Berwickshire in their prime in secondary championships

Winners of the Borders Secondary School Championships
Winners of the Borders Secondary School Championships

FOR the first time, the Borders Secondary School Badminton Championships took the coastal route to Eyemouth.

Fortunately, the long-running tournament went ahead as scheduled as the heavy snow thawed enough to allow competitors to make it to the town’s High School on Sunday.

The cream of the region’s players came from across the Borders, with seven of the area’s nine secondary schools represented, and once again Berwickshire High were the dominant school, winning five of the 11 titles on offer.

Highlights of the day included entertaining rallies in the boys’ under-16s singles and doubles and the under-14 girls’ singles.

Most of the winners on the day now go on to represent the Borders at the Scottish Schools Championships in Perth on Saturday, March 8.

Thanks were made to the Border Badminton Group coaches who organised and ran the competition, with the support of Borders Sport and Leisure Trust sports development officer Neil Renton and parent umpires.

Thanks also went to PE staff from the competing schools for organising the players to attend.

Results: Under-18 boys’ singles – Jake Drum (Berwickshire High) beat Lloyd Thomas (BH); girls’ singles winner – Mary Coll (Peebles High); boys’ doubles – Jake Drum and Lloyd Thomas (BH) bt Rob White and Rowan Stanforth (BH).

Under 16 boys’ singles – Fraser Young (Kelso High) bt Gavin McQuarrie (Earlston High); girls’ singles – Rachel Scott (BH) bt Katie Ross (BH); boys’ doubles – Robbie Patterson and Fraser Aitken (Eyemouth High) bt Hamish McKenzie and David McLeish (PH); girls’ doubles – Rachel Scott and Leona Rhind (BH) bt Katie Ross and Joanne Deucher (BH).

Under 14 boys’ singles – Robbie Patterson (Eyemouth High) bt Rory Shaw (PH); girls’ singles – Annabel Young (PH) bt Linsey Young (KH); boys’ doubles – Sam Langley and Gregor Murray (BH) bt Euan Harvey and Callum Rhind (BH); girls’ doubles – Lizzie Edmondson and Kathryn Myatt (Eyemouth High) bt Milly Carter and Jodie Aitken (Eyemouth High).