Sue's triple success at badminton finals

NORTHGATE Sports Centre was the venue for the finals of the 44th Ipswich and District Badminton League (IDBL) Championships, with the finals of the veterans' tournaments also taking place alongside the main event.

NORTHGATE Sports Centre was the venue for the finals of the 44th Ipswich and District Badminton League (IDBL) Championships, with the finals of the veterans' tournaments also taking place alongside the main event.

Pride of place goes to Sue Poole (YMCA), who won the veterans ladies doubles as well as two of the main events to complete a hat-trick of victories.

The singles saw two young finals night debutants in action and both produced creditable performances against older and more experienced opponents, suggesting that future success may come their way.

The evening began with the ladies singles final where Alys Kindred (Framlingham) defeated 13-year-old Freya Webb (YMCA) 21-19, 21-16 to take the title for the third year running, three days before completing the London Marathon.

In the men's singles, it was also three titles in a row for Jonathan Isaacson (Abbeygate), who took the first game 22-20 against the 17-year- old YMCA player Matthew Cavalcanti.

Isaacson found himself 18-15 down in the second game but recovered to complete his victory, winning 21-19.

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The YMCA pairing of Sarah Gooding and Sue Poole, once again showed their domination of ladies doubles by taking the title, having won the veterans event earlier in the evening.

They defeated last year's winners Lindsee Bullett (Abbeygate) and Amanda Newcombe (Stowmarket) but were taken to a third game before completing their victory and their fifth success in the last twelve years.

David Block (Meridians) and Richard Savory (Abbeygate) were men's doubles runners up last year and were looking to go one better on this occasion.

This was not to be, as Alan Jones completed a double celebration, following the birth of his daughter on the previous day by taking the title by a 21-13, 21-15 winning margin. For Isaacson, his partner, it was another treble, as he tasted success in this event for the third year running.

The mixed doubles final, featuring two regular YMCA pairings, provided the most competitive action of the evening with the outcome in doubt until the last point had been played.

Poole and Miguel Soler won the first game against Gooding and Paul Adderson but quickly found themselves 6-0 down in the second, a deficit from which they were unable to recover.

The deciding game saw Gooding and Adderson 11-9 up at the half way stage, and both pairs held match-point on two occasions, before Poole and Soler won the game 25-23, to win the event for the fifth year running and seventh time in total.

IDBL chairperson Linda Sheppard presented the trophies at the end of an entertaining evening's badminton.

Results round-up

Men's Singles: Jonathan Issacson beat Matthew Cavalcanti 21-20, 21-19.

Ladies Singles: Alys Kindred beat Freya Webb 21-19, 21-16.

Ladies Doubles: Sarah Gooding & Sue Poole beat Lindsee Bullett & Amanda Newcombe 21-14, 17-21, 21-16.

Men's Doubles: Alan Jones & Jonathan Isaacson beat David Block & Richard Savory 21-13, 21-15.

Mixed Doubles: Sue Poole & Miguel Soler beat Sarah Gooding & Paul Adderson 21-12, 14-21, 25-23.

Veterans' Finals:

Ladies Doubles: Sarah Gooding & Sue Poole beat Carol Cracknell (Abbeygate) & Lesley Crack (Abbeygate) 21-12, 21-9.

Men's Singles: Graham Mitchell (Corinthians) beat Glenn Tooke (Adastral Park) 21-12, 21-13.

Men's Doubles: Ian Cobb (Walton & Kirton) & Phil Maynard (Maidenhall) beat Peter Bell (Abbeygate) & Graham Mitchell (Corinthians) 15-21, 21-11, 21-17.

Mixed Doubles: Carol Cracknell & Tony Isherwood (YMCA) beat Pam Cobb and Ian Cobb (Walton & Kirton) 21-19, 14-21, 21-13.

Tickets are still available for the IDBL Presentation Evening at Gresham's Sports and Social Club on Saturday, May 12. Contact Stuart Girling (01473-730363).

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