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:
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
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.