Spirited show at contest

Winners and Runners-up in the 2014 Borders Primary School's Badminton Championships
Winners and Runners-up in the 2014 Borders Primary School's Badminton Championships

ANOTHER busy time for Border Badminton last weekend saw 52 players participating in the region’s Primary Schools Championships.

Schools from throughout the Borders were represented with eight boys’ pools and four girls’ pools, and more than 110 games taking place.

There were some very spirited performances from high level Scottish players to ultimate novices playing in their first competition.

Quarter-finalists were Callum Smith, Isaac Weir, Tyler Smith, Callum Stokes and Fergus Murray, all from Duns PS, as well as Gareth Williams and Jamie Palmer (Howdenburn PS) and Martin Goldie (Drumlanrig PS), with C. Smith beating Stokes and Weir overcoming T. Smith in the semis.

Eventual winner was Scottish squad player Smith who got the better of Weir in the final by 21-5, 21-9.

In the girls’ competition there were some new players reaching the quarter-final stages – Kitty Morgan and Amber Malcolm (both Stirches PS), Jessica Mitchell and Iona Fox (Kingsland PS), Jodie Black and Ushika Kidd (Coldingham PS) and Amy Keneally and Lucy MacDonald (Duns PS).

Black beat Keneally while Fox overcame Kidd to make it into the finals where Black became the eventual winner via a scoreline of 21-13, 21-9.

Thanks were given once again to the Duns and Border coaches for running the competition, together with the families and parents who ran the fundraising food and clothes stalls.

Members of the senior Borders Squads turned up to support with the umpiring while the BSLT active schools team helped with the circulation of entries and information to the schools.