Cardiff Metropolitan took on Cardiff University in the first badminton varsity style grudge match of its kind on Monday 17th February.
Cardiff University was the overwhelming favorites heading into the match with both of their Both teams at the first Varsity Challenge Match of its kind ladies and men's teams in the premier division of the BUCS league. The atmosphere was electric as many supporters from both institutions watched in anticipation from the balcony.
A good start saw the first win to Cardiff Met, as fresher Simon Brassington comfortably beat Cardiff Unis number 1 men's singles player in two straight sets. But Cardiff Uni soon hit back, winning a closely fought second men's singles and both of the women's singles matches, to make the score 3-1 to the home side.
Attention then turned to the level doubles matches, where with the help of the vocal away fans, Nic Strange and Tom Higgins, of Cardiff Met, came through a nail biting 3 setter to win the 1st Men's doubles. Even though Cardiff Met Ladies battled hard, Cardiff Uni won both of the ladies doubles matches.
In the second Mens doubles, Simon Brassington and Joe Giampalma of Cardiff Met played superbly to win in two sets, which took the overall score to 5-3 to Cardiff Uni. With still everything to play for, the players returned onto court for the final 3 mixed doubles matches. Bryony Morris and Nic Strange faced a formidable Cardiff Uni pair of Hannah Littlecott and James Ward in the number 1 mixed doubles match, which soon turned into an epic clash that saw Morris and Strange win the game of the day and come through to win in 3 long sets.
Even though all Cardiff Met players showed great determination and skill, Cardiff Uni had the edge, making the final score 7-4 to Cardiff Uni. The match was played in fantastic spirit by both teams and supporters who will be eager to renew this exciting rivalry when they meet again in next year's match.