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Che Lagoense’s debut at the European Club Badminton Championships in Holland probably exceeded all expectations.

The Algarvians opened their Group 2 campaign in Zwolle with a 5-2 victory over Irish side Mount Pleasant before thrashing Norwegians TBR 6-1.

The two wins set up an all or nothing decider with equally unbeaten tournament second favourites Bordeaux which was narrowly lost 4-3.

The victorious French then lost their semi-final to home side BC Duinwijcks who went on to claim the title against Van Zundert Velo in an all-Dutch affair.

With this experience under their belts, the Lagoa players will be eagerly looking forward to next year’s edition given that they retain their national title.