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University of Durham Badmonton third team’s captain Josh Ryder.

University of Durham Badminton third team captain was more than happy to get an away draw against University of Sunderland’s first team.

Visiting City Space at the University of Sunderland on December 5th, University of Durham Badminton third team picked up a draw against Sunderland’s first team.

Both sides collected identical four wins out of eight matches, two from singles and two from doubles.

Durham’s captain Josh Ryder contributed one win in doubles, alongside Tom H. The pair won their first game against Sunderland’s Nicholas/Jeberson, but then lost in three games match to Yi Liang/ Gerald Kennedy.

Ryder said: “We’re happy with how we played. Of course, we were hoping for a win, but [University of] Sunderland is one of the toughest opposition in the league. A draw is really good, with some really tight games”

“For us, it’s a matter of consistency — making sure we don’t give away points.”

He added: “Our next game is on January, so that’s it for this season.”

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University of Sunderland Badminton first team doubles player, Gerald Kenedy.

The University of Sunderland Badminton first team saved the day for the home team against the University of Durham’s third team at City Space.

On paper, the win should have been there for Sunderland to take as they played at home against Durham’s third team.

In the end, however, out of eight matches played – four singles and four doubles – the score was even.

Sunderland’s second doubles, Yi Liang/ Gerald Kenedy were beaten in their first game against Durham’s top pair.

In their second game, the last game of the day between the two sides, they fell short of expectations against Durham in the first set, 17 to 21. Yi/Gerald then won the second set with comfortable 21-5 to force the game into the rubber set.

In the rubber set, Yi/Gerald were able to save the home team from a loss and clinch the draw.

“Our team played well today, just need more patience, change of pace and better communication.”

“Even though they are the third team in Durham, the opponents are quite good. They have skills, the way they sent the shuttlecocks.”

“For the next game, we need to get better physically to avoid fatigue during the game.”

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Spoils were shared in an enticing game of badminton between University of Sunderland Mens 1sts and University of Durham Mens 3rds as it ended all square at 4-4 after eight rounds of singles and doubles.

In the Men’s Singles, Zola Tang reigned supreme with victories in both his games as he first defeated Durham’s Vaibhav Mahajan 17-21, 21-15, 22-20, before a 21-15, 21-11 win over Jason Tsang. However, team captain Michael Maw had no such luck as he was beaten in both games.

Maw went down 17-21, 11-21 to Tsang and then 8-21, 11-21 to Mahajan in what was an off day for the Sunderland skipper.

In the Men’s Doubles, Tammy and Andrew of Durham combined to beat Nicholas Cheu and Jeberson 23-21, 19-21, 21-15. However, the pair were beaten by Yi Liang and Gerald Kennedy in the next game. The latter won 17-21, 21-5, 21-11.

Liang and Kennedy started off on a losing note though, going down 25-27, 17-21 in the first game to Josh and Tum, but the Durham pair found themselves on the losing end in the second game to Cheu and Jeberson 21-18, 21-17 in a topsy-turvy set of encounters.

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University of Sunderland Men’s Badminton 1sts fought tooth and nail in a thrilling 4-4 draw with University of Durham Mens 3rd in eight rounds of singles and doubles of the BUCS.

And while it was a field day for the doubles who registered three victories out of four games, singles player Michael Maw was put through the wringer as the Sunderland skipper ended up on the losing side in both his encounters.

Maw was beaten 17-21, 11-21 by Jason Tsang, before going down 8-21, 11-21 to Vaibhav Mahajan in a difficult outing for him.

Naturally, a sense of dejection lingered: “I’m really disappointed to have let my team down today. I made plenty of mistakes and eventually paid the price for the same.

“A few outs cost me dear, but there’s lot I need to work on and hopefully I can come back stronger with more training next time.”

Collectively, the hosts played to the gallery and Maw takes heart from the same. He said, “My team did really well. A bit shaky at the start, but we came through unscathed and despite the draw, I’m happy with the result.”

Durham, at one point, were acing the clash before Sunderland salvaged the final set of doubles to bring the overall scores level.

Maw acknowledged the team when he said: “Durham did really well. They kept their nerves and despite being the away side, exuded great confidence and put up a tough competition.”

He also envisages more improvement from the team with more communication amongst themselves. Maw reckoned, “We must engage in discussions with each other, talk about tactics, be open to changes, also learn to fight back after early setbacks.

“Hopefully the team will keep up their fitness during the Christmas break. Some of them will be playing for clubs outside, including myself, and I hope we come back in a fine fettle.”

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Sarttra “Thee” Klaiyang (top left) admitted he prefers to play in doubles.

University of Sunderland Badminton’s Sarttra “Thee” Klaiyang reflected on his playing style after Team Sunderland drew 4-4 with Teeside University..

On November 28th, Sunderland’s second team grabbed a draw against visiting Teesside’s first team at City Space.

In the fixture which ended 4-4, Thee pocketed two wins, against Teesside’s Hassha and Michael, in singles matches.

It was his first time playing in singles competition and he said: “Actually I prefer playing in doubles. I like to play with someone to cover me.”

