BHS scoop up titles at schools championships

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The Berwickshire High School badminton squad dominated the Borders Secondary School Championships, winning titles in every age group.

Under-14 pupils from across the region travelled to Galashiels Academy, with the Under-16s and Under-18s playing at Earlston High School. Several schools were represented.

In the U-14 boys, the final was a close match between Berwickshire’s Gavin McQuarrie and Fraser Young from Kelso. A great game saw McQuarrie eventually coming out on top, winning 21-10, 24-22. In the doubles final, Young and his partner, Jack Logan, were pushed all the way by Berwickshire pair Oliver Smith and Ian Richards before winning an epic second and decisive set 25-23.

In the girls singles, Berwickshire High School’s Kirsty Millar overcame a fighting challenge from Catherine McQuarrie, also BHS, winning both games 21-10. In the doubles event, the Berwickshire pairing of Millar and Tara Harvey triumphed over last year’s finalists Kate Ross and Rachel Scott in an all Berwickshire final. A disappointing turn out in the U-16 girls division meant that Joanne Rae won by walkover.

There was exciting play in many of the boys U-16 matches, especially in the latter stages of the competition. In a tense semi-final, Keith Patterson (BHS) surprised Jake Drum (BHS) with a 21-18 victory. In the final, however it was top seed Jed Purves (BHS) who impressed by defeating Patterson 21-10, 21-11. Purves and Drumm paired up to win the doubles in a round robin, with Berwickshire’s Rob White and Lloyd Thomas finishing runners-up.

There was further success for Berwickshire in the U-18s girls singles and doubles. Mhairi Deuchar and Emma Turnbull made it through to the final where Deuchar staved off the challenge from Turnbull, winning 21-9, 21-14. The girls also won the U-18s doubles in a round robin series.

The match of the day was the final of the U-18 boys. Having battled through some tough pool and knockout games, which featured a number of exciting rallies and great stroke play, No 1 seed Grant McWilliam faced his fellow Berwickshire pupil Adam Don. Don won a very close first game 22-20 and an upset looked on the cards. However, McWilliam raised his game and won the second set 21-9. In the final and deciding set it was McWilliam who, despite having to battle for every point, pulled away to win 21-10.

With just a few minutes recovery, the Berwickshire pair had to face Ben Leslie and Fergus Myer of Kelso High School in the doubles final. But McWilliam and Don had a little bit left in the tank as they withstood the challenge from the Kelso pair, winning 21-15, 22-20.