Our Junior Premier Badminton team travelled to Tauranga last week to compete in the revamped Northern Junior Secondary School Cup (formally the New Zealand Junior Secondary School Championship).
The team consisted of two Year 10 students, Sharon Meng and Katie Duffy, and three Year 9 students, Amanda Ting, Jessie Lin and Anna Bi. The first day of play saw us play 3 teams in a round robin, Edgecumbe College, Trident College, Otumoetai College. Westlake defeated each school 6 matches to 0, 36 sets to 0, a wonderful result to see us top of our table.
We then played John Paul College in the semi-final, and our team continued their streak with another 6-0 win. St Cuthbert’s were our opposition in the final, who were also undefeated in their lead up to this tie. We unfortunately were down 2-0 after the doubles matches, both going to 3 close games. Going into the final singles match we were down 3-2 with a win required in two games to secure the title. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win with a closely fought loss leading us to a 4-2 defeat, which secured our team the Silver Medal.
Our team played wonderfully throughout the tournament, and demonstrated great sportsmanship to all teams, we are very proud of their efforts.