Club Teams: Wednesday regular. Declared too dangerous to play on any specific team by South Yorks Badders Health and Safety Committee.
When playing known to shout: Oohh errr whoops!
Favourite badminton shot: I love all of my shots equally
Racket: An edgy little black and orange number.
Favourite badminton snack: My opponents
Additional Info: Loves dogs, green vegetables and gin
Nicknames: Rich, Jonathan, One of the twins
Member Since: May 2014
Club Teams: Mens 2
When playing known to shout: YES….no no no no! Hmmm wasn’t sure actually….
Favourite badminton shot: Net kill, especially from return of serve
Racket: Carlton Vapour Trail S-Lite
Favourite badminton snack: BISCUITS! Dark chocolate digestives please
Additional Info: World record holder!
Club Position: Chairman
When playing known to shout: “Nooo Yesss NOoo… sorry wasn’t sure”
Favourite badminton shot: Anything consistent
Racket: Yonex Arcsaber 10
Favourite badminton snack: Emily’s cake (hint hint)
Favourite joke: Dwarf shortage
Additional info: Ex World record holder 🙂
Name: Andrew Codling
Nickname: Baby cod
Membership Duration: June ’13
Club position: Treasurer, Mens 2 Captain, Club Philosopher, Combined 2
Racket: Apacs, Tantrum
Favourite badminton shot: Winners
Unique badminton characteristics: Always staying stylish and well-kept, no matter how strenuous the rally
Most commonly hear saying: Can I have a lift?
Favourite badminton snack: Jelly babies/Jellied fruits
Additional info.: World record holder
Membership Duration: October 2014
Teams: Whoever wants me to play!
Racket: A smiley one!
Favourite badminton shot: High and long singles serve/clear – so satisfying to get it that far!
Unique badminton special moves: Flinging my legs about randomly/ moving the wrong way/ being in the wrong place (real skills)
When playing, commonly heard: Squealing and laughing
Favourite badminton snack: Crisps, biscuits, chocolate (whatever I can get my hands on!)
Nickname: Eggy. Rich’s mate
Membership Duration: May 2014
Club Teams: Mens 2/ Combined 2
Favourite badminton shot: Anything that goes in
Racket: Badminton one
Unique badminton characteristics: Excellent posture!
When playing, known to shout: Yours
Favourite badminton snack: Any chocolate biscuits
Additional info.: World Record Holder!
Membership Duration: November 2013
Club position: Combined 1 and Ladies Teams
Racket: Yonex Arc Saber 2
Favourite badminton shot: half court drop in doubles (but don’t tell anyone about my secret weapon!) and usually all fast shots.
Least favourite: service to tall guys 🙂
When playing, known to say to partner: Go! Go!
On court motto: Commit to it!
Nickname: Paddy Pantsdown MP
Membership Duration: Joined May’13
Club Position/ Teams: Social secretary (real ale division), captain of the men’s 3rd team
Racquet: Yonex Nanoray
Special Badminton Move: Heroic lunge to the net having failed to anticipate a drop
When playing, most commonly hear saying: ‘Masterful stroke!’
Tell us a joke: Q: How many ears has Mr. Spock? A: 3…his left ear, his right ear and his final front-ear.
Name: Sam Gaffing
Club membership duration: Since 2011
When playing, known to shout: C’mon!
Favourite badminton snack/refreshment: Sonja’s delicious homemade flapjacks
Racket: Yonex Arcsaber 7
Favourite badminton shot: Net shot or net kill
Name: Hannah Parsons
Nicknames: Scouse, HP, Julia (supposedly look like Julia Styles)
Club Membership Duration: 4 weeks since…2012?
Favourite Badminton Shots: Serve and smash
When playing, known to shout: ‘Don’t be so lazy, Hannah!’
Favourite Badminton snack / Refreshment: squash
Joke: What do you call a cheese that isn’t yours? … NACHO cheese
Name: Verity Howell
Club Membership duration: Since Sept 2010
Favourite Badminton Shot: The ones which I don’t plan to do but people shout “good shot” to.
