Mackie Academy, was the venue last Saturday for the annual Kincardineshire Primary Schools Badminton competition.
Seven local primary schools, Arduthie, Catterline, Glenbervie, Johnshaven, Laurencekirk, Mill O’Forest and Lairhillock were represented by pupils proudly showing off their badminton skills.
Both singles and doubles events were played. The singles initially was ‘pool’ based and Connor McRobbie, Daniel Harris and Cameron Doney (all Arduthie), and Andrew Campbell (Catterline), all played well to win through to the semi- finals, where Connor was to play Daniel and Andrew against Cameron.
Both semi-finals were very close and provided much excitement for the spectators. Connor, using some super clears, pulled off the win 15-10 to gain his place in the final.
Andrew and Cameron had a tight struggle. Both boys showed some very skilful shots and the rallies were long but Andrew held out to a 15-12 win.
The final was another very close encounter and the specatators were suitably entertained with Connor holding his nerve well to run out champion 15-11.
The girls who won through to the semi-finals were Laura Porter (Johnshaven), Megan Prentice (Mill O’Forest), Sophie Owen (Glenbervie) and Abbey Patterson (Arduthie). Abbey played Sophie and, although she gave her best, Abbey’s accurate shots saw her win 15-8.
Laura ran out winner 15-9 from Megan in the other semi, and it was her powerful overheads that proved the deciding shot pinning Megan to the back of the court. In the final, both girls used an array of badminton shots with Laura winning 15-11 to be crowned girls’ champion.
In the doubles semi-finals, Andrew Cameron and Findlay Ronald (Catterline) played Abbey Patterson and Cameron Doney (Arduthie) in a very tight game where all four played to the best of their ability and kept the spectators guessing but the Arduthie pair crept through by 15-11. In the final they met Connor McRobbie and Daniel Harris, also Arduthie, who in their semi-final had beaten the Johnshaven pair of Laura Porter and Alix Griffiths 15-4. The final was a delight to watch with all four players showing off their ability to play all the badminton strokes, smashes, drop-shots, net shots and clears and there was much nail biting from the spectators with the contest going to sudden death - Connor and Daniel clinching the title 15-14.
In the team events, Arduthie won the large schools shield and in their inaugural entry, Lairhillock tied with a young Johnshaven team to jointly win the small schools shield.
Davids Fashion Sports & Leisure of Inverurie kindly donated tournament shuttlecocks.
Trophies were presented to all the winners and runners-up by Mrs Diane Dunbar.
The organisers of the event, Joan Prieur (badminton development officer) and Rosie Price and Doreen Seery (badminton instructors) were delighted with the players’ efforts and thanked them, volunteers, coaches and parents for helping make this another successful competition.
For more information about junior badminton classes on Fridays and Saturday at Mackie Academy contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joan on 01569 768352.