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Alex Dunn and Holly Newall SNJC U15 2012SCOTLAND defend their Home Nations Under 15 Quadrangular team title when the squad heads for Dublin's Baldoyle Badminton Centre this weekend.

The team event is on day one and the Scots begin their defence against Wales on Friday morning, face Ireland in the early afternoon and take on England in the late afternoon.

Last year Scotland beat England 6-3 in the team decider with Ireland third and Wales fourth.

After the team event, Scotland's players will then try to better last year's haul of three individual titles.

Holly Newall will be aiming to retain the girls' singles title while Alex Dunn will be out to hold on to the boys' title and make it three successive wins for Scotland following Adam Hall's triumph two years ago.

Scotland's other success last year came in the girls' doubles where singles runner-up Julie MacPherson took the title with Sarah Findlay.

Motherwell's Dunn and Mauchline's Newall and Cara McCulloch are the three survivors from last year's successful squad.

In Dunn, the line-up also features the Scottish National Under 15 champion in singles as well as doubles with Matthew Duguid and mixed with Newall. National Under 15 girls' singles champion Eleanor O'Donnell and girls' doubles champions Shona Whillans and Gemma Wright are also in the squad.

Scotland are also calling up Grimley twins Christopher and Matthew who each won two National Under 13 titles earlier this month.

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said today: "We have a great development programme in place and we think this year's squad is every bit as good as last year. 

"Even so, it is still asking a lot to retain the team title and better the three titles we picked up last time. But I know the players will give it their best shot."

The 10-strong squad includes two players each from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Mauchline, with Stonehaven, Motherwell, Longniddry and Beith also represented.

Scotland squad

Matthew Duguid (Stonehaven)
Alex Dunn (Motherwell)
Christopher Grimley (Glasgow)
Matthew Grimley (Glasgow)
Glen Lewington (Edinburgh)

Cara McCulloch (Mauchline)
Holly Newall (Mauchline)
Eleanor O'Donnell (Beith)
Shona Whillans (Longniddry)
Gemma Wright (Edinburgh)

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