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English Players take gold at 4 Nations Series Scottish Para-Badminton Championships

English Players take gold at 4 Nations Series Scottish Para-Badminton Championships

The charge to glory north of the border was led by Team England Para-Badminton squad members Martin Rooke, Andrew Martin, Will Smith (pictured) and Rachel Choong, while Hazel Johnson (below) continued to dominate the LD ranks.

Martin Rooke (Herts) experienced double delight as he powered through an unbeaten weekend.  The highlight of which being a 21-17; 21-11 defeat of Team England Para-Badminton squad mate and training partner Gobi Ranganathan (Herts) in the final of the WH3 Men’s Singles. Rooke then teamed up with Ranganathan to take down Denny Vettom (Bucks) and Owen Kilburn (Notts) 21-11; 21-11 in the final of the Wheelchair Men’s Doubles. Kilburn also experienced disappointment in the final of the Mixed Doubles as he and club-mate Paula Robinson (Notts) were downed by Scottish pair Dave Quarrie and Kirsty Jones 18-21; 16-21. Robinson also fell at the final hurdle in the Ladies Doubles, failing to overcome Jones and Scotland’s Fiona Christie in a 10-21; 20-22 reversal alongside Devon’s Katherine Last. Robinson was able to make up for these disappointments in style, preventing Jones taking a clean sweep in a tense Ladies Singles final 22-20; 14-21; 22-20.

In the tournament’s biggest shock, Will Smith (Northumberland) and long-term doubles partner Scott Richardson (Beds) finally broke their 4 year duck in the Standing Men’s Doubles by overcoming favourites Bobby Griffin (Avon) and Steven Moodie (Scotland) in a 21-19; 21-16 straight games triumph. Smith was agonisingly close to a double triumph, missing out in the final of the Standing Half-Court Men’s Singles to Scotland’s Niall Jarvie 11-21; 21-15; 14-21. Griffin claimed his partnership’s bragging rights by defeating Moodie, the World No. 1, 21-15; 22-20 in the final of the standing Full-Court Men’s Singles.

Hazel Johnson parabadmintonAndrew Martin and Rachel Choong continue to dominate the Dwarf classifications, and each returned from Scotstoun. Martin (Kent) went through the gears to comfortably down Ireland’s Luke Irvine 21-11; 21-12 in the Men’s Singles final, before teaming with Ireland’s Andrew Moorcroft to get the better of Irvine and Scotland’s Ross Foley 21-16; 21-14 in the Men’s Doubles final. Choong (Lancs), meanwhile, bested Ireland’s Deidre Nagle 21-15; 21-12 in the Ladies Singles final and then teamed with Jenny Greasley (Hants) to overcome the promising young pair of Rebecca Bedford (Staffs) and Lucy Wilkinson (Hants) 21-9; 21-10 in the Ladies Doubles. To complete their respective clean-sweeps, Choong and Martin paired up to defeat Irvine and Nagle 21-6; 21-7.

In the LD section, Sam Muschamp (Lancs) missed out in the final of the Class 1 Men’s Singles (10-21; 13-21) and Men’s Doubles (alongside Scotland’s Drew Daly, 17-21; 9-21) to Scottish powerhouse Cameron Robertson. In the LD Class 1 Ladies Singles Hazel Johnson (Lancs) remains the one to beat, having defeated Scotland’s Diane Gillan 21-7; 21-12. Johnson and Bolton Lad’s & Girls Badminton Club club-mate Emily Eyre were victorious in the Class 1 Ladies Doubles, getting past Gillan and Ireland’s Claire O’Neill in straight games 21-6; 21-7. St Aidan’s JBC’s Laura Ferguson (Durham) was victorious in the LD Class 2 Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles.

For full results click here.

All eyes now turn to the 4 Nations English Championships, the last event in the 4 Nations Series calendar for 2011/12 which takes place at the University of Nottingham Sports Centre on the 11-13th May.

Championships Dinner (hosted by Nottingham Blazers Wheelchair BC) information

Click here for entry formClick here for the LD Player Rating forms.  For more information on the 4 Nations Championships, please contact Tom Webster, BADMINTON England Disability Manager