B’Kara Firetech crowned badminton championsSaturday, March 20, 2010, 13:58
This season’s edition of this team competition was once again made up of a five-match series between the top two local sides – defending champions Pawla Wolves Assikura and Birkirkara Firetech – with each individual fixture comprising five different games: two Singles and three Doubles.
After winning the first two direct encounters 4-1 and 3-2, B’Kara faced the third match confidently and enjoying a clear psychological advantage over their rivals as they needed to win just one of the remaining three matches to take the championship.
On the other hand, the pressure was all on the Wolves who had no other feasible option but to win in order to reopen the championship race.
The match was played in front of a lively and vociferous crowd in which the two sets of supporters did their utmost to encourage the respective teams.
It was Pawla Wolves who initially forged ahead by winning the opening Mixed Doubles through David Cole / Catherine Dimech who edged out Robert Salomone / Fiorella Farrugia at the end of two balanced sets which ended 22/20 – 21/18.
However, with the national title so close within their reach, B’Kara were in no mood for compromises. They reacted strongly and promptly brought the match under their control.
It was their captain, Stefan Salomone, who put the match on even terms when he won his Men’s Singles 21/7 – 21/15 over the Wolves’ captain, Kenneth Vella.
Maria Borg then put B’Kara ahead by defeating Dawn Tinkler 21/6 – 21/9 in the Women’s Singles.
B’Kara would not relinquish their hold on the match. They maintained their momentum even in the Men’s Doubles which they won through brothers Stefan and Robert Salomone who defeated Kenneth Vella / David Cole in two sets: 21/18 – 21/16.
With the match now firmly in their grasp thanks to an unassailable 3-1 lead, B’Kara proceeded to carry off also the remaining Women’s Doubles in which Maria Borg / Fiorella Farrugia had the better of Catherine Dimech / Joanne Cassar over three sets.
After winning the first set 21/8, the B’Kara pair lost the second one 18/21, before turning the tables on their opponents by winning the third set 21/18.
This signified a 4-1 final result for B’Kara Firetech as well as the Championship title for this season.