Mac men bring home badminton bronze

Toronto – The McMaster men’s team were bronze medalists at the 2012 Ontario University Athletics squash championships at the University of Toronto over the weekend (Feb. 4-5). The McMaster women’s team finished fourth.

Second-year Patrick Morkus (Barrie) was the most successful Marauder of the weekend, winning silver in individual competition.

The first match of the day on Saturday saw the men matched up against the Brock Badgers in pool play. The Marauders came out on top, winning 5-1. Despite three default wins due to a lack of entries from the Badgers, Morkus and Mike Fong (Barrie) helped earn the win.

McMaster’s second match in pool play was against the Queen’s Gaels. The match-up would go back and forth with both teams earning wins. Morkus tallied his second win of the weekend along with Fong while David Allamby (Kitchener) earned the third point for McMaster. It would take a tie-breaker to find a winner, with Queen’s coming out on top, 12-11.

Finishing second in their pool, the Marauders advanced to the semifinals on Sunday against a strong Western Mustangs squad. The Marauders were defeated 6-0 and would go on to face the hosting Toronto Varsity Blues for the bronze medal.

In the bronze medal game, Morkus got Mac started on the right foot with a 3-0 win. Rookie Spencer Robitaille (North York) won McMaster’s second game of the match-up, 3-1, and the third win for McMaster came from Fong by a score of 3-1. Toronto would win the next two, and it would come down to Phil Leonard (Hamilton) to finish it off for the Marauders. Leonard would take the win 3-0 for the bronze.

The women got the weekend started off with a game against the hosting Varsity Blues and fell, 6-0. They met the Brock Badgers next and Megan Raczowski (North York), Tara Kajaks (Hamilton), Chantal Diniz (Mississauga), rookie Taylor Dysart (Aurora) and Mikaila Nederveen (Dundas) produced a 5-1 McMaster win.

In the semifinals on Sunday, the Marauders were matched up with the eventual champion Western Mustangs and lost 6-0. They suffered the same fate in the bronze medal match against the Varsity Blues for the fourth place finish.

Western’s men did not lose a single point en route to their 29th straight banner. For the women Mustangs, it was their second consecutive and third title in the past four years.