Thank you to everyone who came out to support the badminton tournament this Saturday. You can view the photographs on our facebook page by clicking on this link. You do not need to have an account with facebook to view the photos.
We were able to raise just over $1000 for the Aileen Primero Scholarship Fund!
We’d especially like to thank: Yukari for donating bananas and delicious inari sushi, Tucson Badminton Club for providing blue backdrops, Ramesh for donating granola bars, Alisha/Jimmy for organizing the courts, Monica for making the brackets, and Stephen for taking lots of pictures.
Int Men’s Doubles:
1st – Stephen L. and Abdul R.
2nd – Bheo G. and Sanjeev M.
Adv Men’s Doubles:
1st – Giao Q.and Mark T.
2nd – Saburo S. and Rob W.
1st – Monica X. and Jill Y.
2nd – Nga L. and Chandler B.
1st – Theo and Steve H.
2nd – An N. and Doug T.
Unfortunately, due to the UA football game tomorrow (Friday August 29, 2013), the recreation center is closed at 6pm and practice is cancelled. Practice will resume on Sunday at 10am.
If a game occurs again on a friday, this will reoccur.
The president of University of Arizona’s badminton club informed us that as of Friday August 30, badminton players will be able to use all 6 courts from 6pm. I know many people turn up at 8 as they only think there are 3 courts until then, but unless we hear any different, feel free to turn up at 6pm and enjoy all 6 courts!
Please note that the following are CLOSED for badminton tomorrow (Saturday August 24, 2013) due to floor maintenance.
Morris K Udall Recreation Center
El Pueblo Recreation Center
Get ready for the annual Aileen Primero Doubles Tournament, which will be held at the UA Rec Center on Saturday, September 28th!
This is a charity tournament to honor Aileen Primero, a UA badminton club member and student whose life was tragically cut short. The proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund set up in her name.
Here are the categories:
-Men’s Advanced (doubles)
-Men’s Intermediate (doubles)
-Mixed Advanced (doubles)
-Mixed Intermediate (doubles)
is this year’s entry form. You can either mail it to the address, or hand it to Stephanie, Nico, or Sierra at the club.
Better prepare, see you there!
Don’t forget you do not need to be a member of the University to play in this tournament and it is open to everyone!
The University of Arizona Recreation Center will be closed on the following dates/times:
Sunday, August 18th 10am-10pm
Monday, August 19th 6am-11am
Tuesday, August 20th 6am-11am
This will affect any of you playing badminton on Sunday.
I just got off the phone with Tom Carle who is the Operations Manager at Sporting Chance, the new facility at River and La Cholla. I was trying to set up play there while Randolph then Udall close. Unfortunately they are having a problem with their floor surface which will not be fixed for the next couple of weeks.
So here’s what we have. Udall is still open this week for play at 6AM – 8:30AM Thursday and 8-11AM Saturday, then closes for 2 weeks. El Pueblo Rec center (at 6th and Irvington is open Saturdays: 3 courts from 1 – 4PM. Lastly there is play at the NW YMCA
From Mark and Sue A:
After a summer hiatus, badminton is starting up again at the Northwest YMCA located at Shannon and Magee. We have our usual time slot of Thursday from 2 to 4 beginning this week. Membership from any YMCA anywhere in the USA or Canada can get you into the facility. Seniors who have “Silver Sneakers” benefits through their insurance get in for free, but they must remember to bring their Silver Sneakers card. Others will need to pay a “drop in” fee of $10 for a day pass. The day pass would enable a person to not only play badminton, but also work out in the cardio room, take various exercise classes (aerobics, spin, zumba, etc.) use the pool, and stay all day and all evening.
Randolph Recreation center goes back to 6 badminton courts next week but is closed August 5-10 for its annual restoration.
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.