Vets hold court with style

March 01, 2018

Neil McColl prepares to serve.

Bronwyn Pokorzynski is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to focus.

Gede Arsana rushes to secure prime court position.

Rebecca Lees sights her next shot.

Spectators were treated to another stellar example of high-quality badminton action at the weekend.

The Greater Shepparton Badminton veterans team classic went off without a hitch as more than 300 competitors battled it out for supremacy across a number of courts in town.

Tournament director John Pettigrew was excited with the calibre of badminton played and the number of interested onlookers who ventured out to watch.

‘‘It was great, we had a good (number of people) roll up as we expected,’’ he said.

‘‘The whole tournament went well and we had 11 different winners across 11 grades.

‘‘Most went home happy, and it brought a lot of visitors to Shepparton.

‘‘It was a good opportunity to watch some quality badminton and the spectators seemed to be coming and going all weekend.’’

The pair of local teams could not find their way to victory, but a number of locals in a mixed squad had a great weekend.

‘‘Neither of the Shepparton teams got into first place, but we had three of our players playing in a mixed side and they actually won,’’ Pettigrew said.

With a veterans tournament injuries are always a worry, but Pettigrew felt the event was a success on that front as well.

‘‘Previously we have had a heart attack at the tournament, but apart from a few minor injuries we had no serious concerns this year,’’ he said.

‘‘The person who had the heart attack was actually back playing this year too, so I think we came out in front.

‘‘We were very happy with the way it all went.’’

The tournament will return on February 23 and 24 next year, but in the meantime those interested in taking up the sport can head down to the Shepparton Sports Stadium on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

‘‘Our winter season starts Tuesday,’’ Pettigrew said.

‘‘It’s an opportunity to come down and have a hit and have a look at what’s happening, so just rock up and play, you don’t have to be in a team or anything like that.’’

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