Brothers bring their ‘A’ game to Oban

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Hard hitters from all over the country arrived at Atlantis Leisure on Sunday for the second Oliver Sports Oban Bronze badminton doubles tournament.

Fifty nine players made the journey, over 20 more than the previous year, to take part in the three tiered competitive tournament organised and run by Oban Badminton Club’s Bruce Aitken.

With gents, ladies and mixed doubles competitions taking place at the same time, the six-court sports hall was a hive of activity throughout the day with the first matches beginning at 9am.

Each competition was run on a three-tier drop down system, allowing strong players to stay in the ‘A’ draw while weaker players dropped into the B and C draws. Top of the crop in the ‘A’ section Gents Doubles were Campbeltown brothers Duncan and Calum Hooper who won their final match against Ali McDonald and Simon Morrison 21-19, 21-14.

Coached by multiple European and World championship contender Ray Stevens, the siblings, currently based in Glasgow, first picked up their racquets at a young age when their dad took them to Peninver Village Hall to learn the sport.

‘It’s great to have a competitive tournament in Argyll and we’re delighted to have won today,’ said Calum.

Kerry Anne Savage, Kilmarnock, and Laurten Page, Edinburgh, took the Ladies ‘A’ title, beating Denise Ann Gemmell and Carla-Louise Mackenzie 21-11, 21-12.

Lauren Page and Kerry Anne Savage won the Ladies ‘A’ section with Carla Louise MacKenzie and Denise Gemmell taking the runner-up spot. Photograph: Dave Solis Photography.

Andrew Ironside and Lauren Page won the Mixed Doubles ‘A’ final.
Organiser Bruce Aitken added: ‘Today’s standard was really high with some great matches.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who entered for helping to make the day a great success along with tournament hosts Oliver Sports and Bid4Oban who covered the cost of the hall.’

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