The East of Scotland Junior tournament was held on the weekend of 9th & 10th November. This is an A grade event and attracts the best junior players from across the country. Midland were represented by several players across the different age groups and events. The following report focusses on Finlay Sheriff, Angus Meldrum and Grant Lewis in the U17 section.
The quality of the badminton in the boys U17 was really good. Despite the top 4 boys playing up in U19 singles and doubles the entry in the U17 was strong. There were some tough ties early on in the main draw which saw the No 1 seed Callum Stokes put out. Both Finlay and Angus had straight forward singles semifinals but their final was a marathon. The lighting in the hall wasn’t great and it did have an impact on the scores depending on which side of the court you were on. In the final set at 11-10 to Finlay at the change of ends it couldn’t have been closer. Both had several match points but with nerves creeping in so did the mistakes. Finlay eventually won the title 28-26 after almost an hour on court. The boys level doubles semifinal left Grant and Finlay with the task of taking on the No1 seeds who were a year older. They were tough opponents who Grant and Finlay had never beaten before. The work the boys have been doing recently at both Perth and Scotstoun began to show and they controlled the first set. They kept pace all the way in the second but the older boys levelled the match. The seeds got a much better start in the 3rd set and though Grant and Finlay kept the pressure on they couldn’t quite catch up. They were delighted with their performance and will build on this in the coming weeks at training.