High flyers court success at Kelso

WITH more than 114 games to plan, the organisation of the Kelso Open Primary Badminton Tournament was run this year by High School pupils Linsey Young (Kelso) and Molly MacDonald (Berwickshire).

The adults merely supervised player and court management, while the aforementioned duo manned the technical table with the aid of a well used laptop.

Superb support from parents and family members as well as Border Badminton coaches Pete Hardie, Dave Burns, Paul MacDonald and Judith Younger helped the day go with a swing.

Eleven girls and 26 boys battled it out for the singles and doubles competitions with entries coming from Peebles, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso, Duns, Eyemouth, Coldingham, Reston, St Boswells and a huge boys’ entry from West Linton.

Winners of the A competitions were: Singles, Jodie Black (Coldingham); Runner-up, Iona Fox (Kingsland). Iona and Jodie then took the Level Doubles together, beating Indie Lucas and Ushika Kidd (Reston) in the final.

Lucy MacDonald (Duns PS) won the B Championship, beating Hannah Flack (St Boswells). Best Girl winner was Jessica Mitchell from Peebles.

In the boys’ competition Isaac Weir (Duns PS) took the title, beating Martin Goldie (Drumlanrig PS). Isaac and Gavin McLauchlin (West Linton) teamed up to take Patrick Harrison and Struan Wells (both West Linton) in a hard-fought doubles final.

B Championship winner Aiden Ferrier (West Linton) had a fantastic game against Kelso’s Adam Middlemass (Broomlands PS) while Duncan Crowe and Martin Goldie took Max Blundell and Louis Jeffrey (both West Linton) in the doubles.

Best Boy winner was Fergus Murray (Duns PS).

Thanks were given to all the helpers and supporters as well as Blair’s Jewellers for providing the medals and trophies.