Posted on 31st March 2023
The quarter final draw has been made for our inaugural Scottish Cup Competition, with all matches to be played by 23 April 2023.
The Scottish Cup is the pinnacle of club badminton and has brought teams from all corners of Scotland to go head to head, competing with other clubs.
The competition has already given many clubs the opportunity to develop match skills and play against clubs they might not have otherwise met.
The initial stages were played in group areas (see round ups below) and the winning clubs from the groups have been drawn in an exciting national knock out stage:
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations to all clubs who have made it to this stage!
We caught up with those clubs in the mix to see what they think of the competition so far, what they’re most excited for in the QFs and also what other teams should keep an eye out for:
“The Scottish Cup has been an enjoyable competition for our club. Good quality matches and fun format. First part went well and we won our area! We’re hoping to put on another strong team for the QFs and see how we compare to the Glasgow side we are playing as we have great depth in our team with a lot of strong players” – Caroline Collinson, Western BC
“We have enjoyed the competition so far and had a lot of good games in a friendly but competitive atmosphere and we’re delighted to edge through. We’re looking forward to playing people we aren’t familiar with and hopefully a social after!
We’re quite confident we are the oldest team in the competition – we had an average age of 50 in qualifying and only one player under 40. So other teams may be on the lookout for our zimmers and false teeth” – Steven McGregor, Nairn BC
“We’re looking forward to playing against clubs across Scotland that we do not get the opportunity to play against in our local leagues. Looking forward to some new faces and some good badminton! What should other teams keep an eye out for… well, if there were points for team spirit we would be even tougher competition!” – Seona Stalker, Edinburgh Nomads A
“The early rounds have been great in local areas. As a club we are excited about the opportunity to reach later stages and compete for the Scottish Cup Trophy. Other teams will know County BC players however we have youth, age, experience and knowledge in our team, hopefully we can use this in our next rounds!” – Craig Robertson, County BC and County BC Shuttlers
“So far the competition has provided our players with a great opportunity for some competitive badminton against some of the area’s top players and both our teams now look forward to going on and competing at a national level against some of Scotland’s top players.
Unfortunately we have a number of our players out of this match through injury but we look forward to testing ourselves against some of the central belts top teams. Some of the opposition players have already been in contact and are winding our players up about the match so we are thoroughly looking forward to the matches” – Steven Chappell, ABA Oilers and ABA Titans
“We’ve all really enjoyed getting to play a new style of competition – at least since I started playing we’ve never had a league like this where we get the opportunity to play people from all over the country. Also, the format works really well for getting everyone involved – having more doubles is good because most of the time when people play at clubs they exclusively play doubles/mixed, and the thought of singles might have put some people off.
Without getting ahead of ourselves we’re really excited to try and get as far through the knockouts as possible and fight for those medal spots, and I think that 3 set matches will suit our team better – there’s a lot of pressure to get a good start when it’s just 1 set to 21” – Angus Meldrum, Drongan BC
All quarter final matches are to be played by 23 April 2023 with semi-finals and the final taking place on Saturday 27 May.
Good luck to all teams taking part!