Berwickshire schools take 11 out of 12 titles at Duns

Berwickshire High School took eight of the 12 titles available at the Border Secondary Schools Badminton Championships held at The Berwickshire High School on Sunday.

Eyemouth High School took three of the remaining titles with Kelso High School managing one.

With over 75 entries on the day, from eight of the nine Borders secondary schools, this was always going to be a long day. The event organiser L. Young commented that it was great to see so many senior players, particularly those taking badminton within their PE course work in Standard Grade or Higher, with minimal competitive experience coming along to play and enjoy themselves.

Thanks were given to the Border Badminton committee, staff at BHS, Coaches BSLT Active Schools for admin assistance, Secondary PE staff, parents and helpers.

Best wishes were given to Robbie Patterson (Scottish Schools and National Age group Champion on his selection to the Scottish side playing in Switzerland in mid February as well as the S6 squad players whose last year it was in the competition.

Results were:

U18s - Jake Drum (BHS) beat Fraser Young (KHS); Joanne Deucher (BHS) beat Katie Ross (BHS); Jake Drum/Rowan Stanforth beat Fraser Young /Gordon Armstrong (KHS); Joanne Deucher/Katie Ross (BHS) beat Hana Murray/Hannah Turnbull (BHS).

U16s - Robbie Patterson (EyHS) beat David McLeish (PHS); Linsey Young (KHS) beat Lizzie Edmonson (EyHS); Robbie Patterson/Fraser Aitken (EyHS) beat Hamish McKenzie/David McLeish (PHS); Lizzie Edmonson/Kathryn Myatt (EyHS) beat Linsey Young/Flo Mace (KHS).

U14s - Eugene Stokes (BHS) beat Ninian Grant (EHS); Leona Rhind (BHS) beat Caitlyn Gillie (Gac); Eugene Stokes/Euan Harvey (BHS) beat Kyle Mitchell/Fraser Thomson (BHS); Leona Rhind/Molly MacDonald (BHS) beat Catherine Marsh/Sophie MacDonald (EyHS).

There was a time when the wee Borders badminton teams used to go down to the Ashington Anglo-Scottish Tournaments to come back in last or second last places.

This year however, the team very nearly matched the success of last year’s U12 team by coming third. An amazing place to come considering we had a very ‘tournament shy’ side. A great team performance to make the players, their families and coaches proud.

First timers Callum Stokes, Beth Weir and Amy Keneally, Fergus Murray (Duns), Ushika Kidd and Indie Lucas (Coldingham), Gavin McLaughlin (West Linton), Martin Goldie (Hawick) had some very spirited, gutsy performances. With the more experienced players of Iona Fox (Peebles) and Boys Captain, Craig Younger (Kelso) putting in some strong performances the two Scottish Squad players – Girls Captain Jodie Black (Coldingham) and Isaac ‘Bob’ Weir (Duns) showed their side how tough it was being No.1 seeds against the top youngsters in Scotland and England but that it was possible to beat these types of players and teams.

Next it is the turn of the Under 16’s side as they take on seven teams Anglo-Scottish competition held at the new Badminton centre in Tyneside on March 15/16.