Tough Night for the Hunters, Awadh Win 4-1
Two emphatic wins, a team
brimming with confidence and a raucous home support – the stage seemed perfect
for another Hunters victory against Awadh Warriors. And yet, as always in
sport, history and occasion counts for nothing and you’re only as good as you
are on the day – and on 28th Dec 2018 – the Hunters fell short.
Awadh Warriors took
control of the tie right from the start as they took the opening game of the
night. The trump match for the Hunters – a mixed doubles tie – went the
distance as the Hunters mounted a spirited comeback, but Awadh took the match
and with that wrested a firm control of the tie!
The player of the season
so far has been Mark Caljouw for the Hunters and he produced yet another stirring
performance to wipe out the negative the Hunters suffered from the earlier
trump. Just as it had happened in both of his last two matches, it went the
distance, but Mark held his nerve to win 15-10 7 -15 15-7.
Mark has now won himself
almost a cult following amongst the Hunters fan and they went delirious with
some of his stunning shot making, affable nature and ability to claw out of
With two matches down, and
each team having one-each, the Hunters skipper took centre stage against Beiwen
Zhang. The tightly fought first game went to the Warriors 15-13 before Zhang
wrested the second one comprehensively to take the match and put clear daylight
between the Hunters and the warriors.
All was not yet lost for
the Hunters, as they had Lee Hyun Il to face Son Wan Ho in the trump match for
the Awadh Warriors. Lee has been a picture of calm and the packed Gachibowli
stadium was hoping for him to turn around the trump and even out the tie before
the final showdown in men’s doubles.
However, this wasn’t quite
the night for the Hunters and despite his best efforts Lee went down 10-15 and
11-15 as Son Wan Ho took the trump and with that the tie went to the Awadh
Warriors. BodinIsara& Kim Sa Rang got together to win the finally match-up
of the evening but it was of little solace to the Hunters faithful. Awadh
Warriors had convincingly won the tie 4-1
The Hunters still top the
table with Ahmedabad at 12 points and will know that this was just an off day,
fully confident that they can turn around things in Pune.