Caithness pair are mixed doubles winners at Highland senior badminton championships

Shona and Mark Mackay won the mixed doubles.

The Caithness husband-and-wife duo of Mark and Shona Mackay emerged as mixed doubles winners in the Highland senior badminton championships held in Inverness and Fortrose.

They got the better of Calum Flockhart and Brooke Stalker 21-10, 23-21 in a closely contested final.

Mark made it a double by taking the men’s singles, defeating Jordan Edgar 21-12, 21-8, while Shona lost out to Emma Donald in a ladies’ singles final that went the full distance (19-21, 21-19, 21). -14).

Mark and another of the Caithness contingent, Martyn Cook, were beaten in the men’s doubles final by Kenneth Cheung and Calum Flockhart.

The championships attracted a big turnout of 93 players over the weekend of April 30 and May 1.

Martyn Cook and Mark Mackay were runners-up in the men's doubles.
Martyn Cook and Mark Mackay were runners-up in the men’s doubles.

The level doubles events began first on the Saturday, followed by the mixed doubles, at Inverness Royal Academy. The singles took place on the Sunday at the Black Isle Leisure Center.

All disciplines were a straight knockout with a plate event.

Organizers said it had been “a great showcase of badminton”, with outstanding quality from the first round right through to the finals. They praised the many volunteers who helped get more than 180 games on court over the weekend.


Ladies’ doubles – Consolation final: Emma Donald and Rachel Maclean bt Carole Begg and Lynne Campbell 21-12, 21-17.

Semi-finals: Jodie Harris and Brooke Stalker bt Joanne Pottinger and Emma Work 21-11, 21-11; Britt Ashton and Liselotte van Balen bt Lauren Gunn and Shona Mackay 21-17, 21-12.

Final: Britt and Liselotte bt Jodie and Brooke 21-7, 22-24, 21-4.

Men’s doubles – Consolation final: Rory Cooper and James Williamson bt Greg Broadbent and Jonathan Fyfe 21-11, 21-9.

Semi-finals: Kenneth Cheung and Calum Flockhart bt Daniel Innes and Kai Lin 21-11, 21-17; Martyn Cook and Mark Mackay bt Evan Kenny and Josh Taylor 21-15, 21-15.

Final: Kenneth and Calum bt Martyn and Mark 21-15, 21-10.

Men's singles winner Mark Mackay.
Men’s singles winner Mark Mackay.

Mixed doubles – Consolation final: Tommy Ballantine and Emma Work bt Frazer McCulloch and Lauren Smith 21-15, 21-17.

Semi-finals: Calum Flockhart and Brooke Stalker bt Kenneth Cheung and Jodie Harris 21-10, 21-15; Mark Mackay and Shona Mackay bt Andrew Reid and Rebecca Reid 21-16, 21-18.

Final: Mark and Shona bt Calum and Brooke 21-10, 23-21.

Ladies’ singles – Consolation final: Rebecca Reid bt Rachael McDonald 21-7, 21-15.

Semi-finals: Shona Mackay bt Shannon Leslie 21-19, 20-22, 22-20; Emma Donald bt Liselotte van Balen 22-20, 21-16.

Final: Emma bt Shona 19-21, 21-19, 21-14.

Men’s singles – Consolation final: Greg Broadbent bt Callum Craig 21-16, 16-21, 21-15.

Semi-finals: Mark Mackay bt Josh Taylor 21-18, 21-13; Jordan Edgar bt Daniel Johnson 17-21, 21-13, 21-18.

Final: Mark bt Jordan 21-12, 21-8.

Shona Mackay was runner-up in the ladies' singles.
Shona Mackay was runner-up in the ladies’ singles.

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