Mixed results for HK badminton teams

The Horowhenua Kāpiti number 1 and 2 teams came away with mixed results from the North Island Inter Association competition played last Saturday.

The HK number 1 team travelled to New Plymouth for the second round of Division 4 competition. In the first tie against North Harbour they made a good start with Johnny Snow, Mark Branagh and Dave Greaves all winning their mens singles matches. Harbour then took out the last mens singles and all 4 ladies singles to take an early overall lead. Snow and Branagh teamed up in the mens doubles to chalk up a win for HK, as did the other mens doubles combination of Mike Robertson and Mark Nicholls. The womens doubles pairing of Stephanie Robb and Vanessa Marshall also recorded their first win to leave the score tied at 6-6 with 4 mixed doubles remaining. The HK mixed pairings of Mike Robertson and Verity Potter, Dave Greaves and Vanessa Marshall, and Johnny Snow and Stephanie Robb all won their matches to give HK a 9-7 victory.

In the second tie of the day against Waikato, Snow and Branagh again proved dominant in their mens singles and doubles matches. Stephanie Robb also won her ladies singles. The ladies doubles combinations of Robb and Vanessa Marshall, along with Verity Potter and Sue Woodin managed to win their matches to again record a 6-6 scoreline with the mixed doubles to go. Unfortunately the mixed doubles results were reversed this time, with only Mike Robertson and Verity Potter managing a win, giving Waikato a 9-7 victory.

The HK number 2 team played their opening round of Division 5 competition in Fielding taking on Manawatu in their first tie. Manawatu proved completely dominant, notching up a 15-1 victory with Joe Zukaria recording the only win for HK, although the mens doubles pairing of Paul Knighton and Scott Dewar, along with the ladies doubles pair of Sarah Barry and Jacinda Russell both suffered close 3 set losses.

In the second tie against Oroua, Sarah Barry came to the fore winning her ladies singles comfortably. The HK team again suffered a number of close 3 set losses in the mens, ladies and mixed doubles matches, handing Oroua a resounding 15-1 victory.