The DC Cobra Badminton team of eight players headed off to Nanjing last week to compete in the intense and physically demanding ACAMIS Badminton tournament. Every player played a minimum 20 games over the 2 1/2 day competition.
With 23 teams from China, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and HK, teams were divided into three pools to play a round robin.
DC finished undefeated at the top of their pool and were placed in the Cup Pool competing in another round robin against the two top teams from each pool. Other finishers played for the Shield, Bowl and Plate depending on their finishing position in their pool.
In the team competition, the Cobras won first place with Alfred Lo (Boys Singles) and Anoushka Shahi (Girls Singles) finishing undefeated. Doubles pairs: Yu Arima/Charlotte Riedel (Mixed), and Leila Bentley/Vivian Gu (Girls) won all but one game. In their debut at ACAMIS and playing in a very competitive section, William Chang/Jason Lee in boys doubles played valiantly.
The individual finals (top two players/doubles) for each event was dominated by DC players. Anoushka was crowned girls singles champion, Charlotte and Yu were crowned mixed doubles champion, and Leila and Vivian fought hard playing three sets to get silver. In the prestigious boys singles, Alfred fought an amazing battle against a player four years older. With one game all, this heart stopping match went through to the wire in the last game (17-17) with the last point going to the other player. Alfred received a very honourable silver.