Big two weeks of badminton for Ballarat

IT'S badminton's turn to take centre stage with today marking the start of a big two weeks of top level competition in Ballarat.

The Oceania Mixed Team Championships get things rolling when they get underway at Ken Kay Stadium this morning.

Teams from Australia, New Zealand, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tahiti and Tonga will fight it out until Wednesday, when the Oceania Championships begin.

Singles and doubles matches of that tournament will run until Saturday.

There is a brief break before the Ballarat Badminton Association then hosts the Pan Pacific Teams Championships and then the Australian Junior International.

The Pan Pacifics, for under-19s, run from February 17-19 and the Australian Junior International from  February 19-22 .

Meanwhile, the countdown is on until North Melbourne returns to Ballarat for its NAB Challenge match with Carlton.

The Kangaroos, which were here last Thursday and Friday for their community camp, will take on the Blues from 4.40pm on Saturday at Eureka Stadium.

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