Every serve, shot, kill and smash from the players had a mix of power and grace during the battle for badminton glory last Sunday, July 24, at the Smashville gym during the Palarong Atenista 2016.
The venue was hot, but that didn’t pop the lively energy of the players and supporters. The players showed good sportsmanship and camaraderie as different divisions cheered each other on, be it a team mate or a personal favorite from a different division.
In the women’s singles category, SEA Tigers’ Balolong won third against SOE Sharks’ Domingo. The finals featured a close fight between Erika Callero from the Business & Management Vipers and Mara Ng from the Accountancy Griffins. The game got more intense after Callero recovered from an injury she got in the later part of the game. Callero came back stronger than ever and eventually defeated Ng with a 4-point lead.
In the men’s singles, SEA Tiger Pate won against B&M Viper Batolome in the fight for third. The SS Dragons shouted loud and proud as they reigned supreme in men’s singles finals with Miraflores winning against ACC Griffin Cameros.
In the women’s doubles category, the HumLet Wolves, Baricuatro and Ligue were left to find for third after being defeated by the B&M Vipers’ dynamic duo Mardoquio and Salon. In the fight for third, the SS Dragons pair, Dizon and Galiro, won two sets out of three against the HumLet Wolves. The final game was a quick battle between the B&M Vipers and the ACC Griffins. B&M Vipers Mardoquio and Salon showed off their effective partnership and won 2 sets in a row against the ACC Griffins pair Catulong and Galang.
In the men’s doubles category, the ACC Griffins bagged third with the duo of Alcala and Orillan after defeating HumLet Wolves Chu and Alparo. The finals featured a heated and close battle between the Tigers Tiu and Rovillos against the Vipers Dela Cruz and Rosaldes. The crowd was shouting for SEA and B&M furiously. But in the end, the B&M Vipers took the crown.
For the mixed doubles category, the ACC Griffins took third with Martin and Mulato against SS Dragons Sumugat and Molina. In the finals, SEA Tiger Garcia’s partner, Rovillos endured the pain from two injuries and put up a good fight. But this was no match for B&M Vipers Ronilo Flotildes and Bea Lim who showed excellent synergy and defeated the SEA Tigers pair after winning two consecutive sets.
When asked about what she felt after winning the game, Bea Lim said, “Of course happy, pero naawa din ako sa mga na-injure kasi alam namin ano ang kanilang naramdaman as a co-athlete.”
Along with fellow B&M Viper Mardoquio, Lim expressed her gratefulness because all their trainings and hardwork paid off.
1st B&M Vipers Calero
2nd ACC Griffins Ng
3rd SEA Tigers Balolong
4th SOE Sharks Domingo
5th CS Chameleons Ngaya
6th SS Dragons Gasta
7th HumLet Wolves Bonifacio
8th NSM Tajan
1st SS Dragons Miraflores
2nd ACC Griffins Cameros
3rd SEA Tigers Pate
4th B&M Griffins Batolome
1st B&M Vipers Dela Cruz/ Rosaldes
2nd SEA Tigers Tiu/ Rovillos
3rd ACC Alcala/ Orillan
4th HUM Chu/ Alparo
1st B&M Vipers Bea Mardoquio/ Salon
2nd ACC Griffins Catulong/ Galang
3rd SS Dragons Dizon/ Galiro
4th HUM Baricuatro/ Ligue
5th SOE Sharks
6th SEA Tigers
7th CS Chameleons
1st B&M Vipers Rotildes/ Lim
2nd SEA Rovillos/ Garcia
3rd ACC Griffins Martin/ Mulato
4th SS Dragons Sumugat/ Molina