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05-12-2004, 11:39 AM #1
New Season (Satellite, Challenger)
When does the new satellite events start? Does anyone have a calendar for satellite events and challengers for the year 2004 - 2005.
Missed all the satellite tours of 2003-2004 but hope to play 2004 - 2005 season.
Please let me know.
05-12-2004, 03:31 PM #2
the calendar is normally decided end of july/beginning of august !
05-13-2004, 05:59 AM #3
I found the calendar for 2004 - 2005
The following are the dates for Satellite Tours for 2004 - 2005
28th Aug 2004 - Herts
11th Sep 2004 - Bournemouth
18th Sep 2004 - Harrogate/Cornwall
09th Oct 2004 - Wessex
23rd Oct 2004 - Oxford
06th Nov 2004 - Jersey
20th Nov 2004 - Middlesex
27th Nov 2004 - Hants
04th Dec 2004 - Wilts
15th Jan 2005 - Lancs
22nd Jan 2005 - Berks/Staffs
29th Jan 2005 - Devon/Cambs
12th Feb 2005 - Cheshire
26th Feb 2005 - Suffolk
05th Mar 2005 - Leics
26th Mar 2005 - Northum
09th Apr 2005 - Hull
16th Apr 2005 - Guernsey
If you want to know the dates for International, Elite, Challenger etc then click on the link below:
05-13-2004, 08:08 AM #4
New season satellite tournaments
What level do you play at?
I was thinking about taking part in a few of the Satellite tournaments next season. However, I have heard that the standard is quite high. This years Men's singles Satellite finals feature Daniel Plant currently ranked No 15 in the UK. The other guys in the singles are all ranked in the top 30. The standard in the men's doubles is almost as high. i.e Ian Murphy ranked 27 in the UK, James and Simon White, ranked 48 and 50.
The baofe website describes the Satellite as follows "It is a Grade C Circuit which is suitable for those looking to either start or improve playing at a competitive level"
If a person was a league player looking to have a crack at a few tournaments I wonder if that person might find it a bit of a waste of time. Particularly if there was no plate tournament for any first round losers.
However, If you are playing at County level or higher then go sunny, go!
Personally, I might check out the Welsh Seniors Tour ( a new series of tournaments aimed more toward club / league players ). Also I have been thinking about trying some tournaments in France. Again these seem to be a much wider range of tournaments geared for different standards of players.
Failing that, I'll just stick to playing in the league and maybe do a few Vets
05-13-2004, 08:24 AM #5
Herts and Oxford are likely to feature higher standard players than Bournemouth, Cornwall./ Cornwall is particularly low in standard and offers a plate event.
The fact that even elit eplayers can play on the satellite circuit is a definite problem that I have pointed out to the baofe in the past. But if you are of top club/low county standard have a go
05-13-2004, 10:05 AM #6
Well it's not going to stop me going in for mens doubles events next season.
Went to one Welsh Senior Series event, the Bangor Open, about a month ago. But frankly it was not well run. It was good in that it featured a group stage to start. However it was bad in that each match consisted of a single game to 15. Very difficult and not much fun.
However we got through our group but then came up against the number one seeds (apparently) in the knockout stage and went straight out. Again it was a single game to 15 so it wasn't really that enjoyable.
As I say though, we are gearing up for satellite next season.
05-13-2004, 11:17 AM #7
>>What level do you play at?
I play at club level. My game standard is not high. I haven't played over 5 years now and I'm sort of trying to do a come back to the sport.
>>This years Men's singles Satellite finals feature Daniel Plant currently >>ranked No 15 in the UK. The other guys in the singles are all ranked in the >>top 30. The standard in the men's doubles is almost as high. i.e Ian Murphy >>ranked 27 in the UK, James and Simon White, ranked 48 and 50.
I'm sure I will get murdered in the court 15-0, 15-0 if I'm drawn against those top seeds but I'll give my best to be a good loser
>>Personally, I might check out the Welsh Seniors Tour ( a new series of >>tournaments aimed more toward club / league players ).
