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A FREEZING cold Berwickshire High School games hall hosted the annual secondary schools badminton tournament with good entries at both the Under-14 and Under-16 age groups.

For the first time there were no games played in the Under-18 tournament due to lack of entries.

Six out of the nine secondary schools in the Borders were represented this year, with Kelso, Peebles, Eyemouth, Earlston, Jedburgh and Berwickshire High Schools pupils all taking part.

There was a great atmosphere and some excellent play.

Border badminton coach Pete Hardie said: “It was a great day with play of very high standards. In all my years of running this tournament the Under-16 girls’ singles final was one of the best I have ever seen.”

Results: U14 girls singles – Annabel Young (PHS) bt Lizzie Edmondson (EyHS) 21-12, 21-7; U14 boys singles – Robbie Patterson (EyHS) bt Rory Shaw (PHS) 21-5, 21-6; U14 Girls Level Doubles – Lizzie Edmondson/Kathryn Myatt (EyHS) bt Claire Gray/Emily Runciman (BHS) 21-7, 21-7; U14 Boys Level Doubles – Robbie Patterson/Adam Benzies (EyHS) bt Michael Palmer/Jack Johnson (EHS) 21-16,22-20; U16 girls singles – Kara White (BHS) bt Rachel Scott (BHS) 12-21, 21-16, 23-21; U16 boys singles – Jake Drum (BHS) bt Gavin Macquarie (EHS) 21-8, 21-10; U16 girls level doubles – Joanne Rae/Linsey Young (KHS) bt Rachel Scott and Kara White (BHS) 9-21, 21-16, 21-13; U16 boys level doubles – Jake Drum/Keith Patterson (BHS) bt Iain Richards/Oliver Smith (BHS) 21-9, 21-3; U18 Boys singles – Grant McWilliams (BHS); U18 girls singles – Mhari Deucher (BHS).