Centennial badminton players face coach in finals

Centennial badminton players face coach in finals
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By Stacey Kwan

Centennial’s badminton team took a trip to Georgian College over the Halloween weekend. Georgian College was hosting their Badminton Open, which allows participants from outside the college ranks to take a quack at the birdie.
It was the mens doubles final that was the highlight of the weekend as Centennial’s Coach Stephen Wong and his partner took on Centennial’s mens double team, Simon Yip and Ryan Lue. While Coach Wong and his partner made it swiftly through their side of the bracket, Yip and his partner had a much harder fight and other responsibilities to take care of.

Prior to the mens doubles final, Yip had a gruelling set of matches in the singles tournament in which he knocked out the number two seed in a very close three game semi-final match.

In the singles final Yip had another battle taking it to three games in the final he was up 20-19 but was unable to get to the necessary 21 points and lost by the smallest of margins.

The doubles side was just as hard for Yip and his partner Lue who had to knock out the number two seed on the way up through the bracket, winning their semi-final match in three games but the finals were the goal and it was coach Stephen Wong awaiting them on the other side of the net when all the chips had fallen.

There was much chatter in the gym as the students prepared to take on their mentor.

“I would never think more or less of them because of who they are outside of the court, once they step on the court, I treat them as equals and just give it my best!” said Centennial’s badminton veteran Simon Yip.

The game started out neck and neck as points were being won on both sides of the net.

However, fatigue eventually set in, allowing Coach Wong beat his young protégés in two games.

In ladies singles, Loreen Li, had a great performance but lost in the third round to the eventual winner of the tournament.

Overall, Coach Wong felt that his team had a great outing at the Georgian College Badminton Open and he was quite proud of all his players.

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