Three days of badminton in the Machars, Monday 8th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th December, saw over seventy entrants taking part in the Primary, Under 15 and Under 18 competitions.
Some of matches were very close and many of the games could have gone either way. An increased entry in the primary section took us right to the wire time wise, with just ten minutes to spare at the end! Singles doubles, and mixed were played in all age groups. Primary medals were given to Bronze places.
The week started on the Monday with the Under 15’s. Jennifer Craig and Fraser Dawson took their respective singles titles, with Jennifer just beating her doubles partner Charlie Stewart and Fraser triumphing over his doubles partner Kyle McCrone. With Jennifer and Charlie and Fraser and Kyle winning their doubles it just remained for Jennifer and Fraser to team up and take the mixed title too, giving them three gold medals each.
Wednesday saw some of the younger group returning to take on the Under 18’s and doing themselves proud. Jennifer Craig came through to take the trophy for the girls singles and Alistair Birse fought off first year Loughran McCarthy to win the under 18’s boys singles. Loughran had two very tight games to see off two older boys and get to the final. Once again it was the younger pairing of Fraser Dawson and Kyle McCrone who took the doubles, and Kezia Dale with partner Sabina Sobczak were winners in a round robin play off for the girl’s doubles. The mixed final proved a very exciting and close match with Alistair and Kezia just pulling ahead of Fraser and Jennifer to win 22-20.
By Thursday it was the turn of the primary schools and forty one very excited boys and girls turned up to compete. Jodie Stewart (Min) won two titles, the girls singles in a very close match against Niamh McCarthy (Penn), and the mixed doubles with her partner Rory Donnan (Min) just beating Niamh and her partner Rory Mann (Penn). Niamh and Nicole Frame (Penn) then took gold in the girls doubles by just the win against Jodie and Mia Moore (Min). The boy’s singles saw Rory Mann (Penn) winning against Corey Ross (Cree) in the final and with partner Max Williams taking home another gold in the boys doubles.
It was an excellent night of play with some very close matches. Organiser Cilla Strain thanked all the children for attending and showing good sportsmanship and patience. Thanks also to parents and friends who transported and supported the children, to Douglas Ewart High School pupils who gave up their time to umpire for the primary competition and Mrs Pat Magill for stepping in and doing the table. Many of the secondary pupils will go on to represent the DEHS at the Regional Badminton competitions in January and from there some many have the opportunity to go on to Perth for the Scottish Schools.
Primary Girls Singles
Jodie Stewart bt Anna Christie 9-0. Tilly Christie bt Robyn Campbell 9-3.
Mia Moore bt Tammy Campbell 9-4. Emma Pollard bt Skye Herries 9-5.
Niamh McCarthy bt Nicole Frame 9-4. Naomi Brock bt Chloe Campbell 9-4.
Ella Wallace bt Fiona Wilson 9-8. Katie McCaig bt Lizzie Williams 9-7,
Jodie Stewart bt Tilly Christie 9-1. Emma Pollard bt Mia Moore 9-3.
Niamh McCarthy bt Naomi Brock 9-0. Ella Wallace bt Katie McCaig 9-6.
JodieStewart bt Emma Pollard 9-2. Niamh McCarthy bt Ella Wallace 9-6.
Final: Jodie Stewart bt Niamh McCarthy 9-8.
Primary Boys Singles
Nathan Telfer bt Jake Donnelly 9-7. Max Williams bt Dawson MacDonald 9-4.
Adam Reid bt Callum Beaddie 9-1. Sean Cuthbertson bt Jake McVittie 9-1.
Rory Mann bt Kieran Thomson 9-0. Angus McClymont bt Cole McClymont 9-2.
Ben Petrie bt John Hughes 9-0. Daniel Gorman bt Rory Donnan 9-7,
Dylan Hastie bt Gergo Orban 9-6. Corey Ross bt Cameron Keenan 9-1.
Max Williams bt Nathan Telfer 9-5. Sean Cuthbertson bt Adam Reid 9-3.
