League Formation 2018-2019
||Preston College A
||St. Andrews D
|St. Andrews A
||St. Andrews B
||St. Andrews C
Message From Paul Eastham:
The fixtures committee met in July to form the league.
As every year, we are always challenged in what we should do and the way forward.
We had a great format last year with the season and a half with great feedback and we wanted to continue with the same format this season but it meant that 2 teams that had gained promotion would not have been allowed to earn their just rewards due to us losing 3 teams ( MGS E, Whittle A, Clayton E) and trying to balance out all the divisions evenly.
Therefore after a lot of deep discussion, we had to take the very harsh decision to drop down to 4 divisions.
We will now revert back to just a full season again as we have 9 teams in divisions 1 & 2 and 10 teams in divisions 3 & 4. (Assuming we have no other teams withdrawing!)
One saviour is that we have a new team in the league, Mythop B.
Having 4 divisions will have implications on the cups and we will seek approval from an EGM at the registration meeting to introduce a new cup competition that will mean that each division will now hold their own handicapped cup.
The EGM & registration meeting will take place at St. Andrews on Monday 10th September at 7.30pm. A reminder will be sent out!
(Preston College B dropped out after Formation meeting so only 9 teams in D4)
The Church Summer Holiday Club will be setting up a stage in the Church Hall on Thursday the 19th of July. That will mean just 2 badminton courts from then until the end of the summer holidays. There will be no Badminton on Monday the 6th of August as the hall be setup for Holiday club during that week.
Only 3 months until the start of the season, so to get you ready, Summer Club is up and running on Monday nights @ 7:30pm. The session rate is £3 for St Andrews members and £4 for visitors.
Bring a drink, badminton is not a summer sport, it gets hot indoors!
We have a few going to the Mid Lancs Presentation at Wellington Park on Friday. Its the usual script, the bar opens at 6:30pm, and everyone should be seated at their table by 7:00pm.
No major news from the League AGM. The League Officers were voted to continue en-mass, and there were no rule changes. There may be some teams dropping out/coming back TBC.
We have moved club nights to Mondays, and next week will be the final Club Night prior to a break for the Bank Holiday, and then a switch to Summer Club mode from June the 4th.
Last fixture of the season is tonight. Our A Team are taking on MGS B in the last cup final of the season. Its a 7:30pm start at Wellfield, entry is free, and Matt might buy you a pint at the Mid Lancs do if you score a few games for him!
Our D Team were unfortunate to loose by just 3 points in last nights cup final against an experienced Brindle team. It was a fantastic effort by all of our players.
Cunningham cup final – Wellfield High School – Thursday 3rd May 7:30pm
St. Andrews ‘A’ (-140 OH GH) vs MGS ‘B’ (-50 GH)
Message From Mark Pallett
Handicap Singles Tournament on Thurs 10th May 2018 @ Welfield high school starting at 7.30pm approx. Entries accepted in normal way, post, phone & email.