BORDERS players took on the might of stronger teams at the Anglo-Scottish badminton competition, held at the National Inverclyde centre in Largs at the weekend.
With national development squad players from both Scotland and England making up most of the other teams, the Borderers had to work very hard for every point they gained. Captains Leona Rhind (Duns) and Niall Richards (Swinton) led their fellow players admirably and, despite some heavy 10-0 defeats by Yorkshire, Lothian and Bucks, the team managed a win in each of their games against Clyde and West, who were both made up of two counties.
The second day proved better for the tired squad, beginning with an 8-2 defeat against Northumberland. The final game against friendly rivals Cumbria was their best, taking the victory 7-3. The highlight of the day, however, was when captain Rhind was presented with the Ken Hand award for Fair Play which is an award voted for by the other teams’ coaches.
Young Jodie Black from Eyemouth was outstanding in this, her second major team competition, together with Calum Smith (Greenlaw) – both are only in P5. And Caitlyn Gillie from Galashiels had “the best low serve in the hall” according to coach Peter Hardie. Teigan Scobie (Gordon) battled on all weekend despite a foot injury incurred before the tournament even started, but she made up for this by getting her favourite football players’ autographs who were on a training day.
Ninian Grant (Gordon) and Euan Harvey (Chirnside) gave 100 per cent throughout, together with Keira Waddell (Duns).
This was the last tournament for the Borders squads, who have had a great season. Thanks were extended to the parents and coaches, Peter Hardie, Lynn Young and Grant Purves, for supporting the players over the weekend.
Trials will take place in late September for club players from around the region. Please see the Active Borders website for information on your nearest club, or check out the local Border Badminton site on Facebook.