Alpha Steelers made an impressive start to the defence of their Division One title in the Ulster Badminton League on Monday evening with a 7-1 defeat of ACBC Greenwell Street.
With only seven points between the pair last year it was important for the young Alpha side to a good ‘first night’ though the Ards side will have been encouraged that five of the eight matches went to three sets.
In the top mens doubles Alpha had Stuart Lightbody and Ciaran Chambers in an uncompromising mood winning 21-15 21-9 but John McCreedy and Jon Harron were given a few problems in the No2 doubles spot coming through 21-18 21-18.
Greenwell Street recorded their sole victory in the top Ladies Doubles with Orr and Grimes edging through to a three set victory over Valerie Turkington and Beth Stephenson 21-15 in the third while the Woods twins, Rachel and Rebecca were taken to three at No2 doubles before winning 21-13 17-21 21-15.
After winning the opening set of their mixed doubles comfortably 21-16 Ciaran Chambers and Valerie Turkington were caught out by their opponents 23-21 in the second and had to fight all the way to come through 21-15.
Stuart Lightbody and Beth Stephenson won their mixed doubles 21-16 23-15 but Jon Harron and Rachel Woods saw their one set lead disappear as their opposition levelled losing the second 22-20 before stepping up their game to win 21-12.
In the final mixed doubles Jon McCreedy and Rebecca Woods found themselves one set in arrears 23-21 but fought back calling on all their experience as two of the brightest prospects in the country to win 21-17 21-17.