Irish Badminton had an amazing week and it only got better at the World Masters Championships as the Irish pairing of Sian Williams and Pam Peard beat the World’s best O50 to win Gold.
Standing in the way of a gold medal was the No 1 seeds of Lone Hagelskjaer Knudson (Denmark) and Mei-Ying Lee (Chinese Taipei). The Irish pair had already seen off the No 2 and No 3 seeds to secure their place in the final.
The first set was always going to be a tense tight affair with the promise of gold waiting for the winners. The girls stuck to their game plan and kept it simple in the early stages of the set to find their range and get to grips with the conditions and their opposition.
The Irish duo led at the interval and pushed on to find themselves with 3 set points. However the Danish/Chinese Taipei partnership came back to level the set at 20 all. The girls held their nerve and the next two points went their way and it was first set to the Irish 22-20
In the second set the opposition showed why they were seeded No 1 and came at the girls with everything they had and took the set 16-21 to level the match.
Knowing the match was in the balance the girls went out in the third set determined not to let the game slip away from them but the pressure started to take its toll and they went 4-11 down at the turn.
The interval and change of ends came at the right time and the girls regrouped and clawed back the score to 12-12 and everything to play for. Sian and Pam played some unbelievable badminton and with a great run of scores went ahead 19-16 and had goldin their sights.
Their opponents threatened to spoil the party by coming back to leave the score at 19-18. However with grit, determination and some incredible skill the girls took the set 21-19 to win the Gold!