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Miramar Central School dominates badminton on day one at SportsFest

Sep 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

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Competitors from various Wellington primary schools.

MIRAMAR Central School dominated badminton with numbers and winners in the first day of the Wellington Regional SportsFest.

The school provided three of the eight teams competing at Hataitai’s Wellington Badminton Centre.

The other teams came from Kilbirnie, Plimmerton, St Benedict’s, St Francis de Sales, and Samuel Marsden Primary schools.

Fair Play winner Patrick Elsis from St Benedict’s.

Badminton Wellington general manager Vaiola Vaeau says the children were having such a good time they agreed not to break for lunch.

He was particularly pleased with the conduct of all teams saying there was, “not a cross word anywhere” and that the “big smiles all around” were a clear indication of the event’s success.

Badminton Wellington’s junior development and events manager Daniel Hakes says the teams were divided into groups for a round robin series so each team played all the others.

The seven minute games were scored by an umpire to determine the highest scoring team and the placings by the end of the day.

Miramar Central Swatters, Sean McGregor and Charlotte Thompson.

Miramar Central Swatters, Sean McGregor and Charlotte Thompson.

Along with awards for first, second and third placed teams, there was one for Fair Play to the competitor who displayed the best sports conduct on the day.

Each team had to nominate a single competitor in the opposing team after each game.

By the end of the day Miramar Central Swatters’ Sean McGregor and Charlotte Thompson took first place.

Second and third was decided in a tight points differential, with Plimmerton edging out Miramar Central Shots.

Miramar Central School parents , Grace McGregor and Phillip Young.

Miramar Central School parents , Grace McGregor and Phillip Young.

The Fair Play award went to Patrick Elsis from St Benedict’s who said he “feels good” about the win.

Grace McGregor and Phillip Young, Miramar Central School parents of first and third place getters Sean McGregor (Swatters) and Eric Young (Shots), were pleased with the result.

They said both players receive coaching at Badminton Wellington and were due back at the centre later that evening.

Umpire Nathan Wilson.

Umpire Nathan Wilson.

 

Photos: Dominic Godfrey

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