Scan­dol­era pays a visit to im­part his knowl­edge of big time

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS - EUROA AND DISTRICT BAD­MINTON AS­SO­CI­A­TION

THE Euroa and District Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion’s sea­son kicked off early in term two with five teams this year vy­ing for the top spots on the lad­der.

Our racy teams have been in­spired by great mo­tor­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and with nearly 40 play­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion, there has been great com­pe­ti­tion so far.

Com­pe­ti­tion is on a Mon­day night at 7pm and we have a be­gin­ners/ju­nior ses­sion held at the same time as the main com­pe­ti­tion which is open to any­one who would like to come and have a hit or learn how to play.

A small fee is charged per night for this.

With seven in each team this year, the top five play­ers play three dou­bles games and a singles while the oth­ers play four games of dou­bles.

It is fast paced and fun and usu­ally play is fin­ished by 9pm, al­low­ing ev­ery­one to get home for a not too late a night at the be­gin­ning of the school and work­ing week.

A few weeks ago we had the priv­i­lege of hav­ing Mike Scan­dol­era come over from Shep­par­ton.

Mike holds an im­pres­sive track record be­ing ranked three in the world for the 1982 and 1986 Com­mon­wealth Games team event and num­ber one for the mixed dou­bles in those same years.

In 1989, Mike was ranked 65 in the world for the men’s singles and 17 in the dou­bles.

This is the third year now that Mike has made the trip across to give an in-depth coach­ing ses­sion to all play­ers.

With about 40 bad­minton en­thu­si­asts at­tend­ing, ev­ery­one would have been able to take some­thing away from the night to im­prove their game. PHOTO: Lyn­del Dean From tips on foot­work to grip, from play­ing singles to dou­ble, sim­ple ex­er­cises to keep your mind and re­flexes sharp, Mike’s knowl­edge and skills in the game come to the fore with his coach­ing ses­sion.

And while, in his words, the re­flexes might be a bit slower now, he has not lost any of his en­thu­si­asm for the game and it shows.

While we have just had the mid-year break, the com­pe­ti­tion kicks off again on Mon­day, July 4 and there will be hot com­pe­ti­tion for the fi­nal’s plac­ings, com­ing up in Septem­ber.

If any­one would like any in­for­ma­tion on Euroa Bad­minton, please con­tact Shae Van Der Schoor on 0412 576380 and Brent Moore on 0423 863442.

Re­sults to date:

Round 1 Team Points

Charg­ers ...................... 6 Co­bras ........................ 12 Monaros ..................... 14 Mus­tangs...................... 4 To­ra­nos......................... 8

%

60 167 300 33 0

Round 2

Co­bras ........................ 26 Monaros ..................... 22 Charg­ers .................... 14 To­ra­nos....................... 12 Mus­tangs...................... 9

Round 3

Monaros ..................... 36 Co­bras ........................ 34 To­ra­nos....................... 23 Charg­ers .................... 18 Mus­tangs.................... 16

Round 4

Monaros ..................... 48 Co­bras ........................ 41 Charg­ers .................... 26 To­ra­nos....................... 26 Mus­tangs.................... 25

Round 5

Monaros ..................... 60 Co­bras ........................ 47 Charg­ers .................... 38 Mus­tangs.................... 33 To­ra­nos....................... 32

Round 6

Monaros ..................... 71 Co­bras ........................ 58 Charg­ers .................... 45 To­ra­nos....................... 40 Mus­tangs.................... 37 220 300 80 31 50 300 220 65 59 59 309 171 59 53 68 259 130 79 68 55 252 129 79 55 63

A WEALTH OF IN­FOR­MA­TION: Mike Scan­dol­era vis­ited Euroa Bad­minton Club to share some of his knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing bad­minton at a high level.

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