Bangna – It was an auspicious start to the week-long series of TISAC badminton tourneys for the Seahawk badminton team. In just its second year in the conference, the Under 11s team captured the boys singles and mixed doubles titles, and placed 2nd in boys doubles, accumulating a total of 74 team points en route to earning the overall team title.
Finn Dardarananda, grade 3, brought home his second boys singles title in as many years. Finn was flawless in pool play, blanking opponents from St. Andrew’s, St. Stephen’s, and Charter, to earn a spot in the championship rounds. In the semi-finals, host school Concordian couldn’t take advantage of their home court advantage, as Finn once again cruised 2-0. The final match was just a rematch against his pool’s runner-up finisher from St. Andrew’s, where Finn was able to cap of his perfect record with a 2-0 championship win.
Pawan and Darshan, both grade 4, paired off for the mixed doubles competition, where they also cruised to a perfect record with wins over familiar foes from St. Andrew’s, St. Stephen’s, and Charter. However, the championship round presented two new challengers, the first from Kessinee, who the mixed pair easily disposed of 2-0, followed by our British neighbors from Bangkok Prep in the championship game. Like Finn, Pawan and Darshan easily handled the challenge, beating the prepsters 2-0.
In the boys doubles, twins Yash and Shre, grade 4, nearly earned a trifecta for their school. After going undefeated in pool play, once again against St. Andy’s (2-1), St. Steph (2-0), and Charter (2-0), the brothers easily advanced to the final match by defeating Regents, 2-0. However, the host Dragons of Concordian wouldn’t be denied their lone title, as Yash and Shre dropped the championship game, 0-2, to settle for second place.
Also representing Wells were Nikara (girls singles), who advanced as far as the semi-final match, and Vivi and Hazina (girls doubles).