Beechgrove Tennis Club from Moffat edged a tight play-off match against Dumfries B to secure the Mixed B league title. The first round of rubbers couldn’t separate the teams as Lewis Gilmour and Rhona Park beat Scott Beveridge and Louise Stewart 6-1, 6-3 but Dumfries came back with David Strachan and Judi McKiddie beating Bryan Keal and Ella Paul 7-5, 6-2. With Moffat fielding 3 junior players they took an early advantage with Lewis and Ella winning 6-2, 6-4 against Scott and Judi before Bryan and Rhona secured the title by beating David and Lousie 7-6, 6-1.
Both Dumfries teams suffered defeats in the opening weekend (14th Sept) of the Aegon National Tennis Leagues. In league 2 Dumfries A traveled to Perth to play the Tayside league champions but found them too hot as Kinnoull Tennis Club won all four singles matches and both doubles to take the match 12-0. In the 4th division Dumfries B took on the Central league champions Falkirk and again the visitors were far to good for Dumfries as they won the match 12-0. This week (21st) saw a change in fortunes as both Dumfries teams managed to win their matches against 2 teams from Livilands Tennis Club who are based in Stirling. Their 1st team traveled to Dumfries to play Dumfries A but unfortunately they only managed to travel with 3 players. Dan McKiddie and Alex Shearman won their singles matches with Lister McKiddie losing his but Lister and Dan secured the win with victory in the doubles, this gave Dumfries A the match 10-2. Dumfries B took the long trip to Stirling to play Livilands 2 for the 3rd time in 4 years but on this occasion they managed to secure a victory. Lewis Gilmour, Chad Lawson and Michael Goldie all secured wins in the singles and Lewis and Chad completed the victory in the doubles, this gave Dumfries an 8-2 victory which is Dumfries B’s first ever win in the national leagues.
Next week (28th) sees Dumfries A travel to Glasgow to play Glasgow Uni whilst Dumfries B entertain Kirkhill Tennis Club from Glasgow.
Beechgrove and Dumfries B both earning valuable away 3-1 wins which leaves both teams on the same number of points and the same amount of rubbers for and against, which means under the current rules both teams will complete a play-off at Dumfries Tennis Club.
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Beechgrove tennis club played host to Dumfries in the Under 12s junior district leagues knowing a victory on home blaes would secure the title. Dumfries started strong with Jed Simpson from Dumfries taking the first match 4-0, 4-0 again Robbie Jack but Ewan McMillin levelled the match for Beechgrove with a 4-0, 4-2 win against Lewis Reid. In the doubles Beechgrove continued the come back with another win on the blaes courts taking the final match 4-0, 4-2 to secure the title.
Well done boys.
The mixed B league will be settled on the final day of the season after Beechgrove earned a valuable point away to Stranraer on Wednesday with the 2-2 draw. Dalbeattie B have an outside chance of the title but they need to beat Dumfries B and rely on Kirkcudbright beating Beechgrove.
Dumfries B need to better Beechgrove result to lift the title and Beechgrove just need to match the Dumfries result as long as Dalbeattie don’t win 4-0.
Standings of Mixed Leagues – Mixed Leagues B
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Dalbeattie A edge past Stewartry CSC to secure the title for another year. The first 2 rubbers were shared before 2 tight rubbers eventually went Dalbeattie’s way to secure a 3-1 victory. In the other match Dumfries A traveled through to Kirkcudbright to complete their final match and overcame the home side 4-0 to help them finish 2nd this year and although Kirkcudbright finished last it was a great effort for their first time in the A league.
With only 3 matches remaining in the B league Dumfries B went top of the league by beating Stranraer 4-0. This leaves Dumfries on 10 points with 1 match remaining, Beechgrove on 9 points with 2 matches remaining and Dalbeattie on 8 points with 1 match left.