Badminton - Electric Alberta
It was electric in the GWH gymnasium tonight as teams faced off for the semi finals of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Competition. Winners of tonight advanced forward to play for their medal opportunity tomorrow.
On court 1, Alberta faced off against Ontario. Starting off with the Men’s Doubles, it was Imran Wadia & Demond Wang (AB) vs Stanley Feng & Colin Jia. Imran and Desmond came out to play right from the start with hard hitting smashes and overall intensity that was hard to match. They swept the first game 21-9. Stanley and Colin dug deep in the second game and grinded their way back, winning the second game 21-16 and forcing the match to go to the decider. In the final set, Imran and Desmond turned up the heat, with Alberta fans cheering them on all over the stadium, and took the final game 21-13 and putting Alberta on the board to go up 1-0 in the team score.
Next up was Mixed Doubles, pitting Alberta’s Austin Bauer & Takeisha Wang against Ontario’s Jonathan Lai & Crystal Lai (they are not siblings, in case you were wondering!). In two extremely tight sets, Austin and Takeisha closed out the victory 21-18 and 21-15. This was a critical point for Alberta, and they knew it too.
Heading into the next tie was a rematch from the individual event, with Emily Chan (AB) getting her shot at revenge against Jacqueline Cheung (ON) in the Women’s Singles. Jacqueline was not going to let her team down, and she came out with vicious attacks and a high intensity pace, defeating Emily in 2 straight sets and getting Ontario on the board.
With the team score at 2-1 Alberta, the next match up was Men’s Singles. The silver medalist from the individual event, Kevin Lee (AB), was playing to win the team match for his province against Ontario’s Darren Choi. Kevin came out all business, taking control of the net and finishing his opponent in two straight sets. This gave Alberta it’s 3rd and deciding point for victory to win the team match 3-1.
“Just, nothing but relief. We all knew that the mixed doubles match was the key piece tonight. The team really delivered. Tomorrow, we are coming back for some revenge.” -Dave Mcmaster, Team AB Coach
On the other side of the draw, British Columbia lost to Quebec in an epic 3-2 victory. Tomorrow, Alberta will face off against Quebec in a re-match from the pool play, but this time with the gold medal on the line. British Columbia will play Ontario for the bronze medal.
The Finals begin at 12 p.m. SHARP! Come on out for the finals to watch some absolutely EPIC badminton, and cheer for your favorite team!
(Matches for positions 5-13 will also take place tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.)