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!
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.
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.
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!