November

Four Scots seeded at Under 17 European Championships

Joshua Apiliga and Adam Pringle will launch their bid for European U17 Championships success as second seeds as Scotland look to follow in the footsteps of their impressive U15 campaign last year.

The high seeding means the boys’ doubles duo have been given a bye for the first round after the draw was made on Tuesday, with 62 pairs bidding for success in that particular discipline in Prague.

An Anglo-Scottish battle could await in round two against England’s David Hong and Ethan Van Leeuwen, as long as they get the better of their Ukrainian first round opponents.

All being well Apiliga and Pringle, who won European boys’ doubles bronze at U15 level last year, will be eyeing up a place in the final where top seeds Bartosz Galazka and Maciej Matusz will be across the net if the seedings pan out as expected.

But those two are not the only Scottish shuttlers in the boys’ doubles, with Alistair Campbell and Josh McKay looking to do the business in the Czech Republic.

Savvas Hadjipantelis and Orestis Pissis from Cyprus are their opponents in the first round, with the individual championships getting underway on November 25, preceded by the team event from 21-25 November.

Pringle is also seeded in the mixed doubles with Rachel Andrew. The fifth seeds have a bye in the first round and are set to play Pissis and Ioanna Pissi for a place in the last 32.

McKay and Alice Campbell have a tough opener against fourth seeds Matthias Kicklitz and Emma Moszczynski after they too received a first-round bye.

Campbell will also team up with U15 bronze medallist Rachel Sugden in the girls’ doubles, while Andrew and Rachel Cameron - who also took bronze last year in Russia - will do battle on the same side of the net.

A number of the Scottish starlets are also in singles action, with Campbell first facing Lukasz Cimosz, the seventh seed Pole, while Apiliga is in boys’ singles action against Jonas Petkus of Lithuania.

In the girls’ singles, Sugden is seeded 11th and will open up against Sweden’s Cecilia Wang while Cameron has a tricky opening match against 14th seed Anastasiia Shapovalova of Russia.

Badminton Scotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “We have some very talented youngsters coming through and we have been able to name a strong team for this event.

“Four of these players won bronze medals at the U15 European Championships last year and I’m looking forward to seeing if they can repeat their success at this age group.”