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PICTURES: Fantastic games and rallies at U11 badminton championships


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Competitors in the 2023/24 under-11 badminton championship at the community campus in Wick.
Competitors in the 2023/24 under-11 badminton championship at the community campus in Wick.

The first of the 2023/24 Caithness junior badminton championship took place on Saturday in Wick's community campus.

A total of 21 youngsters – nine girls and 12 boys – competed in the under-11s and there were some fantastic games and rallies.

Organisers thanked the tournament sponsor, R R Mackay & Company, Rattar Mains, and all the helpers on the day.

The girls' singles saw a round-robin format of two groups, with the top two in each group going through to play-offs. The other girls then had a consolation play-off.

In the main draw semi-final matches, Sophie Mackay (Dunnet) beat Olivia Sandecka (Wick) 21-2, 21-0, while in a Dunnet showdown D'Arcey Taylor won 21-14, 19-21, 21-12 against Ella Geddes.

The final then was an all-Dunnet contest between Sophie and D'Arcey, with Sophie winning the girls' singles title for the third consecutive season in two sets – 21-1, 21-5.

In the consolation final between Isla McCarthy and April Steven (both Dunnet), April won 21-19, 21-16.

The boys' singles featured a round-robin of four groups, with the top two in each group progressing to play-offs. The other boys then went to the consolation play-off.

In the main draw, the first semi-final saw Liam Sinclair (Wick) beat Jack Sinclair (Ormlie) by 21-3, 21-4. The second semi was between Jamie Rathie (Dunnet) and Finlay Nicolson (Wick), with Finlay going through 21-18, 21-14 to make it an all-Wick final.

Liam won the title for the second year in a row by 21-3, 21-7.

In the consolation final, Wick's Joshua Mackenzie defeated Dunnet's Jordan Shearer 21-11, 21-15.


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