Palmer leads women’s side to Welsh Varsity success in Cardiff

CAPTAIN Alice Palmer’s women’s side avenged last year’s varsity defeat with a 5-3 victory over Cardiff.

Photo by Sophie Wiggins

Photo by Sophie Wiggins

 

Swansea narrowly lost 5-3 last year at the Welsh Institute of Sport and returned this year looking for revenge.

The higher ranked Cardiff went into the contest as favourites, currently playing in the top tier of the BUCS badminton competition.

But a resolute Swansea side left victorious thanks to a majority of the previous varsity squad returning to action once again this year.

Swansea captain Palmer faced off against Cardiff’s number one seed Ursula Szegner in the opening match.

Varsity veteran Palmer maintained her confidence throughout the match despite a determined performance from Szegner.

As her opponent tired Palmer seized her opportunity and secured the point for her side with a win.

Doubles pair Izzy O’Hagan and Rebeca Thomas were also supremely successful, winning both of their doubles matches against both the first and second seeds.

O’Hagan and Thomas moved swiftly and tactically throughout to secures the points.

Also competing at this year’s varsity fixture for women’s badminton were: Penny Scott, Sophie Ttophi and Pippa Rogers.

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 5-3 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

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