100 per cent record maintained

Arbroath Academy 4, Monifieth 3

ARBROATH Academy Badminton Club were in action recently against Monifieth at Arbroath Academy Games Hall. This was the second meeting between the teams after the Academy opened their Dundee league campaign against them at Monifieth and won 4-2. The home side had their first choice team out.

The game kicked off with Fiona Cameron and Janet Wiltosz producing a good win against Jenny Ford and Caroline Stewart, 21-18, 21-12. The second ladies’ doubles saw a tough loss for Susan Hardie and Wiltosz.

The gents’ doubles started with Lachlan Mulford’s first dropped set of the league season when he and Tze Bon Chan lost the first set to Flynn and Young 17-21, before taking the second set 21-16. The final gents’ game saw Chan lose with Grant Cargill against Flynn and Rodgers 15-21, 19-21. After the level doubles the Academy were behind 2-1.

The mixed doubles has been the strongest part of the club’s Dundee league campaign and it was hoped that this would continue and allow the Academy to maintain their 100 per cent Dundee league record.

It started well when Cameron and Mulford easily dismantled Ford and Young 21-7, 21-15. Things then stuttered a little when Hardie and Cargill were brushed aside by Ford and Young 11-21 in the first set. The Academy second pairing then fought back to win the second set by the close margin of 23-21 after being match points down. The score was 2-2 with thee games to go.

The first string pairing of Cameron and Mulford again showed why they are unbeaten in league action when they won easily against Brown and Rogers 21-7, 21-11. There was then a short break before the last two games went on. It was the best and most promising performance yet by the third pairing of Wiltosz and Chan who lost the first set quickly but put in a strong performance before losing 19-21 in the second set.

The score was tied at 3-3 when Hardie and Cargill went on to play Brown and Rodgers. The Academy pairing led early before the Monifieth pairing fought back and eventually the Academy pairing took the first set 21-18. The match was clinched when Hardie and Cargill took the second set 21-13 after another strong start.

Ladies’ doubles - Cameron and Wiltosz beat Ford and Stewart 21-18, 21-12; Hardie and Wiltosz lost to Brown and Stewart 17-21, 17-21.

Gents’ doubles - Chan and Mulford drew with Flynn and Young 17-21, 21-16; Cargill and Chan lost to Flynn and Rodgers 15-21, 19-21.

Mixed doubles - Cameron and Mulford beat Ford and Young 21-7, 15-21; Cameron and Mulford beat Brown and Rodgers 21-7, 21-11; Hardie and Cargill drew with Ford and Young 11-21, 23-21; Hardie and Cargill beat Brown and Rodgers 21-18, 21-13; Wiltosz and Chan lost to Stewart and Flynn 11-21, 19-21.

The Academy continued their winning ways with a 100 per cent record which puts them at the top of Division Three in their first season with one game to go before the Christmas break. Fiona Cameron was the top player on the night winning her three games.