As the nights start to draw in and the temperatures begin to plummet, it can only mean one thing: the Notts Badminton Association League is underway for the 2015/16 season.
After the inevitable ins and outs throughout the off-season, Nottinghamshire’s biggest badminton club north of the River Trent was ready to go.
Unfortunately the start of the season has almost mirrored that of last year:five matches, five defeats. The 1st mixed got the season underway in division 1 after a year in exile in division 2, and hoping to exorcise the demons of 2 years previous.
Facing a strong Nottingham University side, who, had also got re-promoted last season from the parallel division, captain Steve Smith went for virtually the same side as last season, the only difference was Jodie Smee, deputising for Nat Wright.
2-1 up after three rubbers, with Andy Shaw/Jackie Thompson, Craig Day/Lou Truong making light work. It quickly turned into 4-3 down going into the final two rubbers. Andy and Jackie took the 8th rubber but Craig and Lou could not beat the University 1st pair.
The 4th Mixed lost their opening matches, 7-2 away at Carlton and 5-4 away at Beeston valley. While In division 2 the 2nd mixed lost 6-3 away at Crusader, James Watkins and Jodie Smee taking two rubbers.
Monday the 26th of October saw the 1st men’s open their 3rd Premier League Campaign, this time hoping to stay in the division for the first time. They faced Nottingham University. The team took a slightly new shape, with Steve Smith and Craig Day the only surviving pair from last season. Andy Shaw partnered up with Matt Haigh and Sunny Ram moved up to partner new boy James Watkins.
Despite a very good team performance it was another 5-4 defeat in the ninth rubber. Steve and Craig going down 21-16 21-19.
James and Sunny impressed on their first outing as a pair and all three pairs looked solid, boding well for the tough season ahead.