Racket: Any racket Adam decides he doesn’t want to play with anymore
Unique badminton characteristics/special moves: I am particularly skilled at accidentally hitting myself in the head or leg with my own racket.
When playing, known to shout/Most commonly heard saying: Sorry!
Favourite Badminton Snack/ Refreshment: Quick fresh pasta and orange squash
Additional info/Tell us a joke: Two fish are in a tank, One looks at the other and says, “You man the guns. I’ll drive.”
Name: Louise Larcombe
Nicknames: Lou / Squirrel
Club Membership duration: Since Sept 2011
Favourite Badminton Shot: Smash
Unique badminton characteristics/special moves: I play Badminton like I’m playing Tennis
When playing, known to shout/Most commonly heard saying: Profanitys
Favourite Badminton Snack/ Refreshment: Banana and Pasta
Additional info/Tell us a joke: What’s the difference between a Weasel and a Stoat? One’s Weasely recognised and the other’s Stoatally different.
Name: Jarek Sanik
Nickname: Energiser Bunny
Club Membership duration: Few months since…, but feels like forever 🙂
Favourite Badminton shot: Return of smash
Racket: Yonex Voltric 70
Unique badminton characteristic: Step back after net shot 😦
When playing, known to shout: Yours!/Mine (Which means I’m just watching)
Favourite Badminton snack: Flap Jarek
Name: Dave Jones
Club Membership duration: 2 years since…?
Nicknames: Dave, DJ, Jonesy
Club Position: Wannabe first team regular
When playing, known to shout: An expletive inappropriately loudly
Racket: Gerry’s old one!
Favourite Badminton Shot: SMASH!
Favourite Badminton Refreshment: During – orange squash. After – chocolate milk!
Most commonly heard saying: Fancy a hit?, sorry, my shoes stink!, is she a 7?
Favourite Joke: I’m the best player at Broomgrove
Badminton Words of Wisdom: “If you win you win, and if you don’t win, you lose” (Dave Jones et al. 2013)
Name: Ada or as James usually put it ‘Oi Tam!’
Club Membership duration: I can’t even remember what I had for dinner last night…
Club Position: Usually on one side of the net
When playing, known to shout: ‘WAKE UP! Ada’
Favourite Badminton Shot: Well executed drop or net tumble, hitting somebody between their eyes is a close second favourite
Favourite Badminton Snack: Chocolate biccies, Jaffa cakes.
Additional Info: Don’t make me laugh, once I start, I can’t stop.
Name: Craig Barry
Club Membership duration: Since 2011. However, currently on the national circuit in China.
Favourite Badminton Shot: Check Smash
Racket: Yonex Arcsaber 10
Unique badminton characteristic: Inappropriate cross-court net shot
When playing, known to shout: Silly bugger!
Favourite Badminton snack: Pineapple (cold)
Favourite joke: A man walks into a bar….OUCH!
Name: Joe Pickering
Nickname: The Albatross
Club Membership duration: Since 2010
Club Teams: Combined 1 captain, and mens 1
Racket: Dr. Pro!
Favourite Badminton shot: Vertical drop shot/ lift interception
Favourite Badminton snack: A trough load of anything
Favourite Joke: Gordon’s serve
Name: Michael Jones
Nickname: Mike ‘the goat’ Jones
Club Membership duration: Since 2008 I think
Club Position: Mens 1 and Combined 1
Favourite Shot: SMASH!
Racket: Not sure, but got 2 of them and a Yonex bag for £20.00. Long Story.
Unique badminton special moves: Can raise my power level by humming ’80s ballads. The more unknown, the better.
When playing, known to shout: ‘Expletive’…then, ‘that was a great shot’
Favourite Badminton Snack: Jaffa Cakes
Favourite joke: How do you entice a panda down from a tree with cheese? Cammon-bear!
