Badminton Article for March 2018
HKBA Badminton Doubles Leagues 2018 Kicked Off
The first major badminton tournament of the new season, the Badminton Doubles Leagues 2018 organized by the Hong Kong Badminton Association (HKBA), started in January. This year we entered a total of four teams in the competition, namely, one team each of Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in the B Division, plus one Men’s Doubles team in the E Division. Each of the three teams in the B Division had played their first matches respectively in January, while the E Division team will have to wait until February for their turn.
On January 13, the B Division Men’s Doubles team played against the “Stark Industries” Badminton Club. The three doubles pairs of each team would play a 9-game round robin to determine the winner. Our team’s pairs for this match were: Patrick Leung and Matthew Wong, Chun Tin Lam and Ivan Ho, Mat Shuker and Ka Chun So. Patrick and Matthew had a slow start in the first game and had to concede it even though they had caught up remarkably in the latter part of the game. The second game was a very close one, in which Chun Tin and Ivan had played brilliantly. Unfortunately, the game was lost by a narrow margin of 19-21 at the end. Then Mat and Ka Chun pulled back one game for the team, beating the strongest pair of the opponent team. It was also a very close game, but luck was on our side this time with our pair winning at deuce by 22-20. After Mat and Ka Chun took the fifth game, we were down by only two games to three, but not yet out. Unfortunately, we lost the following games in a row before the opponent team conceded the ninth and final game. Thus, we lost the match by three games to six. Our team will certainly come back stronger in the remaining three matches in this round robin stage of competition.
The Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles teams in the B Division both won their first matches, on January 13 and 21 respectively as they were unchallenged by the opponent teams because of a walk-over. Our teams are ready to take on their opponents in the matches to be played in the coming weeks.
Khoo Family Won Silver in HKBA Championships Once More
Boon Boo Khoo and his younger son Kevin won the 2nd place for the Father/Son Doubles category in the 16th HKBA Family Badminton Championships. This annual tournament, which has been organized by Hong Kong Badminton Association in the last 16 years, always attracts enormous number of players to participate. This year there were 84 pairs registered in the Father/Son Doubles category, in which the Khoo family had competed for consecutive 4 weeks before reaching the finals stage. In the Grand Finals match, Boon and Kevin had played over 50 minutes before giving away the championship to the Chan family with a narrow margin of scores of 21-19, 19-21, 19-21. Well done and congratulations!