Ex­cit­ing sea­son for North Wellington

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By SAM DUFF

Wellington North bad­minton is buoy­ant af­ter the club’s ju­nior side earned a sil­ver medal at the New Zealand champs last month.

Un­der-17s coach Mag­gie Lee said the club was be­com­ing a pow­er­house on the Wellington bad­minton scene.

Her team trav­elled to Auck­land in Oc­to­ber and fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Auck­land.

Ms Lee said the team played five games and won four, los­ing their fi­nal match 12-4.

"The kids were stoked. Ev­ery­one was glad we took sec­ond place," she said.

" Auck­land beat us rea­son­ably com­pre­hen­sively. Sadly they were just bet­ter on the day.’’

The Wellington North team fin­ished third in the North Is­land cham­pi­onships in July.

Ms Lee coaches top play­ers Al­yse Derby and Ja­cob Mor­gon, who won po­si­tions on the na­tional un­der-19 team that played in Aus­tralia and Tahiti this year.

"They did re­ally well this sea­son," she said.

"Over the past three years Al­yse and Ja­cob have been train­ing with the se­nior teams, which has im­proved their game con­sid­er­ably."

Ms Lee said Wellington North’s most im­proved ju­nior, Pingkan Po­lak, who has played since she was 8, had an as­ton­ish­ing year in which she won eight ti­tles.

"She pretty much won ev­ery­thing she played. Pingkan is pretty keen and has been do­ing re­ally well.

" We con­sider her a se­nior even though she is still a ju­nior, be­cause she is so good."

Ms Lee said the club’s goal for next sea­son was for the se­nior side to win the Slazenger Cup in North Har­bour. They came sec­ond this year.

Ris­ing star: Wellington North’s most im­proved player, Pingkan Po­lak.

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