FOR the first year ever the long running Borders Secondary Schools Badminton Championships was taken to the coastal resort of Eyemouth.
Luckily the heavy snow was subsiding in a very quick thaw to allow the competitors to attend Eyemouth High School on Sunday. The cream of the Borders badminton players came from Peebles down to Hawick, in fact seven out of the nine secondary schools were represented at this year’s tournament.
There were some fantastic rallies on the day particularly in the boys U16 doubles and singles and the U14 girls singles. Many were playing in a category above their age so that doubles school partnerships could be formed.
Most of the winners on the day go onto represent the Borders at the Scottish Schools Championships in Perth on Saturday, March 8.
Thanks go to the Border Badminton Group coaches who organised and ran the competition with the support of the BSLT sports development officer Neil Renton and parent umpires. Thanks also to the Border Secondary PE staff for organising the players.
Finalists were, Under 18: Boys Singles - Jake Drum (BHS) beat Lloyd Thomas (BHS); Girls Singles - Mary Coll (PHS); Boys Doubles - Jake Drum and Lloyd Thomas (BHS) beat Rob White and Rowan Stanforth (BHS).
Under 16: Boys Singles - Fraser Young (KHS) beat Gavin Macquarie (EHS); Girls Singles - Rachel Scott (BHS) beat Katie Ross (BHS); Boys Doubles - Robbie Patterson and Fraser Aitken (EyHS) beat Hamish McKenzie and David McLeish (PHS); Girls Doubles - Rachel Scott and Leona Rhind (BHS) beat Katie Ross and Joanne Deucher (BHS).
Under 14: Boys Singles - Robbie Patterson (EyHS) beat Rory Shaw (PHS); Girls Singles - Annabel Young (PHS) beat Linsey Young (KHS); Boys Doubles - Sam Langley and Gregor Murray (BHS) beat Euan Harvey and Callum Rhind (BHS); Girls Doubles - Lizzie Edmondson and Kathryn Myatt (EyHS) beat Milly Carter and Jodie Aitken (EyHS).
The Primary Championships will be on this Saturday, February 2, at Earlston High School.