This year saw a fantastic entry to the Aberdeenshire Primary Schools badminton championships, over 130 children took part in the event, 82 boys at Banchory and 56 girls at Portlethen.
With representation from over 20 primary schools there were many fantastic matches between players of all standards. With the emphasis on children getting involved and enjoying the sport great fun was had by all and the many spectators were treated to some superb entertainment.
Both singles and doubles disciplines were contested with partnerships required to be made up from pupils attending the same school. This event is the regional qualifier for the national finals which take place at the Bells Sports Centre, Perth, at the end of April.
In both events there were group stages, the winners of each group progressing to the knockout stage and the chance of gaining passage to the national finals. The boys’ singles quarter finals was a battle between three schools, Mill O’Forest, Milltimber and Peterculter.
James Hinchcliffe, Mill O’Forest was successful in his encounter with A. Wilkinson, Milltimber, however schoolmates Andrew McGillivray and Owen Glennie both lost out to R. Corthals and C. Strachan, both Peterculter, respectively. The fourth quarter final was between Gavin Wilson and A. Quantrill, both Milltimber, Gavin winning the tie.
This set up James against R. Corthals in one semi-final with Gavin facing A. Quantrill in the other. James and Gavin secured their places in the final after two entertaining matches.
James was very focussed in the final and was dominant from the start.Gavin competed well but James just proved too strong winning the title 21-6, 21-6. The girls’ singles event saw a more varied spread in the semi finals, C. Fakas, Peterculter, Jodie Harris, Arduthie, E. Purcell, Hazlehead, A. Mackie, Milltimber, Catriona Holley and Eilidh Mitchell, both Dunnottar and Maria Leith and Naomi McGillivray, Mill O’Forest, completed the line up.
It was an all Stonehaven success story with Catriona and Eilidh meeting each other in one semi final while Maria and Naomi met in the other.
Eilidh led from the start to overcome Catriona however the other match was much closer, Naomi finally triumphant winning 11-10.
A fantastic final between Eilidh and Naomi followed with a nail biting 3 set encounter. Eilidh won the first 21-11, Naomi won the second 22-20, and then Eilidh took the title 21-14 in the third set.
The boys’ doubles quarter final saw representation from Kellands, Milltimber, Mill O’Forest, Newtonhill and Peterculter. The successful pairs progressing to the semi final stage were J. Hinchcliffe and M. Waite, Mill O’Forest, G. Wilson, A. Quantrill, M. Ashton and A. Wilkinson, all Milltimber and R. Corthals and C. Strachan, Peterculter. Both semis were close fought contests, Hinchcliffe and Waite winning 15-12 and Corthals and Strachan winning by the closest of margins, 15-14.
A nail biting final followed with great displays of skill and teamwork from both pairs. The Mill O’Forest duo were victorious in the end, 21-12, 21-19. The girls’ doubles quarter finals involved players from Arduthie, Dunnottar, Mill O’Forest, Milltimber, Newburgh and Peterculter. Maria Leith and Naomi McGillivray, Mill O’Forest overcame C. Fakas and S. Wass, Peterculter in a close contest while Catriona Holley and Eilidh Mitchell, Dunnottar were successful in the other semi final against local rivals Colleen Duncan and Lucy Guest, Arduthie.
In an all Stonehaven final it was Catriona and Eilidh who proved stronger on the day winning the match and the title 21-19, 21-13. This was a super result for both James Hinchcliffe, Mill O’Forest and Eilidh Mitchell, Dunnottar pictured above, achieving double success winning both the singles and doubles events. Both events were very successful and great fun was certainly had by all.