Weekly Report - February 12-15th15 February 2016
It was a Valentine's weekend to remember for our tennis players, with Scottish Indoor Championship wins for each of the three competing scholars.
Scott Duncan and Reuben Henry (both University of Stirling) were seeded 1 and 2, respectively, for the Men's Singles at Newlands and justified their billing as they progressed through the early knockout rounds. Reuben's Singles journey came to an end in the semi final when he lost to Lee Wishart but Scott was to avenge his Stirling team-mate by beating Lee 6-2 6-2 in the final to claim the title without dropping a set.
Reuben teamed up with fellow scholar Sam MacNeill (University of Stirling) in the Men's Doubles and the pair seeeded second powered past their opponents to reach the final, where they would face Scott Duncan and his partner Scott MacAuley, the top seeds. Both teams were yet to drop a set but Reuben and Sam prevailed 7-5 6-3 to be crowned Men's Doubles Champions.
The Scottish Curling Championship began on Sunday in Perth with 15 Winning Students scholars competing for seven different teams in their bid for the title and the right to represent Scotland at the World Championships.
The competition lasts until next weekend and the group stage has seen the men's teams play four fixtures and the women play twice so far. Scottish Junior Champions Team Mouat - Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie (Edinburgh Napier University), and Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde) - currently have three wins and one loss, while Team Smith, who represented Scotland at the European Championships earlier in the season and have Cameron Smith (SRUC) and Kyle Waddell (University of the West of Scotland) in their ranks have two wins and two losses. Derrick Sloan (Robert Gordon University) is part of Team Macleod, who so far have one win and three losses, whilst Ruairidh Greenwood's (Moray College UHI) Team Macdonald, who won the Championships last year, have yet to register a win.
In the women's group, seven scholars faced each other in the opening game, where Sophie Jackson's (SRUC) Team Jackson - including Rachael Halliday (University of Strathclyde) and Rachel Hannen (University of Glasgow) - beat Team Gina Aitken (University of Glasgow) - Rowena Kerr (Heriot-Watt University), Heather Morton (Queen Margaret University), and Laura Ritchie (SRUC) - 10-2. Team Jackson won their second game on Monday with Team Atiekn on the end of a second loss. Abigail Brown (Edinburgh Napier University) is part of Team Fleming, who have one win and one loss from their two games.
The Scottish Curling Championships continue throughout the week, with the group stage concluding on Thursday and the knockout matches on Friday and Saturday.
Four badminton scholars have travelled to Kazan, Russia as part of Scotland's team for the European Team Championships. Robert Blair, Martin Campbell (The Open University), Patrick MacHugh (University of Strathclyde), and Matthew Carder (University of Glasgow) are in Scotland's eight-strong team who are in a group with Slovakia, Sweden, and fourth seeds France - who they face in the first game on Tuesday.
Grace Reid (University of Edinburgh) travels to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week as part of Great Britain's team at the FINA Diving World Cup, a test event for the Olympics in the summer.
This week is a big week for some of our scholars competing in BUCS Championships as there are Winning Students on the hunt for medals in tennis, swimming, and judo.