Ravenscraig sports facility was the new venue for this year’s Badmintonscotland U15 and U19 National Championships.
As is always the case this prestigious event attracted a record number of entries over the 2 age groups with the 121 players contesting the 10 events. The standard of play throughout was extremely high and the many spectators were treated to some great entertainment.
Stonehaven was represented in both age groups, Matthew Duguid and Mark Leith at U15 and Sean Leith and Jacob Reynolds at U19. Matthew, Sean and Jacob all performed exceptionally well, Matthew reaching the quarter final of the singles and semi-final of the doubles, Sean, though failing to progress past the second round put up a superb challenge in all three disciplines and Jacob reached round 3 of the U19 men’s singles and quarter finals of the men’s doubles, again as a result of some great performances.
Outstanding performance of the event however came from Mark Leith in the U15 event, reaching the final in all 3 disciplines. The singles final saw Mark pitched against the 2nd seed, and his doubles partner, Alex Dunn, Motherwell. Having already disposed of top seed, Callum Macmillan, Ayrshire, Mark was in high spirits. He started well winning the first set 21-15; however Alex altered his game and took the second 21-18. The 3rd set proved entertaining with Alex taking an early lead, Mark recovering but never managing to fully close the gap, Alex seemed to find new energy and pulled ahead winning the tie 21-13. Mark’s disappointment was however short lived as he went on to lift both the doubles title with Alex and the mixed doubles title with Julie Macpherson, Edinburgh. Mark has proved he is definitely a prospect for the future having already won 2 national titles at U13, singles and doubles, and now adding another 2 at U15, doubles and mixed. A superb performance and yet another reminder that there is plenty talent in the north east.