Banchory Academy was the venue for the annual Deeside Primary Schools Badminton competition.
Pupils from local Deeside primary schools competed for the Drumoak Shield and individual trophies with an excellent display of badminton skills.
The Drumoak Shield was donated by the family of Brian Chalmers in his memory to continue his badminton legacy as an ambassador for junior badminton in the area.
The day got off to a great start with two rounds of mixed gender pool based singles games with each player trying to win as many points as possible to go towards their school team score. The points were added up and calculated out accordingly to give an average score for each team with the highest score being the winners of the Drumoak Shield.
Players went on to play boys v boys and girls v girls for the individual trophies. The boys’ total points from the first two rounds were used to rank them into two pools to play off for individual placing’s of 1- 5 and 6 – 10. The girls made up the third pool.
As the tournament progressed the games became closer and closer with skills, determination and fair play coming to the fore.
The Drumoak Shield was presented by Brian Chalmers’ brother, George Chalmers, who came along to the tournament on the day to lend his support and encouragement to the players. George also managed to catch up with former players, now dads of some of the tournament players, who knew and played with his brother Brian at Drumoak. All other winners received trophies and all participants received certificates.
Drumoak Shield: 1, Banchory Primary; 2 Hill Of Banchory Primary; 3 Lumphanan Primary
Individual Trophies: 1 Boy, Rafal Wilowski; 2 Boy, Andrew Ewart; 3 Boy, Tom Finlay
1 Girl, Amber Richardson; 2 Girl, Ellie Stephen; 3 Girl, Kirsty Anderson
n The organisers of the event Joan Prieur (Sports Development Officer) and Doreen Seery (Badminton Instructor) were delighted with the players’ efforts and thanked the players, volunteers, coaches and parents for helping make this another successful competition.