Robinson and Howard team up to clinch title

Paul Robinson and Niall Howard
Paul Robinson and Niall Howard

Paul Robinson and Niall Howard, playing off scratch, won the Division One pairs title at the Bridlington Badminton Tournament, but it could not have been closer.

They pipped G Jones and J Torbett (-2) by just two points, despite losing to their rivals when they went head-to-head.

Defeat to Fell and Stanley proved costly to the runners-up, allowing Robinson to sneak into first place with his young partner Howard, who raised his game to contribute to them winning the title.

In Division Two, number one seeds Dan Gration and David Truby (-6) won by four points in a close battle with C Banks and R Shaw. Again, the runners-up beat the eventual champions, but lost points in other group matches which cost them the title.

The closest group was Division Three with only seven points separating the top four pairs. Winners were young Craig Cockerill and Kev Helliwell and in second place were Marsh and Shipley, who pushed the Priory pair all the way.

Only one point behind them was Acorn pair S Edwards and L Church -2 who really played their hearts out and enjoyed the event.

The women’s Division One title was won by Clare Park and Jane Mitchell (-4), who were four points clear of Molly Hoggard and Helen Brice (-2).

Number one seeds Jo Robinson and Kate Manson (-6) were hindered a little by Manson’s Achilles injury, while Justine Beadnall and Lynne Robson played well to finish third, nine points behind the leaders.

In Division Two, top seeds Stacey Archer and Sandra Edwards (-8) took the honours after only dropping one game in the tournament and that was to makeshift partnership S Thompson and P Worral who finished third.

Another Acorn pair A Fearn and L Taylor (-4) finished second and a special mention must go to High Fliers pair M Sharp and S Deighton who scored 177 points.