BSE Dragons Badminton teams played in the Sandhurst Division competition against Catholic College Bendigo and Crusoe, East Loddon, Marist, Eaglehawk Secondary, Weeroona and Girton Grammar colleges on May 25.
BSE won the Year 7 Girls, Year 7 Boys and Year 8 Boys divisions. “It was a great day, with all participants demonstrating teamwork and sportsmanship,” coach Maree Seary said. Teams included: Year 7 Girls 1 — Silver-Bell, Kate, Jenna, Taylor, Shameka, Molly, Kaylah, Hayley, Lauryn, Moo P, Caitlin and Holly;Year 7 Boys — Abe, Zane, Ben, Hudson, Jackson, Toby and Alistair; Year 8 Girls — Jamaya, Jayda, August, Lay Paw, Emma, Poppy, Grace, Laura and Lily; Year 8 Boys — Todd, Ned, Matthew, Connor, Blake and Tom.
Our student coaches for the day were Mia, Lucy, Alyssa, Bridie, Kealy and Bailey. The winner of the junior competition advances to the Loddon Mallee Competition later in the year.
BSE Dragons Intermediate Squad play in the Loddon Mallee Competition on May 29 in Bendigo, with the winner advancing to contest the State Title later in the year. Here’s our student coaches reports from the day:
On May 25, 41 students represented BSE in badminton. For me, personally, I was a part of the day as the coach for the Year 8 Girls. Our team consisted of eight people: Jayda, Lay Paw, August, Laura, Poppy, Jamaya, and Emma. Although we didn’t come out as overall champions for our age group, I was really proud of how my whole team went. We approached the day as a way of having fun, and I’m sure a lot of us learnt more about how badminton games work. Even though we only managed to arrange the team the day before, we still performed our best, and all of the team are most definitely looking forward to playing next year, as well. I’d say that my team tried their hardest, as we got better as the day progressed. I’m really happy to say that we supported each other, and always thought about the best-case scenario throughout the day. We all definitely had an amazing day to celebrate badminton. As the day went on, the competition got more competitive, there were some really amazing players that we had to face, and our team took that challenge. Overall, it was a really good day that I know I enjoyed, and I’m sure they enjoyed too.
— Alyssa Lai, Year 10
Five young athletes and a superstar coach went to the Eaglehawk Badminton Centre to go head-to-head with Crusoe and Marist in many intense games of Badminton. The first rounds against both schools looked extremely promising and a guaranteed win could be seen just beyond the horizon, but pressure mounted as we played off in the grand final match against Marist. A big lead of more than 20 points created by our two top girls, Sliver and Jenna, was able to ensure success for the day. Once the final results were announced everyone in the Year 7 Girls team was extremely excited to have won their first competition. Now, we move through to the next stage to play-off against schools within the Loddon Mallee Region.
— Mia Ward, Year 10
The Year 7 Boys team, consisting of Abe, Toby, Zayne and Ben, played really well in the seven games they competed in. For all of them, it was their first time playing badminton and I was blown away by the talent and how quickly they picked up the skills. Each game was another challenge and they always met it with a positive attitude and great sportsmanship. In the end, we came away with a win and are through to regionals. The boys are really looking forward to next round and competing again. I am so proud of the boys and all the other teams that competed alongside us.
— Bridie Blake-Burrows, Year 10