Reported by Ng Wee Yang
Edited by Celine Yeap
27th January was the start of the 1st preliminary match for the KE7 female badminton players in IHG(Inter-hall Games). This time, our players faced off against the girls from TH (Temasek Hall). The game started around 7pm at MPSH and our diligent players from KE7 were busy warming up for the upcoming battle with TH. I had a good opportunity to interview the female badminton captain, Cherie, about her expectations for the badminton match. The captain was a little pessimistic of the outcome of the match as the TH players were far more superior in experience. However, she remained optimistic that the girls would try their best to do KE7 proud.
The first singles started at around 7:20pm with Joanne against Priscilla from TH. It started with a warm up and then in 10 minutes time, the game started proper. The player from TH was very much aggressive and faster than Joanne and made her cover much ground on the court, exhausting her. Though the TH player faulted a few times, allowing Joanne to score a few points, it was not enough to win the match, resulting in score of 21-4 and 21-2 respectively. The first singles lasted about 20 minutes.
The next event was the 1st doubles played by Ruth and Adela. When the 1st doubles started, TH started with an offensive strategy (including hand signals) by serving strategically and aggressively against our players. The strategy worked initially, with TH scoring a number of points before our players were able to regain their composure and fight back. However, TH’s superior physical strength overwhelmed our players as they were much faster and had better reflexes. In the end, though our players fought bravely, we lost 4-21 and 8-21 respectively. I had an opportunity to interview Adela, one of the players. She felt that the players from TH were in better physical shape as she had a hard time keeping up with them in the game. However, she felt that she had done her best and that it was a good experience to hone her skills.The 2nd singles was played by Jasmine Chua at around 8:20pm. Jasmine, despite her smaller physique was agile and relatively fast and had good foundations in her basics. She fared quite well in the beginning, with some points in her hands. However, the TH player managed to get more fired up than Jasmine in the later part of the game and became more aggressive. As like her teammates, the TH player served forcefully, catching Jasmine off guard many times. In the end, she lost the match with a score of 21-7 and 21-9 respectively. When interviewed, she felt that TH was more experienced and that she would have to train more. The 2nd doubles was played by Cherie and Bee, the dynamic duo. The two players worked well and were aggressive in their serves and shots and managed to score some points in the beginning. Captain Cherie was extremely fast in her reflexes and could be said to be the best female player in the team. The TH players made several mistakes as they served recklessly, resulting in several faults. However, this was not enough to give KE7 a victory as the match ended with a score of 21-12 and 21-9 respectively. The final event was the 3rd singles by April. April was an experienced player, having 3 years of IHG experience under her belt. April had a strong start as she easily scored some points in the beginning. However, the TH player managed to catch up with a strategy of serving more aggressively to exhaust their opponent as well as to catch them off guard. In the end, April lost this match. When interviewed, April felt that the match was a humbling experience as she is more aware of her skills and experience as a badminton player and that she tried her best. At the end of the game, I interviewed the captain once more. She felt that though the team had done their best, they still needed to practise more as she felt that the basics were not yet mastered. She also felt that the match was a humbling experience for her and her team. Although KE7 lost to TH, let’s keep our spirits up and support them in their next game on Sunday against RH!