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Badminton earns silver

Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | March 9th, 2009

Mixed doubles impress in tournament

Jordan Brooks and Julianne Clifford are the only Fanshawe badminton players that made it to the OCAA Badminton Championships. When they reached the championships, they did not disappoint.

Brooks and Clifford were facing off against Seneca's Sanjay Ashokkumar and Candy Fung in the semi-finals. Rewinding back to the West Regionals at Fanshawe College, Brooks and Clifford's only loss came to Ashokkumar and Fung in a grueling three-game match.

In a two-game match, Brooks and Clifford won definitively over the number two ranked Fung and Ashokkumar moving to the finals. Conestoga's Megan Hopkins and Dino Bajramovic, who placed first at the West Regionals, lost to Cambrian's Mike Del Fante and Kayla Odorizzi in the semis.

The end result was Brooks and Clifford taking home the silver medal, while Cambrian's Del Fante and Odorizzi took home the gold in a two game match win. Del Fante and Odorizzi won 21-11 in the first game and 21-14 in the second game. While Brooks and Clifford did lose to Del Fante and Odorizzi, they are the only Badminton players from Fanshawe to make it to the championship.

In other news from OCAA Badminton Championships, Humber Standout Raymond Wong, who won the male OCAA player of the year, won gold against Dayvon Reid from George Brown. In the semi-finals, Raymond beat his brother, Mark, in a three-game match. Humber College also received another gold medal when Charlie Lay and Alan Luangrath defeated Centennial's Simon Yip and Ben Wong.

While Humber walked away with two gold medals, the East region had the last laugh as Cambrian won three gold medals out of the five possible events. Del Fante and Odorizzi earned gold in mixed doubles, Schultz and Sheppard won gold in women's doubles, and Jody Carruthers, female OCAA player of the year, defeated Karen Ng from Georgian to earn the women's singles gold.
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