Maria Leith proved too strong for the opposition at this weekend’s Glasgow School of Sport U15 badminton tournament sweeping the board to lift all three titles.
She came from one set down against Lauren Page, Edinburgh, in the singles final, losing 23-21 in a nail biting opening set but dug deep to save one match point against her to win the second 22-20.
The third set was just as exciting with Leith finally securing the victory 21-18; a hard fought and well deserved victory. In the doubles event she teamed up with former Stonehaven resident, Erin Waddell, both playing well throughout, failing to drop a set on the way to the final where they met Jodie Harris, also Stonehaven, partnered by Eilidh Macallister, Edinburgh.
The final proved very entertaining with both pairs excelling during the match, however Leith and Waddell held on to take the victory 21-17, 21-14. Jodie also played very well in the singles event losing out to Page in a superb semi-final which could have gone either way but Lauren stealing the victory 21-19, 22-20.
Jodie also progressed to the quarter final of the mixed doubles with partner Michael McGuire, Lanarkshire. In the mixed event Leith teamed up with usual partner Josh McKay, Stonehaven. Their route to the final was comfortable again not dropping a set with both athletes playing with confidence.
The final however proved more challenging with a tie against Edinburgh’s Page and Alistair Campbell. At this stage both Leith and Campbell were on track for treble victories, Campbell beating Kenneth Cheung in the singles and Callum Smith and Cheung in the doubles finals. The head to head proved to very entertaining, both pairs displaying great skill and teamwork. The first set was point for point Leith and McKay finally winning it 24-22.
The second set was more comfortable with a 21-15 victory and treble titles for Leith. Josh also reached the quarter finals of the singles where he lost a close 3 set match to Cheung and also the semi-final of the doubles with partner Kyle Middleton, Dundee, where they lost out to Cheung and Smith 21-19, 21-17. Cameron Miller and Kyle Protheroe, both Stonehaven, also competed in the U15 event, showing some real promise with great effort and focus in both the singles and doubles events but unfortunately not progressing to the knock out stages.
In the U12 event Daniel Harris performed very well, winning all singles matches in his group to progress to the knock out stages progressing to the quarter final where he lost a nail biting match to Grant Lewis 15-11, 16-14. In the doubles event he also progressed to the quarter finals with partner Noah Sarvesvaran where once again they lost in a very close match 15-11, 15-13 to Lewis and partner Finlay Sheriff.
A very strong overall performance from all of the Stonehaven athletes. Maria Leith and Josh McKay will be part of an 8 strong badminton team of Mackie Academy pupils selected to represent Scotland at the forthcoming World School Games to be held in Malta in March 2016. They will be joined by Anna Macleod, Katy Townsend, Colleen Duncan, Matthew Duguid, Sam Muir and James Hinchcliffe.
They are currently fund raising and looking for a kit sponsor who will be well publicised, any offers or sponsorship or support can be directed to Donna Agnew at Mackie Academy.