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Badminton report 2015

Coach —

2015 was another successful year for badminton at Naenae College. Once again numbers were high, possibly higher than in 2014.

With the juniors having experienced the sport in P.E. and carrying it on into the season. And many seniors still wanting to play after playing last year. We had mixed results for our teams, with the highlights being our senior boys winning the Hutt Valley Division 1 grade and playing in regionals against the best teams from both the Wellington, and North grades. Naenae came up on top winning the final 4-2. Team 1 consisted of Jamie, Lucas, Tyson, Jeremiah and Alex, who played in the regional event. Also, well done to Naenae 3 Boys who won the Hutt Valley Division 3 grade. Team 3 consisted of Hayden, Peter, Ryan and Jude. And finally, congratulations to our Junior 2 Girls for coming 2nd in the Hutt Valley Division 2 competition. Alyssa Ponte had a big year in badminton, competing in the National Pilipino Tournament, and coming 2nd in both the doubles and mixed grades.

Congratulations to Alex Randall Year 9 and Jeremiah Saolotoga Year 10, runners up in the CSW Regional Junior Badminton Champs held in Wellington yesterday. Both boys were interested in being part of the day and agreed that they team together. With no prior practice as a doubles pair, they headed into Wellington ready to go! They made the finals, playing Newlands College, just going down in two sets, 18-21 and 20-21. The boys said "it was an awesome final and everyone was friendly". Thanks to Alex’s dad, Jeremy, for taking the boys into Wellington.

So overall, a good year for badminton at Naenae.