It’s Anybody’s Game after First Week of JBA/SDF Under-15 Badminton Schools’ League

by / Wednesday, 29 April 2015 / Published in JBA News

Competition has been heating up as 16 schools battle it out in the 2015 JBA/SDF Under-15 Badminton Schools’ League. Schools from the Eastern and Western regions have been competing over the last week with matches commencing on April 17.

It’s anybody’s guess who will make it to the finals from the Western region where 7 schools have entered this year from Manchester and St. Elizabeth. First time entrants Mt. St. Joseph Catholic High won the first match they contested quite convincingly with a 4 – love score line over El Instituto de Mandevilla in the boys category then 3-1 over Belair High in the girls category. Bishop Gibson won 3-2 against the girls’ teams from Manchester High and El Instituto de Mandevilla in a symmetrical score line. El Instituto won against Manchester High 4-love in their first matchup while Manchester High was awarded the winning 3 points after Belair High failed to show up for their match on April 28.

The Jamaica Badminton Association was thrilled to have Mt. St. Joseph Catholic High School competing for the first time this year. The school which opened its doors for the start of the 2014 academic year entered last year’s competition but did not have enough players to participate. This year, they came out in their numbers and won their first match.

“This is the level of interest that we would like to see in the Schools’ League. To develop badminton in Jamaica, we need to encourage the youth to get involved in the sport so it is truly encouraging to see Mt. St. Joseph Catholic High School embrace the sport in such a way,” said Acting President for the JBA David Thomas.

In the Eastern region, 9 schools have entered from the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine. Oberlin looks strong having won all five of their matches against St. Annes Primary twice, Wolmer’s Girls, Dinthill Technical High and St. Andrew’s High School for Girls. Calabar High, Immaculate Conception High, St. Jago High are all tied at 1 game apiece having defeated St. Annes Primary, Campion High, Dinthill Technical High and respectively in the first round of matches. Wolmer’s Boys defeated Calabar High 5 – love in their first meetup.

While only sixteen schools have entered this year, the JBA is pleased with the level of engagement.

“It is great to see this level of participation from the schools and we hope that it will continue to increase in the coming years. The JBA is dedicated to developing the sport in the country and this is one of the avenues by which we hope to do so,” he said.

The league will culminate in what promises to be a sizzling final on May 16th at DeCarteret College where the winners and runners up in each region will go head to head for the all island championship trophy.

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