THIS weekend sees the final matches in the 2013/14 Borders Badminton League as the season draws to a close with Duns looking likely to take the title.
Hard working coaches across the region have enjoyed one of their busiest season’s to date with success coming at all levels for local players.
Over 50 youngsters took part in the annual Borders Primary School Championships.
Quarter finalists in the boys event were Callum Smith, Isaac Weir, Tyler Smith, Callum Stokes and Fergus Murray all from Duns PS as well as Gareth Williams and Jamie Palmer (Howdenburn PS) and Martin Goldie (Drumlanrig PS) with C. Smith beating Stokes and Weir beating T. Smith in the semi finals. Eventual winner was Scottish squad player Callum Smith taking Isaac Weir in the final 21-5, 21-9.
In the girls competition there were some new players reaching the quarter finals - Kitty Morgan and Amber Malcolm (both Stirches PS), Jessica Mitchel and Iona Fox (Kingsland PS), Jodie Black and Ushika Kidd (Coldingham PS) and Amy Keneally, Lucy MacDonald both (Duns PS). Black beat Keneally and Fox beat Kidd to make it into the finals where Jodie Black became the eventual winner beating her friend Iona Fox 21-13, 21-9.
The Secondary School Championships saw 75 entries.
U14 Boys Singles:
Winner: Eugene Stokes (BHS)
Runner up: Ninian Grant (EHS)
U14 Girls Singles:
Winner: Leona Rhind (BHS)
Runner up: Caitlyn Gillie (GAc)
U14 Boys Doubles:
Winners: Eugene Stokes & Ewan Harvey (BHS)
Runners up: Kyle Mitchell & Fraser Thomson (BHS)
U14 Girls Doubles:
Winners: Molly MacDonald & Leona Rhind (BHS)
Runners up: Sophie MacDonald & Catherine Marsh (EyHS)
U16 Boys Singles:
Winner: Robbie Patterson (EyHS)
Runner up: David McLeish (PHS)
U16 Girls Singles:
Winner: Linsey Young (KHS)
Runner up: Lizzie Edmondson (EyHS)
U16 Boys Doubles:
Winners: Robbie Patterson & Fraser Aitken (EyHS)
Runners up: Hamish Mackenzie & David McLeish (PHS)
U16 Girls Doubles:
Winners: Lizzie Edmondson & Kathryn Myatt (EyHS)
Runners up: Linsey Young & Florance Mace (KHS)
U18 Boys Singles:
Winner: Jake Drumm (BHS)
Runner up: Fraser Young (KHS)
U18 Girls Singles:
Winner: Joanne Deuchar (BHS)
Runner up: Katie Ross (BHS)
U18 Boys Doubles:
Winners: Jake Drumm & Rowan Stanforth (BHS)
Runners up: Fraser Young & Gordon Armstrong (KHS)
U18 Girls Doubles:
Winners: Joanne Deuchar & Katie Ross (BHS)
Runners up: Hana Murray & Hannah Turnbull (BHS)
Among the many other sucess stories Robbie Patterson (Eyemouth HS) and Annabel Young (Kelso HS) lifted U15 titles at the Scottish National Championships. Robbie is Boys Singles Champion and Annabel is Girls Doubles Champion. U15 Scottish Nationals.
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