Volume 93, Issue 52

Wednesday, December 1, 1999


SPORTS

Lancers skewered by Mustangs

Badminton team makes rivals watch the birdie

Keeping squashing streak alive

Taunting - it's just unnecessary

The last Canadian hockey dynasty

Badminton team makes rivals watch the birdie



By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

There was plenty of bird watching this weekend in Hamilton as the Western Mustang badminton team competed at McMaster University in the second West sectional tournament.

The Mustangs smashed their competition, beating Guelph 9-2, McMaster 11-0, Brock 10-1 and Waterloo 9-2 in matches. With the tournament win, the Mustangs remain undefeated in league play and sit on top of the West Division.

Western head coach Bill Mason said he was happy with the team's result and their 13-0 start to the 1999-00 season. "They have had an outstanding opening to the season," he said. "We are a nicely balanced team with the men's and women's team both being strong."

Sean Girty, co-captain of the men's team agreed with his coach's sentiments. "Everyone came together and played really well this weekend."

Girty said they were prepared for their standings this year. "We knew we'd be up there. The past two years we were second in the [Ontario University Athletics championship]. We knew we had a strong core of players."

The ability to have a deep bench is a benefit for any team and Mason cited Western's roster as an aid to his team's success. "Badminton is a unique sport. There's not a men's and women's championship, it is all one team. Western has very good players on both the men's and women's side."

The necessity of depth was not lost on Girty. "Some of the other teams have a powerhouse on the men's or women's side, with our balance we take that advantage away from them."

First-year player Lindsay Mullaly said Western has dominated the West all year and this tournament was no different. She added her team only combined for a total of five losses.

"We have really strong guys and girls and we've been training really hard all season," Mullaly said. "We're gonna start training hard after finals and keep doing what we've been doing. The next tournament is the cross-over tournament in January and it's usually really hard."

Brock head coach Al Whitley said his team fared as well as he expected in the weekend tournament. "The fact we got a win [in a match] versus Western – we were happy," he said. "Western has the right people playing. Western will be the powerhouse until their players graduate."

The Mustangs' next tournament will be January 22 and 23. Mason said this tournament will be a tune up for the OUA finals, as it will be a crossover tournament with the teams in the East division. "Teams in the East are stronger. We will need to perform at our best in order to prevail."


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