Youngsters hold their own in Meadowmill championships

There was an excellent Borders turnout for the 12th East Lothian Under-12s Junior Badminton Championship at Meadowmill, Tranent on Sunday.

In the boys’ singles, Borders number one Robbie Patterson from Eyemouth played superbly to win all of his pool games and qualify for the A Championship.

Unfortunately his reward was to be drawn against the top-ranked under-12 in the country and he was unable to proceed further. Aaron Lee and Ryan Angus, both Kelso, qualified for the D Championship where Aaron lost narrowly at the quarter-final stage, while Ryan went all the way to the final where he beat Steven McKnight from Hamilton 21-17 to pick up the winner’s medal.

Ryan and Aaron then teamed up for the doubles, but lost out to a strong Ayrshire pairing before going out of the B event 24-22 after a great match against a Lanarkshire duo.

In the girls’ singles Borders number one Annabel Young of West Linton won her pool to qualify for the A Championship but went out to the eventual runner-up from East Lothian.

Lizzie Edmondson, Coldingham, and Linsey Young, Kelso, were runners up in their respective pools and so qualified for the B championship, where both went out in the semi-finals in close ties. The two youngest members of the Borders squad, Keira Waddell and Leona Rhind, both Duns, played well in their pools against much older girls to qualify for the D championship where both were beaten semi-finalists.

In the doubles, both Borders pairs qualified for the B Championship. Keira and Leona lost out in the semi-final to an East Lothian pairing, but Lizzie and Linsey managed to avenge that defeat for them in the final with a 21-14 win to go home with winners’ medals.

For all these players, rivalries will be resumed again next week at the Border Primary Championships in Galashiels.