Borders youngsters clean up in East Lothian

The Borders badminton team with their medals at the East Lothian U-10 competition
The Borders badminton team with their medals at the East Lothian U-10 competition

Borders badminton youngsters were in East Lothian for the only open under 10 competition on the badminton calendar and returned home with silverware.

In the boys singles Isaac Weir from Duns and Tyler Smith from Greenlaw won their pools while Duncan Crowe (Reston), the youngest of all the boys, won a game in his pool and went on to the B knockouts but was beaten in a close game 24-22.

In the quarter finals. Weir defeated Hawick’s Martin Goldie while Smith beat Jamie Palmer from Jedburgh. Weir and Smith both won their semi-finals to set up an all-Berwickshire final with Weir emerging the winner.

In the doubles Weir and Smith paired up as did Palmer and Goldie while Crowe was paired with a West Lothian partner. Crowe finished 10th but Weir and Smith and Palmer and Goldie went through unbeaten to set up an exciting final with Weir and Smith emerging the winners.

In the girls singles pools Jodie Black from Eyemouth won through to the A knockouts. Indie Lucas from Reston won a game in her pool and went into the B knockout.

Top seed Black won her semi-final to set up a final against the No 2 seed Hannah McGeehan from West Lothian and it was McGeehan came out on top and took the winner’s trophy home.

In the doubles Black paired up with Lucas. The format was a round robin and the Berwickshire duo won all of their games to win the title.

The Borders U12 Squad finished in fifth place at the Anglo-Scottish Competition in Largs. The Borders won five out of the eight matches only losing to Clyde, West and Lothian. Included in the Borders team were Keira Waddell (Duns), Jodie Black (Coldingham), Andrew Hogg (Longridge), Molly MacDonald (Greenlaw), Ninian Grant (Gordon) and Dion Trafford (Eyemouth).

This was very much a team effort with the coaches, parents and two skippers Grant and Waddell supporting the team members.

Many thanks go to all the Borders coaches from around the Borders clubs for all their hard work in producing these fine young players.