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Glasgow Badminton Championship a Major Draw

Edinburgh may be the capital of Scotland but Glasgow is much loved and as the biggest city in the country, the local badminton championships are keenly contested and the tournament attracts many fans throughout Scotland and the whole of the UK. The 2008 Glasgow Badminton Champions took part in February at the Cockburn Centre and as expected there was much excitement and enjoyment on show for the players and fans.

The Men's tournament had a final which was contested by the joint third seeds as Stephen McPhail and Gordon Hoggan proved they were deserving of their rankings and the pair served up a three set thriller which was difficult to predict a winner up until the final moments. In the end, it was McPhail who recovered from dropping the first set to eventually triumph by a score line of 18-21, 22-20, and 21-19.

In the Men's Doubles tournament, 16 pairings took part in the contest but the top two seeds made it through to the final with one of the players on show being David Gilmour, who is the current National Men's Doubles Champion and this experience showed as Gilmour and his playing partner Craig Robertson triumphed 27-25, 21-11 over David Forbes and Stewart Kerr.

After having contributed so much a fantastic first set, it was a shame to see Forbes and Kerr tail off in the second set and no doubt the pair were feeling the effects of that draining and physical first set. That said, all credit is due to Gilmour and Robertson for showing the strength to triumph in both sets and the pair were worthy winners.

In the Ladies event, Fiona Sneddon proved she was a worthy top seed as she sailed through the competition and managed a comprehensive victory in the final over Lindsay Campbell where the match was determined by a 21-5, 21-8 margin. This score line was fully deserved by Sneddon as she was head and shoulders above the competition in the Singles event but sadly for the Fifer, she was unable to replicate her triumph in the Ladies Doubles where she and partner Kirsty Flockhart, who were seeded number one in the competition, lost to Victoria Wan and Lindsay Campbell 21-10, 21-17.

Although Sneddon and Flockhart are sisters there was no family telepathy showing as Wan and Campbell capped a tremendous run to the final with a triumph which saw them defeat the top two seeds in the tournament which means they were fully deserving of their victory.

In the Mixed Doubles event, Fiona Sneddon was yet again involved and she and Jamie Neill entered the tournament as top seeds and again, the seedings were proved correct as the pair triumphed 21-17, 21-19 over the second seeds of Helen McCombe and David T Forbes.

In virtually all of the tournaments with the exception of the Ladies Doubles event, the seeds proved to be the strongest but for all that may suggest predictability to the tournament, there was still more than enough excitement and fun for all concerned and yet again, the Glasgow Badminton Championships proved to be a smashing success.

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