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Oct 18 2015

Newcastle W2’s v York W2’s

This week our brand new ladies’ second team travelled to the University of York for their very first BUCS match. Confidence was high after our massive win against Northumbria 2nds at the weekend and we were ready to go!

We all started our games at the same time, shouting encouragement to each other between points. On court 1 was Laura playing NUBC first singles vs. York second singles. Laura started the match slow, with the score being tight throughout the game, but she kept her head up and stayed strong winning both ends 22-20 and 21-17. Meanwhile, Maria was playing against York’s number one lady. She fought hard winning the first end 21-12, unfortunately her opponent came back fighting and took the second end 21-15. With some great movement and long rallies, Maria absolutely smashed her 21-4 in the third end!

Our first doubles pair, Katie and Flora, kicked off their match with a comfortable win against York’s second pair. They won the match in two ends with scores of 21-9 and 21-10, great start lasses! Emma and Izzy’s debut didn’t go as smoothly as they lost 21-12 in the first end against a strong York first pair. However, that wasn’t going to get them down and in the second end they performed some cracking shots and won 21-13. Unfortunately, after a few dodgy line calls, York took the third end 22-20. An amazing effort from the girls!

After the first round of games, NUBC were up 3-1 and raring to go. Next up was Laura playing against York’s first singles. Laura took the first end easily with a score of 21-5; the girl was clearly struggling after her long three setter with our Maria. In the second end she put up more of a fight but it wasn’t enough as Laura took it 21-15. The mighty Maria stepped onto court next to play York’s second singles. She was undoubtedly fired up after her first round win and played some great badminton to win the match 21-17, 21-19.

Going into the last two doubles matches, NUBC were 5-1 up with a guaranteed win! Katie and Flora stepped onto court against York’s first doubles pair. The game was tight from the start with York winning the first end 21-15. But our girls fought back in the second end and took it 21-19. Unfortunately, their opponents were too strong and with a few naughty shots to Katie’s face, won the third end 21-18. Emma and Izzy were next up with their match against York’s second pair. Our girls refused to be put off by their opponent’s intense side stepping and ninja-like stances and won the match 21-11, 21-16. Great job girls!

Overall, our first day out was a BIG SUCCESS with a 6-2 win over a decent York 2nd team. A massive well done to everyone that played, you did NUBC proud. My woman of the match was definitely Maria for smashing it in her singles games. Special mention to Emma for violating several gingerbread men on the train journey home (see below).