Both teams displayed great skill and team work during last week’s semi-finals, making easy work of their opponents winning 6–1 over Mama T’s Takeaway and Vaiakura Holiday Homes respectively.
But it was the matchup between Edgewater Resort and PHAB Beauties that got everyone’s attention.
Edgewater were definitely out with vengeance in mind and had improved over the last five weeks. They almost caused an upset, with PHAB Beauties just managing to pull out a 4–3 win.
And for the Dazzling Cubs it was heartbreak, as they lost against the Stormers after reaching a three-all draw, then were unable to play the deciding match.
Despite the default, Stormers captain Tinomana Naea is looking forward to their finals matchup against PHAB Beauties, who they just beat 4–3 in the rounds.
Some of the past winners of the Ray Marsters Memorial Trophy are Ride Rarotonga (2014) and Aroa Vegeland (2016), but could this be third time lucky for PHAB Pharmacy who have been runners-up for the past two years.
It will be up to Cook Island U15 reps Vaitoti Tupa and Teatuanui George to make that a reality as they take on current men’s national champ Eric Gamez and former women’s national champ Ngaoa Ranginui in their singles.
This event has been a great opportunity for the junior players to gain invaluable court time and experience.
The next event on the badminton calendar is the Primary School Tournament next week on Friday November 17 at the Bluesky Sports Arena, followed by the Junior and Senior National Championships.
Grand Final: Court 1 - Landcourt Services Vs PHAB Pharmacy Shuttlers, Court 2 - Vaiakura Holiday Homes (third) Vs Mama T’s Takeaway (fourth), Court 3 - PHAB Pharmacy Beauties (fifth) Vs Stormers (sixth), Court 4 - Edgewater Resort (seventh) Vs Dazzling Cubs (eighth).