Duns youngsters take shuttle to success

WHAT a fantastic family affair the Duns Badminton Tournament was – with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and brothers and sisters all turning out to support the many who participated.

Players from St Boswells, Eyemouth, Greenlaw, Duns, Jedburgh, Lauder, Lilliesleaf and Kelso all put on a great show of skill, determination and personal bravery. Some children were way out of their comfort zones and overcame the stress of playing in finals, and against better squad or Scottish-level players, but they put themselves out there nonetheless.

The tournament once again was excellently organised by Peter Hardie and his Duns club coaches – teamwork at its best (supported by coaches from other clubs and parents of course).

Outstanding performances were shown by Rebecca Aubrey (P5 Broomlands PS) and Callum Smith (P4 Duns PS) who made it to their first major final. Callum Arnot (P5 Lilliesleaf PS) and Teigan Scobie (P5 Greenlaw PS) were presented with the best boy and girl trophies for their performances in the singles and doubles – certainly ones to watch for in the future.

Finally, the maturity, supportive play and ‘encouragement of fellow players’ displayed by both singles winners – Scottish and Border squad player Robbie Patterson (Eyemouth PS) and Border squad player Linsey Young (Broomlands PS) was quite outstanding for two Primary 7s – fine role models for the younger players.

The finalists were presented their trophies (sponsored by Petlie Engraving) by Grant Purves (chair of Duns Badminton Club).

Results – Boys’ Singles: Robbie Patterson beat Aaron Lee (Broomlands PS) 21-2, 21-9.

Boys’ Doubles: Robbie Patterson and Callum Smith (P4 Duns PS) beat Aaron Lee and Ryan Angus (P4 Edenside PS) 21-7, 21-8.

Girls’ Singles: Linsey Young beat Keira Waddell (P5 Duns PS) 21-5, 21-9.

Girls’ Doubles: Linsey Young and Rebecca Aubrey beat Leona Rhind and Keira Waddell (both P5 Duns PS) 21-5, 13-21, 21-19.

Thanks were given to all the families and players who turned out to support this event, bringing raffle prizes and tray bakes to help raise funds for the club.