March

Scotstoun to host the 51st Badminton Bonanza

The Badminton Bonanza returns to Glasgow this weekend with almost 100 players taking to the courts at Scotstoun Leisure Centre’s National Badminton Academy.

Back for a 51st edition, the Badminton Bonanza is aimed at giving club standard players the chance to broaden their skills in a competitive environment against others of similar ability.

Split into ‘competitive’ and ‘social’ events, the pool format ensures all players a number of matches facing off against opponents of a similar standard.

The 50th event, held at the Sir Craig Reedie Badminton Scotland Centre last September, saw Laura Muir and Sameer Aamir walk away with the women’s and men’s competitive singles titles.

Aamir is back to defend his title this year, with four groups of players battling it out to make the quarter-finals.

But there will be a new competitive women’s singles champion as Muir is absent from the four-strong group that will see the top two play for the trophy.

In the competitive doubles competitions, it was Keith Campbell and Daniel Johnson who took the men’s crown in September, while Karen Aitken and Pamela Hodge were victorious in the women’s.

Sixteen men’s pairs will compete in three groups before the top two in each make it through to the quarter-final stage – with winners of Group A and B making it straight into the final four.

And while Campbell and Johnson are not back to defend their title, Aitken and Hodge are in a four-strong draw that sees the top two pairs from the group stage play for the right to be called champion.

Hodge also picked up a second title last September in the mixed doubles, combining with Robert Dunn, and this year she will play alongside Euan Murray as she goes in search of another win.

Eight pairs have entered, with the top two from each group making it through to the semi-finals.

September’s social tournaments were won by Robert Adamson in the men’s singles, while Nanhao Wang and Menwan Liu took the mixed doubles prize and Shibu Jacob and Praveen Rajain won the men’s doubles.

This year’s men’s singles sees 14 entrants split into three groups, with the top two in each heading though to the knockout phase.

While the social mixed doubles event is comprised of two four-strong groups, with the top two in each progressing to the semi-finals.

And the men’s social doubles follows a similar format, just with an extra pair in each group.

The full draw is available here