Great start to the 2018 D&G Mini Red tour!
The venue was the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries with the biggest entry ever for the Tour which this year is sponsored by Horizon Windows in Dumfries, big thanks to Alan and Alex for there support. There were 19 boys and 9 girls entered and we completed 78 matches in just over 3.5 hours. What a team..
The parents and spectators were treated to some great tennis and effort from all the kids. In the girls event Lauren Gourley (Beechgrove Tennis Club) overturned her loss to Autumn Hodgins (Dumfries Tennis Club) in the round robin to take the final 10-3 as both girls played some brilliant points. In the 3rd & 4th Play-off Kathryn Wilson just edge past fellow Beechgrove player Grace Palmer 10-8. In the consolation girls final Eilidh Topping (Dumfries) bt Erin McKenna (Annan) 10-3 in a match which was closer than the score show.
In the large boys event we had 4 round robin groups followed by knock events. The 2 main semi finals had Dumfries Duo Logan McCluskey and Cameron Hunter taking on Carlisle pair of Declan Agnew and Jake Irving. Both matches had exhausting rallies as these matches ebbed and flow before the experienced Carlisle pair marched into the final. In the 3rd and 4th play-off Logan edge past Cameron 10-5. In the final, which was a re-run of the West Cumbria Mini Red Tour final on Saturday 27th, we had a reversal in fortunes as Declan overturned the Saturday defeat to take the match and tournament 10-5.
In a great consolation final we had Brodie Little (Annan Tennis Club) against Oliver McKnight (Beechgrove). These 2 boys in could quite easily be playing in the final next time as they produced a fast paced game which flowed from end to end. Brodie took the early advantage by going 3-1 up before Oliver edged past to go 6-5 before Brodie sealed it 8-6.
What a great event and to have 28 kids from D&G and Cumbria was great for tennis in this region.
The next event is on Saturday 24th February in Annan