Photo: Jeremy Young
|The ULU ladies'
badminton team's season started very promisingly on
Sunday, with a relatively comfortable victory over the
Polygon squad at the Finsbury Leisure Centre in Londons
Old Street. ULU's badminton teams have competed in the
Middlesex League Competition for the last five years, and
both the ladies and men's squads are aspiring towards
promotion this year from their respective divisions.
A common problem for ULU sports teams is that their best players tend to compete for their individual colleges as well. ULU's badminton squad is not an exception, and this problem is compounded by the fixture congestion facing teams in the Middlesex leagues.The men's badminton squad will have to play around forty matches over the remaining twenty weeks, barring the break for the Christmas holidays, and previously their challenge in League Division 3b has struck difficulties towards the finish, at the end of the Easter term, because of tiredness and injuries. However, this season the squads members are largely committed just to their UL activities, and this has generated confidence in the teams' opportunities this year.
This result demonstrates the ULU ladies' team's ability to achieve promotion from Division Two this season. Even with an unfamiliar format of matches brought in this year to contend with, where each team member must play a game paired with every one of her team-mates, and an awkward fixture against an experienced and plucky Polygon outfit, ULU eventually emerged from the contest as winners, 4-2. While the men's team trained in preparation for their season's start next week, Ellen Nicholson and Kath Wheller kick-started the women's challenge in the first match, overcoming Polygon's first pair convincingly, 15-1, 15-5.ULU then moved further ahead through victories for Sadie Siviter and Charlotte Ellis.However by the time of the final match, ULU were only ahead, 3-2, and under the new format Sadie Siviter and Kath Wheller still needed to win in order to ensure an overall victory for the team.After a lengthy and difficult contest, they finally succeeded; 15-3, 12-15, 15-7.
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