Double success for Patterson and Smith

Berwickshire badminton players Robbie Patterson and Callum Smith have completed major double success at Scottish badminton tournaments.

Last month Robbie Patterson from Eyemouth took the U14 Singles and Doubles titles at the East Lothian Under 14 Junior Championships. This was on the back of his fantastic Scottish Schools U14 singles title win also.

Greenlaw’s Callum Smith also hit double top at the Scottish National Under 11 Championships at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Callum, who is following in the steps of Robbie, is the top seed for his age in Berwickshire. He defeated Kelty’s No. 2 seed Calum Flockhart 21-16 in the final. Callum had beaten joint third seed Kenneth Cheung 21-14 in the semi-finals while Flockhart defeated the other third seed Fraser Siu 21-13.

Smith and Flockhart then teamed up for the doubles and the top seeds came through to lift the title, beating the Glasgow pair Cheung and Siu in a closely-fought contest 21-19.

In the girls’ singles the top two seeds again came through to the final but Glasgow second seed Campbell defeated Linlithgow’s top seed Naomi Branford by an emphatic 21-8. Campbell had toppled third seed Erin Waddell 21-11 in the semi-final while Branford knocked out another fantastic Borders player, Eyemouth’s Jodie Black 21-7.

The four players then featured in the girls’ doubles final with Campbell lifting a second title when she and Waddell defeated Branford and Black 21-9.

Nearly 50 youngsters from all over Scotland took part in the final National Championships event of the season and Anne Smillie, chief executive of Badminton Scotland, said: “It was marvellous to see such enthusiasm and promise from our youngest age group of players. This event wasn’t just about the winners, it was about all the children taking part in a sport they will be able to play all their lives.”

Borders coaches are extremely proud of these two young players as well as Tyler Smith, Isaac Weir and Iona Fox who also took part in this event. Next up is the Anglo-Scottish tournament in Largs this weekend.