Great entries for championships

THE Leongatha Badminton Club could not have been more pleased with the numbers of entries for its coveted club championships, and with how smooth the night was run.
In the prestigious A Grade men’s singles event it was a changing of the guard that took place with some excellent matches leading up to the final by Josh Almond and Frank Dekker, who both were knocked out in the semi finals by Greg Marshman and Trent Hughes who played an absorbing contest to decide the club champion.
Trent proved he had too much fire power, defeating Greg 15/8 in a high quality set which all spectators enjoyed watching.
The ladies A Grade championship was taken out convincingly by Kristen Bentley who cruised through her sets in comfortable style.
In the A Reserve men’s a very keen field again produced the closest badminton for the night, with Joel Langstaff defeating Matthew Oomman 15/14 in their semi final and Shaun Helms narrowly winning his semi final over Nigel Grimes.
In a repeat of last year’s final Shaun again just held off Joel 15-13 in a match that could have gone eigher way, a credit to both players on their standard of play.
The B Grade ladies’ battle was a real thriller when two sisters, Gail Beer and Rhonda Newton went head to head, and at 14 points all nothing could separate them, but Rhonda produced the winning shots when they counted and claimed the B Grade title and she was certainly pleased with the victory.
The B Grade men’s event was a massive upset for the night.
Number four player Tom Dudley defeated all the number three players he played, to cause a huge boilover and claim the title over good mate Brayden Krohn in a set that had everything.
It has been great to see Tom develop his game this season and come away with an excellent win.
In doubles action the A Grade doubles was played off in two sections because of the excellent entries on the night.
The winners of the respective sections then met in the final to decide the ultimate winner, after many top sets.
Trent Hughes and Matthew Oomman were left to fight it out against Greg Marshman and Joel Langstaff. Trent and Matthew just clicked at the right time and came away with an easy win in the final. Matthew topped off his great night by also winning the raffle.
The final event for review was the B Grade doubles which was run as a round robin event, giving all competitors a good hit.
The eventual winners were Brayden Krohn and Tom Dudley who had a wonderful night all round.
Many thanks to organisers Greg and Rhonda for making the night run so smoothly.
We have a week’s break for the school holidays and resume play on July 18. Congratulations to all the 2017 club champions.

A Grade: Greg Marshman was the men’s singles runner up and Trent Hughes was crowned A Grade club champion.

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