Power, Mills hunting for senior boys doubles badminton title
Taking the next step
TRURO - A senior boys doubles provincial badminton championship just seems like the next step for David Mills and Nigel Power.
The 18-year-old Cobequid seniors, who have been playing together since Grade 8, have been steadily climbing up the results table and feel this is their chance to grab the banner with Cobequid hosting the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation championships Friday and Saturday.
"It's been our goal since we started playing together in Grade 8 and since then we said Grade 12 would be the year we would do it," Power said.
In their first year together the pair failed to make the provincial tournament and in Grade 9 barely squeaked into the event. In Grade 10 they came home with fourth and last season finished in the runner-up spot to the Northeast Kings Education Centre pair of Ian Manning and Blake Brown.
After steadily improving each season, grabbing a provincial title would be the icing on the cake.
"We set that goal for ourselves so to fulfill that would make it that much better," Mills said.
The pair is coming into the weekend with plenty of confidence and rightly so. Mills and Power are fresh off a Nova Scotia Badminton Association junior (under-19) championship as well as a NSSAF Northumberland Region title.
The two have won three of the four NSBA tournaments they entered this season while finishing second in the other. Mills and Power have been playing together four to five times per week since the NSBA season started in
"We're pretty confident, Power said. "We've put a lot of work into it."
But the pair has another ace in its pocket.
Mills and Power, friends on and off the court, know each other like the backs of their hands thanks to their years of playing together, which can only help them this weekend.
"That's an edge we have over other teams," Power said. "A lot of schools just put two strong players together but we know exactly where each other is at all times."
Coach Marc Roberts said their familiarity with each other is apparent every time they step on the court.
"They know each other like brothers," Roberts said. "They spend a lot of time together working on their game."
What would it take to get the job done?
"We just have to stay relaxed and do what we have to do," Mills said. "We know we can do it, we just have to go out and do it."
The Manning and Brown doubles team will also be competing again this season, setting the stage for a possible rematch in the final.
"They're a phenomenal team as well," Roberts said. "If they met again it would be one of those situations where everyone would stop to watch. There would be seven other matches going on but everyone would be focused on that one."
Cobequid will have 18 athletes competing at the event with others from Colchester County coming from Truro junior high, Redcliff, Central Colchester and Ecole acadienne de Truro.