Beavers take SouthEast SR team
Dorchester led by girls' and boys' singles
badminton champions Heng and Boldt
while East Elgin Eagles' Wall and Cattrysse
dominate girls' doubles
By Rob J. Ross
Selecia Wall and Ella
Cattrysse have been best friends since early in
their elementary school days.
No surprise the self
described "partners in crime since kindergarten" are
a force in girls' doubles with the East Elgin
Wall and Cattrysse
handily won the girls' doubles title, going 4-0
without dropping a game, at the Thames Valley Region
Athletics (TVRA) South-East Division senior
badminton championships, at Parkside C.I.
The Eagles defeated
West Elgin Wildcats' Ella Mairleitner and Karlaigh
Bodkin in the final.
"Our communication and
how our coaches when they tell us stuff to do, we
took that in to play. That really stood out," said
Catttysse. "Putting it to the corners and the back
hand stuff. That really helps."
Knowing each other for
most of their lives, Wall and Cattrysse know each
other's strengths on the badminton court.
"Her serves are so
accurate," said Cattrysse, about Wall. "At practice
I would touch a spot on the floor and she would
serve it right there. Her hits are really good.
She's powerful, so she can get it to the back line
which doesn't happen very often in girls doubles.
And she's fun to be around too."
Cattrysse has a skill
that keeps Wall off balance at practice and
certainly opponents during games.
"She's so good at
tipping. At practice, she likes to put some tips
on me and I fall over," laughs Wall, adding, "She's
also really good at hitting the line with her hits.
She hits it down so hard and she's a fun partner to
be around so that's a plus."
Up next is the WOSSAA
tournament, Thursday, April 28, at Strathroy.
Cattrysse and Wall
placed fourth at junior WOSSAA back in 2019, but aim
to be a few spots higher this time around.
"To get top three at
least," said Wall. "We could get fifth again, but
I'd prefer top three. Maybe first. That would be
Placing top two would
mean a spot at OFSAA, the high school provincial
championships, this year, in Paincourt, at the St.
Clair College HealthPlex, May 5-7.
"I didn't know there
was an OFSAA for badminton," Wall said. "Imagine.
That would be so fun."
Samantha Heng and Evan Boldt took longer routes than
Wall and Cattysse, but both left with gold medals as
Their first place
finishes carried Dorchester to the team title.
Ingersoll and Woodstock C.I. tied for second in the
doubles team of David Johnston and Ben Staeyart,
were fourth, while both the mixed doubles team of
Cole McLellan and Natalie Woods and the girls'
doubles team of Grace McLean and Hannah Freer,
"I'm very proud of our
team. We worked very hard," said Boldt, who took the
boys' singles title, beating Ingersoll's Davin Gray
twice in the final.
"It was very hard and
tiring, but I just didn't want to give up. I worked
hard for it," said Boldt. "I kept pushing him to the
back and then dropping it when he was so far back.
It wore him out."
The win avenged a loss
to Gray a week earlier in the East final.
Boldt looks forward to
WOSSAA and beyond.
"I'm excited. I want
to go to OFSAA. That's the goal for my Grade 12
year," said Boldt.
Heng brought home gold
in ladies' singles, beating Glencoe's Bella Eckert
twice in the final.
"Overall it was a
really good match. She made me work hard," said
Heng, a grade 11 student, who recently moved to
Dorchester from Moncton, New Brunswick.
"I was actually
worried because she played on my weakness which was
shooting to the far back of the court and I don't
have the strength to hit it from the back of the
court," Heng said "I had to keep her moving because
I thought I was a lot more mobile."
Heng's lone loss was
to Central Elgin Titans' Emma Westbrook early in the
tournament, but beat Westbrook in the third place
game to advance to the final.
The top four in each
of the five disciplines, girls' singles, boys'
singles, girls' doubles, boys' doubles and mixed
doubles, advance to WOSSAA.
Ingersoll's Tye House
and Emmitt Robinson won boys' doubles, while WCI's
Cam Jansen and Sam Craven, took mixed doubles gold.
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1. Samantha Heng (Dorchester)
2. Bella Eckert (Glencoe)
3. Emma Westbrook (CECI)
4. Maggie Nichol (College Ave)
Alt: Julia Telford (PCI)
1. Ella Cattrysse & Selecia Wall (East Elgin)
2. Ella Mairleitner & Karleigh Bodkin (WESS)
3. Brooke Readman & Claire Arnott (Huron Park)
4. Savannah Page & Grayson Moore (PCI)
Alt: Grace Mclean & Hannah Freer (Dorchester)
1. Cam Jansen & Sam Craven (WCI)
2. Lillie Penner & Vince Moore (PCI)
3. Caydence Ferguson & Max Vandenborre (College Ave)
4. Alan Wall & Kaleigh Kummer (East Elgin)
Alt: Cole McLellan & Natalie Woods (Dorchester)
1. Evan Boldt (Dorchester)
2. Davin Gray (Ingersoll)
3. John Van Bilsen (Glencoe)
4. Adrian Barnes (Glencoe)
Alt: Kalan Gillard (CECI)
1. Tye House & Emmitt Robinson (Ingersoll)
2. Andrew Doherty & Tyler Magoffin (WCI)
3. Liam Miskelly & Marcus Sao (CECI)
4. David Johnston & Ben Staeyart (Dorchester)
Alt: Dustin Farrow & Ryan Smith (East Elgin)
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