The district leagues are back with a record number of teams entered for 2022.
We have 11 men’s teams and 9 women’s team’s this year covering Dumfries (7), Kirkcudbright (4), Dalbeattie (3), Annan and Moffat both with 2 teams and Stewartry CSC and Gretna/Canonbie with 1 Women’s team each.
This means we have 2 leagues for the first time for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The final event of this years D&G Mini Red Tour had 13 Boys and 6 Girls competing for the medals on the day and the Leaderboard Plaque to hold for a year and stamp their name in D&G Tennis history.
The boys event had 3 round robin groups with the top 2 in each group going into the quarter finals along with the best two 3rd place players. Group A saw Jacob Moore (Thorn Park in Glasgow), Max Dunlop (Kirkcudbright TC) and Noel Cullen (Dumfries TC) as one of the best 3rd place players qualifying for the quarters. Group B players making it in were Olivier Czopek and Samuel Zaoral (Both Dumfries) and Oscar Cairns (Gretna TC) with Group C players being Dumfries Duo Keir MacIntyre and Logan McIntyre.
In the consolation event Niall Muirhead (Gretna TC) edge past Lewis Weir (Dumfries) before losing to Dalbeatties Layton Mcgimpsey in the semi final. In the other semi final Tom Dunlop (Kirkcudbright TC) beat Jasper Burns (Dalbeattie TC). In a tight final Layton held on to complete a 10-8 victory over Tom to win the consolation event.
In the quarter finals of the main draw there were wins for Noel 10-9 against Jacob, Logan 10-4 against Oscar, Keir 10-8 against Max and Olivier 10-2 against Samuel. This left 4 Dumfries boys to play for the title. Noel bt Logan 10-7 whilst Olivier bt Keir 10-8. Keir claimed 3rd spot with a 10-6 win over Logan with Olivier taking the final 10-4 against Noel and with that secured the leaderboard title.
In the girls event the 6 girls completed a round robin group with every girl getting 5 matches. Emily Warren (Dumfries TC) and Fallon McGimpsey (Dalbeattie TC) each won their first 2 matches to sit joint top of the table with Gabriella and Ophelia Forrest (Annan Seaforth TC), Elspeth Dorrian (Kirkcudbright TC) and Hannah Imrie (Canonbie TC) all competing for the remaining places. Fallon edge the game against Emily to sit top and eventually win the event with 5 wins out of 5. Emily managed 4 wins out of 5 to come 2nd with Gabriella, Hannah, Elspeth and Ophelia completing the line up. This left Emily with the most points to secure the 6th Leaderboard title and the 5th time it has been won by girls from Dumfries Tennis Club.
Big Thank you to all the kids who played really well, Thank you also, to the parents for bringing the kids through and to Dominik, Nathan, Erin, Fergus and Tony for helping with the scoring on the day. Thank you all and looking forward to seeing you all in 2022.
It has been a 19 months break but today (28th) the D&G Mini Red Tour made a welcome return. This event is for 8s and under kids starting out on their Tennis adventure.
The event is now in it’s 6th year and 6 players from that original event are still playing Tennis in D&G.
We had 12 boys today and 5 girls with 5 calling off due to the snow. In the boys event we had 7 Dumfries players, 2 from Kirkcudbright Community Tennis Club, 1 each from Dalbeattie and Gretna Tennis Clubs and one player travelling all the way from the Borders.
With some very exciting tight matches we had Olivier Czopek, Noel Cullen, Keir MacIntyre and Logan McIntyre from Dumfries qualify for the quarter final matches alongside Max and Tom Dunlop from Kirkcudbright Tennis Club, Andrew Kalotka from Dalbeattie TC and William Forbes from the Borders. We had Keir, Olivier, Max and William all winning tight matches to set up semi-final matches with Olivier edging the match against Keir 10-3 to make the final against Max who just got a win over William 10-8. William took 3rd place against Keir before Olivier took the final against Max 10-5.
In the consolation matches Samuel Zaoral and Lewis Weir from Dumfries made the final with wins against Baxter Jardine (Dumfries) and Niall Muirhead (Gretna) with Samuel just taking the tightest of matches against his training partner 10-9. Well done to all those boys today.
