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Upcoming Highland Badminton Group Tournaments

Highland Under 13s and Under 17s Open Championship 

Sunday 11th February 2024 

Inverness Leisure Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness.

Entry Closes at 11.59pm  on Sunday 28th January.  Link to enter is below:


Highland Badminton Group Junior Restricted 2024 

Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 19s 


This Tournament is restricted to players within the Highlands, Island and Moray areas only.  

Sunday 17th March 2024 


Inverness Royal Acadmey (IRA), Culduthel Road, Inverness


Entry closes at 11.59pm  on Sunday 3rd March.  Link to enter is below:


HBG Under 19s Open Championships 2023

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Some great first and second round games, leading to the quarter-finals. First of them was Thomas Calder (1) playing Finn Callister, Thomas winning 21-13, 21-8 securing his place in the semi-final. The 2 nd Quarter final was Lewis Smith (3) v Benjamin Fragell with Lewis winning 21-8, 19-21, 21-8 securing his place against Thomas in the Semi-finals. The third quarter-final saw Thomas Fragell take on Erlend Ballantine (4), with Thomas winning 21-16, 21-14 confirming his place in the semi-finals. The last of the quarter-finals was Fraser Banks v Daniel Harris (2) with Daniel winning 21-14, 21-18 placing him in the semi-finals. The semi-finals were well played between Thomas Calder and Lewis Smith with Thomas winning 21-15, 21-14 and the 2 nd semi-final between Thomas Fragell and Daniel Harris saw Daniel
win 21-11, 21-11 ensuring his place in the final. The final was a well fought battle between the top seeds – Daniel winning the first set 21-16, Thomas Calder taking the second set 21-17 and then the third being won by Daniel 21-6.  Consolation Final was between Callum Craig and Alfie Sweeney with Callum winning 21-17.

The girls’ singles saw 3 first rounds games be played well, leading to the quarter finals. Where Shannon Leslie (1) took on Chloe Mackenzie with Shannon winning 21-14, 21-13. The second quarter final was Emma Sendall v Shona Brown with Shona securing her semi-final spot 18-21, 21-18, 21-16. The third quarter-final was Gemma Foulis against Ella Haime with Ella winning 21-13, 21-19 ensuring she made
the semi-finals. The fourth quarter final was a bye for Jody Groundwater due to the number two seed having to withdraw due to injury. The semi-finals were well played by all four girls. Shannon just edged ahead winning a 3 setter 21-17, 20-22, 21-14 over Shona ensuring she made the finals. Ella played Jody and won 21-16, 21-18 to confirm her place in the final. The final was then won by Ella 21-13, 21-14.  Consolation final was between Chloe Mackenzie and Hailey Ho with Hailey taking the win 21-12.

Next up were the level doubles, played on the same format as the singles. Andrew Flockhart & Daniel Harris (1) took on Erlend Ballantine & Sam Groundwater with Andrew & Daniel winning 21-15, 21-13 securing their place in the final. The second Semi was between the Fragell brother’s Thomas and Benjamim and number 2 seeds Fraser Banks & Lewis Smith. With Lewis & Fraser taking the win 21-14, 21-8 leading them to the final. Andrew & Daniel fought well and won 21-11, 21-15.  Consolation final was between Finn Callister & Alfie Sweeny and Callum Craig & Callum Mcwhirter with the Callum’s taking the win 21-17.

The girl’s doubles were the same format. The first of the two semi-finals, was an epic match between Orkney’s Gemma Foulis & Shannon Leslie (1) and Orkney’sJody Groundwater & Caithness’ Chloe Mackenzie, Chloe & Jody took the first set 21-15, the 2 nd and 3 rd sets were hard fought by both pairs level pegging the whole way through, with Shannon & Gemma edging the win 23-21, 23-21. The 2 nd semi-final was between Ella Haime & Hailey Ho (2) and Iona Aitken & Lannan Campbell with Hailey and Ella confirming their place in the final 21-19, 21-13. The top seeds Gemma and Shannon then won the final 21-10, 18-21, 21-12.  Consolation Final was between Chloe Begg & Shona Brown and Emma Sendall & Cara Strath with Cara and Emma taking the win 21-7.


