Annan Tennis Club played host to the 2nd round of the 2019 D&G Mini Red Tour. This round was all D&G players with 8 boys and 7 girls all playing to secure those medals and add points to the leaderboard.
In the boys event we had 2 round robin groups and after these were completed we had the same 4 Dumfries boys in the semi final as we had in previously Dumfries event with Logan McCluskey, Dominik Czopek, Jack Wearing and Ethan Leyman. In the consolation event Adam Hunter (Dumfries) edged past Sam Donnelly (Dalbeattie) 10-6 with Isaac Sharp (Dumfries) beating Joseph George Wylie (Annan Seaforth TC) 10-4 in the 7th & 8th play-off match.
Both semi finals were tight affairs as the parents were treated to some brilliant tennis. Dominik edge the tightest of matches against Ethan 10-9. In the other semi favourite Logan McCluskey held his nerve to beat Jack 10-7 to set up a final against Dominik. Ethan produced a great come back to claim third place with a 10-9 win over Jack. In the final Dominik took the first point against the serve before Logan rattled off the next 3 points before Dominik levelled at 3-3. The points then ebbed and flowed before Dominik took a 6-5 lead, then Logan used all his experienced to shorten the points to win the next 5 points to claim his 2nd tour win. By winning this event Logan becomes the only boy in the 4 years of this event to win 2 events in the same year, the only other player to win 2 events was Euan Sharp who won his first in 2016 and his 2nd in 2017.
D&G Mini Red Tour Leaderboard 2019
D&G Mini Red Tour Results
In the girls event we had a round robin with all 7 girls playing against each other to see who could take the gold medal and potentially jump to the top of the leaderboard. The early rounds saw 3 girls winning back to back matches as Caitlin Topping, Lucy Scade (Both Dumfries) and Annan’s Erin McKenna all starting well. Lucy made it 4 from 4 as she ended Caitlin’s winning streak with a 10-8 victory and Erin match that score as she also beat Caitlin 10-8 to make it 5 out of 5. The other 4 Dumfries girls all managed at least a win with sisters Ailsa and Hannah Goldie getting a win each, Stella Hodgins secured 2 wins and Abigail Warren matched Caitlin with 3 wins. This left Lucy against Erin to see who would secure the gold medal. The girls went toe to toe in the early stages as the score reached 3-3 before Lucy stretched this score to 8-5 but Erin kept coming and started to eat into the lead point by point until she secured the win to claim a 10-8 victory and by doing so claim the event win and became the first Annan girl to win a D&G Mini Tour event.
This leaves Logan and Erin top of their leaderboards with the final event scheduled for March 24th at the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries.
The results and leader can be viewed using the links above.
All scheduled events for 2019 are listed in the link below. Looking forward to another busy year for D&G tennis.
Tennis events for 2019
After it’s winter break the D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour returned with the 9s and under kids competing in the 3rd Orange event of the 4.
We had 9 boys and 7 girls competing for the top prize.
In the girls event Eva Hutchins (David Lloyd Edinburgh) took the top prizes and she beat Becky MacLeod (Gleneagles Arena) 10-7. In third place was Luisa Cartwright (Western LTC Glasgow) who bt Autumn Hodgins (Dumfries TC) 10-2. Grace Palmer, Lauren Gourley both (Moffat TC) and Eilidh Topping all did well in their first Orange competition.
In the boys event there was a strong field with 5 Orange 1 players, unfortunately none of the D&G players made it into the last four. In the first semi final Euan Tait (Kilmarnock TC) over came Oliver Clark (Corstorphine LTC Edinburgh) 10-7 and Rory Robb (David Lloyd Edinburgh) bt Oscar Emery (Western LTC) 10-6 in the other. Both Rory and Euan played a good final with Rory edging it 10-5. In the consolation event Logan overcame hitting partner Grant Kerr 10-5, both Dumfries. Harry Brown (Moffat TC) and Lewis Hutchins & Cameron Hunter completed the line-up.
In the race for the Leaderboard title Oliver Clark stretched his lead over Logan McCluskey and Luisa over took Autumn to lead by 4 points.
D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour – Orange Leaderboard
D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour – Orange Results
The 4th D&G Mini Red Tour kicked off at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries on Sunday 27th January. The first of 3 event started with 12 girls and 8 boys competing for the top prize on the day and to make a mark on the leaderboard early on.