In the girls event we had 5 of the regions girls competing in a round robin group. Dumfries’s Emily Warren just claimed top spot with more points won than Hannah Imrie from Canonbie who came 2nd with Gabriella Forrest from Annan Seaforth taking 3rd with Elspeth Dorrian from Kirkcudbright and Emily Verschuren coming 4th and 5th respectfully. Again some brilliant matches for the girls.
The final event is schedule for Sunday 12th December in the David Keswick Centre again. The results can be viewed in the link below and the current table.
The date was the 18th September 2019, this was the last time we manged to play a D&G Mixed Doubles league match in the region.
Fast forward to present day and plans are in place to re-start our Women’s and Men’s Doubles leagues from May 26th 2021, almost 20 months on.
This years reduced program see 5 Women’s teams trying to stop Stewartry CSC women from claiming their 5 title in a row. In the Men’s two leagues Annan Seaforth will be trying to bounce back to the top league as they take on teams from Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and Moffat. Newly promoted Moffat will join Dalbeattie, Dumfries B & C in trying to stop Dumfries A claiming their tenth title in a row.
Dumfries Tennis Club made the 60 mile trip to Galashiels to compete in the inaugural Border Challenge Cup. This event was put together by Dumfries Tennis Club to give their players an opportunity to play team tennis which currently doesn’t happen. The format would see 12s and under, 10s and under and 9s and under kids competing in a 1 day event .
The teams were made up of 13 players in each team with the Borders having 11 Boys and 2 Girls and Dumfries having 6 Girls and 7 Boys. The age groups had 5 players in the under 12s, 4 in the under 10s and 4 in the under 9s with 63 matches to get through on a dreich Scottish day. The young Dumfries team made a mixed start on the 6 courts and at the half way stage of the singles it was the Borders select team who were 5-3 up in the 9s event. In the 10s event Dumfries started well and took a 6-2 lead with the Borders edging their Dumfries counterparts 7-6 in the under 12s event. This had Dumfries in front overall 15- 14 as we entered into the final stages.
At the end of the singles matches the scores had Dumfries 16-9 in front in the 12s event with Dumfries Ethan Leyman winning 5 out of 5 singles matches. In the 10s event Dumfries were 10-6 in front with the Borders Lara Abdrabbo winning her 4 matches. The Borders were 11-5 in front in the 9s event with the youngest player in the event, Dumfries’s Adam Hunter winning all 4 of his matches.
With 6 doubles matches to play Dumfries needed one win to secure the trophy as they led 31-26. This was secured as each team claimed a victory in each age group. The final results had the Borders winning the 9s event 12-6, Dumfries secured the 10s event 11-7 and the 12s event 17-10. With Dumfries winning overall 34-29.
The Dumfries team was Cameron Hunter, Ethan Leyman, Logan McCluskey, Autumn Hodgins and Eilidh Topping in the 12s event. Dominik Czopeck, Jack Wearing, Nathan Zaoral and Abigail Warren in the 10s with Adam Hunter, Lucy Scade, Ruby Gordon and Caitlin Topping making up the 9s.
In the 2nd round of fixtures for the 2020 winter league, unfortunately the weather put paid to the Annan B v Dumfries A match, however the Dumfries B v Annan A match went ahead in windy and slightly damp conditions.
The defending champions travelled through to Dumfries for the 2nd week in a row as they tried to stop father and son pair building on their win last week. In the first match Michael Goldie held off a spirited Colin Grieve to take the first rubber 6-2, 6-4. In the 2nd match Fergus Reynolds-Lewis took on Irving MacKay and just edged a tight match as Dumfries took a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 match score.
In the doubles, Dumfries took the first set before Annan got started which resulted in a tighter 2nd set. However the father and son duo held on to complete the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win.
This year’s winter league got underway on an overcast, slightly windy but dry day, which hasn’t happened much this year so far. Current champions Annan A headed through to play Dumfries A with Dumfries B making the reverse trip and headed through to Annan to play their B team. Both clubs had winter league debuts for 12 years old Flynn Dalgliesh playing for Annan A and Fergus Reynolds-Lewis who is also 12, playing for Dumfries B. Both youngsters played well in their respective matches with mixed results as Flynn competed well in his match before going down 2 sets to love with Fergus edging a tight match to win by 2 sets to love. However, it was great to see both clubs giving the kids a platform to play.
