The Phoenix Girls Badminton pre-season team fought a long battle to come 2nd at the Falcon’s Invitational held on 13February in Bangkok. Playing against three very strong teams (Bangkok Patna School, Canadian International School of Hong Kong and the host team NIST), the phoenix team put up a very strong fight. Losing their strongest doubles player and Captain Christine Tan mere days before the tournament, they were forced to play with only six players, one short of a full lineup. Despite the major setbacks, the team proceeded with much zeal and enthusiasm. The complications called for a changed line up where singles three was forced to forfeit each time, and our player to play doubles two, due to the unforeseen circumstances.
The round robin stages saw a seemingly smooth path: the only hiccup being against NIST, the “warm up match”, who posed a tough contest, in which they came out on top, with only our doubles two coming through with victory. However, the following two matches were almost entirely one sided: the only loss arising from the unfortunate lack of a seventh player. The unsurprising victories left the Phoenix team in second place, ready to advance to the placement stage of the tournament.
A tough battle followed in the final match against NIST, where the girls fought for the gold medal. The high paced final few matches were filled with passion and intrigue, and saw a repeat of last year’s finals as well. Although the score line of 4-1 may suggest to some that the Dover team lost heart, the reality was far different. Fighting till the very end, the Phoenix girls all pushed through their fatigue to battle it out in three sets, faltering only at the very end with a margin of a mere 3 points to decide the winner of this year’s invitational.
Each year, our team comes back stronger, and yields better results. This tournament, the first tournament in preparation for the badminton season, has taught them a lot about their team dynamics, and they look forward to taking ACSIS by storm, seeking to perhaps better the phenomenal results that they achieved during last year’s SEASAC. With lots of goals to achieve and more than enough enthusiasm to support them, the girls have high hopes for the coming year.