THIS year’s badminton matches at Varsity heated up when the Men’s first team took to the nets. Contenders in their BUCS league and regulars in the Mid-Wales badminton series, Aberystwyth’s badminton club performed well after a shaky start in Canolfan Brailsford, their first away Varsity in two years. Warming up before the games, Team Aber showed energy despite their 2-hour bus trip to North Wales, the men’s and women’s teams practicing together in preparation for their rematches against Bangor, who won all three Badminton fixtures in Aberystwyth last year. Speaking during the Men’s and Women’s games, the team expressed their optimism about the day ahead.
Few felt the effects of Team Aber’s 29-11 washout at the hands of Bangor more than the Men’s Seconds, who lost 8-0 in the first fixture of the day; Team Aber had something to prove in the final games. 1st Team Captain Alexander Barnes rallied the travelling Aber crowd, who sat courtside with Bangor supporters. Some initial slips from Aber’s men were caused by a very aggressive opening rally from the home team. In the doubles, Bangor’s fighting stance paid off, staying cool under pressure and making Team Aber work hard for their points, cool in the serve and acrobatic in the rally.
The doubles game featured much longer rallies, any first-match nerves from Team Aber out of the way, leading to a confident display from both sides. Forced errors caused frustrations in the singles game, making for one of the fastest games of the event as their rallies eventually led to an Aber loss.
Despite an admirable defence, taking several points from their Bangor opponents and making them work hard for their wins in the final matches, Team Aber went out fighting to a strong and worthy opponent again this Varsity, matching them in composure and sportsmanship.