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Boys Badminton 2018

Paul Fielding —

The boys' badminton team narrowly won Division Two on a count back to complete three years in a row of winning this division.

After losing three of our top players at the end of 2017 we attempted to field a team in Division One but found this very challenging. After the first round we dropped to Division Two and started winning convincingly again. The team comprised Theo Molteno, Danny Barton, Wilson Huang and Daniel Cowles.

We also fielded three other teams comprising mostly junior players. One of these teams played at the Badminton Centre while the other two played at Kings. There is a strong competitive core of Year 9 players who enjoyed the ladder system which allowed players to challenge for spots in higher teams each week at practice.

Improving players who will challenge for the number one team in 2019 include Min Le Lin, George Hyink and Tim Hulbe-Pulver. For the year nine boys Jayden Jesudhass beat all others for the junior championship cup, while Yannick Medvecky-Wolkenhauer and Kieran Graham all showed tenacity and improvement throughout the season.

In the annual Co-ed tournament our boys team was weakened by two players being in the senior basketball team on the day. Our weakened team narrowly came third behind Kavanagh and a rapidly improving Bayfield team. Our girls team played extremely well, on the day.

Christine Bennett from the international department was a great help this year by being in charge of two teams at Kings High School and helping with transport which allowed Mr Fielding to concentrate on the two teams playing at Badminton Hall.

2019 is shaping up as another very good competitive year though we are not yet ready to return to the premier league.