Badminton bonanza during the 39th Malta National Championships

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 22:10

During this month, Badminton Malta is organising the 39th edition of its National Championships.

This can be considered as the principal event in the Association’s competitive calendar for this season. It never fails to generate considerable interest among all its members and to attract the attention of the media.

From the 27th edition (which as played in 1998) onwards, Badminton Malta has chosen to sub-title this event as the “Paddy Stubbs Memorial Championships”, in order to keep alive the memory of this great benefactor of Maltese Sport.

The Championships are being played at the Cottonera Sports Complex as well as at St. Martin’s College, Swatar. They comprise the traditional five categories: Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles as well as the Mixed Doubles.

Due to the considerable number of participants, the Men’s Singles category will start with a Preliminary Round, at the end of which the top four players will progress to the Main Draw where they will face tougher opposition from more experienced players.

In this category, defending champion Kenneth Vella will once again have to face the challenge of David Cole, who had lost last year’s final, if he is to retain the national title for another year. Brothers Stefan and Robert Salomone are also expected to play a determining role in the final destination of this national title.

In the Women’s Singles, Joanne Cassar will not be defending the title she won in the preceding edition. This will therefore provide a good opportunity for Fiorella Farrugia whom Cassar had defeated in the final.

Farrugia will however have to overcome the challenge posed by Maria Borg as well as by veteran Catherine Dimech. A number of promising players are also expected to have a say in the proceedings in their quest to leave their mark on this competition.

A keen tussle is similarly expected in the remaining three Doubles categories, as the participants will be doing their utmost to spring a surprise on the defending champions in each category.

While wishing the best of luck to all the participants, Badminton Malta expressed its satisfaction at the high number of participants who will be vying for its national titles.

It also invited the Maltese sporting public to attend these Championships in order to see and appreciate Maltese Badminton at its best.

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