Mixed Leagues delayed by weather

The conclusion to the mixed leagues has been halted by the weather in recent weeks with both the A and B leagues are still to be decided. Dalbeattie A sit second at present with 2 away matches to play, Beechgrove and Stewartry CSC. Dumfries A are top with one home match against Stewartry CSC.

In the B league Kirkcudbright A are one point clear of Dumfries B with both teams likely to meet in the final match at Kirkcudbright. Kirkcudbright knows that a win against Kirkcudbright B and a draw against Dumfries will be enough to secure the title, for Dumfries it’s simple, 2 straight wins and they are champions.

Mixed League Results and Fixtures 2015

Colin and Jonny complete a hat trick of wins

The Border Cups Tennis Tournament was completed over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd August at Dumfries Tennis Club with 24 players competing over the 2 days. The event was again supported by Soltyre Ltd from Heathhall with DS Roofing Ltd sponsoring the match balls. Saturday’s play was mainly dry with some heavy showers but this didn’t stop the players. Last year’s beaten finalist Niklas Stingl from Kelso in the Borders was the favourite for this year’s event but this was short lived as he lost in the quarter finals to Kenan Wallace. Kenan took a tight first set 6-4 with Niklas levelling in the second 6-2 before Kenan took an early lead in the championship tie break third set and never looked back as he completed a very classy win 10-5 in the third. Unfortunately Kenan couldn’t repeat his form in the semi as Stevie White from Dalbeattie Tennis Club rolled back the years to win a tight match 7-5, 5-7 10-5. In the other semi defending champion Colin Dunbar used all his experience to come back from a set down against young Alex Shearman from Lochmaben. Alex took an early lead winning the first set 6-1 and looked comfortable in the second set before a lapse in concentration let Colin back in as he took the second set 7-5. In the championship tie-break Colin took a 4-0 lead to then lose the next 5 points to let Alex back in the match before Colin edged the match taking the tie-break 10-8.  In the final both players looked weary from the previous matches with Colin just keeping Stevie at arm’s length to make him champions for the third year in a row taking the match 6-3, 6-2. Colin Dunbar 2015 Winner

In the consolation final Jason Grindall completed a hat-trick of wins against players with an 8.2 rating. He overcame Lochmaben player Chad Lawson in the final 6-2, 6-3.

Colin was back in action on the Sunday defending his doubles title with Johnny Short from the Borders against Dalbeattie pair of Brian Litster and Fraser Patterson. Colin and Johnny raced into an early lead taking the first set 6-2 before a few moments of genius from Jonny and some decisive winners from Colin completed the result taking the second set 6-2. In the consolation doubles final Ben and Lister McKiddie edged a very close match against Paul Boardman and Stevie white, taking the match 6-3, 7-6.

Border Cups Tournament Results 2015

Colin Dunbar & Jonny Short 2015 Winners

South of Scotland

The Annual South of Scotland Tennis Championships was recently completed with play being split between the Blaes courts at Beechgrove in Moffat and the all-weather courts at Dumfries.  Unfortunately for the tournament organisers all 8 days of competition were interrupted by rain with more than half the matches being played at Dumfries, this despite the great efforts of committee members and volunteers who tried in vain to clear the water from the old Blaes courts at the historic Beechgrove Tennis Club.

Despite the weather, another healthy entry of 212 players descended into Dumfries and Galloway to play this historic event with winners from as far afield as Inverness, Dundee, Northumberland, Berkshire and Wrexham. The new organising team oversaw 336 matches over the 8 days with an average of 42 matches per day and peaking at 54 matches on the Thursday. We also saw a historic moment on the Monday with the event being played under floodlights for the first time in its history which was repeated through-out the week at Dumfries.

The Tennis that was played at both Moffat and Dumfries was of the highest level and the Men’s Singles Open saw a top class final with 19 years old Ruben Henry (Blackhall TC Edinburgh) just edging past  17 years old James Shemilt (David Lloyd Glasgow) 6-3, 7-6 to win his 1st South of Scotland Title.

The Ladies Singles Open final was an English affair which saw Northumberland’s Francesca Booth win a tighter match than the score line reflects 6-0, 6-3 against Sunderland’s Nicola Tweedy.

Two local boys, Alex Shearman and Chad Lawson again triumphed in the Men’s handicap doubles, which they regained from last year whilst Alex also regained the men’s handicap singles title in a repeat of last year’s final by beating local Moffat coach Mike McMillin 4-1, 4-2. Alex also reached both the 16s and 18s boys semi finals.