Rory Mann bt Angus McClymont 9-5. Ben Petrie bt Hamish Sutherland 9-2.
Daniel Gorman bt Callum McKeand 9-6. Drew Fisher bt Lewis Allison 9-8.
Corey Ross bt Dylan Hastie 9-6. Sean Cuthbertson bt Max Williams 9-6
Rory Mann bt Ben Petrie 9-1. Drew Fisher bt Daniel Gorman 9-7.
Corey Ross bt Sean Cuthbertson 9-3. Rory Mann bt Drew Fisher 9-3.
Final: Rory Mann bt Corey Ross 9-7
Primary Girls Doubles
Jodie Stewart & Mia Moore bt Tilly Christie & Robyn Campbell 9-3.
Emma Pollard & Ella Wallace bt Skye Herries & Tammy Campbell 9-6.
Charlotte Cleer & Tilly Christie bt Naomi Brock & Chloe Crawford 9-7.
Lizzie Williams & Fiona Wilson bt Anna Christie & Katie McCaig 9-5
Nicole Frame & Niamh McCarthy bt Charlotte Cleer & Tilly Christie 9-2.
Jodie Stewart & Mia Moore bt Emma Pollard & Ella Wallace 9-8.
Nicole Frame & Niamh McCarthy bt Lizzie Williams & Fiona Wilson 9-3.
Final: Nicole Frame & Niamh McCarthy bt Jodie Stewart & Mia Moore 9-8
Primary Boys Doubles
Angus McClymont & Sean Cuthbertson bt Kieran Thomson & Callum McKeand 9-6
Drew Fisher & Corey Ross bt Nathan Telfer & Lewis Allison 9-2.
Adam Reid & Rory Donnan bt Callum Beaddie &Hamish Sutherland 9-8.
Jake Donnelly & John Hughes bt Jake McVittie & Cole McClymont 9-2
Rory Mann & Max Williams bt Dylan Hastie & Dawson MacDonald 9-1.
Angus McClymont & Sean Cuthbertson bt Ben Petrie & Gergo Orban 9-8.
Drew Fisher & Corey Ross bt Adam Reid & Rory Donnan 9-7.
Jake Donnelly & John Hughes bt Daniel Gorman & Cameron Keenan 9-5
Rory Mann & Max Williams bt Angus McClymont & Sean Cuthbertson 9-7
Drew Fisher & Corey Ross bt Jake Donnelly & John Hughes 9-1.
Final: Rory Mann & Max Williams bt Drew Fisher & Corey Ross 9-4
Primary Mixed Doubles
Nathan Telfer & Chloe Crawford bt Cole McClymont & Mia Moore 9-6.
Angus McClymont & Fiona Wilson bt John Hughes & Ella Wallace 9-6
Corey Ross & Lizzie Williams bt Hamish Sutherland & Nicole Frame 9-7.
Sean Cuthbertson & Skye Herries bt Lewis Allison & Charlotte Cleer 9-8.
Drew Fisher & Tammy Campbell bt Dylan Hastie & Emma Pollard 9-7.
Rory Mann & Niamh McCarthy bt Nathan Telfer & Chloe Crawford 9-3.
Angus McClymont & Fiona Wilson bt Corey Ross & Lizzie Williams 9-8
Sean Cuthbertson & Skye Herries bt Drew Fisher & Tammy Campbell 9-4
Rory Donnan & Jodie Stewart bt Kieran Thomson & Naomi Brock 9-3.
Rory Mann & Niamh McCarthy bt Angus McClymont & Fiona Wilson 9-6
Rory Donnan & Jodie Stewart bt Sean Cuthbertson & Skye Herries 9-0
Final: Rory Donnan & Jodie Stewart bt Rory Mann & Niamh McCarthy 9-8
Under 15 – Girls Singles
Ellie Mactier bt Hannah Birse 15-6. Jade Stewart bt Nicole McKeevor 15-1.
Jennifer Craig bt Ellie Mactier 15-5. Charlie Stewart bt Jade Stewart 17-15.