The girls event started with 3 round robin groups with the top 2 in each group going into the last 8 knock-out event and they would be joined by the best 2 third placed girls in the 3 groups. After some great matches we had Clara Lebeque (Huddersfield Tennis Club), Stella Hodgins (Dumfries Tennis Club), Ava Rimmington (Northumberland Tennis Club), Eilidh Tait (Kilmarnock TC), Evie McAllister (Prestwick TC) and Lara Abdrabbo (Tennis Borders) all qualify automatically and they were joined by Dumfries Caitlin Topping and Erin McKenna from Annan Seaforth TC. In the last 8 Ava bt Erin 10-7, Evie bt Stella 10-2, Lara bt Eilidh 10-3 and Clara completed the draw with a 10-4 win over Caitlin. In the semi’s Evie edged past Ava 10-4 before Clara and Lara played a sublime match with Clara just getting over the line with a 10-8 victory. Lara came 3rd overall with a win over Ava 10-5 before Clara again had another epic match against Evie which saw both girls play some outstanding tennis, however Clara kept her nerve to complete the win 10-7. In the girls consolation event 4 Dumfries girls battled it out before Abigail Warren overcame Lucy Scade 10-6 to take the medal. In the final match for the girls older sister Hannah Goldie edge past her younger sister Ailsa 10-3. Great to see so many girls playing and more importantly enjoying the experience.
D&G Mini Red Tour Leaderboard 2019
D&G Mini Red Tour DK Results
In the boys event is was slightly disappointing to only see 8 competing but great to see 2 boys from the Stewartry competing in their 1st and 2nd Red ball event. The 2 groups were keenly contested with the top 2 in each going into the semi finals of the main draw and the other four boys going back into a consolation draw. Group A saw hitting partners Dominik Czopek and Jack Wearing (Both Dumfries Tennis Club) qualify for the semis and they were joined another Dumfries pair in Ethan Leyman and Logan McCluskey who has play in all four tours over the 4 years and he is still only 8yrs. In the first semi Jack eased passed Ethan 10-1 although the match was closer than the score suggests. In the other semi Dominik, who was fresh from a victory on Saturday at a Cumbrian event, took on Logan for a place in the final. Logan started strongly and after that the boys went toe-toe but Domink just couldn’t catch him as Logan completed the win 10-7. Dominik edge past Ethan 10-8 in the 3rd/4th pay-off before Logan held his nerve to win the final against Jack with a 10-5 scoreline.
In the consolation event Eamon McFarlane (Stewartry CSC) and Isaac Sharp (DTC) edge past Angus McCleary (Annan Seaforth TC) and Samuel Donnelly (Dalbeattie Tennis Club) respectively before Eamon won the Consolation final with a 10-7 win over Isaac.
Well done to all the kids who all showed great sportsmanship and throughly enjoyed the day. The next event is scheduled for Saturday 16th at Annan Sports Hall.
Tennis Scotland are running a level 1 course in March at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries
The LTA Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification is the first step on the LTA Coaching Pathway. It is aimed at people looking to work as a coaching assistant at a club or other tennis venue, such as a park or a school. The qualification is an assessed course.
Upon successful completion candidates will be able to work as an assistant coach alongside a minimum of a Level 2 Accredited Coach in a beginner coaching session.
The course is 3 days in duration, split over a minimum period of 4 weeks and will cover areas such as Mini Tennis, technique, tactics, communication, organisation, demonstrations, safeguarding, running competitive events and organising activity sessions. Additionally, the course requires candidates to complete a portfolio and gain a minimum of three hours experience assisting an LTA Accredited or Accredited+ coach between the second and third day of the course.
Coaches who hold a Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification are not qualified to coach independently, but will be able to lead parts of a coaching session on an adjacent court to a Level 2 or above coach. They can also run a tennis activity session that has been set up by the Head Coach (Level 3 or above). A tennis activity session refers to organised play or competition facilitated by a coach through organising equipment, allocating space, and suggesting some ideas for activities. The key distinction between a coaching session and activity session is that no formal coaching instructions (for example technical instruction) are given.
Level 1 coaching course
Coaches will qualify for the following subsidy amounts:
Level 1: 40% of full course cost with a maximum value of £75
Sports Scotland funding
Be a minimum of 16 years old on the first day of the course.
Have a signed letter of deployment from the club where coaching experience will be undertaken or request a letter of deployment from the Course Provider.
Candidates must attend all the sessions of the course at the same venue and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.
The David Keswick Centre in Dumfries hosted the final D&G tennis competition of the year.
We had a great day of play with some excellent tennis from all the 8s and under.
The event had 2 new D&G players talking part, Eamon McFarlane from the Stewartry Community Sports Club & Caitlin Topping from Dumfries Tennis Club. We also had some players playing in only their 2nd or 3rd events, Lucy Scade & Stella Hodgins from Dumfries Tennis Club and Angus McCreary from Eaglesfield.
The format had 2 groups of players with Jack Wearing, Dominik Czopek, Ethan Leyman all Dumfries and Eamon all qualifying for the semi finals with Adam Hunter, Isaac Sharp, Stella Hodgins again all Dumfries being joined by Ava Rimmington from Tyne & Wear in the consolation event.
In the main semi-final draw Jack edged a tight battle against club mate Ethan to win 10-9, whilst Dominik used all his experience to beat Eamon who was playing in his first event 10-4. Ethan claimed third spot by beating Eamon 10-1, then Jack defeated another club mate in Dominik to win 10-3 and claim the win.
In the consolation event Adam and Isaac progressed to the final before Adam secured the victory 10-5.
Great to see all these young players competing.
Dumfries Mini Red Matchplay Results