Glorious Tennis

The Dan Maskell mixed doubles tournament attracted 10 strong couples from throughout the Region. The tournament based at Dalbeattie was played in glorious sunshine with the soaring temperatures taking its toll throughout the day. The format is a knock out with plate event for 1st match losers. Last year’s champions and number 1 seeds Colin Dunbar (Lockerbie) & Sophie Robinson (Dumfries) went through to the final without dropping a set. The other side of the draw featured last year’s runners up Paul Boardman & Maureen Johnstone (Dbt) seeded No 2. After a comfortable first round, the pairing of Darren Cassidy (Dbt) & Rhona Park (Lochmaben) stood in the way of another final appearance for the Dalbeattie duo. The semi produced some of the best tennis of the day with Darren & Rhona taking the first set 6-3. However, the experience of Paul & Mo shone through taking the second set 6-3. In the final 3rd set Paul and Mo dominated the play and saw out the tie despite a solid performance by their opponents.

The final, a repeat of last years was a closer affair than the previous encounter. The packed veranda was entertained to some thrilling tennis. Colin & Sophie took the first set comfortably only for Paul & Mo to come back strongly to take the second set 7-6. The final set again was a tight affair with both pairs looking for the break to give them the edge. It was Colin & Sophie who broke first then held their nerves to see out the final set 6-3 and take the title for the second year. President Keith Thom provided the vote of thanks to all and introduced Robin Charlton daughter of the late Dan Maskell to present the trophies. The club over the 2 days raised over £240 for the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust.

In the plate final Ian Cain (Gatehouse) & Shona MacKenzie (Dbt) finished the day with a win seeing off last years plate champions, Dumfries pairing of Mike Goldie & Fiona McCartney.