Strong Sandwick win badminton event
Shetland Badminton Association held a first division knock-out in the Scalloway games hall on Sunday as a one day event.
As many of the teams were short of players it was decided to remove all restrictions, but unfortunately Yell B and Whalsay had to withdraw due to lack of players.
In the top half of the draw Sandwick played Aith. Sandwick fielded a strong team and looked dominant from the start. Although the first mixed and third mixed went to three sets, Sandwick won them both and also the second mixed in two straight sets. This gave them a comfortable lead. Aith replied by winning the women’s doubles but Sandwick took the remaining matches to win 6-1 overall.
The other match was keenly contested between Yell and Westside Bulls, with both the first mixed and third mixed going to three sets with the bulls winning. The second mixed saw Yell have a good win in two straight sets to make the overall score 2-1. Westside Bulls won the men’s doubles in two sets while Yell won the women’s.
This meant that the result of the match would be decided on the two singles games remaining. Lauren Hogg (Westside bulls) played well but the experienced Annette Gear won for Yell 21-16. In the men’s singles Sam Wood put up a good fight, only to lose out to the power of Graham Keith. Yell won 4-3.
After a short break the final began. Graham Keith and Audrey Leask won the first mixed 14-21, 21-14, 21-18 for Yell, while Sandwick took the second mixed. The third mixed was won comfortably by Norman and Wilma Sineath against Vaila Kay and Stuart Bruce 21-8, 21-7, giving Sandwick the edge at 2-1 overall.
Sandwick men continued to dominate with Norman and Stuart Sineath winning 21-12, 21-17 against Maurice Haining and Graham Keith.
In the women’s doubles Annette Gear and Audrey Leask won 21-14, 21-10 to keep Yell in contention at 3-2 overall. Sandwick proved too strong, however, winning both the remaining singles games in two straight sets for a 5-2 overall victory.
Entry forms are now available for the junior and senior championships and a good entry is hoped for these events.