Owlsmoor seal victory on game points
May 30, 2008
Bracknell Forest Festival of Badminton took place at Bracknell Leisure Centre last week with 14 local teams taking part.
The event was organised by the Borough Council’s Leisure Section as part of the Young People in Sport Scheme.
The teams were drawn for the first round of matches, and thereafter the winning teams played each other and the losing teams played each other.
That way the final round of matches effectively decided the final order.
Also, in the first round teams from the same school did not play each other.
A clear pattern soon emerged with Owlsmoor, Cranbourne and College Town looking strong from the start.
The surprise team was the latecomers, a team made up from children whose schools did not have enough players to make a team.
The first three rounds went as expected, with Owlsmoor and Cranbourne winning their matches with some comfort, while College Town and the Latecomers were also winning.
The strength in depth at Owlsmoor was shown by the B team coming through to the top half of the draw.
By the time the final round of matches took place, most of the teams were playing for the minor placings, while the top-two teams from Owlsmoor and Cranbourne were involved in a fascinating contest for the gold medals.
After three rounds, both teams had dropped just one set, leaving them both on 17 points. The deciding factor was then game points and Cranbourne held a slender two-point lead.
In the final match the teams were evenly matched, with the score three matches all at the end.
However, Owlsmoor had taken 75 game points to Cranbourne’s 69, thereby overcoming the deficit to win by four game points.
College Town completed a finalmatch victory to take the bronze medals with 18 wins and 329 points.
The Latecomers pipped Owlsmoor B to fourth place by just one game point.
In addition to the medals to the top three teams, there were presentations to the most improved boy and girl of the season, and the Fair Play Award for the Festival.
The most improved boy was Michael Lynch from St Josephs and the most improved girl was Amy Phipps from Meadow Vale.
The Fair Play Award was presented to last year’s Festival winners St Margaret Clitherow.
At the end of the Festival,Young People in Sport organiser Chris Vaal said: “Thank you to all the badminton coaches for all their hard work preparing the teams, and in particular to Jennifer Ray for organising the tournament.
“A special mention must go to the very young and inexperienced Sandy Lane team who took part with great spirit despite only a couple of week’s preparation for the event.”