Mid Lancs Week A

Report From Paul Eastham

Hi Folks, here we go again… the 2017/18 season is here & results/tables can be seen ‘live’ online at http://w.fixtureslive.com/

Thank you once again for all your prompt cards and I will update you when the handbooks are ready for distribution.

Division 1 started a week early due to the extra fixtures & the very 1st fixture of the new season was MGS A who took on newly promoted Clitheroe A at home and needless to say the visitors found their opening fixture tough losing 16-2.

St. Andrews A had a cracking opening win over last year’s runners up, Cross Feathers. The match was all square after the levels, but Andy’s powered their way through in the mixed to win 11-7; Joe Steele was crowned the 1st MOTM of the season for his 6.

Another division 1 newbie, Clayton A found their 1st match a hard pill to swallow…. They got thrashed 0-18 at home to Hawks A.

David Lloyd got off to their usual start by winning 17-1 at home against Carlton A to be the firm favourites again.

Then in week A, Carlton A turned their fortunes around when they hosted Clitheroe A. At 5-3 up after the levels, the hosts had the edge & in the mixed they built on their lead to snatch all 4 pts in a 13-5 victory: Andy Wiseman & Phil Price won all their 6.

Not surprisingly, MGS B lost 2-16 at home in their 1st match of the season to David Lloyd as Ruth Flatman was statistically the best player in the match & Tom Lowe stopped the total whitewash by winning the 2 games gained for the welcoming hosts.

St. Andrews continued with their winning start by thrashing Hawks A 18-0; Steve Taylor was stat the best & keeps the team 2nd.

Cross Feathers recovered from their 1st loss of the season by beating Crusaders A 17-1 to shoot into 3rd place on the tables; only Natalie Appleyard & Hannah Settle stopping the complete whitewash by winning the single game. Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the evening. With just 3 weeks to go to the birth of her baby, Rachael Graham has now played in her final match for Cross Feathers & her team mates would like to wish her a ‘big good luck’. On behalf of the league, I would also like to wish her all the very best wishes & no doubt, she will be back on court very soon.

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2017/18 Season Starts

The new season starts next Wednesday with the A Team at home to Cross Feathers. Our other teams all have fixtures the following Monday. To get everyone up to speed we are running club nights next Monday and Wednesday (shared).

We are looking at getting some new club tops, take a look at the link and let me know if you are interested.

Membership and match fees will be staying the same as last season. So that will be £55 for senior membership,  £30 for juniors. Club night only is £35.

Monday 4th of September
Club Night 7:30pm onward

Wednesday 6th of September
St Andrews A vs Cross Feathers @ Home 7:30pm D1
Shared Club Night 7:30pm onward

Monday 11th of September
B Team vs MGS B @ Wellfield 8:00pm D2
C Team vs Whittle A @ Home 7:30pm D4
D Team vs Clayton Crusaders E @ Leyland St Marys 7:00pm D5

Wednesday 13th of September
St Andrews A vs Hawks A @ Home 7:30pm D1
Club Night 7:30pm onward

 

Mid Lancs League formation 2017-18

Message From Paul Eastham:

Hi all,

The fixtures committee met tonight to form our league next season with some pretty tough decisions to make, as the whole of Springfields club and Flight withdrew at the end of the season leaving just 41 teams.
A number of options were discussed including
(a) reducing the divisions down to 4 (which we never see a division come back)
(b) increasing back to 7 divisions were there would be 6 teams in a division and each team would play another team 4 times in a season (20 games in the season)
(c) keeping 5 divisions and playing 1 and 1/2 times of a season. This would mean all the divisions of 8 teams would play a team 3 times, totalling 21 games in a season.

The committee, including myself keep hearing that everyone wants to play more badminton and have less breaks in between the weeks, so we have chosen option (c) to give everyone more matches.
Whilst this is new and never been done before, we thought it was a compromise for keeping 5 divisions and not reducing the numbers in a division to play each team 4 times as in option (b) and thought this was the best option going forward.
This chosen option also had some consequences on promotion and relegation issues which the committee had to face in balancing the divisions out and also the season will extend until the end of April.
Whist we all found this tough, we do believe we have found the right balance in giving everyone more badminton whilst protecting (for now) our 5 current divisions.

Paul.

League Formation 2017 – 2018
Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
Carlton A Crusaders B Carlton B Crusaders D Brindle
Clitheroe A Evergreens A Crusaders C Garstang B Crusaders E
Crusaders A Hawks B Clitheroe B Mythop Evergreens C
Cross Feathers Hawks C Evergreens B Penwortham A Penwortham B
David Lloyd MGS C Garstang A Project 12 Preston College A
Hawks A MGS D Hawks D St. Andrews C Preston College B
MGS A MGS E Hawks E Whittle A St. Andrews D
MGS B St. Andrews B MGS F Whittle B Whittle C
St. Andrews A

Club Night/Summer Club/Mid Lancs Presentation

We have switched Club Night to Mondays @ 7:30pm. There will be 2 more, before the May Bank Holiday after which we will switch to Summer Club from June the 5th. Summer club will be £3 for existing members and £4 for visitors.

The Mid Lancs Presentation happens this Friday, the 19th of May @ Wellington Park. Its usually doors open for 6:30pm sitting down by 7:00pm.

Monday 15th of May
Club Night 7:30pm onwards

Friday 19th of May
Mid Lancs Presentation @ Wellington Park

Monday 22nd of May
Club Night 7:30pm onwards

Monday 29th of May
Bank Holiday – No club night

Monday 5th of June
Summer Club 7:30pm onwards

Mid Lancs Singles Tournament 2016/17

Message From Mark Pallett

Hi All

Please find attached entry form for Handicap singles tournament which will this year be held at Wellfield High School on Thurs 11th May 2017 starting at 7.15pm, entries will close on Monday 8th May & will be accepted in the usual way (i.e. post, e-mail or phone)

Sorry for the short notice & hope to see you there.

Regards
Mark

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