<![CDATA[ Stirling & District Badminton League - News Blog]]>Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:56:29 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[John Tennant - A Tribute]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:21:24 GMThttp://www.stirlingbadminton.co.uk/news-blog/john-tennant-a-tributePublished on the BadmintonScotland website

club and league badminton friends remember with great fondness John Tennant who died on 12 October 2015. He was born in Polmont, Falkirk, in August 1955, attended the local primary school and then went on to Graeme High School. As long as his family can remember his life was dominated by his passion for badminton. John started at the local church hall and was really talented, regularly winning prizes and cups all over the central region, playing more or less seven days a week.

John was described by many as a real gentlemen; quiet, patient and understanding, with a wicked sense of humour. On the badminton court he was a little less gentlemanly; highly competitive, with a fine choice of language which could be quietly but clearly heard by his partner, particularly if they weren’t moving fast enough! He possessed an amazingly flexible left wrist which was often impossible to read and it was usually preferable to be his partner rather than his opponent. 

John’s badminton potential was seriously hampered by the onset of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the young age of 23. However he battled and won the fight against it then and again nine years later, returning to the court each time as soon as he was able after various forms of treatment. When he had a major heart operation at the age of 55 he hoped he would be able to return to the veteran badminton court. Sadly this was not to be; however John continued to be very much involved, including being very much in demand for stringing racquets, and regularly supporting local and veteran tournaments.

We take this opportunity to express our condolences to John’s mother Mary, brother Danny and sister-in-law Janice and ]]>
<![CDATA[Black takes gold and silver in World Seniors]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:22:12 GMThttp://www.stirlingbadminton.co.uk/news-blog/black-takes-gold-and-silver-in-world-seniorsChristine Black made up for her final disappointment of two years ago when she lifted the 60+ women’s doubles title with Dutch partner Marjan Ridder at the BWF World Senior Championships in Helsingborg this afternoon.

The pair, who were runners-up in the 55+ in 2013 when top seeds, lived up to their No.1 seeding this week when they defeated Marguerite Butt and Ann Hurst 21-16 21-8. It meant they took the title without dropping a game.

But Black, who had reached the women’s singles final without dropping a game, missed out on a golden double when the second seed was outplayed 21-15 21-19 by England’s Christine Crossley.

Even so, Black, the only woman in the Scotland squad, comes home with two more medals to add to her already glittering array of senior successes. But Ridder takes home two golds after she and husband Rob won the mixed, beating England’s Hurst and Graham Holt 21-13 21-10.
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<![CDATA[ Recognition Evening for Violet Davidson]]>Sat, 01 Mar 2014 22:57:56 GMThttp://www.stirlingbadminton.co.uk/news-blog/-recognition-evening-for-violet-davidsonPicture
After more than 60 years of playing and organising badminton matches, Violet (Vi) has decided to hang up the racquets and Dunlop Green Flash trainers for the final time - in Vi’s words “the mind is willing but the body is not”.

Vi started playing at the ripe young age of 15 at the Allan Church in Bannockburn, she quickly advanced to league matches playing in nearly every local league possible including Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline & Glasgow, both as an individual and team player.  Her achievements meant she won many cups, trophies and friends over the years.

We at the Stirling Badminton League thought that we could not let her retirement happen without some kind of recognition being paid for her services over the years, so we have decided to organise a “Recognition Evening” in Vi’s honour: -

Venue :        Stirling Management Centre.
Time-Date:   7pm  - 15th March 2014.
Cost:           £15 (including Buffet and Disco until late).

If you remember Vi and would like to be part of this event then please contact John Grant on 07875 264509 (grant.john4@sky.com) or Margaret Monteith 07710 152541 (m.monteith194@btinternet.com).  Also if you have any stories you would like to share with us about Vi, then please feel free to send them to either John or Margaret.