Bad­minton grand fi­nal

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By LYNDEL DEAN

Euroa and Dis­trict Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion – Grand Fi­nal 2017

THE Euroa and Dis­trict Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion held their grand fi­nal on Mon­day, Septem­ber 18 where a hotly con­tested fi­nal was played be­tween Team White, cap­tained by Shae Van der Schoor and Team Yel­low, cap­tained by Ja­son Schultz.

The com­pe­ti­tion was fierce and close all night.

Af­ter the first round of dou­bles of which two went White’s way, and there was only 13 points in it.

The four sin­gles game saw very close matches with only six points or less be­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween each game, the clos­est of which was be­tween David Erick­sen and Alex Dean.

David won 28-26 but White still had the edge with a now 20 point lead.

The next round of dou­bles saw Yel­low on the at­tack bring­ing the dif­fer­ence back to just 10 points with stand­out games be­ing won by dou­bles com­bi­na­tions of Ash­leigh Fraser and Shan­nae Van den Berghe and Alex Dean and Shan­nae Van den Berghe.

How­ever, White had the fi­nal say, de­ci­sively win­ning the last of the four dou­bles rounds see­ing them out­right win­ners by 33 points: 328 to 295.

Tro­phies were pre­sented to the win­ning teams and a num­ber of awards awarded to in­di­vid­ual play­ers for their achieve­ments dur­ing the year.

It was fan­tas­tic to see not only the team mem­bers in at­ten­dance, but also player’s fam­i­lies, cur­rent play­ers and other friends of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

A spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion was made to Diane Mack­rell for more than twenty years ded­i­ca­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion with her tire­less ef­forts at coach­ing and en­cour­ag­ing new and young mem­bers to take up the sport.

A spe­cial thank you was made to our ma­jor spon­sors - the Com­mon­wealth Bank of Euroa, Joe Vaz (Vaz Train) and the Euroa Newsagency and staff.

And spe­cial men­tion was made to thank the com­mit­tee and vol­un­teers for run­ning the sea­son, for sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets down the street and for a tire­less ef­fort dur­ing the sea­son.

The 2018 sea­son will com­mence in term two and the pre-sea­son meet­ing will be held in March.

For any in­ter­ested play­ers, please see our Face­book page and watch out in The Euroa Gazette in March 2018.

PHO­TOS: Lyndel Dean

BAD­MINTON RUN­NERS UP: Team Yel­low – Jess Staff (left), Shan­nae Van der Berghe, Ash­leigh Fraser, Ja­son Schultz, Alex Dean and Michael Nolan.

BAD­MINTON PRE­MIERS: Team White - Michael Lum­mas (back left), David Erick­sen, Shae Van der Schoor, Craig Maw­son; and Ali­son Rother­ham (front left) and Molly Van der Schoor.

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