PICTURE SPECIAL: YMCA player Dan Moss picks up a hat-trick of titles

YMCA’s Dan Moss was the main man as he secured a hat-trick of titles at the finals of the 49th Ipswich & District Badminton League Championships at Northgate Sports Centre.

Moss secured the men’s singles, defeating team-mate Gavin Coyne, 15, in two games, before partnering David Poole to overcome seven-time winners Paul Adderson and Miguel Soler in the men’s doubles, 21-12, 22-20.

Moss was also victorious in the mixed doubles final, pairing up with Stowmarket’s Amanda Newcombe to defeat YMCA pairing Sue Poole and Soler, who had won the title for the last nine seasons in a row.

In the ladies’ singles, Abbeygate’s Emma Lee just got the edge over Jo Tumilty (Ipswich), 21-17 in the third game, with the tie poised at one game apiece, to win the trophy for the first time.

In the ladies’ doubles final, new winners were guaranteed. Linzi Chatfield and Mandy Davies (Coastal Wanderers) were the victors, beating the YMCA pair of Suzanne Howes and Jo Poole by a comfortable margin.

In the veterans’ finals, Sandy Taylor (Abbeygate) defeated Bob Chamberlain (Corinthians) 21-19, 21-16, Mike Tee and Martin Waters (YMCA) beat Paul Adderson and Peter Day (YMCA) 20-21, 21-17, 21-13 in the men’s doubles, Sue Poole and Wendy Collins (YMCA) overcame Pauline Tarbit and Sarah Taylor (Abbeygate) 21-15, 21-16 in the ladies’ doubles, and Sarah Taylor and Sandy Taylor took pride of place in the mixed doubles, defeating Gill Harris (Corinthians) & Mike Tee 21-20, 12-21, 21-20.

The final of the Ipswich and District Badminton League Team Championships, for the Playford Trophy was played at Suffolk New College Sports Centre.

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