Hi all, I know I have been really quiet..few reasons for this, but the biggest of them all, being I'm currently in North Harbour, near Auckland for the Wisden Cup competition. Quick update: There are 6 teams in this Division One league. Canterbury, being the weakest of 6, unsurprisingly is seeded sixth. The top seed is Waitekere (heaps of national players in there), followed by North Harbour, then Auckland, then Wellington North (who boast of having the service of an ex-South Korean national player in there, who beat Mia Audina in the Sydney Olympics en route to her quarterfinals), followed by Southland, then Canterbury. The ties are played at 5:30 every day at the North Harbour badminton hall. (Boyboy and whoever else who are nearby, come and say hi to me!!) So far, we've played Auckland, who we lost 15-1. I am playing no.3 ladies singles and no.2 ladies doubles. Hehe, got my arse kicked last night in singles, 7-4,7-2,7-1 to the national development squad player Michelle Chan. As the score reflects, hehe, she warmed up! Damn her! *mutter* Anyway..I did okie...the pace is sooooo much different to your local inter-club games..obviously. In the doubles, we played against an ex-national player and Michelle and got 7-0,7-4,7-1. Despite the score, we did give them a run for their money after we kind adjusted to the missile shuttles flying at us everytime we lift the shuttle..*shudder*. Tonight, we're playing North Harbour, followed by Wellington North and then on the last day, against Southland. Needless to say, we need to beat one of them to ensure we don't get relegated down to Division One Slazenger Cup. Our best chances, based on the seeding is against Southland. In our last pre-Wisden meeting, Canterbury lost to Southland 7-9 (best of 16 games..4 mens singles, 4 ladies singles, 2 mens doubles, 2 ladies doubles and 4 mix doubles). So hopefully, we'll turn the tables on them. Will try to keep you guys posted daily...depending on whether I can find an internet cafe nearby. Hope you guys are all well and ciao for now! Adelina, the overwhelmed kiwicheek!