Schools badminton: Double triumphs for Pettigrew and Cogliano

Graham Pettigrew (Stewart’s Melville) and Sofia Cogliano (Boroughmuir High School) both completed impressive doubles at the Lothian Schools Open Championships at Wester Hailes Sports Centre in Edinburgh.

Pettigrew won both the boys’ singles and doubles, with Cogliano doing likewise in the girls’ events. In the singles finals, Pettigrew defeated his doubles partner, Euan Cameron (Preston Lodge High School), while Cogliano overcame Julia Turner (St George’s).

Pettigrew and Cameron then teamed up to beat Tommy Reynolds (Boroughmuir High) and Fraser Wright (Royal High School) in the boys’ doubles.

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Cogliano and Anna Devine (Preston Lodge High) defeated the Ross High School pair of Kelly Sands and Laura Imrie in the girls’ doubles event.

In the mixed doubles, Reynolds and Sands collected second titles with victory over Cameron and Devine.

The winners will be taking part in the annual Meadowbank Christmas Tournament starting on Thursday.

The Championships have been running for 40 years and are split into Under-19, Under-17, Under-15, Under-13 and Under-11 age groups.

Matthew Carder, a junior internationalist from South Queensferry, is top seed in the Under-19 singles ahead of Edward Cogliano, who is Sofia’s older brother.

The pair then join forces as top seeds in the doubles with Pettigrew and Cameron at No.2.

Alistair Gordon (Currie High School) is No 1 seed in the Under-17 singles ahead of Reynolds with the Royal High School sisters, Heather and Julie McPherson, ranked No 1 and 2 in the girls’ singles event.

Meanwhile, four girls – Eleanor O’Donell (Bellahouston Academy), Cara McCulloch (Auchinleck High School), Clara Torrance (Prestwick Academy) and Beatrice Gabell (Bellahouston Academy) – were unbeaten at Under-15 level when West swept to a double victory in the Inter District Championships at Glasgow’s Cockburn Centre.

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In the Under-15 final, the quartet helped the host side beat Lothian 6-3. The Under-19 final, also against Lothian, was closer with the West edging home 5-4.