Badminton: Academy draw with students

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Arbroath Academy 3,

St Andrews University II 3

Arbroath Academy Badminton Club played their last match of 2013 recently when St Andrews University II travelled to play in Arbroath.

The Academy had an unchanged team from their last match against Carnoustie Panbride. The two teams had met earlier in the season with the Academy winning in St Andrews to open their season.

St Andrews had re-shuffled their team from the first match and had arrived strengthened by three new players.

In the first ladies’ doubles, Fiona Cameron and Janet Wiltosz were too strong for the St Andrews girls. However, when Wiltosz paired up with Jayne Smith they lost a very close first set 21-23 and lost another close set 18-21. The first gents doubles saw two more close sets with Jack Bremner and Steve Duncan losing the first set before fighting back to win a good second. Bremner then teamed up with Grant Cargill and they were not at their best and were easily defeated. At the end of the level doubles Academy were trailing 1-2.

The mixed doubles started with a good win for Cameron and Duncan over the St Andrews first string pairing. Smith and Cargill won a close first set against the St Andrews second string pairing before dropping the second set. With one round of games to go the score was tied at 2-2.

St Andrews got their noses back in front when they won the mixed battle of the third pairings . Things were looking dicey after Smith and Cargill lost the first set 15-21 to the St Andrews first string pairing, however the Academy pairing were too strong in the second set and won it easily, 21-11. It was up to Cameron and Duncan to save the day for the Academy and they again performed well to clinch an overall draw 21-11, 21-15.

Scores were:

Ladies’ doubles - F. Cameron and J. Wiltosz beat H. Edson and K. Watt, 21-9, 21-10; J. Smith and J. Wiltosz lost to H. Edson and A. Fugard, 21-23, 18-21.

Gents’ doubles - J. Bremner and S. Duncan drew with J. Hipps and J. Yim, 15-21, 21-18; J. Bremner and G. Cargill lost to S. Fung and J. Hipps, 13-21, 7-21.

Mixed doubles - F. Cameron and S. Duncan beat K. Watt and J. Yim, 21-14, 21-14; F. Cameron and S. Duncan beat A. Fugard and S. Fung, 21-11, 21-15; J. Smith and G. Cargill drew with K. Watt and J. Yim, 15-21, 21-11; J. Smith and G. Cargill drew with A. Fugard and S. Fung, 21-19, 11-21; J. Wiltosz and J. Bremner lost to H. Edson and J. Hipps, 15-21, 12-21.

This was a close match all the way through and a good home draw for the Academy. The Academy next play away to Carnoustie Panbride on January 14.