Young Borderers struggle to find their feet in cross-border competition

THE year has got off to a very busy start for Border Badminton juniors with the Under-12s team heading to Ashington for the annual Anglo-Scottish tournament.

With only six teams entered this year, this was a short but very hard weekend for this very young and inexperienced side.

First match up was against Lothian, who came second in the tournament.

The second match was against Lanarkshire, where the Borderers lost 14-1 with Keira Waddle (Duns Primary) playing a stormer to take their number two player.

Next up was Yorkshire – the eventual winner – where Jake Fairly (Gordon Primary) and Euan Harvey (Chirnside Primary) were the only ones to take a game.

After an evening of good food and celebrations for Teigan Scobie’s (Gordon Primary) birthday with an enormous cake, the team had to take on a new team to the tournament in Cheshire. The Borderers battled very well but went down 9-4.

Here, Keira, together with schoolmate Leona Rhind, won second and third singles matches. Abbey Nicol (Reston Primary) and Teigan took second level doubles and Jake and Euan, once again, won yet another game.

The team had to win the last match against Cumbria to avoid the last place. Jake and Jodie Aitken (Reston Primary) as well as Euan and Jodie Black (Reston) took both their mixed doubles matches with all the girls taking their level doubles matches as well, with Keira and Leona coming through again in the singles.

Callum Smith (Duns Primary) had his first singles triumph after a very hard weekend playing as first singles player.

Many of the team still have two more years in this competition. Also playing were Ninian Grant (Gordon Primary), Dion Trafford (Eyemouth Primary) and Niall Richards (Swinton Primary), who all played exceptionally well against much more experienced opposition.

The Under-16s team do battle in Ashington on the weekend of February 18 and 19.