Orkney v Shetland A County Match
11th March 2017
The Orkney team jubilant after the match!
Orkney hosted Shetland in the annual A Inter County match on Saturday 11th March. Orkney won the Inkster Cup at home two years ago, but were looking to get their hands on it again after losing in Shetland last year. The KGS was the venue with a good crowd of spectators eagerly awaiting the match. Orkney Badminton Association would like to express their thanks to Orkney Aggregates who were match sponsors.
3rd Mens Doubles - Magnus Wylie and Matthew Reid (O) beat Rory Irvine and Andrew Hunter (S) 21-13, 17-21, 21-17. The Orkney pairing got off to a great start taking the 1st set. They relaxed slightly too much in the 2nd set letting Shetland into the game who took advantage of Orkney lifting the shuttle and began to play a more attacking game. In the 3rd set Orkney turned this around and came out with tighter serving and strong smashing to win the game.
3rd Ladies Doubles – Elaine Gray and Moira Nicolson (O) lost to Annette Gear and Jenna McDonnell (S) 21-17, 20-22, 21-14. Elaine and Moira got a good lead in the 1st set and played some magnificent drop shots to take it. The 2nd set went point for point until 21-20 when Annette played a net shot which trickled over for Shetland to take the 2nd set 22-20. Shetland stepped up a gear in the 3rd set with Jenna smashing strongly and Annette driving the shuttle into the backhand corner, making it difficult for the Orkney pairing to return it, seeing Shetland running away with the match.
2nd Mens Doubles – Eion Ballantine and Gary Nicolson (O) lost to Norman Sineath and Liam Flaws (S) 20-22, 21-12, 17-21. The 1st set was close with long hard rallies and could’ve gone either way. The 2nd set saw Orkney finding their form and attacking well. The 3rd set was close until the mid-way mark but a run of unforced errors by Orkney gave Shetland a few points lead that they couldn’t claw back, seeing Shetland win the match.
2nd Ladies Doubles – Christine West and Rebecca Reid (O) beat Audrey Leask and Laura Guthrie (S) 21-17, 13-21, 21-10. Orkney got off to a nervous start and Shetland gained a good lead of 10-2. However, Orkney settled and showed a strong defence, making some fantastic returns off the Shetland smash and they managed to turn the set around to take it 21-17. Shetland recharged and came out with good shuttle placement from Audrey and strong attacking play from Laura. In the 3rd set Orkney showed no fear with Christine and Rebecca combining well and cracking down any lifts. Orkney gained a large lead but Shetland never give up making the rallies long, but it was too late for the Shetlanders to claw back and Orkney took the game.
1st Mens Doubles – Liam Delday and Andrew Reid (O) beat Jason Jamieson (captain) and Graham Keith (S) 21-8, 15-21, 21-18. The Orkney duo got off to a flying start winning the first set convincingly. Jason and Graham recuperated and made life difficult in the 2nd set with great placement of the shuttle turning the game around. The rallies were long and Shetland were moving Andrew and Liam all over the court – making them dive several times to get the shuttle. In the 3rd set Orkney gained a small lead that they never lost. Shetland fought them all the way but Orkney took to the game, much to the delight of the crowd who had enjoyed one of the most exciting matches of the day.
1st Ladies Doubles – Joanne Pottinger (captain) and Emma Work (O) lost to Zoe Anderson and Anne Wood (S) 21-14, 21-12. The game started evenly with the Orkney pairing pushing the Shetlanders hard to get points. Joanne and Emma combined well together, opening spaces and making the Shetlanders move around the court. At 12-11 Anne took control with tight serving and net shots from the front and Zoe smashed anything that came near her at the back. Orkney struggled to break this setup and Shetland showed their class getting a good string of points to take the set. The 2nd set was a similar affair, starting evenly and Shetland then stepping up a notch to take the set. An enjoyable game and good experience for the new Orkney pairing.
6th Mixed Doubles – Rebecca Reid and Magnus Wylie (O) beat Jenna McDonnell Norman Sineath (S) 21-11, 21-17. Orkney started well rarely lifting the shuttle and showed strong attacking play to win the 1st set. The 2nd set was a closer affair but Rebecca’s net kills and Magnus’s speed and power saw them through both sets making it a good 2 set victory for the Orkney side.
