Local pair through to badmintion nationals

Monday 31st March'Badmington winners'Loughran McCarthy & Jade Stewart
Monday 31st March'Badmington winners'Loughran McCarthy & Jade Stewart

Two Machars primary school pupils have made it through to Badminton Scotland national’s competition held in Perthin May.

Jade Stewart of Minnigaff Primary and Loughran McCarthy of Penninghame Primary both qualified for nationals last Saturday after taking part in the first Leisure & Sport Active Schools and Community Sport Team regional badminton competition held at DG One in Dumfries.

Each district put forward a team of eight pupils made up of two P6 girls, two P7 girls, two P6 boys and two P7 boys. The Wigtownshire team did the area proud, and a big well done goes to Angus McClymont and Lizzie Williams of Creetown Primary School and Cerys McDowell from Glenluce Primary for their hard work on the day. Ben Sproat of Sandhead Primary made it through to the P6 semi-finals and secured third overall, with a bronze medal. Jack Jukes from Leswalt made it through to the semi-final stages finishing fourth overall at regional level.

Loughran Mc Carthy made it through to the semi finals with seven wins and only one defeat at the hands of Ewan Robertson of Dumfries. Loughran went on to win his semi-final game comfortably and faced Ewan Robertson in the finals. Ewan, who won all 10 games, didn’t have an easy final game as Loughran found his form after winning service half way into the game and put up a good fight, looking more like the Loughran who plays on a Wednesday at the Newton Stewart and District Junior Badminton Club.

Fellow club member, Jade Stewart, went through to the semi-final stages after winning all eight of her qualifying games. Jade sailed into the finals with another convincing win at the semi stages and appeared to be in cruise control as she reached her final game. Jade decided to give all of her supporters a nail-biting finish to the day when she was down at least two points in her final match. Jade remained calm and collected throughout and it was her level headedness which helped her make a superb comeback to win her final match, making her total tally of the day 10 wins from 10 games.

Jade took the P7 girls gold and was unbeaten throughout the regional competition. Jade has now won the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles at local and Wigtownshire level and has now achieved girl’s singles winner at regional level.

Loughran who came in runner up on Saturday picked up a silver medal for the P7 boys after an equally successful year winning boys singles and mixed doubles at local level and boys singles, doubles and mixed doubles at Wigtownshire level.

Jade and Loughran, are 2 of the 4 P7 pupils from Dumfries and Galloway going through to nationals at Perth on May 3. A huge achievement by both who did their families, schools and club proud.