Final: Jennifer Craig bt Charlie Stewart 15-12.
Under 15 Boys Singles
John Sproat bt Robbie Mann 15-13. Kieran Cluckie bt Harry Brown 17-15.
Conor Firth bt Ross Taylor 15-10. Alistair Craig bt Jamie Smith 15-7
Kyle McCrone bt Kieran Cluckie 16-14. Fraser Dawson bt Conor Firth 15-3
Kyle McCrone bt John Sproat 15-5. Fraser Dawson bt Alistair Craig 15-1.
Final: Fraser Dawson bt Kyle McCrone 15-6
Under 15 Girls Doubles (Round Robin)
Jennifer Craig & Charlie Stewart bt Hannah Birse & Nicole McKeevor 15-5
Jennifer Craig & Charlie Stewart bt Ellie Mactier & Jade Stewart 15-6.
Ellie Mactier & Jade Stewart bt Hannah Birse & Nicole McKeevor 15-3
Winners: Jennifer Craig & Charlie Stewart
Under 15 Boys Doubles
John Sproat & Conor Firth bt Ross Taylor & Harry Brown 15-10.
Loughran McCarthy & Robbie Mann bt Jamie Smith & Alistair Craig 15-12.
Kyle McCrone & Fraser Dawson bt John Sproat & Conor Firth 15-3
Final: Kyle McCrone & Fraser Dawson bt Loughran McCarthy & Robbie Mann 15-12
Under 15 Mixed Doubles
Ross Taylor & Charlie Stewart bt Kieran Cluckie & Ellie Mactier 15-11.
Kyle McCrone & Hannah Birse bt Robbie Mann & Nicole McKeevor 15-6.
Loughran McCarthy & Jade Stewart bt Ross Taylor & Charlie Stewart 15-8.
Fraser Dawson & Jennifer Craig bt Kyle McCrone & Hannah Birse 15-4.
Final: Fraser Dawson & Jennifer Craig bt Loughran McCarthy & Jade Stewart
Under 18 - Girls Singles
Sabina Sobczak bt Maria Cowan 21-18. Jennifer Craig bt Hannah Birse 21-5.
Kezia Dale bt Charlie Stewart 21-11. Jennifer Craig bt Sabina Sobczak 21-5
Final: Jennifer Craig bt Kezia Dale 21-14
Under 18 – Boys Singles
Alistair Birse bt Thomas McCreadie 21-15. Kyle McCrone bt Alistair Munro 21-10
Malachi Wright bt Peter Davidson 21-17. Loughran McCarthy bt Fraser Dawson 23-21
Alistair Birse bt Kyle McCrone 21-13. Loughran McCarthy bt Malachi Wright 21-18
Final: Alistair Birse bt Loughran McCarthy 21-13
Under 18 Girls Doubles (Round Robin)
Kezia Dale and Sabina Sobczak bt Hannah Birse & Maria Cowan 21-14.
Jennifer Craig & Charlie Stewart bt Hannah Birse & Maria Cowan 21-16.
Kezia Dale & Sabina Sobczak bt Jennifer Craig & Charlie Stewart 21-19
Winners: Kezia Dale & Sabina Sobczak
Under 18 Boys Doubles
Fraser Dawson & Kyle McCrone bt Loughran McCarthy & Thomas McCreadie 21-10
Alistair Birse & Malachi Wright bt Peter Davidson & Alistair Munro 21-14
Final: Fraser Dawson & Kyle McCrone bt Alistair Birse & Malachi Wright 23-21
Under 18 Mixed Doubles
Peter Davidson & Sabina Sobczak bt Alistair Munro & Charlie Stewart 21-19
Malachi Wright & Maria Cowan bt Kyle McCrone & Hannah Birse 21-17.
Alistair Birse & Kezia Dale bt Peter Davidson & Sabina Sobczak 21-8.
Fraser Dawson & Jennifer Craig bt Malachi Wright & Maria Cowan 21-8.
Final: Alistair Birse & Kezia Dale bt Fraser Dawson & Jennifer Craig 22-20