Name: Becca Dhimar
Club membership: Since 2007
Favourite shot: A cross court drop
Often heard shouting: “Yours” much to Ada’s dismay as she pelts across the court to miraculously get to a shot that was certainly mine…
Club position: I’m a ladies team player
Additional info: I met Raj at badminton and now look where we are!
Name: Sonja Slinger
Nickname: Frau Yashka
Club Membership: 2003 – 2006 & 2009 onwards
Club position: Ladies’ team
When playing, known to shout: ‘Bobbins’ or ‘Fiddlesticks’
Favourite Badminton shot: Those that go over the net and stay within the court?
Unique badminton characteristics: I don’t move…ever
Racket: The one I won in the raffle at the badminton league dinner a couple of years ago. Time for a new one perhaps?
Favourite Badminton Snack: Weetabix – It’s good for those long shots past the back line. I’m very good at those.
Tell us a joke: “Two Martinis, bitte”….“Dry?”….“Nein, I said TWO!”
Name: Adam Smith
Club member duration: Since 2008
Club position: Men’s 1 team captain
When playing known to shout: Get in! You can not be serious! and Hoooohaaaaa!!!!!!
Favourite shot: Smash between the opponents’ eyes/ a scabby shot off the rim
Favourite badminton snack: Weetabix and Cheesecake. Not together
Additional info: Can effect oppositions’ performance with invisible mind waves and my raw sexual prowess.
Favourite Joke: Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize? He was outstanding in his field!
Name: Steve Dow
Club Membership duration:Since 2005
Club Position: Combined 1, Mens 1 and website guy
When playing, known to shout: Quite a lot, but most often ‘Out!’ (just before the shuttle lands a foot in)
Rackets: Dr Pro all the way, baby!
Favourite Badminton Shot: KERSMASH!
Favourite Badminton Snack: A banana during session and a kebab from that Greek place en route to the Porter on a Friday night
Name: Raj Dhimar
Club Membership duration: Since 2003
Favourite Badminton Shot: Drive
Racket: Nanospeed 8000
Unique badminton characteristics/special moves: Drop shot, likes to stomp into shots, and developed a noticeable martial artssound effect when playing hard shots: “Kiai!”
When playing, most commonly heard saying: “Yep!” Usually say this at my partner, meaning it is theirs.
Favourite Badminton Snack: Litres of water due to some serious sweatage
Additional info: Try giving stick badminton a go – it is addictive stuff!
Name: Sally Baughen
Club Membership duration: Since 2004 ish.
Club Position: Ladies and Combined 2
When playing, known to shout: Yours (usually when its really mine but I know I have no chance of getting there)
Favourite Badminton Shot: Still trying to find one
Favourite Badminton Snack: Always have to have a good dish of pasta before playing
Name: Mark Slinger
Club Membership duration: Since 2003
Club Position: Socialite
When playing, known to shout: Kill! (sorry Jason)
Favourite Badminton Shot: Nice clean smash, although a high proportion of mine are ‘rimmed’
Favourite Badminton Refreshment: Stella / Heineken
Additional Info.: Instrumental in adopting the term “WHOOPASS” for the club. Has been known to spend £130 on a racquet and break it within a couple of months.
Name: Peter Talbot
Club membership duration: An ever present at the club
Nicknames: Mr Consistency – in acknowledgement of the continual high standard of play. Gentlemen Pete – for being an all-round good egg, with an equaninious temperament and public spiritedness.
Favourite/Best Shot: Whipped backhand smash.
Most commonly heard saying: It’s our turn for promotion this year.
Name: Gerry Firkins
Club Membership duration: Since 1996
Club Position: Secretary
When playing, known to shout: ‘Check’ – I Obviously get confused with playing chess! Or I’m reminding the treasurer he owes me money.
Favourite Badminton Shot: One in a men’s game in 1970! But generally one that is executed like the text book says as they are so rare.
Unique badminton characteristics: Feeling that I can move better on a badminton court than in the rest of the world!
Favourite Badminton Snack: Ohhhh, obviously the first pint after a session. Never anything while playing unless the opposition’s biscuits are really good.