Defeat for Academy

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Arbroath Academy 0,

Roseangle 5

Arbroath Academy Badminton Club players were in action last Tuesday evening at West Church, Dundee, where they faced the experienced Roseangle Club.

The Academy made one change from the winning side against St Andrews University 2, with Susan Hardie replacing Tracy Gibson.

The ladies’ doubles saw a hard fought draw for Fiona Cameron and Janet Wiltosz to kick off proceedings before Wiltosz partnered Susan Hardie to a defeat against Kermally and Milne 11-21, 17-21.

In the gents’ doubles, youngster Jack Bremner teamed up with Steve Duncan to record a close defeat before Bremner teamed up with Grant Cargill and they were destroyed in the first set before racing back to take the second against Dunn and Rennison 21-18. After the level doubles the Academy trailed 0-2.

In the mixed games, although there were a few close defeats, there were only the two draws for the Academy with Cameron and Duncan and Hardie and Cargill both taking draws from the Roseangle second pair but nothing from their first pair. Wiltosz and Bremner again performed well but this time lost both sets.

Scores were:

Ladies’ doubles - Fiona Cameron and Janet Wiltosz drew with A. McArtney and D. Milne, 19-21, 21-17; Susan Hardie and Janet Wiltosz lost to A. Kermally and D. Milne, 11-21, 17-21.

Gents’ doubles - Jack Bremner and Steve Duncan lost to W. Rennison and T. Walkinshaw, 16-21, 15-21; Jack Bremner and Grant Cargill drew with J. Dunn and W. Rennison, 6-21, 21-18.

Mixed doubles - Fiona Cameron and Steve Duncan lost to A. McArtney and T. Walkinshaw, 5-21, 11-21; Fiona Cameron and Steve Duncan drew with A. Kermally and J. Dunn, 21-17, 8-21; Susan Hardie and Grant Cargill lost to A. McArtney and T. Walkinshaw, 13-21, 14-21; Susan Hardie and Grant Cargill drew with A. Kermally and J. Dunn, 21-16, 9-21; Janet Wiltosz and Jack Bremner lost to D. Milne and W. Rennison, 15-21, 16-21.

In the end it was a match that was closer than the scoreline, however Roseangle were deserved winners on the night.


Manager wanted

Arbroath Lads’ Club Under-9s (2005s) require a manager for next season’s squad. Any interested parties please contact Gavin Paterson on 07939986386.


Latest from leagues

Portcullis 1 still lead Arbroath and District Pool League by three points, although Ram’s Heid 2 are keeping the pressure on.

In Division Two, Burns Bar have a two-point lead over West Port 2.

Division One

Results: Bowlers 1 2, Portcullis 1 10; Letham 1 7, Newgate 2 5; Newgate 1 8, Cliffburn 1 4; Portcullis 2 4, Merchants 8; Railway 1 7, Ram’s Heid 1 5; Ram’s Heid 2 11, Legion 1 1.

P W D L Pts

Portcullis 1 9 9 0 0 18

Ram’s Heid 2 8 7 1 0 15

Abbey 8 7 0 1 14

Cliffburn 1 8 6 1 1 13

Newgate 1 9 5 1 3 11

Letham 1 8 4 1 3 9

Merchants 8 3 1 4 7

Railway 1 8 2 1 5 5

Bowlers 1 8 2 0 6 4

Portcullis 2 8 2 0 6 4

Ram’s Heid 1 8 2 0 6 4

Newgate 2 9 1 0 8 2

Legion 1* 9 1 0 8 1

*Deducted one point

Fixtures: Abbey v Cliffburn 1; Bowlers 1 v Newgate 2; Letham 1 v Railway 1; Merchants v Legion 1; Portcullis 1 v Ram’s Heid 2; Ram’s Heid 1 v Portcullis 2; Newgate 1, bye.

Division Two

Results: Burns Bar 8, Railway 2 4; Cliffburn 2 10, Letham 2 2; Fishermans 2 10, West Port 1 2; Legion 2 5, Station 7; Stag 5, Portcullis 3 7; West Port 2 10, Bowlers 2 2.

P W D L Pts

Burns Bar 8 8 0 0 16

West Port 2 8 7 0 1 14

Portcullis 3 8 6 0 2 12

West Port 1 8 6 0 2 12

Railway 2 8 5 0 3 10

Cliffburn 2 8 4 1 3 9

Fishermans 8 3 0 5 6

Station 8 3 0 5 6

Legion 2 8 2 2 4 6

Letham 2 8 1 2 5 4

Bowlers 2 8 0 1 7 1

Stag 8 0 0 8 0

Division Two league pool takes another well-earned break as the Division Two Cup enters the quarter-final Stage. As a reminder, these ties are the best of nine singles and four doubles.

