The closure of Meadowbank Sports Centre, which has been the home to the East of Scotland Championships for so many years, meant that this year’s tournament moved to the Jack Kane centre which proved to be an excellent venue. While the enforced change of date to avoid a clash with the All England Championships meant that the entries were down on last year, there were nonetheless some excellent matches played throughout the weekend.
In the men’s singles, number 2 seed Ben Torrance retained his title by defeating former holder Matthew Carder 21-12, 23-21 in the final. In the ladies’ singles, unseeded Lauren Middleton, who reached the final last year, went one step further this year by winning her first East singles title, defeating top seed Britt Ashton in an extremely close final 16-21, 21-15, 23-21 with Lauren saving several match points in the process.
In the men’s doubles final, it was another very closely contested and exciting match with the winners of 2016, Steven Stewart and Danny Leinster regaining their title by beating Matthew Carder and Ben Torrance, 15-21, 25-23, 23-21. The ladies’ doubles title was won by Lauren Middleton and Sarah Sidebottom who beat Lothian players Britt Ashton and Rachel Cameron 21-14, 21-18 giving Lauren her second title.
In the mixed doubles, the unseeded Ben Torrance and Sarah Findlay retained their title by overcoming the also unseeded Lothian players Alistair Gordon and Rachel Cameron 19-21, 21-16, 21-14 in another 3 game final thus giving Ben his second title of the day.
The consolation events for players who lost their first match in the main event, again provided some very competitive and long matches. The winners of the consolation events were:
Men’s singles – James Robertson
Men's doubles – Stewart Ferns and Alistair Gordon
Mixed doubles – Calum Atterbury and Liselotte van Balen
Complete results from the tournament can be found here
Prizes were presented by Tournament Secretary, Ian Campbell. Tournament Referee, Colin Campbell thanked the Officials of BADMINTONscotland, the staff at Jack Kane Centre and the players for the high quality of play and their cooperation and sportsmanship throughout the weekend. He also expressed his thanks to the continuing sponsorship from Yonex and to the City of Edinburgh Council for their support. Lothian Group is also greatly indebted to Gannon Sports who once again provided the prizes for the consolation events.
Report and image courtesy of Colin Campbell