JONATHAN CLEREHUGH and Ian Holness were the first winners as the Huddersfield District Badminton League’s annual Tournament got off to a cracking start.
They took the Men’s Doubles title (Divisions 4-6) when coming from behind to defeat fellow scratch pairing Colin Sladen and Steve Bricklebank.
Having lost the first game 21-19, Clerehugh and Holness found another gear to turn the match around.
They took the second game 21-9 and then closed out decisively in the third for a 21-14 scoreline.
With only six pairs entering the doubles this year it might have been feared it would be a disappointing event, but far from it!
With the combination of experienced players with years under their belts, a father and son pairing and two emerging stars from the Huddersfield Eagles coaching squad, the competition was a roaring success.
The round robin phase resulted in Eagles rising stars Sukhjeet Sodhi and Billy Prady and father and son team Neil and James Firth making the semi-finals, along with old hands in Sladen and Bricklebank as well as the eventual winners.
The Firths made it through by just one point from their final game.
Even the presence of their Eagles principal coach, Mike Hall, and this playing partner Matt Cromack, and the pairing of Russell Dyson and Mick Charles who stepped in to play at the last minute, was not enough to stop Sodhi and Prady from winning through to the semis as the leading pair.
The semis were a different matter, though, being the best of three games to 21.
In the first semi, Sodhi and Prady initially took the lead but the wise old heads of Sladen and Bricklebank took control and, in the end, gave the youngsters no quarter, eventually winning 18-21, 21-11 and 21-13.
The other semi was more decisive but no less competitive, with the Firths narrowly losing to Clerehugh and Holness 21-18, 21-18.
Thanks were expressed to Flying Feathers for the use of their hall for the Tournament.