Badminton is thriving in the Eastman region.

123 badminton players, young & old, took part in the Yonex Eastman Open hosted by the Manitoba Badminton Association this past weekend at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School.

"It is one of the best tournaments that Badminton Manitoba hosts in the whole province every year," said tournament organizer Marj Niemi of Lac du Bonnet. "It is also one of the largest ones and there was some really, really cool stuff happening this past weekend. For the first time we put in a U13 category so we had a whole bunch of little kids running around learning about badminton. As well we had adults of all ages come out. There was some really good badminton to watch, some good games and lots of fun."

Niemi explained why over 120 badminton players from all over Manitoba, competitive and non-competitive, registered for the Eastman Open.

"Partly because it's billed as a grassroots tournament. It's a rural tournament for people that don't necessarily want to play the really high level tournaments. It uses different kind of birds than what the high level tournaments and it's more for fun."

The first Yonex Eastman Open took place in 2012 when Niemi and Mike Carter of Whitemouth got the tournament off and running.

"It was a way of getting kids and adults involved out in this area," said Niemi."There's quite a few clubs but they had no place to play a tournament so we kind of did this and it's just kind of really exploded."

"Now, particularly the kids, the ones that are going to this tournament - they go and they have fun and they see a whole bunch of stuff. They go back to school and they say, 'Hey I did this on the weekend,' and now all of a sudden their friends are coming out to play and it's gone really, really huge. Not every town but in a lot of the towns in the region."

Open Champions (L to R) Lillian Lau, Scott Schalla, Dale Kinley, Kevn Barkman, Brittany Bartel, Katherine LeeOpen Champions: Lillian Lau, Scott Schalla, Dale Kinley, Kevin Barkman, Brittany Bartel & Katherine Lee

Open Category
Mens Singles: Kevin Barkman (Steinbach) def. Tommy Mckee (Kenora) 21-23, 21-9, 21-16
Ladies Singles: Duyen Nguyen (Winnipeg) def. Victoria Porayko (Selkirk) 21-12, 21-12
Mens Doubles: Scott Schalla (Steinbach) & Dale Kinley (Stonewall) def. Brad Stevenson & Dave Ardiel (Brandon) 21-7, 21-12
Ladies Doubles: Lillian Lau & Katherine Lee (Winnipeg) def. Brittany Bartel & Cheryl Bartel (Brandon) 25-23, 15-21, 21-12
Mixed Doubles: Kevin Barkman (Steinbach) & Brittany Bartel (Brandon) def. Justin Friesen (Grunthal) & Tasia Lightly (Winnipeg) 21-14, 21-9

 


U19
Boys Singles: Ryne Sitar (Whitemouth) def. Derick Huynh (Winnipeg) 21-19, 23-21
Boys Doubles: René Piché & Derick Huynh (Winnipeg) def. Brendan Bighetty & Eugene Kakewash (Grand Rapids) 18-21, 21-17, 21-14
Mixed Doubles: Mark Shinnie (Teulon) & Anicka Esau (Steinbach) def. Brendan Bighetty & Ashelle Dick (Grand Rapids) 21-17, 14-21, 21-16


U17 girls doublesU17 girls doubles


U17
Boys Singles: René Piché (Winnipeg) def. Avery Dick (Grand Rapids) 21-18, 21-14
Girls Singles: Mackenzie Ftoma (Whitemouth) def. Emalia Sinclair (Warren) 15-21, 21-18, 21-18
Boys Doubles: Justin Levesque & Ethan Lindsay (Stonewall) def. Avery Dick & Eric Turner (Grand Rapids) 21-16, 21-15
Girls Doubles: Micah Reimer (Blumenort) & Emilia Sinclair (Warren) def. Paige Hobbs (Lac du Bonnet) & Tammy Mitchell (Grand Rapids) 21-11, 21-12
Mixed Doubles: Avery Dick & Charisma Ferland (Grand Rapids) def. Zane Brandt & Micah Reimer (Blumenort) walkover

 

U15 mixed doublesU15 mixed doubles


U15
Boys Singles: Easton George (Grand Rapids) def. Traytaen Halcrow (Grand Rapids) 21-14, 13-21, 21-14
Girls Singles: Sasha St. Pierre (Lac du Bonnet) def. Ghajaayine Senthilkumaran (Winnipeg) 21-11, 21-12
Boys Doubles: Easton George & Traytaen Halcrow (Grand Rapids) def. Riley Chapel (Pinawa) & Brandon Lockhart (Winnipeg) 21-9, 21-14
Girls Doubles: Emma Boulet & Serenity Poirier (Lac du Bonnet) def. Sasha St. Pierre & Paisley Poirier (Lac du Bonnet) 21-19, 21-18
Mixed Doubles: Easton George (Grand Rapids) & Paisley Poirier (Lac du Bonnet) def. Traytaen Halcrow (Grand Rapids) & Emma Boulet (Lac du Bonnet) 21-14, 21-16

 

U15 girls singlesU15 girls singles

 

U13
Singles: Bere Reimer (Blumenort) def. Sarah Koslowsky (Kleefeld) 22-20, 16-21, 21-18
Doubles: Bere Reimer & Liyu Reimer (Blumenort) def. Sarah Koslowsky (Kleefeld) & Matvey Zuev (Steinbach) 21-7, 21-9

 

U13 doublesU13 doubles

 

action photos courtesy Ian Clara

winner pictures courtesy Ryan Giesbrecht

 

 

 

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Tuesday, July 25th

Manitoba Major Soccer League
3rd Division
Hanover Strikers vs Adriatik FC
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4th Division
Hanover Sting 5 El Condor FC 2
8th Division
Hanover Impact vs Rummy FC
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Manitoba Junior Baseball League
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(Giants lead best of 5 semifinal 2-1)
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Major League Baseball
American League
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Kansas City 3 Detroit 1
Cleveland 11 Los Angeles 7 (11 innings)
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St. Louis 3 Colorado 2
Atlanta 8 Arizona 3
New York 6 San Diego 5
San Francisco 11 Pittsburgh 3
Interleague
Chicago Cubs 7 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5 Philadelphia 0
N.Y. Yankees 4 Cincinnati 2
Texas 10 Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 6 Minnesota 2

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Manitoba Major Soccer League
Premier Division
Hanover Kickers vs Bonivital United
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Winnipeg Women's Soccer League
2nd Division
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@ Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
4th Division
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Manitoba Junior Baseball League
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(Giants lead best of 5 semifinal 2-1)
Pembina Valley vs St. James 
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Major League Baseball
American League
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 11:10 a.m.
Boston at Seattle, 2:40 p.m.
Oakland at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Los Angeles at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
National League
Atlanta at Arizona, 2:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 2:45 p.m.
Milwaukee at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
Colorado at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
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Houston at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Miami at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
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