Above the net

Talented young players from East Renfrewshire high schools swung into action at a recent badminton championship.

The players came together to take part in the Renfrew Area Schools Badminton Association (RASBA) competition.

Now a team of top players will represent East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde at the Scottish Secondary Schools Championship at Perth in March.

The pupils took part in singles and doubles events in under 14, under 16 and under 19 age groups at the end of January.

A total of four East Renfrewshire high schools were represented — St Ninian’s, Williamwood, Mearns Castle and Eastwood.

St Ninian’s stole the show in the boys competition, with Luke Fosset and Leon Masia snatching the under 19 and under 16 titles respectively, while the pair teamed up to win the under 19 doubles competition.

In the under 16 boys doubles, Mearns Castle pupils Graeme O’neil and Matthew Ross claimed victory while Eastwood’s Calum McGrory earned himself a double win in the u14 singles, and then doubles with partner Scott Johnston.

Park Mains pupil Sarah Findlay defeated all her u16 rivals while Julie Eve and Soumya Lanke from Williamwood earned the U16 doubles tile.

Williamwood had a clean sweet in the u14 girls competition, with Julie Eve winning the singles and a team of Hannah Cumming and Lucy Ross earning doubles glory.

The team that’s been selected to represent the area in March includes Luke Fossett and Leon Masia from St Ninian’s, Graeme O’neil, and Matthew Ross from Mearns Castle, Scott Johnston and Calvin McGrory from Eastwood, as well as Williamwood trio Emma McAughtrie, Rebecca Mayer and Julie Eve.