Badminton stars claim All Schools bronze medal
Year 11 students Emily Orsida, Cadence Pang, Natasha Smith and Caitlin Welch had the privilege of competing in the All Schools Victoria Secondary Girls Badminton Championships at MSAC in Melbourne. In an incredible effort, the team walked away with the bronze medal, claiming third place out of 20 schools (including both government and independent schools).
This result capped off a stellar year of badminton performances by the quartet who also managed to win the Hume Region event and were the best performed country team at the SSV State Championships.
In terms of the tournament format, the team played three singles games and two doubles against each opponent. In the first round, they competed against MacRobertson Girls High School (won all five games), East Doncaster (won four of five), John Monash Science School (won all five) and Nossal High School (won one of five). After securing their passage through to the semi-finals, the girls unfortunately went down to Toorak College.
Any disappointment however was quickly replaced by a feeling of elation after the girls defeated Wesley College in the bronze medal play off, winning four of their games comfortably! The player statistics from the end of the first round had our four girls ranked third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the number of games and points won, highlighting a fantastic team effort with even contributions across the board!
A special mention must go to Mrs Carolyn White who went above and beyond her duty by driving the girls down to Melbourne on the Wednesday night so they could compete the next morning. They faced some pretty treacherous conditions returning home on Thursday afternoon, especially around the Seymour area due to flooding. Thankfully the trip was worth the effort!