Scottish Vets hit form in Glasgow

Scotland’s veteran squad came out on top against their Scandinavian counterparts with an 11-8 victory at Glasgow’s Sir Craig Reedie Badminton Centre as they warmed up for the Scottish International Masters Championships held over the same weekend.

The Scots won the international match 11-8 despite losing the Over 40 age group 3-1 and the Over 60s 2-0 and drawing the Over 65s 2-2.

The wins came in the Over 45s 2-1, the Over 50s 4-0 and the Over 55s 2-0.

The pick of the performances came in the Over 50s 4-0 win with Ross Gladwin winning his singles and men’s doubles with Steve Thompson and Lynn Robb winning her doubles with Aileen Travers and mixed with Gordon Milne.

In the Over 65s 2-2 draw Alan Pirie twice levelled the scores by winning his doubles with Alastair Davidson and mixed with Margaret Emery, forcing the draw by clinching a close mixed 21-18 21-19.

Yonex Scottish International Masters Championships

Several of the players who starred in the match with Scandinavia carried that good form into the Yonex Scottish International Masters Championships.

Top seeds Gladwin and Thompson won the Over 50 men’s doubles while Robb took the 50+ women’s doubles with Alison Johnstone, who also took the mixed with Gordon Milne.

But BADMINTONscotland President Dan Travers and wife Aileen were also on the winning trail.

Dan took the 60+ singles, beating Sweden’s second seed Cheddi Liljestrom and he scooped the 60+ mixed with former BADMINTONscotland President Christine Black to make up for finishing in second place with Denmark’s Pe Juul Ulrich in the 55+ doubles behind England’s David Gribble and Gene Joyner.

Scotland did have one gold medal winner at the 55+ age group when Graham Keith partnered Ireland’s Carol Dunbar to the mixed doubles title.

Dan’s wife Aileen wasn’t to be outdone. She took the 40+ women’s singles and the 45+ doubles with former Olympic star Anne Robertson.

Mark Mackay was also a double winner when he took the 40+ singles by beating doubles partner Craig Lamb before they teamed up to take the doubles title.

Craig Young won the 45+ men’s singles while Alan McMillan and Craig Robertson beat the reigning European champions to win the 45+ men’s doubles.

The list of Scotland champions:

Men’s singles: Mark Mackay
Women’s singles: Aileen Travers
Men’s doubles: Craig Lamb & Mark Mackay

Men’s singles: Craig Young
Men’s doubles: Alan McMillan & Craig Robertson
Mixed doubles: Anne Robertson & Aileen Travers

Men’s doubles: Ross Gladwin & Steve Thompson
Women’s doubles: Alison Johnstone & Lynn Robb
Mixed: Gordon Milne & Alison Johnstone

Mixed: Graham Keith with Carol Dunbar (NIR)

Men’s singles: Dan Travers
Mixed: Dan Travers & Christine Black