The Udall Recreation center will be closed Monday August 11 through Friday August 23. It should be open for badminton play Saturday August 24 but please check as it depends on the new finish on the floor being dry enough.
The much anticipated on-court face-off between the now separated ex-partners from Thailand, Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit, who were #7 in the world in 2012. Issara, with his new partner Pakkawat Vilailak, and Jongjit, who has been inching up the world rankings with his new comrade Nipitphon Puangpuapech.
The crowd saw Jongjit/Puangpuapech surge ahead with their muscular play to quickly take the first game. At the change of ends, there was also clearly a verbal exchange that provoked Issara to physically confront his ex-partner. Jongjit retaliated by hitting Issara with his badminton racket. Before anybody could react, Issara chased Jongjit and when he caught the latter, threw a few punches and tackled Jongjit down to the mat.
The coaches held Issara down to prevent him from physically attacking Jongjit further while Issara’s partner Vilailak calmly escorted the now shirtless Jongjit away from the chaos. Issara was handed a black card, technically awarding the gold medal to Jongjit/Puangpuapech.
Save the dates in your diary – our sources tell us that on September 28 the University of Arizona will host its badminton doubles tournament for all skill levels!
If you need a warm up for that, then on September 7 the Phoenix Smashbash badminton tournament will be on at AZBC too.
When the official announcement is made, we’ll follow it up on here.
The photos from the 2013 Grand Canyon State Games Badminton tournament can be viewed on our facebook page by clicking this link. You do not need to be a member of facebook to view these photos. Enjoy!
Kevin and Rob will provide instruction during this time on 2 courts, while the other 4 courts will still be available for free play. If needed, several other advanced players have offered to help coach during this time, and we could potentially have 3 training courts.
Of course, these sessions will vary week to week, but we wanted to provide the opportunity for people of all skill levels to improve!
Please welcome the new:
Co-Presidents: Sierra Fung and Nico Fajardo
Treasurer: Stephanie Kha
Webmaster: Steven Li
We are sure they will all do an excellent job – good luck!
You can see them here: http://www.uazbadminton.com/
Just a note to let you know that starting next week (June 3 2013) The Randolph Recreation Center will be down to 3 courts for the summer (until roughly when schools reopen).
With another year behind us, we decided to restart a tradition that has been overlooked for some time: The year-end banquet. This get-together serves as a chance for us to wrap up the (school) year and also bid a fond farewell to those taking their leave. This year has seen several veteran members moving on to bigger and better things and we wish them all the best. Special thanks to Yukari-san for setting up this special dinner and also for her generosity and consideration in putting together gifts for those who are leaving. Thanks also to Dr. Chan, Kevin, and the new officers Sierra, Nico, Stephanie, and Stephen for their part in putting together the collages. Feast your eyes (pun, of course, intended) on the link!