Fixtures: Burns Bar v Cliffburn 2; West Port 1 v Fishermans; Railway 2 v Letham 2; Portcullis 3 v West Port 2.

Usual 8 p.m. sign in. Home captain to text or ‘phone the score to the match secretary upon completion of the match.

Grassroots Tournament

The ADPL Grassroots entry deadline is tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. Players wishing to enter the competition should contact the match secretary before the deadline.

Singles and Doubles

Entries are now being taken for this year’s flagship ADPL events, the Kelbie Metals Singles and Doubles. The entry fee remains at £3 per player for the singles and £4 per pair in the doubles. Entry forms have been distributed to all captains through the Captain’s Packs issued on registration night, alternatively they are also available for download from the Arbroath Pool website.

The deadline for entries for both competitions is Tuesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. All entries must be handed into the Ram’s Heid on the appropriate forms for the attention of the match secretary or treasurer or handed to them in person.

Individual Membership #7

Good luck to Greg Alexander, Gary McLeish, Garry Mitchell and Richard Paterson who travel to Edinburgh this weekend to compete in the Individual Membership #7 national finals. This is also the last IM event of this year.

Individual Membership 2013

The ADPL wishes to continue promoting this series of events more widely among all interested local pool players. This is a great opportunity for players to improve their skills and compete at the highest levels in Scotland. To that end, entries are being invited for any interested player to join next season’s tour.

The IM Tour has been reviewed for the 2014 season with six events in total and each event carrying ranking points. The entry fee remains at £30, covering all six events, maintaining excellent value at just £5 per event.

There are local qualifiers held for each event and these are drawn by the SPA and then organised and run by the local leagues. The local players are permitted to arrange their own matches between themselves at a mutually agreed time and venue. The only stipulation is the match must be played before a pre-determined deadline.

The deadline for submission of names, £30 fees and all contact information and email address is Saturday 30th November 2013. Any interested players should contact the IM rep, Michael Bastow, in the first instance for more information or visit the SPA website (


More top performances

St Thomas swimmers made the trip north to compete at the North District Grand Prix held at the Inverness Aquadome.

The Grand Prix series saw Olympian Hannah Miley and Craig Benson hitting the water as they along with St Thomas athletes prepare for next month’s Scottish Nationals.

Sophie Smith continued her recording break swims by making it a clean sweep of Midland District freestyle records. In her 800 freestyle (FS), Sophie took a further six seconds from her personal best winning her heat. Sophie just missed out on her third Scottish record since May by two seconds and was placed 12th in the Open category.

In her last event (200 backstroke) Sophie took five seconds from her personal best in a brilliant heat swim. Sophie was also the fastest swimmer in the afternoon heats of the 400 FS.

Ally Morrison set personal bests in her 50, 100 and 200 backstroke as well as her 200 freestyle. Ally’s great underwater phase and determined racing served her well as she gained consideration times in her backstroke events for the Scottish Short Course Nationals. She was the quickest 13-year-old backstroke swimmer and in her 100m event, Ally was the fourth fastest of the afternoon swimmers.

In her 200 freestyle heat Ally produced an excellent display from an outside lane to secure second place in her heat and a two second personal best.

Katie Phillips was also on great form. Katie made the ‘B’ finals of her 50m backstroke and butterfly events. In her 50 fly Katie beat Olympian Hannah Miley! She also made the ‘B’ Final of the 100 backstroke. Her time of 1.05.93 was a new personal best as well as a British Championship qualifying time.

In the 100 freestyle Katie broke the one minute barrier for the first time and as the fastest qualifier from the afternoon heats she also made it into the ‘B’ final. Her great swimming continued as she also made the ‘B’ final of the 100 butterfly finishing superbly to come third in her race and 11th overall.

Kirsten Duncan was taking part in her first Grand Prix event. She was swimming on her personal bests all weekend with some strong, smooth racing. In her final race (the 100 breaststroke) Kirsten set a new accredited personal best time with some great underwater phases and determined finishing.

Taylor Young competed in the 200 and 400 IM, 50 FS, and the 50, 100 and 200 Breaststroke. He was close to his entry times in the 50 Free and 100 breaststroke.

In his 50 breaststroke Taylor smashed his entry time to set a new personal best of 31.87. He qualified at first reserve for the ‘B’ final and was unlucky to miss out on the final by 0.01!

Nathan Watt, returning to competition following illness, dug deep to put in some encouraging performances in his butterfly and freestyle events. Nathan qualified for the 200 butterfly ‘B’ Final after putting in an extremely strong second 100m and using his underwater kicking expertise to great effect.

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