With three weeks left for the men’s league 1 it was ladies and the men’s league 2 which took centre stage.
Defending champions Stewartry CSC went into a double header this week knowing that victory against Annan and avoid defeat against Dalbeattie should be enough to claim their 4 title in a row. The match against Annan went as the league table suggested as Stewartry won the match 4-0 to set up the Dalbeattie match. With home advantage and sitting with 8 wins out of 8 Stewartry started as strong favourites for this match and that’s the way it went as the took the first 2 rubbers which pretty much secured the title as they went on to win the match 3-1 on the night. This leaves them 5 points clear of both Dumfries and Dalbeattie who go head to head on Wednesday to see who finishes runner up in the league.
In the men’s 2nd division last years relegated team Beechgrove entertained Kirkcudbright knowing that victory would secure a return to the top league at the first time of asking. Having only dropped one point this year they were favourites to win on home soil and that’s the way it went with a 4-0 victory to gin promotion.
Well done to both teams.
D&G Senior Doubles Leagues 2019
In the men’s division 1 table, only 1 point separates the top 4 teams with defending champions Dumfries A only top on rubbers won with Stewartry CSC on equal points with Dumfries B and Dalbeattie both on 9 points.
This week Dumfries C travel to Annan on Monday knowing that if they avoid defeat it puts them in a strong position to avoid relegation before the entertain Dumfries A on the Wednesday. Dumfries B host Stewartry CSC as Dalbeattie travel to Annan and Annan complete their 3rd home match in a week as they welcome Dumfries B on Sunday.
Despite the mid-week forecast the 2nd round of the D&G Red2Yellow Tour went ahead in great conditions for tennis. We had 10 kids in the Red (8s & under) event and 8 in the Orange (9s & under) event. There were 13 kids from Dumfries Tennis Club and 1 each from Hamilton, Gretna, Castle Douglas, Annan and Carlisle.
In the red event we had some good matches from a young field with only three 8 year old kids taking part. In the semi-finals we had Adam Hunter from Dumfries, Erin McKenna (Annan), Eamon McFarlane (Castle Douglas) and Elona Kennedy from Hamilton. Adam just edge past Erin 10-5 to book his place in the final to meet Elona for the 2nd time as she beat Eamon 10-4. Eamon took the 3rd place as he completed a win over Erin 10-3. Being the youngest in the field certainly didn’t hold back young Adam as he and Elona played some nice rallies for the 2nd time as Adam had just edged a tight match in the round robins 10-9. This time he secured the gold medal with a 10-4 victory. All the kids played really well and a big mentioned to Bethany Mann who was competing in her first event and although no wins she played some great points and will take that into her next event.
In the Orange event we had an 8 player round robin with a very mixed set of results. On the day Cameron Hunter joined his brother in winning the Orange event with 6 wins out of 7. Dominik Czopek came 2nd with 4 wins out of 7 with Autumn Hodgins also winning 4 out of 7 to take third on points won. Lewis and Jack also won 4 games with a lesser points total with Ethan & Toby getting 3 wins out of their 7. Again another special mention to Oliver Bryant who was playing in his first event and like Bethany he played some great points but just fell short on getting a win.
Well done to all the kids today and thanks to Tessa and Rich for helping with the scoring and to Nichola, Rebecca and Magdalena for helping out in the kitchen, very much appreciated.
Well done to the Hunter boys…
There are several local senior events on the horizon for D&G players.
First up is the D&G senior confined championships on the 1st and 2nd June. This event is open to players born in, staying in or a member of a club in D&G.
Saturday 1st is for both ladies and gents singles with both doubles on the Sunday. See link below for more details and how to enter.
D&G County Confined Tournament Poster 2019
Next up is the return of an old event dating back to 1948, The Riding of the Marches Cup to be held at Annan Seaforth on Saturday 22nd June. This event is draw for partners, see poster for more details.
The following day is the ever popular Dan Maskell Tournament at Dalbeattie Tennis Club.
