Barr and Hepburn fly the Masters flag in Auckland

David Barr and Colin Hepburn were Scotland’s two badminton representatives at the recent 9th World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

They came through their group stage in the 70+ men’s doubles by winning both their matches.

In the 1-3 positional play-offs they defeated John Chan of the USA and New Zealand’s Robert Cyca 15-21 21-9 21-13 but went down 21-12 16-21 21-15 against Bob Cook and Andy Gouw to finish in second place overall behind the American pair.

Barr and Hepburn also competed in the 65+ doubles and once again won both their group contests. Although they then lost their semi-final against Canadians Bill Metcalfe and Mike Mitson 21-17 21-19 they bounced back to win the third place playoff 21-19 21-14 against Canada’s Ian Bishop and American Curt Commeyer.

Hepburn also tackled the 70+ men’s singles but fell in the group stages after losing to Cyca and Canadian Tony Knott.

Meanwhile, Barr competed in the mixed doubles with Germany’s Helga Peeck but one win from their two group matches was not enough to take them into the knockout quarter-finals.

The badminton event was one of 28 pursuits at the Games and was played at the Auckland Badminton Centre and the North Harbour Badminton Centre with nine age groups from 35+ to 75+ and six events, including a mixed team event.