The November 2020 Tasmanian Badminton Championship Tournament was a huge success!
With over 150 participants, and more than 200 matches played over nine different grades, this was the biggest badminton tournament held in the state in over ten years. People from across the state gathered to support the players over the duration of the two-day event. All in all, it was a wonderful outcome for the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association, particularly given the impacts that COVID-19 has had on sport, locally and across the globe.
As well as impressive overall numbers, the centre welcomed many junior participants, with the youngest player being only nine years of age. This is a positive sign for badminton moving into the future as players of all ages develop a passion for this fun and inclusive sport. Players from diverse backgrounds, skill levels and age groups came together to participate with great sportsmanship, which made the tournament a true spectacle for all to see.
There were many high-quality matches played throughout the tournament, but the Open Grade Mixed Doubles Final was a highlight. The first seeded pair, Brent Munday and Meg Graham from the North Western Badminton Association, faced off against Will Ponsonby and Leesa Grundy of the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association. Munday and Graham, tipped as the favourite, took the first set 21-13 before Ponsonby and Grundy rallied to take the second set 21-16. The thrilling final set saw Munday and Graham edge out Ponsonby and Grundy 27-25!
The 2020 Devine Property Tasmanian Badminton Championships were a great opportunity to see the spirit of the Tasmanian badminton community on full display. As a proud sponsor of the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association, Devine Property eagerly look forward to future events and all that is to come from our rewarding partnership. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming Badminton Vets Tournament!