Mackie Academy, Stonehaven was the venue last Saturday for the annual Kincardineshire Primary Schools Badminton competition.
Seven local primary schools, Arduthie, Catterline, Dunnottar, Glenbervie, Kinneff, Lairhillock and Mill O’Forest were represented by pupils proudly showing off their badminton skills.
Both singles and doubles events were played. The singles initially was ‘pool’ based and Cameron Gaskin, Nathan MacPherson & Daniel O’Neil Ferrero (all Mill O’Forest), and Daniel Harris (Arduthie), all played well to win through to the boys semi- finals, where Cameron was to play Nathan and the two Daniels against each other.
Both semi-finals provided much excitement for the spectators. Nathan using some super clears pulled off the win 15-7 to gain his place in the final. A closer struggle between the two Daniels showed some very skilful shots and the rallies were long but Daniel Harris held out to a 15-10 win. The final kept the spectators suitably entertained with a variety of shots with Nathan holding his nerve well to run out champion 15-7.
The girls who won through to the semi-finals were Faith Wood (Mill O’Forest), Meraud Pengally (KinneffCats), Rachel Dunbar (Catterline) & Mia Paul (Dunnottar). Sadly, Meraud took ill and was not able to continue, therefore Izzy Parnably (Arduthie) took her place and played Faith Wood in the semi-final.
Faith, with her superior skills, was too good for Izzy and won through to the final 15-1. Rachel ran out winner 15-3 from Mia in the other semi, and it was her powerful overheads that proved the deciding shot pinning Mia to the back of the court.
In the final, both girls used an array of badminton shots with Faith winning 15-8 to be crowned girls champion.
In the doubles semi-finals, Cameron Doney & Lewis Finlay (Arduthie) played Danny O’Neil Ferrero & Cameron Gaskin (Mill O’Forest) in a very tight game where all four played to the best of their ability and kept the spectators guessing but the Millo pair crept through by 21-20.
In the final they met their school chums, Nathan Macpherson and Faith Wood, who in their semi-final had beaten the Catterline pair of Finlay Ronald and Finlay Murray 21-7. The final was a delight to watch with all four players showing off their ability to play, smashes, drop-shots, net shots & clears. Nathan & Faith were crowned champions by a score of 21-16.
In the team events, Mill O’Forest won the Large Schools Shield recording a maximum 100% score and Catterline were successful winning the Small Schools Shield.
Trophies were presented to all the winners & runners-up by local badminton coach Scott Duncan. The organisers of the event Joan Prieur (Sports Development Officer) and Doreen Seery (Badminton Instructor) were delighted with the players efforts and thanked the players, volunteers, coaches and parents for helping make this another successful competition. A big thanks was also given to Graham Johnston of Kitchen Workshop Stonehaven who kindly donated the tournament trophies & shuttlecocks.
For more information about junior badminton classes contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joan on 01569 768352.