Yell moved ahead in division one of the badminton leagues after their opponents Whalsay conceded the points while in division two there were wins for Aith, Burra, Whalsay and Sandwick.
John Leask & Son Division One
Yell A v Whalsay A
This match was conceded by Whalsay A so Yell A received the three points.
John Leask & Son Division Two
Burra 2, Aith B 7
Aith B won all three mixed doubles, with only Joyce Adamson and Craig Smith taking the second mixed pairing of Lewis Fraser and Amanda Slater to three sets.
The Aith B men were also dominant, winning all three matches in straight sets.
The ladies’ doubles again proved to be Burra’s strong suit, winning two out of the three and narrowly missing the third victory when Joyce and Karrie Fraser lost eventually in three sets to Aith’s Alison Morrison and Amanda Slater.
The Aith B team all played well on the day, with the men in particular, Alan Johnson, Kevin Nicolson and Lewis Fraser winning all their matches.
Best for Burra were the lasses, with Georgia Laurenson winning two of her matches and Joyce winning one and losing narrowly in three sets in her other two.
Burra v Unst B
Unst B conceded the game due to problems fielding a team so the points were awarded to Burra.
Whalsay B 6, St Clements 3
The first mixed was a very tight match with St Clement’s juniors Roy Wood and Jennifer Sim facing Kathy Shearer and Sandy Kay. The first game was very tight with Roy and Jennifer just squeezing it 21-18 and the next rubber was even tighter with the Whalsay pair winning 22-20. Roy and Jennifer won the third more comfortably scorewise 21-11 but had to fight hard for every point gained.
Ritchie Hutchison and Bobby Kay faced Finn Watt and Jamie Duffy and the games very extremely tight with the Whalsay pair taking both, 21-18, 22-20. Bobby, although he hadn’t played for a couple of years, was spangin’ aboot like a spring chicken among the three youngsters.
Vaila Kay and Ritchie then took on Jamie and Hannah Garrick who had just arrived off a later ferry. This was another very close game with again the Whalsay pair just taking the first gam e 21-19 after some good rallies. The home pair took the second set with more ease 21-13.
Roy and Finn now faced Sandy and Bobby and again the first game was nip and tuck all the way. Both sides were attacking and defending well it went right to the wire again with again the Whalsay pair just winning 24-22. This seemed to give them extra drive and they took the second game 21-13.
Cathy and Abby Irvine faced Jennifer and Karri in another very close match with the Whalsay pair taking the first game 21-17 but the St Clement’s pair fighting back well in the second to win 21-17. The third was point for point throughout until Whalsay won 21-19.
Abby and Bobby met Finn and Karri for yet another three-setter which again could have gone either way but once more Whalsay’s determination at the end carried them through 21-18, 20-22, 21-19.
Vaila and Cathy had another hard game against Jennifer and Hannah this went again to three sets with the young St Clement’s girls taking the first game 25-23. The Whalsay lasses kept battling away and took the second 21-17 and fighting spirit carried then on to take the third 21-9.
Sandy and Ritchie played Roy and Jamie in a very good hard fought attacking game . All four players were under 18 and it was good to see great badminton being played. This again went to three sets with Roy and Jamie eventually winning 21-10, 15-21, 21-18.
The final game was between Vaila and Abby and Hannah and Karri and was won by the St Clement’s pair 21-16, 21-18.
Sandwick B 8, Unst B 1
Sandwick B were in good form at home with every player contributing to a thoroughly deserved victory.
The first mixed saw George Kerr and Jane Morton up against Jordan Johnson and Caroline Massie and the Sandwick pair won comfortably 21-13, 21-9.
The Sineath pairing of Kirstin and Wilma were against Belle Spence and Desley Stickle. Once again the Sandwick pair proved to strong for the Unst girls, winning 21-14, 21-12.
Ian Bray and Duncan MacGregor took on Gordon Thomson and Hosea Moar in an exciting three setter which the Sandwick boys finally managed to see out 21-15, 15-21, 21-17.
In the next round of games Wilma and Duncan played Hosea and Desley and after a real struggle won 26-14, 21-16. Meanwhile George and Ian were involved in an epic against Jordan and Gordon. In an excellent game the players gave their all and the Sandwick pair eventually came through 21-17, 20-22, 22-20.
Kirstin and Jane took on Caroline and Belle and again the Sandwick girls were too strong, winning 21-18, 21-6. In the final mixed Ian and Kirstin had a fine win against Gordon and Belle 21-1, 21-18. Jane and Wilma then went on to beat Caroline and Desley 21-5, 21-6.
In the final game George and Duncan just couldn’t get their game going against Jordan and Hosea with the Unst guys deserving their 21-15, 21-10 victory.
Best for Sandwick on the day were Jane Morton and Ian Bray while for Unst Jordan Johnson and Desley Stickle performed well.