Dumfries & Galloway entered its first junior squad in 12 years, to the Scottish Junior Inter District Championships. The event, first played in 1993, was played over three days at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn. Nearly 200 matches were played by the 72 players representing the 9 District Associations In Scotland.
The team pictured below, was Ella Paul, Freya Paul & Lewis Gilmour from Moffat’s Beechgrove tennis club, Chad Lawson, Alex Shearman & Rhona Park from Lochmaben tennis club and Ruairidh McRoberts from Dumfries tennis club. We also borrow Catriona MacIntosh from the West to complete the team of 8 players.
The match format consisted of singles and doubles with D&G drawn in Group A of all four events (boys 15s & 17s and girls 15s & 17s). They were against the North East and the eventual runners-up East of Scotland. The team gave a good account of our district and gained great experience from the event and a big thank you goes to all the players, parents and coach Ian MacKinlay. Despite their relative inexperience the team managed to gain a few wins. Getting the team there was a big step and hopefully the district will build on this for next year.