Young smashers edged into fifth in season finale

YOUNG badminton players from the Borders travelled to Largs for the Anglo-Scottish competition and just missed out on a fourth place.

Ten youngsters, three coaches and several parents accompanied the Borders team who won five out of the eight matches played. They were only beaten by Clyde (6-4), West (6-4) and Lothian (8-2). There were two close wins against Northumberland/Durham and Yorkshire, with five games going to points difference, and finally a 6-4 win against great rivals Cumbria.

The team did fantastic and enjoyed a great weekend of games and fun at the superb location of Sportscotland’s Inverclyde National Coaching Centre. Yorkshire managed to take the fourth slot on points difference leaving the battling Borderers in fifth overall.

They were second in the previous Anglo-Scottish tournament in Ashington and third at the Scottish Schools Inter-area.

The Border Badminton Group also thanked the Roxburgh and Berwickshire District Sports councils for supporting the squads financially.

Training resumes on August 3 at Kelso High School with the Border Badminton Academy taking place at Earlston High School from August 12-14.