This year’s D&G Senior confined tournament attracted a large field with 28 players competing over the 2 days. No ladies events went ahead due to lack of entries but 17 players started the gent’s singles event of the Saturday.
With the forecast of rain play got under way at 10.30 but unfortunately was suspended at 1.30pm but all the first round matches were completed with Ben Mckiddie edging past Malcolm McEwen 7-6, 2-6, 10-4, Dan McKiddie beating Chad Lawson 6-1, 7-5, Alex Shearman beating Mark Rogerson 6-1, 6-1, Paul Boardman beating Ben Keal 6-1, 6-0, current holder Colin Dunbar beating Lewis Gilmour 6-4, 6-0, Stephen White beating Kyle Singh 6-2, 6-0, Richie Cunningham beating Mitchell Cowie 6-3, 6-0 & Brian Litster beating Euan McGlynn 6-4, 6-1.
An early start was arranged for Sunday to push on with the singles before the doubles got under way. Brian, Colin, Paul and Dan all progressed into the semifinals before the doubles got under way. After the qualifying round were completed the quarter finals took place with defending champions Brian and Fraser brushing past Malcolm and Michael 6-1, 6-1, Graeme and Martin beat Colin and Ruairidh 7-5, 6-7, 10-7, Paul and Stephen beat Chad and Euan 6-3, 6-3 and Dan and Lister bet Ben and Richie 7-6, 6-3. Play then switched back to the singles and the 2001 champion Paul Boardman battle his way into the final with a tight win over Dan McKiddie 4-6, 6-4, 1-7 where he would play against defending champion Colin Dunbar who edge past Brian Litster 3-6, 6-3, 10-2. The doubles semis were just as tight as Dan and Lister eventually overcame Paul and Stephen 6-7, 6-3, 10-3 whilst Brian and Fraser were pushed all the way by Graeme and Martin 6-3, 6-2.
With the sun beating down on the courts all 3 finals were played at the same time, Dan and Lister’s game click into place as they put in a great performance to beat defending champions Brian and Fraser 6-2, 6-2, in the singles event both Colin and Paul used all their experience and energy to play out a good final before Colin took the honor’s to regain his title 6-3, 6-2. In the consolation doubles final the young pretenders battled it out in an entertain final, Lewis Gilmour and Alex Shearman beat Euan McGlynn and Chad Lawson 6-3, 6-2 to complete a weekend of play. Thanks goes to all who helped out on the day and to Molplant Construction for sponsoring the event and to Scott Beveridge Plumbing for sponsoring the match balls.