Sussex Reach National Cup Final
Following a key victory in Sunday’s Varsity competition that helped Sussex establish an early lead over neighbours Brighton, Sussex Women’s Badminton were straight back on the court on Tuesday against national university league leaders Loughborough in their cup final, which sadly ended in defeat by the tiniest of margins.
The cup represents the pinnacle of inter-university competition in badminton nationwide. Sussex qualified for the competition after finishing first in their South-Eastern regional league. They then fought through several fixtures against other top university teams; beating the likes of Bath, Surrey, Nottingham and Queen Mary on their way to the final.
Sports scholars Alice Thorjussen and Theresa Huang were amongst those who represented Sussex in the prestigious competition alongside Eleanor Deane and Ella Mountjoy, and all gave a valiant display against stern opposition.
Theresa was awarded player of the match after winning both her games, won 21-1, 21-13 against Loughborough 2nd singles before recording another 21-19, 21-11 win against their top singles player. This represented a really impressive achievement for a Sussex player to perform at such a high standard on the national stage.
Alice was incredibly close to emulating Theresa’s success, but unfortunately was narrowly beaten 22-20, 21-19 against Loughborough’s top singles players. Overall Sussex were beaten 5-3.
A very modest Alice had this to say in the aftermath of the competition:
“I was disappointed with my own performance in that game, but the overall performance of the team and the experience was amazing. We lost 5-3 overall, but had some great games and was a good experience for the rest of the team who don't usually get to play again players of this standard!“
Everyone associated with the team’s performance not just today; but throughout the year, can be justly proud of what they have achieved despite this narrow loss. Making it to a cup final and facing the sporting giants of Loughborough is a fantastic achievement and everyone at the Students’ Union remains justifiably impressed with their success throughout the year.
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