AFTER a series of internal matches at the start of the season, Hunters Badminton Club tested their skills against some of their main rivals in the Rugby League.
The first team, which consisted of Aseem Sharma, Michal Helis, Shahid Mirza and Wing faced a tough challenge in the shape of last year’s Division One champions Trinity.
Hunters lost the opening pairing but in the second they claimed the second to take their first rubber and level the scoreline at 1-1.
The second pairing Shahid and Wing fought hard but lost to both Trinity pairs and in the split pairings Michal and Wing were beaten easily.
The other pairing of Aseem and Shahid battled against injury to beat their opponents and the final score of 4-2 to Trinity did not do justice to the closeness of the contest.
Hunters’ third team took their campaign on the road to Lutterworth where they took on their second string side.
The tried and tested pairings of Mark Taylor and Simon Davies, along with Ian Francis and Dave Watkin however came up against strong opposition and were unable to capitalise on their winning streak, losing the match despite a valiant effort.
Elsewhere in the Coventry League, Hunters’ first team hosted Nuneaton’s Stockingford’s first team in their first home game of the season.
David Pugh stepped into the team for the first time and paired with Michal Helis for the initial rubberm, but Stockingford’s first pairing were very strong and took the first comfortably.
Hunter’s second pair of Lee Rickard and Simon Piercy and the third pair of Phil Pelton and Shahid Mirza faired better with both winning their opening rubbers.
The fourth rubber matched Lee and Simon against Stockingford’s first pair, and despite winning a game Stockingford took the rubber in the decider.
However the next two rubbers went to Hunters which put the hosts 4-2 ahead and needing one more rubber for victory.
But in the seventh Phil and Shahid lost out to Stockingford’s first pair moving the score to 4-3 but Michal and David won a tough eighth and Hunters went on to claim a 6-3 win.
The second team were also in action but were on the wrong end of a 8-1 thumping away at Ernsford Grange.