Two consecutive wins and a 100% record coming into a two-week break leaves the badminton men’s team top of BUCS Premier League South.
After losing Darren Wong to graduation, their hopes relied solely on first team newbie Aaron Wu partnering Ollie Digby.
Time, however, was not on their side, with only one training session before the first game not much was expected and all hopes relied on first team veterans Dom Brown and Wai Lim along with 39-year-old Huw Bowen and new captain Nick Ward.
Luckily against Bristol the final score was 6-2 with Wu and Digby narrowly losing the 2 in a valiant effort. It was a very hard-fought victory that left us as the early pacesetters.
One week later and an away match at King’s College was on the cards. Another 6-2 win followed as the pairs of Lim and Bowen and Wu and Digby lost one each to leave Brown and Ward unbeaten and the team top of the league.
The ladies’ team, however, have not faired as well. With fresher and first-team starter Rachel Thomas dropping out of squad only a few days before the first game, it was up to captain Karen Mahy to try and conjure up a new plan to defeat UCL.
With a team of four freshers, Caitlin Gilmour and Sophia Rapacioli won both of their games but, unfortunately, singles players Ainsley Richards and Rhadika lost both. It was up to medic veterans Roshani Mann and Cerys Hickinbottom to steal a draw, but luck was not on their side as they went down 5-3.
Their second game away at Brighton started off even worse with only four players available. Already 2-0 down, they valiantly fought to a 6-2 loss, which could arguably have been 4-4 if a full team was available.
This week, the ladies faced further chaos and crisis as they lost their third game in a row, but put up a valiant attempt against a superb Bath outfit.