SALISBURY & District-based badminton players were to the fore at the 47th Wiltshire Restricted Championships, held at Melksham's Christie Miller Sports Centre at the weekend.
Sunday's event produced four new title winners. Ben Caldwell, who has won the singles title for the past six years and was also the men's doubles holder, was absent due to coaching commitments in Spain; Sean Locke, who has won the mixed doubles with Julie Russell for the last three years has retired, while Julie Russell did not defend her ladies doubles title with Salisbury's Veronique Manook.
The mens singles saw Salisbury's Simon Woodhouse win the title for the second time, seven years after his previous win when he beat fellow Salisbury player Sam Barber in the final.
Earlier, Woodhouse had been taken to three sets by 17-year-old Jonathan McDonald in the only match in which he had dropped a set.
Lisa Turner won the ladies singles for the sixth year in succession when she beat Alice Walters in a repeat of last year’s final.
Steve Hulbert, a former Wiltshire player, who has been playing for Somerset for several years, has returned to his home county and teamed up with his over 40s partner, Justin Andrews to win the men's doubles in a close three-set final against Gary Davies and Woodhouse.
The ladies' doubles saw Veronique Manook team up with Heather McCune to win the title in three close sets against Joanne Ferris and Lisa Turner.
Manook and McCune had previously won the title in 2006.
Meanwhile, the mixed doubles saw a new pairing of Justin Andrews and Julie Russell win the event without losing a set in all their four matches. They only conceded double figures in two of their eight sets. In the final they beat Steve Hulbert and Anni Bush.
A total of 52 players took part - the men's events being well supported with 20 players in the singles, 15 pairs in the doubles and 17 pairs in the mixed doubles. However, the ladies' events had disappointing numbers with only six in the singles and eight pairs in the doubles.
The two ladies events were played on a round robin basis in two groups with a final, while the men's and mixed events were played as a knock-out with a plate event for first match losers.
Mens Singles: Simon Woodhouse (Salisbury) beat Sam Barber (Salisbury) 21-17, 22-20
Ladies Singles: Lisa Turner beat Alice Walters 21-11, 28-26
Mens Doubles: Justin Andrews & Steve Hulbert beat Gary Davies & Simon Woodhouse (Salisbury) 21-13, 13-21, 21-16
Ladies Doubles: Veronique Manook (Salisbury) & Heather McCune beat Joanne Ferris & Lisa Turner 21-19. 19-21, 21-18
Mixed Doubles: Justin Andrews & Julie Russell beat Steve Hulbert & Anni Bush 21-6, 21-14
Mens Singles: Aiden Beardsley (Salisbury)
Mens Doubles: Jack Gruar & Chris Williams
Mixed Doubles: James Knight & Jana Dudko (Salisbury)