It will be a Shuttlers affair when the final of the David King Memorial Inter-Club Badminton Tournament takes place this Sunday at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Shuttlers A and B teams have secured their places in the finals where a new champion will be crowned after their B team played impressively to edge defending champs Pioneers A 3-2 in last night’s semi-final showdown at the Gymnasium.
First up for Shuttlers B was former women’s national champion Mariama Eastmond who went up against the veteran Caroline Vaughan of Pioneers A in the ladies singles and when it was all over Eastmond came out on top 21-12, 21-9 to finish the job comfortably.
Pioneers brought themselves back into the game through current national champion Andre Padmore who was too good for his opponent Jason Weatherhead winning 21-9, 21-10 to level the contest.
Vaughan came back and featured in the women’s doubles with teammate Sabrina Scott and the pair swung the momentum in Pioneers A favour when they took an easy 21-6, 21-12 win against Shuttlers B’s Lisa Field and Ann-Marie Goddard to make it 2-1.
Things got even more interesting when the semi-finals for the men’s doubles featured the likes of Kevin Wood and Andre Clarke of Shuttlers B and they made Pioneers duo of Sabeel Foster and Greg Padmore work hard for a possible win that never materialized, with Wood and Clarke emerging victorious 21-14, 21-19.
Now that things were even both sides had the motivation to win but perhaps none more so than Pioneers who were seeking the double. After they got off to a good start and took the first set of the mixed doubles at 21-19 through Scott and Padmore, many thought it was very possible. Wood and his partner Eastmond however had different ideas and they came from behind for Shuttlers B to trounce their opponents 21-15, 21-16 and in so doing created a major upset.
In the other semi-final contest Shuttlers A which have a few senior national players also advanced when Bradley Pilgrim got the better of Shae Martin of Juniors A 19-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the men’s singles.
The women’s singles followed that and Amanda Haywood, just like Martin, got off to a good start, 21-15, but somehow lost her way at scores of 21-16, 21-16 against current senior female national champion Tamisha Williams.
Dakeil Thorpe and Cory Fanus showed no mercy when they finished the job for Shuttlers A with a 21-7 and 21-4 win over Gavin Robinson and Nicholas Sobers.