Have a hit at bad­minton

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

De­niliquin Bad­minton Club will be run­ning prac­tice nights through­out Jan­uary in prepa­ra­tion for their sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion, start­ing on Mon­day.

The club will host weekly ses­sions ev­ery Mon­day night at the De­niliquin Sta­dium un­til the open­ing round of their com­pe­ti­tion on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 4.

Club pres­i­dent Scott Fuller­ton is hope­ful of see­ing some new faces at the club in 2019.

‘‘We have about 40 play­ers who play reg­u­larly on a Mon­day night,’’ he said.

‘‘The prac­tice nights are a great op­por­tu­nity to give bad­minton a try.

‘‘We en­cour­age all ages to come down and play, but would par­tic­u­larly love to get more younger mem­bers.

‘‘It’s suited for all weather be­ing in­doors and the club can sup­ply gear dur­ing the prac­tice nights.

‘‘We also have some play­ers com­pete in the Vic­to­rian Veter­ans com­pe­ti­tions for play­ers 35 and over.

‘‘These are played on week­ends through- out the year and we usu­ally team-up with play­ers from Echuca.

‘‘But we’re hope­ful of hav­ing enough play­ers to com­pete as a stand-alone Deni team.’’

De­niliquin Bad­minton Club host three com­pe­ti­tions each year, with two 10-week com­pe­ti­tions and a smaller round robin play-off as well.

‘‘We also try to or­gan­ise coach­ing nights with coaches from Bad­minton Vic­to­ria,’’ Fuller­ton said.

‘‘Just like any club we also have so­cial func­tions and just have a lot of fun. ‘‘I joined the club about four years ago. ‘‘I played squash but due to shoul­der in­juries had to stop play­ing.

‘‘I tried bad­minton and have played ever since. It’s been great be­cause it’s a fast mov­ing sport with a lower im­pact to the body.’’

To give bad­minton a try head out to the De­niliquin Sta­dium at 7pm on Mon­day.

‘‘The fi­nals draw means that clubs can know when to plan things like ac­quir­ing fund­ing and up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties. It gives ev­ery club that time frame to work with. It’s a great thing not only for ev­ery club but the league as a whole. The smaller com­mu­ni­ties within the league are able to host a grand fi­nal, which is an op­por­tu­nity they may not have pre­vi­ously had. An ex­am­ple is a club like Kata­matite, as an event like a grand fi­nal will ben­e­fit not only their footy club but their cricket club too.’’

Melyssa Banks (Mathoura pres­i­dent): ‘‘I think it’s great. We get an­other fi­nal this year, which we’re all happy about, but it’s also good that the fi­nals are evenly spread be­tween clubs. I’m very im­pressed with the league, es­pe­cially with how early this in­for­ma­tion is out.’’

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