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Congratulations to all our Finalists

Wednesday 26th July 2017

In the last issue we shared the results from the Masterteam, Table Tennis and Chess Finals and now we conclude our roundup with the results of the Badminton and Football competitions.

National Badminton Final

The 65th Edinburgh made it three years in a row by winning the National Badminton Final in Leicester on Saturday 29th April. After a long competitive day of some excellent Badminton, the 65th Edinburgh were triumphant against 4th Newtownabbey in the final at The Roger Bettles Sports Centre in Leicester.

Six teams from around the Brigade had qualified for the final including 65th Edinburgh, 1st Largs, 1st Garvagh, 4th Newtownabbey, 32nd Nottingham and 9th Southend.

The winning team of Peter Sawkins, Jason Wang, Lucas Johnston, Liam Packwood & Sam Raphael were presented their individual trophies and the Competition Trophy by Natalie Whipday, Director for England & Wales.

Peter Sawkins, Captain of the winning team said “I have been involved in the Badminton Final for the past 5 years and this year’s competition was by far the closest fought that I can remember. Our whole team worked hard throughout the day, whilst still having a laugh along with the boys from other Companies. Winning the competition was a great way to finish off my time as a competitor in the competition!”

Senior 5-a-Side Football

The 15th South Shields team won four of five matches to clinch the 2016 – 2017 title at an event hosted by Glasgow Battalion on 22nd April. The team, who were runners-up in last year’s finals, topped the table above second place team, 4th Newtonabbey.

The winning team consisted of James Ingoe, Daniel Gray, Jordan Capeling, Harry Edwardson, Samuel Ingamells, Luke Walker, Jordan Brindle and Harry Ludlow.

This year’s finals saw six teams – 15th South Shields, 4th Southampton, 2nd Gourock, 1st Buckie, 5th Carrickfergus and 4th Newtownabbey – competing at the Alistair McCoist Complex, East Kilbride.

The finalists were welcomed by the Depute Provost of South Lanarkshire Council, Pam Clearie and the boys from 15th South Shields were presented with the trophy by Brigade Vice President, Alistair Burrow and Director for Scotland, John Sharp.

Member of the winning South Shields team, Daniel Gray (18) said “This means so much. It’s my last year in the Company after seven years. We finished runners-up last year – it was so close. This time I think we all just wanted it so much more. I think the team has got good depth and has a real chance of defending the title next year.”

Juniors 5-a-Side Football

The 1st Kilkeel Company from Northern Ireland won this year’s title following a fantastic day of football at the Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey on Saturday 13th May 2017.

This year’s finals saw six teams taking part including the 1st Kilkeel, 1st Moneymore, 2nd Gourock, 1st Banff, 2nd Tonbridge and 14th West Bromwich.

2017/18 National Competitions

Get involved in the Brigade’s National Competitions next session. Full details on how to take part can be found at leaders.boys-brigade.org.uk/nationalcompetitions.htm

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