5th Mixed Doubles – Moira Nicolson and Matthew Reid (O) beat Laura Guthrie and Andrew Hunter (S) 25-23, 17-21, 21-13. The 1st set went point-for-point the whole way through with long rallies and great spells of play from both sides. It could’ve gone either way at the end. Shetland came into the 2nd set with determination and got a good lead which Orkney couldn’t return from. In the 3rd Orkney took control with great net play from Moira and strong smashing from Matthew seeing them win the match.
4th Mixed Doubles – Emma Work and Liam Delday (O) beat Annette Gear and Rory Irvine (S) 21-14, 18-21, 21-14. Orkney controlled the 1st set with Emma playing nice net shots and handling the back of the court well and Liam attacking the shuttle. Shetland came back in the 2nd set with some fantastic returns and cross court shots which seem to throw the Orkney pairing. Orkney returned in the 3rd set with more consistency and drive putting their opponents under more pressure and took the set.
3rd Mixed Doubles – Christine West and Eion Ballantine (O) beat Anne Wood and Liam Flaws (S) 17-21, 21-19, 21-19. This was one of the most exciting matches of the day and could’ve gone either way. Shetland started strongly with Anne controlling the net and Liam smashing down any lifts. The 2nd set was very even with Orkney placing their shots well to win the set. In the 3rd set Orkney went down 17-11, the game was disrupted slightly here with Orkney winning 2nd mixed on the court beside them. This seemed to inspire Eion and Christine and they clawed back the points until a nail-biting conclusion at 19-20, when Eion smashed the shuttle to the floor off the Shetland serve to win the game. It showed you should never give up when you are several points behind!
2nd Mixed Doubles – Joanne Pottinger and Gary Nicolson (O) beat Audrey Leask and Graham Keith (S) 21-6, 21-19. Orkney flew ahead in the first set with Shetland struggling to return Joanne’s tight serving effectively and Gary cracking down any lifts. Shetland regrouped and came out fired up for the 2nd set. The rallies were hard fought with all 4 players moving around the court. Orkney got the vital point at 19-19 after the longest rally of the set and Gary smashed the shuttle to the floor at 20-19 to take the game. A huge cheer erupted from the Orkney side as they now had the 7 games to lift the cup!
1st Mixed Doubles – Elaine Gray and Andrew Reid (O) lost to Zoe Anderson and Jason Jamieson (S) 21-18, 13-21, 15-21. Orkney’s Open champions got off to a good start, confusing the Shetlanders with great shot placement and taking the 1st set. Shetland returned more motivated, with Jason attacking anything at the back and Zoe’s tight serving and cracking the shuttle down at the net. Shetland took control of the 2nd two sets to win the game.
The final score was 8-4 to Orkney. 9 out of the 12 games were three setters, many of which could’ve gone either way, showing how close it is between the two sides at the moment. Orkney have won the last three fixtures at home however have not won in Shetland since 1972, a record that Orkney will look to break next year! Also, this was another memorable victory because Orkney have won both the Caithness Inter County matches and the Shetland Inter County match this season, a feat that hasn’t been done since 40 years ago in 1977, making this year a very special one for the Orkney side.
Caithness v Orkney (second leg) A and B County
18th February 2016
The Orkney teams jubilant after the match!
On Saturday 18th February Orkney’s A and B teams travelled to Caithness for the 2nd leg of the A and B county match. Orkney had a 9-3 advantage in both matches and only had to win 4 games to take the trophy. However, we were facing a stronger Caithness side and playing away from home is always more difficult. Caithness’s team are extremely strong at the top, taking the top doubles and mixed matches, however Orkney has more depth in their team with all the players playing at a similar standard. There were some close 3 setter matches and Orkney had to really fight to get the win. The A team won 7-5, making it the first time since 2007 that we have beaten Caithness in Caithness. Overall the score was 16-8. The B team won 9-3 again making it 18-6 overall. A fantastic result for the Orkney side. A special mention must go to Adele Flett who stepped up at the last minute to play in the B side after a call off due to illness and she played well in her first senior inter county.
A Team Results
3rd Mens Doubles - Magnus Wylie and Stefan Farrer (O) beat Sam Campbell and Alan Larnach (C). The Orkney pair took a minute to get into their stride, losing a close first set 21-19. However, once they settled they combined well together and showed good attacking play, taking the game 21-17, 21-16.
