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2019 LBG Bill Neill Lanarkshire Open

Saturday 5th October
Sunday 6th October 2019

The 2nd event for LBG, the 2019 Bill Neill Lanarkshire Open took place on 5th & 6th October 2019. The Grade A tournament was named as a tribute to Lanarkshire Badminton legend Bill Neill who sadly passed away last year at 78 years old. A total of 69 players entered which made for a high standard of badminton being played across the weekend. This included a 52 minute long battle during Group D Mixed Doubles match between Callum McMillan & Erin Waddell versus Alan McMillan & Aileen Travers. Despite the scores being very close throughout the 3 sets C. McMillan & E. Waddell managed to edge passed their opponents winning 21-19, 23-25 & 23-21. The competition also proved to be a successful one for Holly Newall who won Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles (w/Lauren Middleton) & Mixed Doubles (w/Jack MacGregor). MacGregor managed to take 2 titles and was runner-up in the Men’s Singles to local Lanarkshire player Danny Robson.

2019 LBG Lanarkshire U13/U16/U20 Junior Restricted 

Sunday 20th October 2019

We had a small entry this year due mainly to clashes with other tournaments and the overlap with the end of the schools October week.  This meant we had to combine events to make the event viable.  We also played everything in pools to maximise games.  Everyone enjoyed their day and every event was very competitive.

Many thanks to Jill Smith for helping me out throughout the day and the staff at Alistair McCoist Complex. A big thanks to the players and the parents who supported the tournament.

The events and winners/runners up were:

U13 Combined Boys and Girls Singles:

U13 Boys Singles  Winner – Alfie Martin, Runner-up  - Michael Lawson

U13 Girls Singles  Winner – Elona Kennedy

U13 Combined Winner – Alfie Martin

U16 Girls Singles Winner – Sophie Ford, Runner-up – Ella Haime

U16/20 Combined Boys Singles

U16 Boys Singles Winner – Marc McLaughlin, Runner up – Alex Colgan

U20 Boys Singles Winner – James Leggate

Combined Winner – James Leggate

U13/U16/U20 Combined Boys & Girls Doubles

U13 Boys Doubles Winners – Alfie Martin & Michael Lawson, Runners-up – Ryan Jacob & Spencer Nunn

U16 Boys Doubles Winners – Jac McLaughlin & Alex Colgan

U20 Boys Doubles Winners – James Leggate & Tom Jacob

U16 Girls Doubles Winners – Sophie Ford & Ella Haime, Runners-up Caroline Deighan and Emily Colgan

Combined Winners – Sophie Ford & Ella Haime

U16/U20 Combined Mixed Doubles

U16 Winners – Michael Lawson & Sophie Ford, U16 Runners-up – Alfie martin & Caroline Deighan

U20 Winners – James Leggate & Jessica Robson

Combined Winners – James Leggate & Jessica Robson

2019 LASBA Secondary Quaich

Wednesday 30th October 2019

LASBA held a successful junior and senior secondary schools Quaich competition at the Alistair McCoist Complex in East Kilbride on Wednesday 30th October.  We had 6 schools enter the junior and 7 enter the secondary event.  The teams were:

Junior Quaich:

Holy Cross


St Ambrose


Uddingston Grammar

Cathkin High

Senior Quaich:

Holy Cross

Lanark Grammar

Uddingston Grammar



Cathkin High

St Ambrose

The matches were all very competitive and the pupils played some very good badminton in both the junior and senior events.  Starting around 9.30 in the morning we played right through to 2.30 in the afternoon so we could get the matches completed.  The winners and runners-up were:

Junior Quaich (S1-S3):

Winners: Holy Cross

Runners-up: Chryston

Senior Quaich (S4-S6):

Winners: Holy Cross 

Runners-up: Lanark Grammar

Congratulations to Holy Cross winning both titles and to all the teams for entering the tournament and playing in a very sporting manner.  Holy Cross’s two teams will now represent Lanarkshire in the SSBU National Junior and Senior Secondary Quaich Events next year.  

Good luck to them – we will be reporting on their progress on the Lanarkshire Badminton Website!

Thanks also goes to Hugh Ainsley for organising and running the event and to the teachers and helpers from each school that entered the teams and managed the matches on the day in addition the Active Schools teams across Lanarkshire for support. 

Frank Turnbull