Birkirkara Badders have defeated Paola Feathers to make sure of the runner-up position whatever happens in the remaining matches. This win enables Badders to finish second to the other Birkirkara team – Greenwich – thus making it a top-two placing for our club.
However it turned out to be a hard match for Badders. With Feathers fielding a man less, thus awarding two walk-overs to Badders, the latter needed just one game from the three being played. This they did by winning the Ladies’ Singles in a three-setter.
As already mentioned, Badders started with a 2-0 advantage, with walkovers awarded in the Men’s Singles and the Men’s Doubles.
The first game played was the Mixed Doubles. Aldo Polidano/Klara O’Berg met Edmond Abela/Joanne Cassar. The latter won the first set 21-12. The Birkirkara pair reacted strongly and won the second set 21-13. However they did not keep up the momentum in the third and decisive set and lost 21-12.
Excitement and tension for Badders was evident in the Ladies’ Singles where Marica Micallef met Domenique Francica. Domenique won the first set 21-13 and all looked not well until then. However Marica put more urgency in her play and, playing her heart out, managed to win the following two sets – thus securing the points needed for her team to make sure of second placing. The second set was a ding-dong affair finishing 26-24 in Marica’s favour. Likewise the third decisive set, which was won 21-19. One can imagine the joy of the Badders’ players after this win!
The third and final game – the Ladies’ Doubles – had no bearing on the final result, however this also turned out to be a balanced three-setter. Klara O’Berg/Marica Micallef of Badders won the first set easily 21-10. But then Marica started feeling the effects of the previous game and the Birkirkara pair went on to lose the next two sets 21-12, 21-16.
One cannot but not commend the Badders team for their commitment and determination despite having to play most of their matches without their best lady-player – Maria Borg – missing out through injury.
Birkirkara Badders 3 – 2 Paola Feathers