3rd Ladies Doubles – Christine West and Emma Work (O) beat Donna Majilton and Ashley McBeath (C). This was one of the most exciting matches of the day. Orkney started nervously and Caithness pulled into an early lead to take the first set 21-14. Orkney turned this around in the second set with Christine controlling the game from the back and Emma cutting off shots at the net to win 21-16. In the 1st set Caithness came back fighting and went into a convincing lead 11-2, the second half of the set was nail-biting, with Orkney clawing back point after point to reach what seemed an impossible lead 20-19. Here Emma stayed calm, served steadily and Christine smashed the shuttle to the floor to win the game 21-19. A heart racing match – and it proved you should never give up even if you are well behind, anything can happen!
2nd Mens Doubles – Gary Nicolson and Matthew Reid (O) beat Ian Nicolson and Thomas Sutherland (C). Orkney started strongly and held their lead to win it 21-13. The 2nd set was more closely contested with Orkney making a few errors, Caithness capitalised on this to win 21-19. Orkney came back determined and great shot placement from Gary and Matthew saw them win 21-12.
2nd Ladies Doubles – Elaine Gray and Moira Nicolson (O) lost to Shona Mackay and Kate MacNicol (C). Elaine and Moira both showed great shot placement and skill in this game to give the strong Caithness pairing a good run for their money. But Shona’s high fitness and skill level combined with Kate’s strength saw them win 21-16, 21-14.
1st Mens Doubles – Liam Delday and Andrew Reid (O) lost to Mark Mackay and Martyn Cook (C). This game had some tremendous long rallies however Mark and Martyn’s great shot placement and their ability to cover the court effortlessly saw them win 21-10, 21-12.
1st Ladies Doubles – Joanne Pottinger and Rebecca Reid (O) lost to Carole Begg and Lauren Gunn (C). Joanne and Rebecca never really had the chance to get into the swing of things. Carole and Lauren took and maintained control throughout to win convincingly 21-9, 21-14.
6th Mixed Doubles – Elaine Gray and Magnus Wylie (O) beat Donna Majilton and Alan Larnach (C). Orkney stormed into the lead in the first set, making little mistakes to win 21-6. The second set with a closer affair, with Donna playing more level doubles making it more difficult for the Orkney side to win points, however Orkney held their nerve to win 23-21. A great cheer erupted from the Orkney side as they now had the 4 games needed to take the trophy home.
5th Mixed Doubles – Rebecca Reid and Stefan Farrer (O) beat Ashley McBeath and Sam Campbell (C). This was a close game which could’ve gone either way. Orkney held their nerve to edge the first set. Rebecca and Stefan combined well together and produced some fine play to win 22-20, 17-21, 21-17.
4th Mixed Doubles – Moira Nicolson and Gary Nicolson (O) beat Lauren Gunn and Thomas Sutherland (C). The mother son pairing of Gary and Moira played very well together, with Gary’s strong smashing and good placement of the shuttle allowing Moira to take control at the net - creating tight net shots and cracking down any loose shuttles. Orkney won convincingly 21-14, 21-11.
3rd Mixed Doubles – Christine West and Andrew Reid (O) beat Kate MacNicol and Ian Nicolson (C). Orkney played strongly with Andrew’s tactical awareness and Christine’s net play dominating the game, winning 21-12, 21-18. Another great cheer from the Orkney side as they now had the 7 games to seal the victory.
2nd Mixed Doubles – Emma Work and Liam Delday (O) lost to Carole Begg and Martyn Cook (C). Carole and Martyn are both playing at a high level and never give Emma and Liam a chance to get into the game. Martyn and Carole dominated to win 21-11, 21-8.
1st Mixed Doubles – Joanne Pottinger and Matthew Reid (O) lost to Shona Mackay and Mark Mackay (C). Shona and Mark, who were missing from the previous leg, did not let up and dominated right from the start. Their play is a completely different class and their superior shot placement saw them win comfortably 21-10, 21-5.
B Team Results
3rd Mens Doubles – Sam Rendall and James Sim (O) beat Matthew Robertson and Stephen Forbes (C). Orkney started nervously with Caithness taking advantage of a few unforced errors to win the first set 21-18. However, Orkney came back fighting and Sam and James attacked well to win the next two sets 21-15, 21-14.
3rd Ladies Doubles – Karen Kent and Kitty Work (O) beat Grace and Christy Ross (C). Kitty had a successful return to county badminton with her and Karen playing well together to win 21-13, 21-17.
2nd Mens Doubles – Ross Groundwater and Calvin Reid (O) beat Chris Sinclair and Calum Grant (C). The experienced Orkney pairing were always in control and had a comfortable win 21-7, 21-9.
