Redeemer’s Brus looking to return to badminton podium

It was a record setting day for the Redeemer Royals badminton team as two singles players and one doubles team qualified for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association provincial championships.

Randall Brus (Men’s Singles), Rebecca Woudstra (Women’s Singles), Janelle Koopmans and Krista Hoftyzer (Women’s Doubles), will represent Redeemer at the 2011 provincial championships at London’s Fanshawe College on Feb. 18-19.

Brus, last year’s provincial bronze medalist, will look to once again get on the podium. He had a dominating day at Regionals going 5-0 in the round robin. He then easily won his semi final match against Seneca’s Doug Sun. Randall finished the day with his only loss coming in the final to Humber’s Christopher Dupuis. Randall had previously beat Dupuis earlier in the day.

Rebecca Woudstra also dominated her round robin match ups going 4-1 in pool play. Her only loss came at the hands of Humber’s Tracy Wong. Wong is the reigning Junior National Women’s Doubles Champion. In her semi-final, Woudstra fell to Fanshawe’s Annie Balgobin. Needing a top three finish, Woudstra needed to beat Conestoga’s Caitlin Whyte in order to capture third place and a spot in the Provincial Championships. Rebecca had little trouble claiming her first trip to the provincials with a straight set’s win.

Badminton doubles team Krista Hoftyzer and Janelle Koopmans gave Redeemer its first provincial bound doubles team since the sport was reintroduced at Redeemer two years ago. The pair went 4-1 to capture second place and a berth in the provincial finals. There only loss came against the Humber Hawks doubles team consisting of last years OCAA Female Athlete of the Year and CCAA All Canadian Renee Yip.

Overall the Royal’s finished in second place in team scoring grabbing points in every discipline. First place went to the No. 2 nationally ranked Humber Hawks.