Horsham Badminton Association invites new players

John O'Dwyer is always keen to help out new players at the Horsham Badminton Association.

John O'Dwyer is always keen to help out new players at the Horsham Badminton Association.

HORSHAM Badminton Association is heading into its new Winter season and is inviting anyone interested in taking part to come and try.

The association held its first of two come and try nights on Monday with about 20 players taking part.

While some were new to the association other more experienced players keens to have a hit to blow out a few cobwebs while helping any novice players.

Hayden McDonald was one of the new faces who enjoyed a friendly game or two.

“I just thought it was something different because I had not played for while,” he said.

“It will help me keep fit as well.”

McDonald said he had played in one competition about ten years ago but had not picked up a racket since.

He was persuaded to come along by Elliot Borgelt, a regular in the association’s competitions.

After moving to Horsham four years ago Borgelt said joining the association was his first way of meeting people.

“Sport is just the easiest way to meet people in a new place,” he said.

“What else are you going to do during the day?”

Both McDonald and Borgelt also play tennis and often play squash with each other.

They said the sports had slight differences in the way they were played.

“Tennis is shoulder, badminton is wrist and squash is a bit of both,” Borgelt said.

McDonald said there was some parts of the game he needed to adjust to coming from a tennis background.

“Moving around the court is a little bit different,” he said.

“Just getting use to that and the shuttlecock moves pretty quickly.”

A second come and try night will be held at Horsham College Junior Gym on April 24 from 7pm.

The Winter season starts on May 1. Any interested players can contact president Peter Brennan on 0407 556 973 or secretary Trent King on 0401 673 400.