Strong entry as future stars of badminton make their mark
Shetland Badminton Association held the under-15 and under-18 championships on Sunday at Clickimin.
The younger age group started at 10am and it was immediately evident there was a strong entry.
There were 21 boys in the singles with a plate event for those knocked out in the first round.
Rory Irvine had a good win 13-21, 21-19, 21-19 against Ryan Wood.
Finn Watt was successful against Glen Henderson and had a tough game in the semi-final with Jamie Duffy, winning 18-21-21-18-22-20.
In the other semi-final Roy Wood had a comfortable win against Lewis Fraser, 21-18, 21-11.
In the final Roy played fast, winning against Finn 21-17, 21-13.
The girls’ singles was played in two round robin groups. In group A Lorrie Robertson won all her games while Jennifer Sim topped group B after a win against Karrie Fraser 21-14, 22-20.
Although Lorrie took the first set of the final 21-19 Jennifer took the next two 22-20, 21-10 to win the title.
There were some good games in the boys’ plate competition, with Liam Flaws beating Patrick Nicol in the final 21-16.
In the boys’ doubles Roy and Jamie defeated Liam Flaws and Rory Irvine in the semi-final 21-14, 21-13. In the other semi-final Glen and Lewis won the first set 21-18 but Finn and Ryan took the next two sets to reach the final.
In the final Roy and Jamie beat Finn and Ryan 21-16, 21-13.
Patrick Nicol and Lorne McNiven won the plate competition 21-15 against Logan Grant and Haydn Jamieson.
Jennifer and Lorrie won the final of the girls’ doubles against Jenni and Karrie. The girls’ doubles plate final was a great match with Anne Leask and Zoe Buchanan winning 21-18 against Sarah Drever and Naomi Keith.
In the mixed doubles semi-final Jennifer and Roy lost the first set to Lorrie and Ryan, but came back to win 21-17, 21-11. The other semi-final was won 21-17, 21-9 by Karrie and Jamie against Jenni and Finn Watt. In the final Jennifer and Roy beat Karrie and Jamie 21-13, 21-12.
The entry was very healthy this year and many under-15 players had chosen to double up.
In the boys’ singles the four seeds made it through to the semi-finals. Top seed Stuart Sineath had a comfortable win over Shane Jamieson while Robert Smith had to battle against Alan Johnson before winning 21-18, 21-17. In the girls’ singles Amanda Slater lost out to the diminutive Jennifer Sim as did Hannah Garrick 18-21, 21-13, 21-14. Karrie Fraser beat Sarah Leask and defeated Kirstin Sineath 21-16, 19-21, 21-11.
Lorrie Robertson beat Jessica Lowe before losing to the eventual runner-up.
In the first semi-final Jennifer made Lauren fight in two close games while Karrie just lost out to Stephanie Keith 21-23, 24-26. Stephanie had upper hand in the final but Lauren came back well to take the title 12-21, 21-11, 21-15.
The top seeds reached the boys’ doubles final and Stuart Sineath and Roy Wood won against their opponents Robert Smith and Shane Jamieson 21-17, 21-10. In the girls’ doubles Jennifer Sim and Lorrie Robertson beat Lauren Hogg and Kirstin Sineath in the semi-final 23-25, 21-17, 21-14. Stephanie and Amanda took the first set of the final 21-16, Lorrie and Jennifer taking the second 21-17, and Stephanie and Amanda clinched it in the third set.
In the mixed doubles Jennifer Sim and Roy Wood beat Jessica Lowe and Calum Johnson and Inga Woods and Robert Smith 18-21, 21-11, 13-21. They then went on to beat Amanda Slater and Alan Johnson in the final. Kirstin and Stuart Sineath reached the final without being really tested A spokesman said all the competitors should be congratulated on an excellent day’s badminton, and credit was due to all those who helped the event run smoothly.
The under-18 inter-county against Orkney is at the Sandwick games hall tomorrow from 4pm to 8pm. The under-13 inter-county is also at Sandwick, on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.