2nd Ladies Doubles – Alison Shearer and Cath Bremner (O) beat Lynn Gunn and Bronwyn Ross (C). This new partnership combined well together to win 21-10, 21-15.
1st Mens Doubles – Ronald Thomson and Marty Flett (O) lost to James Swan and James Falconer (C). This was the closest B match of the day with some exciting rallies. Orkney were unlucky not to win with Caithness holding their nerve at the right moment to win in 2 close sets 22-20, 21-19.
1st Ladies Doubles – Adele Flett and Freya Stevenson (O) lost to Jane Grant and Michelle Smith (C). The experienced Caithness pair dominated the game but Orkney pushed them all the way. Credit to the young Orkney juniors who played with determination and produced some fine play, showing great potential for the future. Caithness won 21-15, 21-17.
6th Mixed Doubles – Kitty Work and James Sim (O) beat Grace and Stephen Forbes (C). After a close first set Kitty and James took control of the game to win 21-18, 21-11.
5th Mixed Doubles – Cath Bremner and Sam Rendall (O) beat Christie Ross and Matthew Roberson (C). Another close game with Cath and Sam edging it to win 21-19, 21-18.
4th Mixed Doubles – Karen Kent and Marty Flett (O) beat Brownyn Ross and Callum Grant (C). Karen’s tricky serving and good net play combined with Marty’s smashes saw them win convincingly 21-9, 21-11.
3rd Mixed – Alison Shearer and Calvin Reid (O) beat Jane Grant and Chris Sinclair (C). A close game with Alison and Jane having a battle at the net. Orkney held their nerve to win 21-17, 21-19.
2nd Mixed – Freya Stevenson and Ross Groundwater (O) beat Michelle Smith and James Swan (C). Freya played some great shots at the net and Ross attacked well seeing them win 21-14, 21-8.
1st Mixed Doubles – Adele Flett and Ronald Thomson (O) lost to Lynn Gunn and James Falconer (C). A tough game for the Orkney pairing who struggled to find form. Caithness won 21-14, 21-7.
KT SPORTS ORKNEY BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 21st KT Sports Orkney Badminton Championships were held recently in the Kirkwall Grammar School. There was a healthy entry including players from Shetland, Caithness and local players, thanks to all who entered! Orkney Badminton would also like to say a huge thank you to KT Sports as tournament sponsors and their generous continued support.
Although a small entry the games were well contested with Rebecca Reid deservedly winning her first ‘KT’ Singles Championship beating Joanne Pottinger in the final. Rebecca’s power from the back of the court was put to good effect helping her to the title in two sets.
Qtr-Finals: Ruth Flett bt Alison Shearer 22-20, 24-22
Semi-Finals: Joanne Pottinger bt Ruth Flett 18-21, 21-8, 21-11; Rebecca Reid bt Jane Hill 21-19, 21-12
Final: Rebecca Reid bt Joanne Pottinger 21-14, 21-16
Plate Winner: Jane Hil
Liam Delday continued his dominace of singles in Orkney by adding his first ‘KT’ title to his list of credits. The final against Matthew Reid was a high level of play with Liam’s uncanny ability to retrieve the shuttle combined with a very high consistency in his shot play helping him to the title in two sets.
1st Rd: Aaron Leitch bt Davie Gilmour 21-19, 21-13; Bruce Tait bt Reid Kemp 21-16, 22-20
Qtr-Finals: G. Nicolson bt A. Leitch 21-7, 21-5; Matthew Reid bt Morgan Reid 21-7, 21-7; Andrew Reid bt Bruce Tait 21-7, 21-15; Liam Delay bt Sam Rendall 21-8, 21-12
Semi-Finals: Matthew Reid bt Gary Nicolson 21-9, 19-21, 21-19; Liam Delday nt Andrew Reid 21-7, 21-15
Final: L. Delday 21-11, 21-15
Plate Winner: Morgan Reid
The Caithness pairing of Carol Begg & Lauren Gunn were crowned deserving champions as they performed well to win all their matches in two sets. Joanne Pottinger and Laura Gray played well to get to the final and put up a strong fight but the Caithness were not to be denied.