The one new event this year was created to thank our previous 2 referees, The Hanbidge and Howie Challenge Cup was created after both Colin Hanbidge and John Howie stepped down after 22 years of helping run this event and it was fitting that Colin himself entered and won the inaugural event by beating Trevor Herron in the final 6-0, 6-0. Many thanks gents and a big thanks to Magnox (North) for their help funding the new trophy.


Men's Champion

Ruben Henry

Men’s Open Singles – Rueben Henry bt James Shemilt 6-3, 7-6

Ladies Singles Finalists

Nicola and Francesca

Ladies Open Singles – Francesca Booth bt Nicola Tweedy 6-0, 6-3

Men’s Open Doubles – Rueben Henry/ Tim Weir bt Lewis Hall/Ross Martin 4-0, 4-1

Ladies Open Doubles – Nicola Tweedy/Sophie Williamson bt Heather Croll/Milly Wood 4-1, 5-4

Mixed Open Doubles – Philip Blythe/Heather Croll bt Ross Martin/Maisie Wood 4-2, 4-0

45+ Men’s Open Singles – Colin Hanbidge bt Trevor Herron 6-0, 6-0

Men’s Handicap Singles – Alex Shearman bt Mike McMillin 4-1, 4-2

Men’s Handicap Doubles – Chad Lawson/ Alex Shearman bt Jamie Connel/Ross Lyon by a walk over.

Mixed Handicap Doubles – Cameron Edwards/Milly Wood bt Angus Edward/Maisie Wood 4-2, 4-1

U18 Boys – James Shemilt bt Ross Martin 6-2 6-1

U18 Girls – Stephanie Booth bt Milly Wood 4-6, 6-2, (10-7)

U16 Boys – Ross Martin bt Matthew Forrest 6-4, 6-3

U16 Girls – Megan Almond bt Milly Wood 6-3, 1-6, (10-7)

U16 – Boys Doubles – Matthew Forest/Michael Morrison bt Cameron Edward 5-4, 5-3

U16 – Girls Doubles – Heather Croll/Milly Wood bt Alicia Gates/Mathilde Sreeves 6-0, 6-2

U14 – Boys Callum Rendle bt Joshua Kean 7- 6, 3-6, (10-3)

U14 – Girls Megan Davies bt Alicia Gates 6-3, 4-6, (10-8)

This competition, which dates back to the early 1900’s has grown in stature over the past 20 years and is now one of the largest tennis competitions in Scotland, both the Tournament Committee and the Beechgrove Tennis Club Committee wait to see if Dumfries and Galloway Council can successfully source funding and approval to have all six court relayed with a surface fit for modern play. Without new courts who knows what will happen to the event in the future. If anyone would like to donate or help raise funds to assist with this project then please contact Michael at southofscotlandtennistournament@yahoo.com and he can put you in contact with the relevant people.

Finally we would like to thank the following; Hugo Allen and Glynis Allen the referees, welcome to Moffat, Billy and Russell the catering kings, without them the place wouldn’t be the same, cheers lads. Bryan, Mike, Russell W, Ewan and Robbie who all worked tirelessly to keep both the courts and surround area to the best it could be, Lara for sorting burgers and rolls, Adam and Mike who supported and helped us with transport when needed and Geoff Legg for helping with the presentations.  The organising committee would also like to thank the sponsors and supporters, without whom none of this would be possible,

Magnox North (chapelcross site), HEAD uk, Foundation Scotland, Annandale and Eskdale Upper Area Committee, Earl of Annandale and Hartfell,  The Star Hotel, The Stag Hotel, The Buccleuch Arms Hotel, The Balmoral Hotel, The Moffat House Hotel, Hartfell House, Limetree Restaurant, Claudio’s Restaurant and Maria’s Fish & Chip shop, Dumfries and Galloway Council, DS Roofing, Soltyres and Beechgrove Tennis Club (thanks Ladies). See you all 2016.

Mixed Leagues

The mixed leagues are nearing their conclusion with Dalbeattie A and Dumfries A vying for the A league title this year and Kirkcudbright and Dumfries B battling it out for the B League.

This week saw Dumfries A travel to Moffat where they earned a vital 2 points as they defeated Beechgrove 4-0 whilst nearest rivals Dalbeattie A and Stewartry CSC match was cancelled due to rain. In the B league Dalbeattie B earned their first points with a home 4-0 win against Kirkcudbright B.

Mixed League Results and Fixtures 2015