The mixed competition was the final of the day, playing a knock-out with consolation.  The first of the 2 semi-finals saw Andew Flockhart & Hailey Ho (1) be knocked out by Orkney’s Erlend Ballantine & Jody Groundwater with them winning 21-10, 21-19.  The 2nd semi-final saw Fraser Banks & Iona Aitken take on Thomas Calder & Shannon Leslie (2) with Thomas & Shannon winning 21-15, 21-13.  Making it to the All-Island final Orkney v Orkney/Shetland. It was a great match to watch seeing Orkney’s Shannon Leslie and Shetland’s Thomas Calder win 21-15, 21-11.  Consolation Final was between Brother & Sister Duo Emma & William Sendall and Sam Groundwater & Chloe Mackenzie with Sam and Chloe taking the win 21-12.

Congratulations to all the winners but aspecial mention to Shannon Leslie on winning two titles Girls Doubles and Mixed Doubles!

U19s Boys Doubles Runners-up Lewis Smith and Fraser Banks
U19s Boys Doubles Runners-up Lewis Smith and Fraser Banks
U19s Girls Singles Winner Ella Haime
U19s Girls Singles Winner Ella Haime
U19s Mixed Consolation Winners Chloe Mackenzie and Sam Groundwater
U19s Mixed Consolation Winners Chloe Mackenzie and Sam Groundwater
U19s Mixed Runners-up Jody Groundwater and Erlend Ballantine
U19s Mixed Runners-up Jody Groundwater and Erlend Ballantine
U19 Boys Doubles Winners - Andrew Flockhar and Daniel Harris
U19 Boys Doubles Winners - Andrew Flockhar and Daniel Harris
U19s Boys Winner - Daniel Harris
U19s Boys Winner - Daniel Harris
U19 Boys Doubles Consolation Winners Callum Mcwhirter and Callum Craig
U19 Boys Doubles Consolation Winners Callum Mcwhirter and Callum Craig
U19 Boys Consolatoin Winner Callum Craig
U19 Boys Consolatoin Winner Callum Craig
U19s Girls Consolation Winner - Hailey Ho
U19s Girls Consolation Winner - Hailey Ho
U19s Boys Runners Up - Thomas Calder
U19s Boys Runners Up - Thomas Calder
U19 mixed winners Thomas Calder and Shannon Leslie
U19 mixed winners Thomas Calder and Shannon Leslie

HBG Under 15s Open Championships

Kicked off with the singles competitions, both boys and girls were a knock out with consolation competition. Lewis Malcolm had a marathon game to beat Rory Nicolson (2/3) 19-21 21-16 21-16 to secure his semi-final, where he then beat Dhaill Mackay (2/3) in another 3 setter 21-7 18-21 17-21 to put him into the final. Callum Richardson put out the no.1 seed Drew Murdoch 21-8 21-10 in the semi-final, to secure his place in the final which he then went onto win 21-15 21-8.

Ava Cook kicked of her winning streak of the day by beating the no.1 seed Ashlyn Gunn 21-10 21-12 in the semi-final and then beat the no.2 seed Natalie Macaulay 21-9 21-11 in the final.

The boy’s consolation was won by Rory Nicolson 16-14 against Alexander Mackay.
The girl’s consolation was won by Freya Mackay again 16-14 against Carla Edwards.

The levels competitions the boys played knockout with a consolation; the girls played a round robin with 4 pairings. The finalists of the singles Natalie and Ava paired up and were an unbeatable team winning all their games, dropping no games throughout the round robin.  Ashlyn Gunn and Freya Swanson secured second place only dropping games to the champions 10-21, 18-21.

The boys’ doubles seen some marathon games; Alexander Mackay & Lewis Malcolm secured their place in the final by beating Drew Murdoch &  Liam Sinclair19-21 21-19 21-18. Angus Mackay and Rory Nicolson got through to the final by winning 21-17 21-15 against Matthew Cook & Dhaill Mackay who had previously been involved in a 3 setter. After a few cookies the boys had a tremendous final, first
game going in the favour of Alexander and Lewis 26-24 but Angus and Rory dug deep and came back winning the next two games 21-12 21-19. Drew Murdoch and Liam Sinclair won the consolation 21-13, against Kian Munro and Callum Richardson.

