Some new champions crowned at badminton tournament

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SUMMERSIDE – Some new champions mixed with some familiar faces headlined the results at the Prince County senior open badminton tournament here at Three Oaks High School recently. 

Pauline Hamlin was the only player to reach the winner's circle in two events in the second senior tournament of the season.  

Men’s singles

In the quarter-finals of  men's singles, No. 1 seed Andrew Brown had quite a challenge in defeating Luke MacKinnon 21-16, 18-21, 21-14, before meeting Aaron Baglole in the semifinals. Baglole had advanced after winning a tough quarter-final match against Jesse Cameron, 21-18, 21-18.  

Brown defeated Baglole 21-14, 21-19 in the semifinals.

On the other half of the draw, Travis Lacey overcame a strong effort by Joel Arsenault to advance to the semifinals with a 21-13, 21-18 win. Andrew Brown held off a tough competitor in Greg McGuire, 14-21, 21-11, 21-18, to advance and meet Lacey in the semifinals.

After a very demanding battle, Brown prevailed 23-21, 21-17 to advance to the final, and once again compete against his brother for the singles' title.

It was a lengthy battle and the momentum swung between them, but in the end Mark defeated Andrew 21-19, 11-21, 21-18.  

Nick Arsenault faced Adam MacKinnon in a hotly-contested consolation final, with Arsenault winning, 21-14, 20-22, 21-18.

Women’s play

In women's singles play, there were five competitors. Nathalie Lefrançois defeated Karen Gallant 21-17, 21-18 to earn a berth in the final.

Hamlin beat Jamie Curley 21-17, 21-8 in a match that featured many good rallies.

In the final, the action was intense as Hamlin emerged victorious by scores of 21-17, 21-19. Gallant defeated Sugar He 24-22, 21-15 for the consolation title.

Men’s doubles

The men's doubles draw was smaller than usual as only six teams competed, but it was a very high calibre of play. The young pairing of Jesse Cameron/Luke MacKinnon defeated Sean Prosser/Philip Cameron 21-12, 21-15 to get to the semifinals.

They met Lacey/Aaron Baglole, who had just held off a formidable duo of Joel Arsenault/Nick Arsenault 21-17, 17-21, 21-17.  

Cameron/MacKinnon showed great composure and skills in defeating the talented Lacey/Baglole 24-22, 21-18 to advance to the final.  

In the other half of the draw, perennial favourites Mark Brown/Andrew Brown were eliminated by the determined play of Greg McGuire/Adam MacKinnon in a marvellous match to watch. Scores were 21-18, 21-19.  

The final had much excitement and tension as the team of Cameron/MacKinnon went on to win 21-19, 21-18.  

The consolation winners were Mark Brown/Andrew Brown.

Women’s doubles

In women's doubles, Hamlin/Gallant won the title with wins over Lefrançois/Lynne Fraser, 21-17, 21-18, and the upcoming pair of Tiffany Cameron/Jamie Curley, 21-14, 21-10.  

Lefrançois/Fraser defeated Cameron/Curley 21-19, 21-9 to claim second-place.

Mixed doubles

In mixed doubles, Jesse Cameron/Tiffany Cameron had a tough 21-19, 21-19 win over Lacey/He to advance to the semifinals, but then lost against Mark Brown/Gallant after an epic battle. Scores were 21-17, 18-21, 21-15.

On the other side of the draw, McGuire/Curley defeated Baglole/Hamlin 21-19, 21-15 in a tight contest. McGuire/Curley then easily defeated Andrew Brown/Lefrançois 21-10, 21-9 to advance to what proved to be highly-entertaining final and featured some amazing rallies.

McGuire/Curley won the title in a match that went the distance, 21-18, 20-22, 23-21.  

In the finals of the consolation round, Baglole/Hamlin battled back from a deficit to defeat Andrew Brown Brown/Lefrançois, 14-21, 21-17, 21-19.

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