February

2018 Glasgow Championships

Matthew Carder and Steven Stewart split the men’s titles between them on a strong weekend for the pair at the Glasgow Championships.

Hosted by the Glasgow and North Strathclyde Badminton Group, the event saw Carder and Stewart team up for victory in the men’s doubles, while the former won the singles.

Stewart then partnered with Rebekka Findlay for the mixed doubles title and the remaining women’s events were locked out by Rachels.

Top seeds Andrew and Cameron combined to take the women’s doubles, while Sugden left with the singles crown – all three were winning their first senior Glasgow titles.

The men’s singles had 36 entries and both Carder and Ben Torrance were made to work hard to reach the Sunday showdown – especially in the final four.

Carder was forced to come from a game down by Ciar Pringle but the eventual champion prevailed 21-23 21-13 21-16 to set up a clash with Torrance.

And Adam Pringle pushed Torrance too, but the second seed battled through 21-17 22-20 to make the final, which Carder won 21-15 21-9.

The men’s doubles also produced a number of fine encounters, with Carder and Stewart teaming up to overcome top seeds Ciar Pringle and Jack MacGregor 21-14 21-15 in the final.

In the women’s singles, Sugden came through the eight-strong draw to defeat Britt Ashton – who had won the Dunfermline Championships earlier in the year – by a score of 21-16 21-15.

The women’s doubles was played in a round robin format on Saturday, with top seeds Andrew and Cameron losing 12-21 22-20 20-22 to Britt and Lily Farnood as the latter topped the standings with three victories from four matches.

But come Sunday it was the top seeds that prevailed, beating Ashton and Farnwood 21-19 21-14.

Sunday also saw a second title for Stewart who, alongside Findlay, beat second seeds MacGregor and Basia Grodynska 21-13 21-18 in the mixed doubles semi-finals.

That set up a clash against Torrance and Sarah Findlay – Rebekka’s younger sister – in the final.

Torrance and Findlay had beaten top seeds Adam Pringle and Andrew 21-23 21-9 21-19 to grind their way to the final and that match took its toll as Stewart and Findlay won the title 21-17 21-12.

The 22nd Mary Russell Awards were presented before the finals to the Glasgow and North Strathclyde young players who had shown the most improvement – with this year’s winners being Sugden and Scott Mackenzie.

There was also a special award made to Alexander McGarrie, who recently had back surgery that has forced him to give up the game but was recognised for the fantastic contribution he has made to volunteering within the group and across the country as a line judge.

The Glasgow and North Strathclyde Group would like to thank all competitors, helpers, court officials and spectators who supported the tournament.