Mixed Doubles was two groups of 4 with the top pair in each group playing in a final.  
Group A – Callum Richardson & Natalie Macaulay kept a clean sheet, won all their matches in two games to top the group.  
Group B – Matthew Cook and Ava Cook won all their matches only dropping one game in a three setter against Rory Nicolson and Ashlyn Gunn to get their place in the final (the third final of the day for Ava).  Callum Richardson & Natalie Macaulay finished off the day winning 21-11, 21-16.


Congratulations to all the winners but a special mention to Callum Richardson (BS,
MX), Natalie Macaulay (GD, MX) and Ava Cook (GS, GD) who all won 2 events.


u15s Boys Consolation Winnder - Rory Nicolson
u15s Boys Consolation Winnder - Rory Nicolson
U15 Boys Runner Up - Lewis Malcolm
U15 Boys Runner Up - Lewis Malcolm
U15s Boys Winnder - Callum Richardson
U15s Boys Winnder - Callum Richardson
U15s Girls Consolation Winner Freya Mackay
U15s Girls Consolation Winner Freya Mackay
U15s Girls Runner Up Natalie Macaulay
U15s Girls Runner Up Natalie Macaulay
U15s Girls Winner Ava Cook
U15s Girls Winner Ava Cook
U15 Gilrs Douyble Runnes Up Ashlyn Gunn and Freya Swanson
U15 Gilrs Douyble Runnes Up Ashlyn Gunn and Freya Swanson
U15s Girls Doubles Winner - Ava Cook and Natalie Macaulay
U15s Girls Doubles Winner - Ava Cook and Natalie Macaulay
U15 Boys Doubles Consolation Winner - Drew Murdoch and Liam Sinclair
U15 Boys Doubles Consolation Winner - Drew Murdoch and Liam Sinclair
U15s Boys Doubles Runners-up - Lewis Malcolm and Alexander Mackay
U15s Boys Doubles Runners-up - Lewis Malcolm and Alexander Mackay
U15s Boys Doubles Winner - Angus Mackay and Rory Nicolson
U15s Boys Doubles Winner - Angus Mackay and Rory Nicolson
U15s Mixed Runners Up - Ava Cook and Matthew Cook
U15s Mixed Runners Up - Ava Cook and Matthew Cook
U15 Mixed Winners Callum Richardson and Natalie Macaulay
U15 Mixed Winners Callum Richardson and Natalie Macaulay

Junior Inter-Area Restricted Under 15s & U18s Team Event 2023

Junior Inter-Area Restricted Team event took placed on Sunday at Sir Craig Reedie Badminton Centre Glasgow. Which saw Highland have a team in both under 15s and Under 18s. This being the first event for many outwith Highland. We were lucky to have the teams accompanied and coached by Andrew Durrand and Ross Groundwater, without these pair this would not have been possible.

Great experience for both teams members, they all played well and hopefully gained from the experience and have plenty to build on for future tournaments.

The under 15s were represented by Drew Murdoch, Donald Coull & Kurt Griffiths all Moray and Matthew Cook, Caithness made up the boys. The girls were Natalie MacAulay Moray and then 3 Caithness girls Ava Cook, Carla Edwards and Hallie Bremner. The team Captain was Caithness' Ava Cook.

The under 18s, was primarily made up of a mix of last years under 15s and 18s team, lead by Orkney's Jody Groundwater. The team consisted of only 3 boys Sam Groundwater Orkney, Calum Mcwhirter and Finlay Murdoch Moray, due to limited availability of boys. The other girls in the team were Chloe Mackenzie, Kirsty Henderson and Chloe Begg all Caithness.

Full results of the teams games can be seen via the link below.




Once again many thanks Andrew and Ross for accompanying the teams, also to the parents for transporting the children either to Inverness to travel on the team mini-bus or taking them direct to Glasgow.

Under 15s - left to right

Back Row - Matthew Cook, Kurt Giffiths, Drew Murdoch & Donald Coull

Front Row - Hallie Bremner, Carla Edwards, Natalie MacAulay & Ava Cook

Under 18s - left to right

Back Row - Finlay Murdoch, Callum McWhirter, Sam Groundwater

Front Row - Jody Groundwater, Chloe Mackenzie, Chloe Begg & Kirsty Henderson