Following the University of Sunderland’s mens badminton defeat last week, president and captain Elliot Rodham spoke of his disappointment of a lack of players.
It was not exactly the start to the season that Rodham had hoped for, preparation for the up-coming season has not flown smoothly with only two players featuring in their opening BUCS match.
“It wasn’t the start I had hoped for, its been a tough pre-season for the badminton set-up as a whole. We lost nearly all of last seasons players in the summer as they have graduated and left university.”
Rodham however, a keen fan of the sport, will not let the heavy defeat to local rivals Newcastle hamper a season which could bring success. With a talented set of first year students attending training sessions he certainly has high expectations.
“We have seen a increase of players attending our training sessions. By the looks of it we have some talent in our ranks,” said Rodham.
The new members though let Rodham and follow teammate Yin Jag down against a strong Newcastle side, as three players withdrew themselves hours before kick off.
Rodham added: “They let me know [in the] morning that they couldn’t play. Obviously I am gutted, but we’ll draw a line in the sand and hopefully we can respond with a victory.”
The Wearsiders are due to host Yorkshire outfit Huddersfield 1st’s in the Northern Conference Cup on Wednesday evening.
“We desperately need our strongest team against them, they are a quality side but am sure we can give them a decent match”, said Rodham.
The traveling Northern 5b side opened their campaign with a 4-0 hammering off York St John.
He added: “Form is not really a concern for us at this point in the season, we would love a good cup run, we will give it our best shot.”
With rookie players waiting in the wings the newly appointment badminton president has no qualms that his side are lacking experience.
Rodham added: “If we train well and get the whole team together by next week we will give a better showing than we did today.”
Kick off on Wednesday is scheduled for a 5pm at City Space.