Locals excell in Championships
The Aberdeen Sports Village was the venue for the recent North of Scotland badminton championships.
Aberdeenshire was well represented in all events and produced some very impressive performances. The U13 event was held on the Saturday and commenced with the singles. In all disciplines there was a consolation event for all first round losers so there was plenty of badminton on offer for everyone. In the girls event Keira Dalton, Milltimber, Becky Flaherty, Banchory and Holly Thomson, Stonehaven, all progressed to the quarter final stage in the main event. In the boy’s event Scott Waddell and Jack Murray, both Stonehaven made it to the quarter finals whilst Matthew Duguid, also Stonehaven, was unlucky to lose to regular rival, Alex Dunn, Motherwell in the final.
Callum Lawrence, Stonehaven, made it to the quarter finals in the consolation event, while Toby Veale went one stage further losing out in a very tense and close fought semi-final.
In the girls doubles Holly Thomson and Eilidh Craigen, Stonehaven, progressed furthest in the main event, losing out in the semi-final.
With a large local entry Scott Waddell and Sam Muir, Stonehaven were unlucky to meet Matthew Duguid and Stuart Holley also Stonehaven in the quarter finals. The younger duo, Scott and Sam, put up a fantastic challenge pushing the match to a 3rd set, losing the first 23-21 and winning the 2nd 21-15. Matthew and Stuart however kept their composure to win the tie 21-17 in the 3rd. They were joined in the semi final by other local pair, Jack Murray, Stonehaven and Steaphan Connell, Milltimber. Unfortunately this is where both pairs exited losing out to the 2nd and 1st seeds respectively.
Calum Lawrence, Stonehaven paired up with Ryan Keddie, Shetland, and progressed to the final of the consolation event. The mixed consolation event probably saw the biggest upset of the day when Stonehaven youngsters Maria Leith and Josh McKay, both only 9, claimed victory in the final over Charly Lyon and Christopher Grimley, 21–18.
On the Sunday it was the turn of the U17s which again saw one of the biggest entries in recent years. In the girl’s singles event Fiona Craigen and Kirsty Thomson, both Stonehaven were the only 2 to progress in the main event, both losing out in the 2nd round in very close 3 set matches.
Laura Townsend, Inverbervie and Chloe Tough, Stonehaven exited in the quarter final of the consolation. In the boys event only Jacob Reynolds and Mark Leith made it to the main event, both losing out in 3 sets in the quarter final.
The consolation event was an all local event with Callum Roberts, Banchory against Sean Leith, Stonehaven, Sean taking the honours, 21-15, 21-19. Fiona and Kirsty put up a superb challenge in the doubles main event but unfortunately lost out to eventual finalists. Chloe and Laura progressed to the final of the consolation event.
Callum Riddell and Calum Stevenson, Glasgow School of Sport reached the final and the match of the weekend against Tommy Reynolds, Edinburgh and Sean Leith, Stonehaven.
Despite being their first tournament together Tommy and Sean gelled well winning 21-19 in the final set.
Mark Leith and Alex Dunn progressed comfortably to the consolation final where they overcame Law’s and Irvine 21-12, 21-16. The last event of the tournament was the mixed doubles in which Sean and Sarah Allan, Glasgow, were the only survivors in the main event and, despite their 8th place seeding, made it all the way to the final. Mark and Kirsty exited at the hands of Alex Dunn and Holly Newall in the semi of the consolation event, however Scott Duncan and Fiona Craigen went on to secure victory over Alex and Holly in the final, 11-21, 21-18, 21-19.