Our first game of the tournament started well with a 5-0 win against Devizes B making it a good match to start with and also Luke draper playing some blinding shots.
The second match against Hardenhuish B was a similar match to the first match, with the same result 5-0 winning each game with relative ease, although we all knew our hardest matches were yet to come.
Our last match of the group stages was against Abbeyfield. We knew it would be a hard game, as they had a county player in their team and also the pressure was on, as whoever won this game would go through to the final and face Devizes A. Fortunately we won the Match 4-1.
We knew the final would be difficult as their team train 4 hours a week with plastic shuttles, whereas the last time our team played with plastic shuttles was last year at the same tournament. Sadly we lost all our games 0-5, however many of the games were close and coming second out of eight teams was a great achievement.
Also I’d like to say well done to Alex Baylis for being one of the youngest players in the hall and winning the majority of his games, Reuben Stringer for winning some great singles games and showing how much he’s improved in a year and Luke Draper for playing remarkably well, even though he had only played for about 2 hours in his life before the tournament.
Written by Matthew Hughes 9S – Badminton Captain