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Borders Secondary Schools Badminton Championship (2010)

The Borders Secondary Schools badminton championships were held at Earlston High School and Galashiels Academy on Sunday 31st January. Under 14 pupils from across the region travelled to Galashiels with the Under 16ís and Under 18ís playing in Earlston with several schools being represented. Once again, the Berwickshire High School squad proved to be the dominant school, winning titles in every age group.

Henry Leask

 

In the U14ís boys, the final was an epic 3 set match between Gavin McQuarrie (BHS) and last yearís runner up Keith Patterson (BHS). A great game saw McQuarrie eventually coming out on top winning 23-25, 21-17, 21-15. In the doubles final, Patterson extracted his revenge. Along with his Berwickshire High School partner Jake Drum, defeated McQuarrie and his partner Ian Richards 21-9, 21-10.

Ross Graham

 

The girlís singles was a no less exciting affair, in a tense 2 set match Claire Hill from Kelso High School overcame stiff resistance from Kirsty Millar, Berwickshire High School. The result was 23-21, 21-17 victory for Hill. In the doubles event, which was round robin competition, the Berwickshire pairing of Kate Ross and Rachel Scott won all their games to take the title from Kara White and Joanne Deuchar also from Berwickshire.

Grant Cumming

 

The U16 girlís final saw both of the top seeds safely through to the final. Mhairi Deuchar and Lucy Nevin, both Berwickshire High, met in a final which went very much with the form book. Nevin was in fine form and beat Deuchar 21-5, 21-18. The two Berwickshire girls paired up for the doubles, winning all 3 pool games. Runnerís up were school colleagues Emma Turnbull and Lisa Kerr.

Ross Elliot

 

There was exciting play in many the boys U16 matches and in a tense final of the singles, Andrew McQuarrie of Berwickshire, took the game 21-15,21-15 from Grant McWilliam also from Berwickshire. Some of the best rallies of the day were to be seen in the doubles final. In an all Berwickshire final, McQuarrie paired up with Adam Don to beat Grant McWilliam and Jed Purves. McWilliam and Purves proved to be a real handful and were unfortunate to go down fighting by a score of 21-17, 21-14.

Connor Telfer

 

Moving up to the U18ís, there was further success for Berwickshire in both the girls singles and doubles. Rachel Purves fought off a spirited display from Laura Rae, Kelso High School, winning 21-12, 21-14. In the doubles, Purves and Rachel Melvin were involved in great match with sisters Laura and Joanna Rae from Kelso. The match was very much in the balance until Purves and Melvin got the edge in the final set winning 21-19, 14-21, 21-18. In the boyís tournament, number 1 seed Ben Leslie, Jedburgh Grammar School, made his way comfortably to the final where he got the better of Stuart Thomson from Berwickshire winning 21-9, 21-16. The doubles was another round robin series of games. There were several matches that went the distance but the Berwickshire pair of Alex Sim and Stuart Thomson run out winners with runners up place going to Jedburgh pair Danny Etieve and Craig Gillan.

Gavin Elliot

 

Event organiser, Neil Renton from the Sports Development Unit, thanked members of the Borders Badminton Group, Annabel Nevin and Ann McWilliam for their assistance in staging the event and making sure the day was enjoyable for the competitors. 

 

 

 

 

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