“You need to be fit enough to play in singles, because no one is there to cover you. That’s why I prefer to play in doubles.”

He added: “But if I train, I can play in singles.”

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University of Sunderland Mens 2nds settled for a share of the spoils in their badminton encounter with Teesside Mens 1sts as it all ended 4-4 on Wednesday.

Singles player Aidan Roche reflected on the result and said: “We played well, but could’ve played better. However, a draw is still a good result but hopefully, we can improve on it”.

On an individual level, Roche was beaten on both occasions on the day – to Teesside’s Michael and Harsha, but has no qualms in admitting Teesside were a superior opposition. About the team he said: “One word – quality. And great sportsmanship as well. They played really well, even from what I saw in the doubles. It looked as if they played with each other regularly.”

Roche went down 10-21, 14-21 and 10-21, 8-21 respectively on a tough afternoon. He elucidated the factors behind the defeats, as he said: “My drop shots were extremely poor whilst the net shots weren’t any better at times either. My short game isn’t great and that needs improvement too.

“Also, fitness is an instrumental factor in singles and I need to focus on mine as well,” he further added. “If my fitness improves then I’d be able to perform much better,” he reckoned.

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In an enticing and evenly contested game of badminton, Teesside Mens 1sts drew 4-4 with Sunderland Mens 2nds. Teesside’s Josh Crichton, who played the doubles game with James to a win and a defeat each, said: “The teams were evenly matched. It could’ve gone either today.”

“Sunderland played well. There were mistakes from both sides but the home team managed pretty well,” he opined about Sunderland’s performance on the day.

Teesside is currently third in the league, however, a draw has opened up a prospect of dropping down the table. But Crichton believes with more practice, it can get better and explains how it can be achieved: “Get back to training regularly; maybe twice or thrice a week.

“Consistency is an important issue. We need to work on not hitting the shuttles out of the lines. Sometimes playing a safe shot is better than playing the best shot. But consistency is what we need to achieve in our game,” he further reflected.

A draw was probably the fair result on the day, and Team Sunderland will need to pick up a few victories in the coming weeks if they have aspirations of finishing at the top of the league.

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University of Sunderland Men’s Badminton

University of Sunderland Men’s Badminton second team managed to get a draw against visiting Teesside’s first team.

Eight matches, four singles matches and four doubles matches, were to start at City Space of Sunderland of University at 2 p.m between Sunderland’s second team and Teesside’s first team.

Teesside’s first team were third of the table ahead of the game and clearly favourites to grab the win against the host.

Sunderland’s singles player, Sarttra “Thee” Klaiyang and double players, Adam/Leknesh were the heroes, as they grabbed all the four wins that clinched the draw against Teesside team.

In the game between first doubles, Adam/Leknesh faced a resistance from Teesside’s Lewis/Michael and were forced to play three games.

Eventually, Adam/Lekness grabbed their second win of the day, winning 22-20 in the rubber game.

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University of York Men Badminton’s Prithvi Tejpal Shah.

Men’s single player from University of York Badminton Team, Prithvi Tejpal Shah claimed that Zola Tang is The University of Sunderland’s best single player.

University of York Men’s Badminton team grabbed a win against University of Sunderland team, five games to three in the final result.

One of the visitor’s single player, Prithvi Tejpal Shah, contributed to one of the total five scored by York. Prithvi played in two games, each against Sunderland’s single players: Zola Tang and Michael Mow.

He lost against Zola in his first game, but edged Michael for his second game.

Prithvi said: “In the first game, I lost against Zola. It was a close game. I wasn’t sharp enough.

“But in the second game, I was in control against Michael.

“Actually I enjoyed the first game, even though I lost. Zola was the best single player (from University of Sunderland side).”

Prithvi also added: “It’s pity that Dan Martyres couldn’t play the first game (loss by default because he was late), but eventually we won so we are happy.

“Hopefully we can win in the next round.”

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Sunderland Mens 1sts put up a valiant show in the 5-3 defeat to league leaders York in the badminton clash on Wednesday.

Doubles pair Nicholas Cheu and Gerald Kenedy paired up for the men’s doubles for the first time in the league, and yet, showed encouraging communication and partnership.

When discussing the fixture against York, Cheu lamented making several mistakes but believes with more training, can forge a stronger partnership, he said: “It was a good game, but we made a lot of mistakes. But with more training, I think we can improve.”

“We communicated with each other pretty well, and before the game, discussed what we need to do and what we need not. This is only our first game together, so mistakes happened,” reflected Kenedy.

York side posed a strong challenge and Cheu acknowledged the team’s strengths as he said: “We played against a good opponent. They are really strong; they know how to change directions and do it really fast. And more importantly, they are first in the league standings. A loss feels bad, but York’s a formidable opposition. And it’s alright, we’re gaining experience.”

Cheu said Sunderland will now have to beat Durham in the next game to clinch top spot and the team is already looking forward to it, he said: “Our captain (Maw) has laid out a good training structure, we are going to follow it with conviction and also, me and Kenedy need to play more as this is only our first time in a match playing together.”

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