February

Police Sport UK win annual encounter with Scotland Select

Police Sport UK made it two wins on the trot over a youthful Scotland Select side as former international Gordon Thomson contributed three points in their 7-4 win over the national side in their annual encounter.

Thomson, multiple European Police singles champion, beat Danny Robson 21-9 21-12 in his first match of the night at the Sir Craig Reedie BADMINTONscotland centre.

He then teamed up with Graeme Smith – with whom he has won the last four PSUK men’s doubles titles – to down East and West of Scotland boys’ doubles winners Alastair Campbell and Josh McKay, 21-14 17-21 21-11.

And Thomson’s night was complete when he and Jill Smith battled to a 19-21 21-12 23-21 victory over U17 East and West of Scotland mixed doubles champions Campbell and Lauren Page.

The remaining singles matches saw Kenneth Cheung lose 18-21 10-21 to Northern Ireland’s Tony Stephenson, while U17 West of Scotland girls’ singles champion Alice Campbell downed Una Hunter 21-9 21-14.

And the final singles result levelled the tie overall with 15-year-old Jodie Harris beating Amy Ashrafi 21-19 21-8.

But it was the doubles encounters in which PSUK prevailed, winning five to Scotland Select’s two – both in the ladies’ matches.

Ashley Gibson and Stephenson beat East and West of Scotland boys’ doubles finalists Cheung and Calvin Chan 21-10 21-13.

But the tie was once again levelled through two ladies’ doubles wins for Scotland Select as Maria Leith and Erin Waddell – U17 national girls’ doubles semi-finalists last year – beat Beki Hutt and Paula Wilson 21-15 22-20.

The second win came courtesy of U17 Glasgow girls’ doubles semi-finalists Jodie Black and Eilidh McCallister, who beat Ashrafi and Jill Smith 13-21 21-13 21-18.

Thomson and Jill Smith’s mixed doubles win paved the way for PSUK victory, though, with the match being sealed by straight games wins for Gibson and Wilson, and Graeme Smith and Hutt.

The former beat McKay and Leith 21-16 21-10, before Smith and Hutt downed U17 East junior mixed doubles semi-finalists McGuire and Campbell 21-15 22-20.