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Under 18 Scottish Inter Area - National Badminton Academy, Glasgow - 21-22/09/13

U18 Inter Area 2013
Team Photo:

Front (left to right): Rebecca Dobbin (Carluke High); Rachael King (Holy Cross); Sophie Morrison (Dalziel High), and Hannah Morrison (Dalziel High)
Back (left to right): Colin Philip; Fraser Walker (Greenfaulds High); Jordan Philip (Carluke High); Alistair Orr (Carluke High); Thomas Darling (Our Lady’s High), and Ross MacLeod

 Lanarkshire Under 18 Inter Area Team - Victory
report from Colin Philip

On Saturday, 3rd November, the Lanarkshire Under 18 Team won the Scottish Intermediate Inter Area Championships, held in the National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun, Glasgow. 

Teams from various areas of Scotland including the North East, Edinburgh and the west of Scotland entered. 

Lanarkshire started with a massive 10-0 thumping of Mid and East Lothian.  We then followed that up with a decisive 8-2 victory over the Edinburgh Schools’ side.  Having taken care of last season’s winners and runner up, the Team Managers gave a huge sigh of relieve as they were the two teams that had worried them before hand.  These wins were then followed by an 8-2 win over the North East and finally a 7-3 win over the West of Scotland team. 

Full credit must go to the Team who all played exceptionally well throughout the day.  This was one of the first times that Lanarkshire had managed to get close to getting their best team, out as usually some of our better players aren’t available.  What a difference it made - as the other Area teams will now undoubtedly testify.

Mention should also go to the Team Managers Ross and Colin who not only tactically got the Team’s playing order correct, they somehow or other very successfully managed to hide their huge smiles after beating, sorry change that to destroying, Lanarkshire’s close rivals Mid and East Lothian.  J

This was the first time Lanarkshire has won the event since 2006. For the second year in a row, the Edinburgh Schools side finished in runners up spot.

Under 19 Anglo Scottish Inter Area - Tyneside Badminton Centre - 21-22/09/13

U19 Ashington 2013
Team Photo:

Back Row: Colin Philip, Thomas Darling, Fraser Walker, Fraser McLellan, Jordan Philip, Robert Dunn, Alistair Orr
Front Row: Lauren Flynn, Rachael King, Olivia Quinn, Olivia Jackson, Rebecca Dobbin, Laura Black

Report from Colin Philip

 On Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 September, the Lanarkshire Under 19 Team took part in the Anglo Scottish Inter-Area Competition that, for the first time ever was held in the Tyneside Badminton Centre.  This is a new purpose built Centre that has just opened.  A huge improvement from the tired courts at Ashington!  In fact, the new facility has even got a café.  J

Because of call offs and the unavailability of some players, we were left with a pretty young side, particularly compared to some of the other teams who brought players who wouldn’t have looked out of place in a senior Area Team.  In fact, our Under 19 team comprised two 14 year olds, four 15 year olds, five 16 year olds and a 17 year old.

The Saturday matches were very tough and our youngsters struggled to get many wins.  They all played well and gave their 100%, but were getting out powered by the much older and highly ranked players.  Although we won some individual matches, we just couldn’t get close to overall beating the Areas we played against on the Saturday.

However, on the Sunday, our luck seemed to change a bit and we managed to get some better results under our belt.  We played Northumberland first.  To everyone’s surprise, for whatever reason, we started exceptionally well winning 3 of the 6 singles.  That must have been the confidence booster the team needed and before we knew it, we had totally demolished Northumberland 8-7.

Next up (and our last match of the weekend) was the West of Scotland (also referred to as the Rest of Scotland!).  After a slow start we again picked up a few victories and were getting excited about the prospects of another win …… before losing 8-7.

So, overall, we ended up in 4th position in the event which, bearing in mind the age of our players was probably as good as we could have expected.


Senior Inter Area - Perth - 03/11/12

U18 IA Nov12
Team Photo:

Front (left to right): Rachael King, Olivia Quinn, Lauren Colley, and Hannah Thomson

Back (left to right): Aidan Groome, John Clifford, Thomas Darling, and Calum McLeod

Report from Colin Philip

 The Lanarkshire Senior Team headed north to Perth on 3 November 2012 to compete in the Senior Inter Area Competition that was being held in the Bells Sports Centre.
Even though it was November, it was a lovely sunny day helping the Team get into a good positive frame of mind for the matches that awaited them.
We knew in advance that a couple of Teams had withdrawn because they couldn’t raise enough players. Unfortunately, the Borders were one of these Teams that weren’t travelling - which was a shame as they occasionally bring quite a weak Team - a great match to start with in an Inter Area, as a win always helps melt away any nerves players may have.
The City of Edinburgh Team arrived with what looked like a bunch of pretty strong players. Pretty? On second thoughts, maybe not pretty -lets just say strong! Another strong Team arrived and we all thought “Oh for the Borders”!!
As you would expect, every one of the Lanarkshire players gave their all in the first match we played, which was against Edinburgh - who eventually ran out reasonably convincing winners. By the time we played Mid and East Lothian, the Lanarkshire players had licked their wounds and were all pumped up and raring to go. Unfortunately, we were again pipped at the post by a much stronger Team.
Nevertheless, despite a real gallant effort, we ended up finishing in 3rd place on the day. Well done all.