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The clash of the badminton titans took place on Wednesday 12th November between UCL and QMW at Somers Town Sports Centre. This is traditionally one of the big battles of the year between the top two London college teams. Both teams were unbeaten this season prior to the match, and are confident of qualifying for the next round of the BUSA championship.

The college’s first teams looked impressive in action, which augurs well for next weekend's Universities tournament in Nottingham, although four of the six UCL players, including the captain are currently injured.

Feathers flew as the players battled it out in a series of flowing games marked by astounding agility, fast reflexes and cunning serves, although the apparent lack of effort was belied by the intense concentration of the players. The QMW first pair, Yong Wei and Su Sien commanded respect with their swift and powerful style - hardly surprising given that one is a former junior champion of Malaysia - winning convincingly against each of the UCL pairs.

Although third pair Chris Durban and Sien Yin Soon - who gave a commendable performance in jeans as a last-minute replacement for the UCL captain - forced several basic errors in the longest of the afternoon's games, QMW came through in the end with a comfortable victory of 15-11, 15-4. This was reflected in the overall result - despite the valiant efforts of the UCL first team they were unable to continue their undefeated run in the face of the undeniable supremacy of QMW, who won six games to three.

Photo: Stephan Luderitz

The second team matches were far more evenly balanced and relaxed except for some McEnroe-esque racquet throwing from disgruntled players. After eight games the score was four all with the decider resting in the hands of the UCL first pair Michael Kuiber and Daniel Tan who took on Chris Yu and Ian Farrell. Although the standard from all four players was high, UCL eventually took the game 15-3, 15-7 and the overall match five games to four.

Juliet Sutcliffe

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