Dan Maskell – Dalbeattie
Then as your holidays are in full swing there is the Lions trophy at Dalbeattie Tennis Club. This event is draw on the day for partners.
Then after the South of Scotland Championship there is the BSW Timber Trophy which again is hosted by Dalbeattie Tennis Club. If nothing else it is keeping Keith busy!!
BSW – Dalbeattie
Let enjoy a summer of tennis
Dan Maskell – Dalbeattie
BSW – Dalbeattie
Tennis Scotland have been working with various coaches and competition organisers to create a website designed to make it slightly easier for parents and kids to find local Grade 4, 5 & 6 competitions from under 8s to 18yrs old.
The link below takes you to the webpage which breaks the events down by ball colour and district.
Tennis Scotland Local Competition Finder
Dumfries Tennis club hosted the 3rd Dumfries Mini Open on Monday 6th May.
There were 33 kids taking part in the 4 events from all over the UK. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Prestwick, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Newcastle, Carlisle with 13 from Dumfries TC and 2 more local boys.
In the Reds mixed event there was a 1, 2 & 3 for Dumfries as Jack Wearing, Adam Hunter & Isaac Sharp claimed the top 3 places with Jack being undefeated in his 6 matches and 6 years old Adam Hunter only losing the 2 matches out of 6, both to Jack. Also a mention to Ruby Gordon who was playing in her first competition, no wins today but lots of good points to build on.
In the 10s event there were just the 2 local boys who were both stepping up from Orange court to play in the full court green ball event. Both boys played well against their older opponents with Brodie Little getting a couple of wins out of his 4 matches and Logan McCluskey played 3 without a win but just losing in the tie-break in one.
The final was played out with Doncaster’s Angus Jones against Newcastle’s Oliver Barlow. Neither boy had lost a game going into the final and it was Angus who started the stronger of the players and took an early lead but Oliver kept him game simple and eased his way back into the match before taking the match 5-3 to clinch the final. Innes Brockie came third by beating previous D&G Red2Yellow Tour winner Oliver Clark.
In the 2 Orange events Dumfries would take another 4 medals. In the boys event it was a 1, 2 & 3 again with Cameron Hunter, Grant Kerr and Ethan Leyman and in the Girls event Autumn Hodgins came 2nd behind Nikemi Olafare. Nikemi won all 5 of her matches with Autumn taking 3 out of 5.
Dumfries Mini Open Results
The D&G Doubles Leagues started in glorious sunshine with 4 of the away teams taking the points.
In the ladies leagues, Dalbeattie were the only team on the night to win at home as they negotiated a tricky start again Kirkcudbright before taking the match 4-0. Dumfries ladies had a similar result with a 4-0 win at Annan with thirteen years old Isla Grieve making her league debut.
In the gents league defending champions Dumfries A eased past newly promoted Annan Seaforth with a comfortable 4-0 win. Elsewhere both Stewartry clubs were leaving Dumfries with valuable wins as Dalbeattie beat Dumfries B 3-1 and Stewartry CSC recorded the same score against Dumfries C with 11 yrs old Fergus Reynolds-Lewis making his debut with a win in his first match before losing his 2nd quite comfortably.
The league results and fixtures can be found using the link below. (previous link is now inactive)
D&G Doubles League – Results and Fixtures
This week sees the start of the mens 2nd division matches as Dumfries D entertain Beechgrove with Kirkcudbright gents heading to Moffat to play Beechgrove B.
In the ladies leagues Beechgrove play Dumfries with Annan welcoming Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie host Stewartry CSC. In the gents league Dumfries C entertain Annan, Dumfries A play their first home match against Dumfries B and Stewartry CSC welcome Dalbeattie.
The start of the 2019 summer doubles leagues see division 2 men’s champions Annan Seaforth entertain division 1 champions Dumfries A. Whilst relegated Beechgrove travel to Dumfries D in their opening match.
In the ladies league defending champions Stewartry CSC entertain Beechgrove ladies as we start the 2019 season with the most team in a decade.
D&G Summer Leagues Fixtures 2019