By Jack Clarke
The 2014/15 Badminton season got underway yesterday with both the Men’s 1st and 2nd teams in action inside the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.
The 1st team, led by captain James Torch, were up against a strong side from Lancaster University, while the 2nd team under the leadership of Christian Lane, faced Manchester Metropolitan.
It wasn’t long before the 1sts realised the challenge that lay ahead of them. Lancaster came flying out of the blocks and started very strongly with a couple of quick victories.
Arnaldo Solorzano fell just short in singles competition, losing 21-18, and then 21-14. The doubles pairing of Jake Sanders and Dan Porter also got off to an unfortunate start, coming away with a 21-15, 21-17 defeat.
Matthew Vacher provided some belief with a dominant singles victory, winning his match-up 21-7, 21-15. However, Lancaster soon regained their two game lead with a close fought doubles victory over James Torch and James Finch to make it 3-1.
In the second round of matches, UCLan started brilliantly by winning 3 games in a row to take the overall lead at 4-3. Both singles competitors, Arnaldo Solorzano and Matthew Vacher with wins, and a doubles victory for Captain James Torch and James Finch.
The final match, an agonising loss that went all the way to the third match for Jake Sanders and Dan Porter, meant it finished 4-4 for the Men’s 1sts Vs Lancaster.
The Men’s 2nd team made light work of their opponents Manchester Met, winning every single game of the afternoon.
Standout performances came from Robert Cubiss in the singles competition who won 21-5, 21-17 in his first game and then 22-20, 21-10 in his second.
Mention must also go to the partnership of Rob Chevalier and Michael Finch who held on in a gripping game to win 23-25, 21-18, 21-19 in a 3 match thriller.
It finished 8-0 to the 2nds and captain Christian Lane said: “I think as a team we played really well today. First game of the season, top of the league, can’t really complain.”