Where can I find calendar for the Welsh Senior Tours? Is it also 21 tournaments a season?
>>Herts and Oxford are likely to feature higher standard players than >>Bournemouth, Cornwall./ Cornwall is particularly low in standard and offers >>a plate event.
Which other satellite tours offer plate events?
>>The fact that even elit eplayers can play on the satellite circuit is a >>definite problem that I have pointed out to the baofe in the past.
Yes its a bit of a bummer. But its also good for players of my standard to have a go at top seeds and being an Underdog against those top seeds I haven't got anything to lose
05-13-2004, 12:12 PM #8
I hear what you say and I admire your fighting spirit. Maybe I'll take dlp's advise
and try the Bournmouth and Cornwall Satellite events later this year.
You can get info on the Wales Senior Tour from the Welsh BA website.
Don't know how many tournaments they are running.
Good luck in the tournaments. Let us all know how you get on.
05-13-2004, 01:22 PM #9
Welshbadminton.net website doesn't look that good. Being a "Senior Systems Developer" I would love to voluntary to design and develop a dynamic website for them, If only they could allow me to do so. I always want to contribute to the "World of Badminton" and this could be something that I could start with
Any software developers or graphic designers hang out in this forum?
I think I will create an "Open Source Community" website dedicated only for badminton. I could create a rock solid web application using ASP.NET/C# using SQL Server database.
what do you guys think? any ideas or suggestions please?
05-14-2004, 04:52 AM #10
You've seen badders.com obviuosley?
I think the welshbadminton site is functional though basic, it does contain a forum which the baofe site lacks.
the cornwall is the only event I know with a plate.
The mixed at cornwall is played in groups
05-14-2004, 04:56 AM #11
Hampshire had a plate in 2002, but MS started on Friday evening and the plate was on Saturday. So if you go out in the first round you've got to hand around for another day.
Don't know if it is still like that.
05-14-2004, 06:06 AM #12
Originally Posted by sunny
neway drop me a PM is you want to work together on badders site - i'd be interested in helping out, altho ur prolly a bit more talented than i
back to the topic - i've only ever played in two satellite events, both times getting drawn against the 1st see, Stephen Mumby and Matt Shuker - got flattened both times - not great when you travel a great distance, pay a big entry fee, just to get thrashed in one game. i still try, but i'm not as keen as i used to be - if i could find a MD or XD partner who was local i would prolly enter those events as they're more my game.
good luck for anybody who enters this season
05-14-2004, 06:13 AM #13
Mumby and Shuker would be two very bad draws in satellites Coops, most satellites are won by players of lesser quality.
At Cornwall you get a mixture of Cornish club /county players (county bottom 2 divisions standard), some sw vets, some local juniors, then some better players from Devon, Wilts, Hamps etc.
The WHite brothers contested the final last year I beleive, and got to maybe the qtrs in doubles, probably about 6 pairs of good county standard, really one of the easiest events, any good club player would not feel out of place.
05-14-2004, 06:24 AM #14
The Cornwall event sounds Ok. I might give that a go. According to Sunny's list
it's scheduled for 18th September. Do you know if any of the Satellite events have a Vets section? Or do you know of any good Vets tournaments generally?
05-14-2004, 06:26 AM #15
aye - certainly were bad draws..
i think living up north predisposes me to hard tournaments since lancs and yorkshire are the strongest counties, derbyshire isn't bad either.
mebbe i should move down south
apparently the welsh tournaments were very good in terms of even standards - no really strong players and no really weak ones so it might be worth doing those...
after spending all summer on the treadmill getting super fit
05-14-2004, 07:19 AM #16
ther is quite alot of satellites to play so if your willing to travel to a few of the weaker ones im sure you will have a nice draw !
05-14-2004, 07:23 AM #17
No vets in satelite events but there are several vets tournaments, contact the baofe for a diary
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