An experience Dumfries A claimed the match 3-0 and Dumfries B did likewise through in Annan.
Next week sees Dumfries B entertain Annan A whilst Dumfries A travel through to play Annan B.
The 2nd event in this years D&G Mini Red Tour took us to Annan. We started play with 12 boys and 4 girls all looking for points to creep up the leaderboard.
In the girls event we had 3 Dumfries girls and Ave Smith from Annan making her debut in Red ball competitions. Both Caitlin Topping and Stella Hodgins started where they left off at the Dumfries event by winning their first 2 matches against Ava and hitting partner Ruby Gordon. This left Stella and Caitlin to play out to see who took the gold medal. Caitlin won the previous meeting and started sharply as she eased into a 6-0 lead before Stella got going. Stella then produced 5 points in a row to make it 5-6 before Caitlin regained her authority to make it 7, then 8 and then 9 before Stella responded again to eat into the lead and take it to 9-9 before taking the last point to make it 10-9 to Stella. Great performance by all four girls with Ruby taking third place from Ava.
Ava, Stella & Ruby (Caitlin Missing)
In the boys event we had 3 round robin groups of 4 players in each with the top 2 going into the main draw and the bottom 2 going into the consolation draw. In the main draw Adam Hunter and Nathan Zaoral from Dumfries, Lewis Hannah from Gretna, Fergus Smith from Annan, Eamon McFarlane from Castle Douglas and Daniel Sellers from Chatsworth Tennis club in Carlisle all made the main draw. Eamon and Nathan both had 10-7 wins over Lewis and Fergus before Eamon beat Dumfries winner Adam 10-5 with Daniel recording the same score against Nathan in the other semi. Lewis claimed 5th place with Adam taking 3rd from Nathan.
In the consolation event Angus McCleary went one better than he achieved in Dumfries as he edge past Dumfries’s Sam Scade 10-3 to take the medal. We also had good performances from Joe McLatchie, Jack Coupar, Mason Stubbs and Keegan Allen with the later 2 making the debuts in Red events.
This leaves Stella and Caitlin joint top of the girls leaderboard with Eamon having a 10 point lead over Adam in the boys leaderboard. The final event will be held at DG1 in Dumfries D&G Mini Red Tour Dumfries DG1 entries on Sunday 29th March.
The 2020 D&G Mini Red Tour got under way at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries. Now in it’s 5th year we had 9 players from Dumfries, 4 from Annan and 1 each from Stewartry CSC and Carlisle making up the field of 10 boys and 5 girls.
In the girls event we had 5 young ladies from Dumfries battling it out for top spot with a round robin, so 4 matches each. We had a good display from all 5 girls with Caitlin Topping taking top spot with 4 wins out of 4 and in her 3rd year of the tour Stella Hodgins managed 3 wins out of 4 to take the runner-up spot. Ruby Gordon (3rd), Nevaeh Harris (4th) with Bethany Mann completing the line-up with a nervous display but from the matches I watched she was the most consistent server of the girls.
In the boys event we had 2 groups of 5 with the top 2 from each group going into the semi’s and the rest going into the consolation. In group A Fergus Smith (Annan) won 3 out of 4 to join Adam Hunter (Dumfries) in the semi as he won 4 out of 4 and was also appearing in his 3rd Tour. They were joined in the semi finals by group B winner Eamon McFarlane (Stewartry CSC) who managed 4 out of 4, with Nathan Zaoral (Dumfries) claiming the final spot with 3 out of 4.
In the consolation final Lewis Hannah bt fellow Annandale player Angus McCleary 10-4.
In the semi finals Adam bt hitting partner Nathan 10-4 with Eamon enjoying a 10-0 victory over Fergus. Nathan took third place beating Fergus 10-2.
In the final Eamon took early control as he raced into a 3-0 lead before Adam fought back to tie it at 4-4. It was then nip and tuck up to 8-8 before Adam’s patience paid off to take the final 10-8 and secure the winners medal.