on Saturday 17th September at the latest.  See downloadable version below.  The League's Fixtures Meeting will take place on Thursday 29th September at The Coaver Club, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter from 7.00pm.

Sam has double success at League Tournament

 There was a double success for Sam Owens at this year’s Exeter and District Badminton League’s Annual Tournament.  Sam won the doubles with his brother, Callum, and mixed doubles title with his mother, Suzanne.The new Men’s Singles champion is Zac Phillips who defeated the number one seed, Sam Owens, in his semi-final match and the holder and number two seed, Jamie Roberton, in the final. Jamie faced tough opposition from Nathan Scase in his semi-final match before winning 21-11 in the third set.There was a shock defeat for the 2014 champions and number one seeds, Jamie Roberton and Zac Phillips in the first round of the Mens Doubles when they were beaten 21-13, 7-21, 21-19 by their clubmates, Lloyd Skinner and Alex Moir. Skinner and Moir had another tough match in their semi-final against Geoff Littler and Sam Lees, this time lo

Queens are the 2016 Knockout Winners

The finals of the 2016 Knockout Competition were held at the Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter on Saturday 5th March.  In the main event Queens (-14) beat Otter Vale (+7) by 45 points.  In the plate final, Ringswell B (+9) beat Honiton (+9) by 57 points. 

Saints stars Brewer and Midmer are Masters Mixed Champs

 10 pairs took part in the 2016 Mixed Masters Handicapped Tournament. The Pairs were split into 2 groups, played on a round robin basis, with the winner of each Group progressing to a Final. Di Brooker and Brian Jeary of Ringswell (+1) took full control of their group and booked their spot in the final by winning 7 out of 8 games, dropping only 2 points in the process. Clyst Vales Nicola Martin and Steve Thompson (Scr) being the only pair to beat them in the group stages. The other half of the draw was wide open with no one pair winning all their games. The winner of the group was decided in the match between Kay Brewer/Adrian Midmer of St Leonards (-12) and Julie Frost of Sidmouth and her partner Paul Owens of Ringswell (-9). In a pulsating game of high quality badminton, Kay and Adrian won the first game 21-15, and Julie and Paul fought back to win the second game 21-19. The St Leonards pair finished top of the group wi

Hat trick of wins for Andy Rowe in Masters Tournament

 The 2015/2016 Masters Levels Tournament produced some thrillingly close badminton. The Mens event was played as a round robin event with 7 pairs. Andy Rowe of St Leonards won the title for the 3rd time, this year partnered with Phil Matthews also of St Leonards. The pair playing off a handicap of -3 played some fine badminton of stubborn defending mixed with attacking play on their way to winning 6 out of 7 games and a total score of 125 points. Last years winners Adrian Wijay and Adrian Midmer, also of St Leonards (-12) denied them a perfect record by scraping a 21-20 win. That win secured the runners up spot for them with a points tally of 113 points and 4 wins. The Chulmleigh pair of Adrian Bourner and Matt Raasch-Sotinwa (+8) secured 3rd place with 113 points, but won 1 fewer game than the 2nd placed pair. 3 Pairs contested the Ladies with last years winners Chulmleighs Michelle Wylde

No Strings Badminton: Social, Pay & Play Sessions

Need to brush up on your skills before joining a league Club?Weekly, social, pay and play badminton sessions are available at:Clifton Hill Sports Centre: Wednesdays 08:30 - 11:30 for the over 50sContact the venue for more information: 01392 253353Wonford Leisure Centre: Wednesdays 9 - 10:30 & 19:30 - 20:30Contact the venue for more information: 01392 253453Riverside: Wednesdays 9-11Contact the venue for more information: 01392 221771

Andy Rowe
Last Modified 2017-4-22