Borders youngsters shine at nationals

Eyemouth's Robbie Patterson won the under 17's Scottish National Mixed Doubles badminton title with partner Ciara Torrance (Prestwick).
Eyemouth's Robbie Patterson won the under 17's Scottish National Mixed Doubles badminton title with partner Ciara Torrance (Prestwick).

A large contingent of Borders children recently travelled to Motherwell to compete in the 2016 Scottish National Junior Badminton Championship.

Competing in the under 17’s event was Eugene Stokes (Duns), Calum Smith (Greenlaw) and Robbie Patterson (Eyemouth).

Robbie Patterson won the under 17’s Scottish National Mixed doubles title with partner Ciara Torrance (Prestwick) with a 21 – 16, 21-19 win over Calum Atterbury (Edinburgh)and Rachel Andrews (Edinburgh). Patterson and Atterbury then joined forces to contested the doubles final only losing narrowly to number one seeds Matthew and Christopher Grimley (Glasgow).

Last month Robbie also won the Senior Scottish Schools Championship singles title. Robbie said: “I am very happy with my mixed title. I know we lost in the final of the doubles but it was a fantastic match and we were very close to getting our first ever win against Matt and Chris. I commit a lot of time and hard work to my badminton, the help and backing I receive from the Borders Athlete Support Programme, Ashaway and Clubsport Berwickshire, is so valuable in helping me develop as a player.”

Eugene Stokes and Calum Smith, playing a year above their age group in the under 17’s, met tough opposition, but gained valuable experience at this tournament. It was great preparation for Smith who will be representing Scotland at under 15’s Home Nations Quadtrangle at the end of the month.

In the Under 13’s the Borders were well represented by Finlay Rhind(Duns), Lewis Learmonth (Duns), Calum Stokes (Duns), Tyler Smith (Greenlaw), Isaac Weir (Duns), Jessica Mitchell (Peebles) and Jodie Black (Eyemouth).

Whilst playing her first match of the day Jodie Black (Eyemouth) sustained an ankle injury, she was able to continue and reached the finals of the mixed doubles with partner Isaac Weir (Duns) and the semi-finals of singles and doubles. However, after seeking medical attention on Sunday morning Jodie unfortunately had to withdraw from the tournament.

The semi finals of the boy’s under 13’s level doubles saw three Borders players battling for a place in the final. Isaac Weir and Hamish McCallister lost to Euan Campbell (Dunbar) and Andrew Evans while Calum Stokes (Duns) and Lewis Hart (Motherwell) found themselves up against top seeds Ian Campbell and Tyler Smith (Greenlaw) with Stokes and Hart winning. The partnership of Stokes and Hart then took on No 2 seeds Campbell and Evans the final produced an epic battle to the end seeing Campbell and Evans come out on top.