Edinburgh’s Martin Campbell and his Glasgow playing partner, Patrick MacHugh, enjoyed after a thrilling 21-18, 21-18 win over top seeds Robert Blair and Gordon Thomson in the final of the men’s doubles at the Yonex Scottish National Badminton Championships at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth.
For Campbell and MacHugh, it was a first National title and, in Blair, they came against one of the legendary players in the Scottish game.
“That was my fifth final and my first win so it was very special,” admitted 24-year-old Campbell. “I’ve come to the championships since I was a little boy and it’s always been a goal to win a title. I got to my first final at 18 so it’s feels so good to finally get over the hurdle. It also means a lot to beat Robert when he is staying playing at the top of the game. He’s always been a guy I looked up to.
“Following the Commonwealth Games, there has been a bit if down time, but I managed to retain the Iceland Open title last weekend and that was a real confidence boost.”
Edinburgh’s Julie MacPherson, a 17-year-old Royal High School pupil, made it to her first National final with 18-year-old Adam Hall in the mixed doubles. The two teenagers are names to watch, but they weren’t quite ready to upset Blair and Imogen Bankier. The top seeds won 21-10, 21-3 but the youngsters showed enough flashes of form to suggest that it won’t be long until they are serious contenders.
Bankier continues to stack up the titles. It was nine in a row in the mixed and she also won her sixth women’s doubles with Kirsty Gilmour.
Gilmour and Kieran Merrilees both made it four wins in their respective singles events. Commonwealth Games silver medallist Gilmour beat 16-year-old Holly Hewall 21-7, 21-3.
Merrilees just scrambled over the line after three hard games against Edinburgh’s Matthew Carder. The number one seed prevailed 21-6, 10-21, 21-11 to make it four victories in five years.