The Great Southern Badminton Association (GSBA) has returned, hosting the first round of its 2021 season on Thursday evening, May 6.
The season, which kicked off at the Investigator College Performing Arts and Sports Centre, follows an 18 month badminton lay off, after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, five teams of eight players will compete across 10 minor rounds, followed by a three week finals series.
The prize on offer apart from the premiership is recognition on the coveted Fuller/Squires Premiers Board.
Teams are yet to be named, however as in previous seasons, each team will be assigned with the business name of one of the generous local businesses who sponsor the GSBA.
Round 1 saw plenty of new faces taking part, with five players making their GSBA debuts, including junior members Max Bubner and Hamish Rogers.
Club Patron/Life Member Glyn Squires was present for the evening to assist with organising games, umpiring and general socialising.
Other Life Members present included Allan Brown, Allan Tonkin and Sandie Sierke.
Team 1: Dale Sheridan, Simon Brayford, Estelle Brayford, Sandie Sierke, Bohdi Sheridan, Gavin Daniell and Adam Daniell scored 316 points to defeat Team 3: Harris Tan, Josh Edwards, Emma Walker, Caitlin Stone, Allan Brown, Greg Beames and Max Bubner who scored 270 points.
Highlights included Estelle scoring nine points in her debut A Grade singles match against Emma, who is one of the association's strongest singles players.
Dale trailed for most of his singles match, but fought hard to eventually overcome Harris 21-19. Match of the night honours was awarded to Max Bubner/Josh defeating Adam Daniell/Simon 25-23. A great sporting contest by all players involved.
The night's other match was much closer, with only a 15 point margin separating the two teams. Team 4: Aaron Drummond, Praveen Sacaran, Robin Woods, Shayne Drummond, Joe van Dalen, Tim Mignanelli and Hamish Rogers scored 289 points to defeat Team 5: Yulius Potter, Sam Traforti, Caitlin Stone, Matthew Farmer, Zachary Daniell, Allan Tonkin and Lucas Taylor with 274 points.
Brothers Aaron/Shayne combined very well together to defeat Yulius/Matthew, despite both players going down in their singles matches. Hamish had a great debut night winning three out of four of his doubles matches and displaying some terrific doubles communication awareness during his games.
Praveen got his singles season off to a good start with a hard fought win against Sam.
Weekly score sheets and team fixtures can be viewed on the Great Southern Badminton Association Facebook page.
The GSBA is open for social badminton every Tuesday night between 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Investigator College. New players of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and try badminton. Nightly fees are $5, with all racquets/equipment provided. For any enquiries call Tim on 0431041666.