This year’s tournament saw an increase in entries and some fantastic matches over the weekend.
Lauren Middleton won the first of the afternoon’s finals when she defeated Basia Grodynska in the women’s singles.
Later in the afternoon Lauren and Basia teamed up in the women’s doubles but lost out in the final to Caitlin Pringle and Sarah Sidebottom.
The men’s doubles had some very strong and “more mature” couples playing, producing some very exciting matches even in the quarter finals. Michael Campbell and Matthew Carder were always going to be a threat and reached the final only to lose to Jack MacGregor and Adam Pringle.
Adam Pringle picked up his second title of the afternoon with Rachel Andrew when he won the mixed doubles. The defeated finalists, Thomas Bethell and Sarah Sidebottom had beaten the first seeds in a very close semi-final earlier in the day.
The highlight of the afternoon was the men’s singles which lasted nearly 1 hour. Callum Smith eventually overcame 45 year old Mark Mackay 19-21, 21-15, 21-18.
24th Mary Russell Awards were presented before the finals to the young players within our group who have shown the most improvement. This year the awards were presented to Alice Campbell and Pratyush Singh – well done to both.
The prize fund this year was donated by Conway Accident Law Practice Ltd and Ronnie joined us on Sunday to present the cheques.
The trophies were presented by Gillian Allen, G&NS Group convener.
G&NS Group would like to thank all competitors, helpers, court officials and spectators who supported the tournament – another great weekend of badminton!
The results are available on tournament software.