Double delight for young Berwickshire badminton players

BERWICKSHIRE did the double at the 2010 Borders Primary School Badminton Championships, with Eyemouth's Robbie Patterson becoming the first pupil of Eyemouth Primary School to lift the Championship trophy, while Catherine McQuarrie of Duns Primary School took the girls' title.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 9:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 9:51 am

The 2010 Championships were recently held in the Queens Centre and the Academy in Galashiels. Organised by Graeme Murdoch, Active Schools Co-ordinator, and Peter Hardie, the Border badminton coaching convenor, the championships saw 75 of the region's young players compete.

With 50 boys registered for this year's tournament, the event organisers were in for a busy afternoon. However, with the support of an excellent squad of umpires, the tournament ran smoothly as the competitors from 15 Primary Schools around the Borders enjoyed some first class badminton.

With a range of players, from members of the Border Squad to those just starting out in the game, the early group stages went to form with the top 12 seeds coming through unscathed.

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In the last 16, two notable upsets saw Hamish McKenzie from West Linton defeat Ryan Angus of Edenside (15-14) and unseeded Niki Stingle of Edenside defeating number four seed David McLeish of West Linton (15-8). Stingle continued his good form, defeating number five seed Douglas Telfer of Trinity Primary before being beaten 21-10 by number one seed Robbie Patterson in the semi-final.

In the other half of the draw, the number two and three seeds met at the semi-final stage in what turned out to be a fantastic match. Garry Young (two) of Broomlands finally edged out Michael Thomson (three) of Greenlaw 21-19.

In the final, Robbie Patterson triumphed 21-9, 21-14 to become the first player from Eyemouth Primary School to lift the trophy.

A total of 25 girls also competed at the tournament. Almost all of the seeded girls made it through to the knockouts with a few surprises too.

There are only six girls in the Border squad so it was great to see more girls taking part in Badminton, and head scout Peter spotted some more talent amongst the very high standard of players. They have been invited to join the main Border Primary Squad who train in Duns most Saturday mornings.

Catherine McQuarrie (Duns PS), Keira Waddell (Duns PS), Lizzy Edmondson (Coldingam PS), Annabel Young (West Linton), and Linsey Young (Broomlands PS, Kelso) - all squad players, made it through from their pools and first knockout round to the quarter finals, with Iben McMillan (Drumlanrig PS Hawick) Ellie Gettel (Lauder PS) and Kerri Dow (West Linton PS) showing their skill and potential to get through too.

In the end though it was the top four seeds that made it into the semi-finals, Annabel losing to Linsey 21-14, while Catherine beat Lizzie 21-12; two excellent games and a first time in the tournament for Annabel and Lizzie.

The final top two seeds battled it out in the final for the Primary Shield. With some lovely clever play from Linsey Young and the strength and talent of the more experienced Catherine McQuarrie (the eventual winner) this proved to be an enjoyable final for all the spectators who stayed to support. Catherine won in straight sets 21-8, 21-10.

The organisers would like to thank the teachers, coaches, parents and the Queens Centre staff who supported this tournament. Thanks also go to the Galashiels Academy janitorial staff, and all of the umpires for ensuring the smooth running of the event.