Qtr-Finals: Ruth Flett & Jane Hill bt Elaine Gray & Moira Nicolson 21-10, 21-15; Laura Gray & Joanne Pottinger bt Stephanie Keith & Pauline Gunn 21-17, 21-16; Ashleigh McBeath & Donna Majilton bt Alison Shearer & Rebecca Reid 21-19, 21-14
Semi-Finals: Carol Begg & Lauren Gunn bt Ruth Flett & Jane Hill 21-13, 21-13; Laura Gray & Joanne Pottinger bt Ashleigh McBeath & Donna Majilton 21-19, 21-14
Final: Carol Begg & Lauren Gunn bt Laura Gray & Joanne Pottinger 21-10, 21-8
Plate Winners: Rebecca Reid & Alison Shearer
Eion Ballantine and Gary Nicolson were on scintillating form as the new pairing overpowered all those in their path with intelligent placing of the shuttle in defence combined with powerful smashing when on the attack that their opponents couldn’t deal with. The final against the very experienced Graham Keith and Colin Grant from Shetland was expected to be a close affair but the Orkney pair of Eion and Gary flew out of the blocks winning the first set at a canter. The second set continued in the same vein until mid-way when Graham and Colin produced a strong fightback to within two points but Eion and Gary regrouped to win the title in two sets.
1st Rd: David Sutherland & Adam Hunter bt Willis Deans & Bruce Tait 21-18, 21-9; Sam Rendall & Aaron Leitch bt Darren Foster & Davie Gilmour 21-14, 15-21, 21-13
Qtr-Finals: Colin Grant & Graham Keith bt Calvin & Morgan Reid 21-5, 21-13; Gordon Keith & Matthew Reid bt David Sutherland & Adam Hunter 21-9, 21-9; Gary Nicolson & Eion Ballantine 21-5, 21-7; Liam Delday & Andrew Reid bt Reid Kemp & Tommy Ballantine 21-10, 21-13
Semi-Finals: Colin Grant & Graham Keith bt Matthew Reid & Gordon Keith 12-21, 21-16, 21-18; Gary Nicolson & Eion Ballantine bt Liam Delday & Andrew Reid 21-15, 21-15
Final: Gary Nicolson & Eion Ballantine bt Colin Grant & Graham Keith 21-8, 21-15
Plate Winners: Morgan & Calvin Reid
The mixed doubles event saw a plethora of close games with some big names going out in the first two rounds. The final paired Orkney’s Christine West and Eion Ballantine against the mixed pairing of Cathness’s Carol Begg and Shetlander Adam Hunter. Both pairings had won close matches to get to the final. Christine and Eion comfortably won the first set and look set to win in two but Carol and Adam fought back to win a second set tie-break. With all to play for the Orkney pair of Christine and Eion managed to gain a lead in the third set which they held on to win a hard fought final and mixed event.
1st Rd: Rebecca Reid & Matthew Reid bt Joanne Pottinger & Gary Nicolson 21-16, 22-20; Moira Nicolson & Calvin Reid bt Alison Shearer & Sam Scott 21-10, 21-15; Carole Begg & Adam Hunter bt Pauline Gunn & David Sutherland 21-9, 21-13; Lauren Gunn & Colin Grant bt Tanya Seator & Aaron Leitch 21-9, 21-9; Elaine Gray & Andrew Reid bt Donna Majilton & Gordon Keith 16-21, 21-13, 23-21; Jane Hill & Liam Delday bt ??? & Tommy Ballantine 21-9, 21-6; Stephanie Keith & Graham Keith bt Ruth Flett & Morgan Reid 21-11, 21-14; Christine West & Eion Ballantine bt Ashleigh McBeath & Darren Foster 21-9, 21-7
Qtr-Finals: Rebecca & Matthew Reid bt Moira Nicolson & Matthew Reid 12-21, 21-14, 21-18; Carole Begg & Adam Hunter bt Lauren Gunn & Colin Grant 16-21, 21-13, 23-21; Elane Gray & Andrew Reid bt Jane Hill & Liam Delday 21-17, 21-18; Christine West & Eion Ballantine bt Stephanie Keith & Graham Keith 21-9, 18-21, 21-8
Semi-Finals: Carole Begg & Adam Junter bt Rebecca & Matthew Reid 21-16, 21-10; Christine West & Eion Ballantine bt Elaine Gray & Andrew Reid 19-21, 21-14, 22-20
Final: Christine West & Eion Ballantine bt Carol Begg & Adam Hunter 21-11, 22-20, 21-16
Plate Winners: Donna Majllton & Gordon Keith
A final thank you to all the players who took part and special mention to the junior players who entered and performed very well on the day. Also, to everyone who contributed to the food, the raffle and those who helped to organise and run the tournament on the day.