Good opening win for Academy

Arbroath Academy 4 Monifieth 2

ARBROATH Academy Badminton Club played their first ever match in the Dundee Area Badminton League last Wednesday evening when they travelled to Monifieth Panmure Church hall to face Monifieth.

As the club is new to the league it was put into the bottom division. Academy gave mixed team debuts to Janet Wiltosz, Susan Hardie and Tze Bon Chan.

The level doubles saw a close start with Fiona Cameron and Wiltosz winning the first set before dropping the second. Hardie and Wiltosz won an epic first set 26-24 before losing a close second set. Lachlan Mulford and Tze Bon Chan had a good win over Flynn and Rodgers, 21-12, 24-22. However Chan and Grant Cargill lost a close match 15-21, 19-21. After the level doubles the match was tied at 1-1.

Academy expected to be stronger in the mixed games and when Cameron and Mulford started with a good win over Ford and Rodgers that looked like it might indeed be the case, the Academy couple winning 21-15, 21-18 against the Monifieth first-string pairing. In the second Hardie and Cargill took the first set before the Monifieth second-string pairing fought back to earn a draw. Monifieth levelled the match when they won the battle of the third-string pairings.

It was all to play for going into the last two games. If the Academy could gain a win and a draw in the last two games then it would mean a winning start to the Dundee campaign.

Next on were the top pairing of Cameron and Mulford who faced the experienced Pam Culloch and Gordon Smith. The first set was close and the Academy pairing had to go up a gear or two to win it 21-18 before taking the second set with some style 21-11. The win for the top pairing made things a bit easier for the second pairing of Hardie and Cargill but they still needed to take at least a set against the Monifieth first-string pairing. The Academy two meant business and both stepped up their game to take the first set 21-13, before dominating the second set and taking it 21-8. This clinched a big win for Academy to start their campaign against a good Monifieth team.

Scores were as follows:

Ladies’ doubles: F. Cameron and J. Wiltosz drew with J. Ford and A. Soutar, 21-18, 8-21; S. Hardie and J. Wiltosz drew with P. Culloch and A. Soutar, 26-24, 21-18.

Gent’s doubles: T. Chan and L. Mulford beat B. Flynn and R. Rodgers, 21-12, 24-22; G. Cargill and T. Chan lost to B. Flynn and G. Smith, 15-21, 19-21.

Mixed doubles: F. Cameron and L. Mulford beat J. Ford and R. Rodgers, 21-15, 21-18; F. Cameron and L. Mulford beat P. Culloch and G. Smith, 21-18, 21-11; S. Hardie and G. Cargill beat J. Ford and R. Rodgers, 21-13, 21-8; S. Hardie and G. Cargill drew with P. Culloch and G. Smith, 21-18, 17-21; J. Wiltosz and T. Chan lost to A. Soutar and B. Flynn, 9-21, 7-21.

This was an impressive beginning for the Academy in what was a tricky start to their Dundee Mixed League campaign. The mixed team next play on November 6 when they face Dundee University 5 at home.


Buddon ace

RETIRED Arbroath fish merchant Ian Pert had a hole-in-one on Tuesday. Playing the Buddon Course at Carnoustie Mr Pert, using his trusty five wood, holed his tee shot at the par three 15th hole. His playing partners were Bill Campbell and David Strachan.