Bothwellís Kirsty Gilmour reached 2 finals, finishing runner-up in the girls doubles, before winning the girls singles in the individual events at the Bank of Scotland U15 Home Countries Quadrangular held at the National BadmintonAcademy, Scotstoun.
Following Scotlandís disappointment in the dying moments of the team event, the individual event kicked off with the level doubles on Saturday. And Scotlandís strong showing in the team event, where they finished second behind England, continued into the individual competition. Gilmour and partner Kirsty McGlynn (Greenock), both stand out performers in the team event, first beat Jordan Hart and Ellis Parsons 21-19 21-8, then Alexandra Gilders and Eleanor Travers 21-14 21-14 to take their place in the final against English pair Sophie Sankey and Holly Smith, who they had already beaten in the team event.
Sankey and Smithís route to the final put out the only other all Scottish pair of Emma Cook (Mauchline) and Emma Gallacher (Wishaw) out in the quarter finals 21-18 17-21 21-15. Cook and Gallacher had beaten Scot Anna Kay ( Irvine) and English partner Chloe Birch 23-21 18-21 21-9 in the first round. Caitlin Pringle (Clarkston) and Irish partner Laura Shannon were also put out in the first round by English pairing Gilders and Travers 21-10 21-5.
In the final, the pair of Kirstyís took the first game with a disciplined and ruthless display 21-19, and went on to open up a 14-7 lead in the second, however, they were pegged back and ended up losing the game 21-19. The shift in momentum was not something the young Scots could overcome and Smith and Sankey took the title with a 21-12 final game win, 19-21 21-19 21-12.
But in the girls singles, Gilmour made up for her earlier defeat. She beat Irelandís Ruth Roddis 21-10 21-12 in the final, putting her doubles disappointment behind her in emphatic style. Roddis had earlier despatched Gilmourís doubles partner, Kirsty McGlynn in the quarter finals after an epic 3-ender, and had also beaten Emma Gallacher 21-19 21-16 in the semiís. Scotlandís other girls singles player, Caitlin Pringle, reached the quarter finals before being defeated by Emma Gallacher.
Her singles success capped a marvellous weekend for Gilmour who made it into 2 finals, winning one. To this, she added another award - she was presented with the Edna Gibb award for the best performance by a Scot in the quadrangular championships.
Again there were two all Scottish pairings and two mixed nationality duos in the boys doubles. Matthew Carder (South Queensferry) and Gregor McVean (Mauchline) fared the best, reaching the semi finals before losing out to Englandís Aaron Cheng and Rhys Walker. Lewis Gallacher (Kilmarnock) and Peter Walker (Dundee) bowed out in quarter-finals beaten by Englandís George Li and Tom Wolfenden. The two Scots who paired up with players from other countries both got knocked out in the first round. Calvin Percival (Greenock) and his partner Englandís Alex Lane, lost out to Irish pair Ciaran Chambers and Adam Jermyn 21-11 21-16. And Edward Cogliano ( Edinburgh) paired up with Ruaraidh Sim from Ireland, but they lost to Carder and McVean 23-21 18-21 21-13. The final was again a tight affair, with the title eventually taken by Welsh pair Daniel Font and Oliver Gwilt who overcame English duo Aaron Cheng and Rhys Walker 21-19 14-21 21-10.
In the mixed doubles, there were high hopes for Scotland with a number of all Scottish pairings who had performed exceptionally earlier in the tournament in the team event. Three of the four quarter finals involved a Scottish pairing and the only two pairings not to progress that far were Mathew Carder and Kirsty Gilmour who lost out to English pair Lane and Birch, and Peter Walker and Emma Cook who also lost out to an English pairing in Wolfenden and Smith. More disappointment followed, however, as two remaining partnerships again fell foul of English pairs. Wolfenden and Smith beat Lewis Gallacher and Caitlin Pringle 21-14 21-7, and Sankey and Walker beat Percival and Emma Gallacher 21-16 21-15. Kirsty McGlynn and partner Gregor McVean did enough to progress to the semiís, winning 21-14 16-21 21-13 to meet Walker and Sankey for a place in the final. But after an epic match, it was Walker and Sankey who eventually won the match 21-14 15-21 21-15. Walker and Sankeyís run ended in the final however, where they were beaten by Wolfenden and Smith 21-13 17-21 21-17.
In the boys singles final, there was a spirited comeback, as doubles partners Tom Wolfendale and George Li competed for the title. Li took the first game 21-12 and looked to be on his way to the title as he notched up a 20-15 lead. Wolfendale had other ideas, as he fought back to win the second game 22-20 and took the decider 21-18. Scotlandís best performances in this event came from Matthew Carder and Peter Walker, who both reached the quarter finals. Carder was beaten by Rhys Walker 21-14 21-18, and Walker was beaten by Ruaraidh Sim 21-14 21-19.
Karen Tighe, Bank of Scotlandís Deputy Head of Sponsorship, said: ìIt is an honour for Bank of Scotland to sponsor the Under 15 Home Countries Quadrangular Tournament. Bank of Scotland is proud of its partnership withBADMINTONscotland and backing the Home Countries tournament is yet another example, alongside Bank of Scotland Carnivals and Championships, of our commitment to the game at all levels in this country.
Next years quadrangular championships will be held in Ireland and Scotland will want to continue to improve on a strong showing here, by displacing England at the top of the team event, as well adding a few more individual titles.
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