Berwickshire High pupils perform smash and grab

Trophy winners from the Borders Secondary Schools Badminton Championships held at Earlston High School.
Trophy winners from the Borders Secondary Schools Badminton Championships held at Earlston High School.

Berwickshire High School took nine of the 12 titles available at the Borders Secondary Schools Badminton Championships held at Earlston High School.

Kelso High School claimed two of the titles and Peebles High School notched one.

With more than 70 entries from eight of the region’s nine secondary schools, it was always going to be a busy day of competition. The event began at 9.30am with the singles tournaments, before moving on to the level doubles by lunchtime and the final matches being played late in the afternoon.

One of the event organisers, Donna Waddell, told The Southern: “I think that the day was a huge success.

“The committee and parent helpers rallied round doing teas/coffees and cakes, selling raffle tickets, scoring games and running the competition from the technical table.

“The Borders Badminton Group committee were also strong in their presence, which I think reflects how hard we are working to ensure that it goes from strength to strength and ensure that badminton is promoted throughout the whole of the Scottish Borders for many more years to come.

“Behind-the-scenes work takes a lot of organising, not only for a large tournament such as this, but also on a week-to-week basis, with a huge amount of time and effort going in, all on a voluntary basis.

“Without these volunteers and parent helpers, the Borders Badminton Group would cease to exist, therefore I hope the support continues.”

Borders Badminton Group is grateful to sponsors Topling Biomass Systems, Eshiels Gundogs and Greenvale AP for their support this season, while chairperson Christine Wylie thanked tournament sponsors Kaimburn Joinery & Building Services and Harry Turnbull Ltd together with everyone who helped on the day to make the event run smoothly.

Photographs and video from the tournament will be added to the group’s Facebook page and website at

Looking ahead, the Borders Primary Schools Badminton Championships will be held on Saturday, February 14, also at Earlston High School.

Players are required to enter the competition through their schools and they should speak to their head of PE to ensure they are entered.

Players must be affiliated to Badminton Scotland through their school.

Secondary School

Championship results

Under-18s: Fraser Young (KHS) beat David McLeish (PHS) 21-18, 21-17; Kirsty Millar (BHS) beat Catherine McQuarrie (EHS) 21-17, 21-16; David McLeish/Hamish McKenzie (PHS) beat Fraser Young/Dean Mathers (KHS) 21-10, 21-16; Kirsty Millar/Joanne Deuchar (BHS) – awarded title.

Under-16s: Euan Harvey (BHS) beat Sam Langley (BHS) 16-21, 21-14, 21-13; Linsey Young (KHS) beat Leona Rhind (BHS) 21-17, 21-18; Sam Langley/Barnaby Bevan (BHS) beat Euan Harvey/Niall Richards (BHS) 21-16, 20-22, 21-16; Keira Waddell/Leona Rhind (BHS) beat Jodie Black/Jodie Aitken (EyHS) 21-7, 21-6.

Under-14s: Eugene Stokes (BHS) beat Callum Smith (BHS) 21-19, 21-17; Keira Waddell beat Jodie Black 18-21, 21-3, 21-10; Callum Smith/Eugene Stokes beat Gareth Williams/Jamie Palmer (JGS) 21-0, 21-1; Molly MacDonald/Abbie Nicol (BHS) beat Iona Fox/Kirsten Rodwell (PHS) 21-13, 21-9.