SCOTLAND aim to make it a hat-trick of team titles when some of their most promising young badminton players head for Cardiff tomorrow (Thurs) to defend their Under 15 Home Nations crown.
But they face a tough task if they are to match the four out of five individual titles collected by last year’s Under 15 players.
Four of last year’s squad are again selected for both the team event on Friday and the individual events on Saturday and Sunday at the Sport Wales National Centre.
They are twins Christopher and Matthew Grimley and Glen Lewington and Shona Whillans. The rest of the team are Calum Atterbury, Robbie Patterson, Lily Farnood, Rachel Lu, Sarah Sidebottom and Ciara Torrance.
All the players will contest the singles events before playing in the doubles.
Last year the young Scots defeated Wales 7-2, Ireland 8-1 and lastly England 5-4 in the title decider. The Grimley twins won their doubles in that England clash.
The individual honours last year went to Alex Dunn in the singles with Matthew Duguid runner-up. They then teamed up to take the doubles and Dunn went on to partner Holly Newall to the mixed doubles title. Newall also retained the girls singles title while she and Eleanor O’Donnell had to settle for runners-up in the doubles.All this year’s squad will play in the singles events before tackling the doubles.
Boys’ doubles: Atterbury & Patterson, Grimley & Grimley, Lewington & partner required
Girls’ doubles: Farnood & Lu, Sidebottom & Torrance, Whillans & partner required.
Mixed doubles: Atterbury & Lu, C. Grimley & Torrance, M. Grimley & Sidebottom, Lewington & Whillans, Patterson & Farnood.
Coaches: Julie Hogg and Diana Koleva.