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Fanshawe badminton medal hopes dashed at CCAAs

Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | March 16th, 2009

The 2009 CCAA Badminton Championships held at Humber College have produced some interesting results.

Starting with the mixed doubles, Fanshawe's Julianne Clifford and Jordan Brooks—silver medalists in the OCAA championships—had a tough time at the CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletics Association) championships. In a round robin style of play consisting of five total rounds, Fanshawe's duo only managed to win a single round. In the end, Ontario at least managed to come out with a bronze medal as Cambrain's Mike Del Fante and Kayla Odorizzi defeated Jonathan Chang and Natalie Neumann from NAIT Ooks—an outstanding Badminton school in Albert Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC) ranked second nationally. The gold medalists were Joey Vandervet and Sinead Cheah from NAIT when they defeated Andy Cheung and Amy Leung from Douglas—a school in British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA) ranked number one nationally.

The interesting results came from the men's and women's singles. In the men's singles, OCAA player of the year Mark Wong played dismally as he lost three out of the five rounds. Mark's brother, Raymond Wong, won three out of the five rounds pitting him against brother Mark in the bronze medal game. Raymond came out on top defeating Mark. Gold medalist was NAIT Ooks Dan Kai, a player who has captured several awards in Alberta, as he defeated Shawn Zhang from Douglas College.

Being an OCAA champion did not mean much this past weekend as OCAA female player of the year Jody Carruthers had a lackluster performance. Out of five total rounds, Carruthers only managed to win a single one. Georgian's Karen Ng, who lost to Carruthers for gold in the OCAA championship, managed to make it to the bronze medal match but lost to NAIT Ook's Yand Sun. Gold medalist winner for women's single was Douglas' Lynn Haung who defeated NAIT's Ogul Kaltakci.

Men's doubles finally crowned a silver medalist from a different college other than Douglas and NAIT as Brent Barkhouse and Justin Barkhouse from Mount Allison U—a school in Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA)—lost to Douglas' Alvin Lau and Chi Lin Li. Humber's Alang Luangrath and Charlie Lay snagged bronze in men's doubles after defeating Darren Hong and Benson Chan from Mount Royal (ACAC).

Last but not least, Douglas won another gold medal in women's doubles through their stars Melodie Liang and Stephanie Ko as they defeated Concordia's Reshma Bhambhani and Grace Box (ACAC). Ontario managed to snag another bronze as Cambrain's Heather Schultz and Samantha Sheppard defeated Lindsay Bell and Ashley Dixon from Mount Royal (ACAC).

After it has all been said and done, Douglas College won three gold and two silver medals, while NAIT captured two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal. Humber College, ranked third nationally, walked away with three bronze medals. In terms of conferences, the ACAC won two gold, one silver, and two bronze medals, while BCCAA won three gold and two silvers. OCAA, on the other hand, won four bronze medals.

Congratulations to Julianne Clifford and Jordan Brooks for making it to nationals. Excellent job to first year Coach Matt Plachta for helping them get there.
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