CBS Providing Strong Competition …
Chad Peddle of CBS Badminton Club won the Men’s Singles with a 24-22, 21-14 win over Jason George of Avalon Club. Chad picked up the Gold once again, having won in 2018. Jason took home the Silver while Jay Powell of Grand Falls-Windsor came in third for a Bronze.
In Men’s Doubles, the CBS team of Jon Pawson and Brad Walsh repeated their 2018 performance, winning Gold with a tense three game victory over club-mates Chad Peddle and Travis Rideout who were awarded Silver: 16-21, 21-16, 21-16. Jason George and Geoff Robinson from Avalon Club beat Rick Finn and Jay Powell from Grand Falls-Windsor 21-17, 21-17 to secure the Bronze.
Mixed Doubles saw the Mike and Emily Alexander win Gold, beating out Geoff Robinson and Jenna Lee Ralph who took Silver, 21-10, 21-10. Clyde Steele and Abby Oliver took Bronze over John Gillam and Jessica Morgan in a cliff-hanging 21-19, 25-23.
Grand Falls Strong Presence
The Grand Falls Club was a mecca for badminton in its day and produced a number of provincial players. The Harmsworth Connection of the Grand Falls – Windsor Heritage Centre writes:
The Grand Falls Badminton Club was active in 1942 and started possibly as early as the 1930s, when GFA High on Memorial Avenue, with a new gymnasium, opened. This gym was the club’s home until the 1990s when the school was closed. The club was then moved to Notre Dame Academy, now Millcrest Academy.
Current and past residents of Grand Falls participating in the Provincial Championships included: Geoff Robinson, Jason George, Jay Powell, Rick Finn and John Gillam.
No women’s events again!
Due to the lack of entries, Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles could not be played for the second year running. Opportunity knocks for any junior girls wanting to make an impact in Senior competition!