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    Exactly my point.. So how can these players get in to the bonanza tournys? It seems like bad eng dont check applications thoroughly enough. Also im aware that a lot of the players in the league cat are eligible to play at county level but simply chose not to. I guess we shall see on the day how good the standard is. I suppose also that it will be toughest in the Bham one since everyone would want to play in the NIA, compared to the liverpool and london bonanzas.

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    Hi Akife, no I'm doing a level 1 in Somerset.

    Liverpool now has 260 applicants across all categories - I've been paired up with a doubles partner in social, maybe a BC member?

    As a general rule England Bronze winners/finalists are county 2nd/3rd team players who may also play Division 1 league. So if you play to a good league standard you could, in theory, go far in the League Bonzana.

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    But surely county second and third team players are still county players and not allowed in the bonanza?

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    I actually know 2 county players who are already registered to play mens doubles in the London bonanza. Absurd!

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    It seems to be the rules for the bonanza aren't that strictly enforced. It's worth an email to them asking what checks they do to ensure county players are excluded.

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    Guys and gals who've played in previous years, do you know what kind of prizes they give out for winning? Do they give anything?

    Prizes in other tournaments seem to vary from cash, rackets, t-shirts to small trophies and medals.

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    Had my letter through from the organizers this morning...

    "...due to the construction of the arena, games will be played on concrete floor - please bring appropriate footwear"

    or words to that effect. Seems they didn't learn anythingfrom last time (or they're keeping mats back as a surprise).

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    I got my letter now too.. and just read that. Damn it : ( appropriate footwear.. what should we be wearing then, construction boots?!!
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    Rumors still persist that mats will be there... but since there are fewer than ten Yonex mats in the world (yep), I don't think we'll be replete if they are used. They'll probably be given to the league players; the rest of us shouldn't scoop shuttles.

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    haha god i hope they have mats man.. ill bring my cement mixer in case there are pot holes ) Give us a shout when youre there guys.. we should go for a drink or something. Im Zahid Ahsan and my doubles partner is Zhu Xiao

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    I assume you guys are talking about Liverpool or the NIA, cos Sobell is a leisure centre with indoor courts.

    Anyone else here playing in the mens' over singles?

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    havent entered the mens singles.. mens doubles social only. im tempted to play singles as well tho.. worried abt getting spanked in league. have you entered social or league.

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    I had to enter the league as I've played in both Middlesex and Surrey leagues in the last 3 years.

    I've never played singles in a tournament before so looking forward to it, should be fun. It's going to be a crazy atmosphere at Sobell with 16 courts going on at once.

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    Train booked, accommodation sorted (Embassie youth hostel to relive my youthful experiences!) and looking forward to singles and doubles at Liverpool this weekend.

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    Same! premier inn city centre booked, car filled up with diesel.. bags will be packed soon. Bring on liverpool Hope to see you there Carl

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    Not a lot of accommodation available in Liverpool for the Sat night. Premier Inn wanted 80 for a single!

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    Anyone else here playing in the mens' over singles?
    Yeh - me. It's gonna cost me an extra tenner and I don't expect to get anywhere, but it's as good an excuse as any to playtest this Voltric. I can see it now: sat on my arse until doubles starts at 1... wonder if I can nip to Primark

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