Great Southern badminton gears for the run to finals

Going to get it: Rodney Beswick of the Hamper Warehouse team stretching to reach the shuttle from the McDonalds Victor Harbor team. Can he stretch far enough to play that shot? Of course he can!
Going to get it: Rodney Beswick of the Hamper Warehouse team stretching to reach the shuttle from the McDonalds Victor Harbor team. Can he stretch far enough to play that shot? Of course he can!

Round 14 of badminton marks two thirds of the minor round season completed. The remaining seven rounds will be important for the teams in the middle of the pack that are vying for a top four finish.

School holidays and the dreaded flu will no doubt play havoc on some of the teams over the next few weeks.

Teams who can maintain a healthy list and field a close to full strength team each week find themselves in best position for a finals berth. A detailed analysis of the ladder will be in next week's report. On Thursday night Hamper Warehouse eased to a 55 point win against McDonald's V.H, Jannette and Yulius best players for the winning team with three wins each.

For McDonald's V.H, Gavin was the standout, and a special mention to newly elevated Matthew Farmer who showed terrific tactics and court awareness to score 19 points in his singles match against a much more experienced Josh Edwards.

Victor Podiatry Centre were gallant in defeat with Simon Brayford and Greg Beames willing their team toward an unlikely victory on the back of three regular players out with the flu, but Fleurieu Milk Company held on for a 14 point win, following some terrific play from father and son duo Robert and Matthew Jones.

On court 3 Tonkin's Sports finished with a 37 point victory against Stanvac Korean Autoparts. Praveen Sacaran and Narelle Stewart were both strong players for team Stanvacs, winning a combined four out of five doubles matches.

But in the singles, they were both trumped by their direct opponents, with Shayne Drummond playing a terrific game to defeat Praveen 21-19. Luke Hodge and Aiden Stewart went head to head in a great contest across the evening.

Luke finishing as his teams MVP, assisted by the fact each of his doubles team mates were more experienced than their opponents. Next week's match-ups sees OJ Computers vs Stanvac Korean Autoparts, Tonkin's Sports vs McDonalds-V.H and Fleurieu Milk Company vs Hamper Warehouse. Victor Podiatry Centre have the bye.

The GSBA is open every Tuesday between 6pm to 9pm for social badminton at The Investigator College Victor Harbor Campus Performing Arts and Sports Centre. New members are welcome to come down and check out the fantastic gym facility, meet new people and at the same time learn how to play badminton. For any inquiries call Tim on 0431 041 666.

The Great Southern Badminton Association offers a family friendly environment and it does not matter if you wish to have a social hit or play competitively, the association has it all. From the learner to the serious player, badminton can be played under the guidance of top coaches and at a great facility at Investigator College.

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