Campbeltown badminton ace’s smashing success

Gordon McKinven with the triumphant A Team

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A Campbeltown badminton player netted a new trophy in the 68th Argyll cup.

Stephanie Mitchell was selected, by the man himself, for his eponymous trophy: The Charlie Ellis Prize for Sporting Excellence.

The ultimate prizes went to a pair of Cowal’s finest badminton teams who netted the trophies at the 68th Argyll cup.

The eight hour marathon, of possibly 150 matches,  in Lochgilphead last Saturday saw players from Oban, Dunoon and Mid-Argyll/Campbeltown competing for two trophies the A and C team. Folklore suggests there might never have been a B team cup.

Five pairs of mixed doubles from each association compete in a grueling round robin format which sees each couple play a minimum 20 sets with the energy sapping thought of a possible 30 games.

It was fairly tight in both competitions until 2pm when, on the strength of just three or four games, the pendulum swung in Dunoon’s favour.

Both trophies were secured with a handful of games left. At this stage it became, as the Tartan Army famously say: ‘mathematically impossible’ for them to be caught.

At the after tournament dinner, hosted by Lochgilphead Bowling Club the awards were handed to the triumphant team captains.

Cowal Badminton Association stalwart, Gordon McKinven complimented all competitors on the standard of play and all involved for keeping the tournament going in the spirit it was intended.

The proceeds from the tournament together with pledges received on the day and from Lochgilphead Bowliong Club in the evening, saw a donation of £650 to the Nancy Glen fund via the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust Just Giving page.

Mid-Argyll Badminton Association would like to thank all involved for their generosity and help on the day.

Final scores: A Team – Dunoon 29, Oban 24, Mid-Argyll/Campbeltown 18. C-Team – Dunnon 35, Oban 28, Mid-Argyll/Campbeltown