Badminton Society Article for January 2018 Club Magazine
Royal Navy Badminton Team Visited HKFC
The Royal Navy Badminton Team of UK visited HKFC during their week-long tour in Hong Kong in November/December, and played a friendly match with the HKFC team during our Badminton Night session on Friday, 1 December in the Sports Hall. We put up a team comprising 15 Badminton Society members, including younger players as well as a few senior players. A total of ten doubles matches were played. It was then followed by social matches, which were played with mix-and-match pairings of both teams. The occasion was concluded with drinks and food gathering of both teams and other Badminton Society members at the Sportsman’s Bar.
Hong Kong Badminton Open 2017 Finals
In the Sunday afternoon on 26 November 2017, a group of some 30 Badminton Society members and their guests gathered at the Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom, Kowloon. They had the same purpose as thousands of other badminton fans who also came to the venue – to watch the world’s top badminton players to compete in the finals of the Hong Kong Open 2017, especially the Men’s Singles final between the legendary Lee Chong Wai of Malaysia and 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist Chen Long of China. The Hong Kong Open, one of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Super Series Tournaments, is an annual mega-event for all badminton fans in Hong Kong and around the world. This year it was held during 21 to 26 November. The Badminton Society had organized for our members to watch the finals on 26 November together. Tickets were purchased for members to subscribe. The response was just great with all tickets taken up within a few days.
Before the clash between Lee Chong Wai and Chen Long, there were other exciting final matches, such as the Men’s Doubles finals amongst others. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia soared to their sixth title of the World Superseries tour. The world No.1 duo blunted the challenge of Danish Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding with a dazzling repertoire of firepower and slick skills. Despite a spirited effort by the No.6 seeds to stay close to their rivals in the second game, Gideon and Sukamuljo were just too fast and fiery and sealed the victory in 37 minutes: 21-12 21-18.
The long-waited match between Lee Chong Wai and Chen Long came at the fifth and last event of the day. It was their first clash since China’s Chen defeated Lee in the gold-medal showdown at last year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 35-year-old Lee was off to a flyer, scoring from all parts of the court, whether it be sliced drops, tight net shots or thunderous smashes. Flying high and gliding freely, the sinewy athlete took the first game by 21-14. Chen started better in the second game and he began to pressure Lee, unveiling more of the variety in his impressive arsenal to seize a 15-10 advantage. But with the roars of support from the audience, Lee had not given up the ongoing game yet. He engineered his way back and brought the second game deadlocked 19-19. Chen blinked first, netting the shuttle to give Lee the championship point, which Lee swiftly took as Chen swatting a backhand into the net in the next foray.
All participated in the gathering had a very enjoyable afternoon, having witnessed perhaps some of the most amazing matches played in the recent years and sharing the joy of admiring the master strokes of the world top badminton players.