Good play – and the kids never made a racquet

Kelso Open Badminton Chamionship, girls.
Kelso Open Badminton Chamionship, girls.

ONCE again Borders children came up trumps with their impeccable behaviour and determined, excellent play.

Finally on Sunday the annual Kelso Badminton Open got under way after being postponed in December due to snow.

Kelso Open Badminton Chamionship, boys.

Kelso Open Badminton Chamionship, boys.

For several younger players this was their first experience of playing competitively and they all did superbly.

Tournament organiser Lynn Young told TheSouthern: “It can be very scary for children to play competitively, never mind put their names down to enter in the first place.

“The support from their families was so encouraging also. This friendly tournament is ideal for beginners as it offers coaching and a chance to meet children who are also starting out, while also showing them what they need to aim for by seeing the region’s top squad players.”

Once again thanks were given to Blairs (trophies and medals), senior pupils from Kelso High School (KHS), parents and coaches for umpiring, Brian Young for running the tournament and supportive KHS janitorial staff who prepared the hall after having been closed two days previously.

The next tournament will be on Saturday, February 5, for the Border Schools Championships and February 12 for the Duns tournament.

The results were as follows: A Championships – Singles: Annabelle Young (West Linton) beat Linsey Young (Broomlands, Kelso) 21-19; Ryan Angus (Edenside, Kelso) beat Aaron Lee (Broomlands) 21-18. Doubles: Lizzie Edmondson (Coldingham) and A.N. Other beat Annabelle and Teigan Scobbie (Gordon) 15-9, Ryan and Aaron beat Gregor Watson and Freddie Rooke (both Duns) 21-6.

B Championships – Singles: Abby Nicol (Reston) beat Leona Rhind (Duns); Finlay Bell (Edenside, Kelso) beat Jake Fairley (Gordon) 21-12. Doubles: Keira Waddell and Leona Rhind (both Duns) beat Rebecca Aubrey (Broomlands, Kelso) and AN Other, 15-6; Ninian Grant and Jake Fairley (both Gordon) beat Connor Allan (Duns) and Liam Smillie (Greenlaw) 21-15.

Best boy: Callum Smith (Duns); best girl: Orla Donlevey (Lauder).