Local boys excel in Glasgow

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The Glasgow and North Strathclyde badminton championships were staged at the Cockburn Centre, Glasgow, at the weekend.

Five local players made the journey south to compete, Matthew Duguid (S1), Cameron Pyper and Mark Leith both S2, Jacob Reynolds (S3) and Sean Leith (S4), all Mackie Academy, made up the North East representation. In the singles event Matthew and Cameron were both unfortunate to lose their first matches and therefore progressed to the consolation event. They both played well in the consolation, Cameron winning his first game against John Clifford, Lanarkshire, 21-12, 21-11, before losing out in a close fought encounter with Taylor Baird, Grangemouth, 23-21, 21-16. Matthew met Taylor in the semi final after disposing of Glasgow’s Richard Bradley in the quarters, 21-16, 23-21.

Matthew progressed after a 21-16, 21-18 victory over Taylor, to meet Fraser Wright in the final. On the day Fraser proved stronger winning the match 21-15, 21-9, however Matthew is still only U13, so has another 2 years to compete at this age group.

In the main event Mark, Jacob and Sean all progressed to the quarter final stage where Mark lost out to regular rival, Callum MacMillan, Mauchline, 21-9, 21-19. Sean had a tough match against doubles partner, Alistair Gordon, Edinburgh, losing the first set 21-14, he fought back to win the 2nd and 3rd 21- 17, 21-12. Jacob also faced his doubles partner, Robert Clark, Sorn, and faired the same losing, though the first set 21-14, fighting back to win the tie 21-9, 21-16. Sean met Callum in one semi-final while Jacob faced Jack Stevenson, Glasgow, in the other.

Despite Callum having beaten Sean in the last two meetings Sean was dominant in the tie and won comfortably, 21-13, 21-14, to book his place in the final. Both Jacob and Jack showed great determination in their match but Jack was reluctant to allow an all Stonehaven final and despite great effort from Jacob, Jack took the tie 21-17, 21-16. The stage was set for a great final however Sean managed to gain control early in both sets and the title was never really in doubt, Sean winning 21-16, 21-15, justifying his top seeding.

In the doubles event Matthew and Cameron paired up and Mark, Jacob and Sean teamed up with their regular partners, Alex Dunn, Robert Clark and Alistair Gordon respectively. Jacob and Sean both progressed comfortably to the main event while Mark and Alex lost out narrowly in one group match to progress to the B event and Matthew and Cameron were desperately unlucky to find themselves in the D event after a count back of points, 3 out of the 4 pairs in their group winning one match each. They were comfortable winners of the D event.

Alex and Mark had a battle on their hands in the B final where they played Russell Hume and Fraser Wright, the victory being decided on the very last point, 30-29 in favour of Mark and Alex. In the main event the seedings were once again proved correct with Sean and Alistair (1) pitched against Jacob and Robert (2) in the final.

The first set could not have been closer, Sean and Alistair taking the honours 23-21. The second looked like it was heading the same way however Sean and Alistair managed to gain a few points lead and maintain it winning the tie and the title 21-17 in the second set, securing Sean his second title, the only double winner on the day.