A spirited two days of competition at the 2014 OCAA East Regional Badminton Championship concluded on Saturday afternoon at the Georgian College Athletic Centre.
The series of matches determined which student athletes would move on to the provincial championship hosted by Humber College in one week’s time .
The top three finishers in each of the competitions (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles) would earn a spot at the OCAA Championship.
In the men’s singles competition, there were some very tight matches that led to a tight leaderboard including a three-way tie at the conclusion of round robin play in Pool B.
When the dust settled, the two semi-final matches were Hieu Tran (George Brown) taking on Ethan Zhao (Georgian) and Phillip Bruce (Georgian) versus Calvin Yu (Centennial). Both semis were tight matches but the two Grizzlies were able to pull off victories to set up an all-Georgian final.
In the end, it was Ethan Zhao who took home the top prize with Calvin Yu claiming the third and final spot for the provincial championship with a 2-0 victory over Hieu Tran (21-16, 22-20).
In women’s singles, it was a good showing for the Centennial Colts who earned two spots with Yan Zhou sweeping the competition going 6-0 to claim first, while teammate Maria Shipulina earned the third-place finish. Valerie Breen of Collège Boréal also earned a provincial berth after going 5-1 and finishing second.
Cambrian’s Tyler Cameron and Hans Agnihotri were the team to beat in men’s doubles as they were a perfect 4-0 in the tournament. Ogyen Dorjee and Kent Cao representing George Brown, along with Georgian’s Josh Milligan and Dylan Roejskjaer, placed second and third respectively.
In women’s doubles, it was the team of Yujia Chen and Yunji Kim who were able to hold on to the first place spot after a tight match with the second place finishers, Taylor Cond and Courtney Elson from Cambrian College. The team of Emily Rosborough and Stephanie Forman representing the host Georgian team finished in third place with at 3-2 record.
Georgian’s mixed doubles team of Maggie Tremblay and Trevor Neville put together a strong tournament sweeping the competition while going 5-0. Jiayi Feng & Navdeep Walia of Centennial and Helen Shen and Henry Chen also qualified for the provincials with second and third place finishes.
In the overall team competitions, the men’s team from Georgian took home the top spot while Centennial finished as the top women’s team.