Saturday, 13 October 2012

4. Mixed Doubles Badminton

Event: Mixed Doubles Badminton
Date: 13th October 2012
Location: University of Essex, Colchester
Cost: £18.50 (!)
Rules: Doubles matches are decided over the best of three games, with the first player to reach 21 points (by a margin of two clear points) winning each game. The whole court is in play. Players can only score from their own service. One player serves (alternating from left to right) until he/she loses a point and the serve passes to the opposition. When the serve is regained, the other player on the team becomes the server. When the score reaches 11 there is a 60 second break. Players change ends after each match or after the 60 second break in the third game.

The Game:

London 2012 Winners: Zhang Nan & Zhao Yunlei, China.

Game One: E&R 21, G&S 8
Game Two: E&R 21, G&S 9
Sarah: Greg and I were off the ball (or shuttlecock) today, with our second defeat of the afternoon. Despite the appearance of the score-sheet, the games were really fun and we all held our own in relation to the badminton qualifiers which were going on in the hall.
Ellie: To be honest, I am surprised that we weren't all asked to join the University Badminton team considering our display today. We were much more entertaining than the people trying out... mostly because of the elaborate swearing. The games were pretty equal and furiously paced and we did well to claim the win. Our biggest badminton challenge looms large on Wednesday however as the couple that we face are supreme players.

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