GALLERY: Ipswich & District Badminton Championships

Ipswich and District Badminton League finals at Northgate Sports Centre. Pictured is Davis Poole.

Ipswich and District Badminton League finals at Northgate Sports Centre. Pictured is Davis Poole. - Credit: Archant

YMCA’S Dan Moss and Stowmarket’s Isabel Lucas both scooped two titles each at the 50th Ipswich and District Badminton League (IDBL) Championships, at Northgate Sports Centre.

Moss and David Poole, the man he defeated in the men’s singles final, took the men’s doubles award, while Suffolk Under-19 girls champions Kym Gorner and Lucas won the ladies’ crown.

There were new winners in the mixed doubles meanwhile, as Sarah Gooding and Luke Hill saw off the defending champions, Amanda Newcombe (Stowmarket) and Moss, in a deciding set.

Many winners from previous years watcheed the finals, including Stephen Smith (men’s singles champion 1964-68), Mary Robinson (ladies singles winner 1965-67) and Maureen Deaves, the ladies’ doubles winner with Robinson in 1965.

The first match of the evening saw YMCA duo, Moss and Poole, compete for the men’s singles title, with the former claiming the trophy for the second year running, winning 21-13, 21-13.

In the ladies’ singles final, Framlingham’s Alys Thompson was looking to add to her four previous victories in the 2005/8 finals, but fell short against 17-year old Lucas, making her finals night debut. Thompson won the first game 21-13, but Lucas fought back to win the next two games to secure her first senior IDBL title.

Moss and Poole retained the men’s doubles trophy with a hard-fought victory over Tim Scott (YMCA) and Laurence Mills (Abbeygate). Honours were even at one game all, but Poole and Moss had the edge in the third game winning 21-13.

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Gormer (Belstead) and Lucas then defeated YMCA’s Jo Poole and Janet Dennis by a narrow margin, before Newcombe and Moss defended their title against YMCA pairing Sarah Gooding and Luke Hill.

The game was poised for an exciting finish as the match went to a third game. Gooding and Hill were 11-8 up at the mid-point of the decider, and maintained their advantage to triumph by four points.