Dumfries Tennis Club hosted the 2019 Dumfries and Galloway Junior Championships on Saturday 22nd June. There were 9 trophies up for grabs with 40 players taking to the courts.
The first two trophies of the day went to Dumfries Tennis Club as Eve Crombie edge a tight match 1-4, 4-0, 12-10 in the girls 14s against Isla Grieve from Annan Seaforth. In the 9s and under Orange ball event Autumn Hodgins won 3 out of 3 to claim the trophy with Grace Palmer (Beechgrove TC) coming second with Daisy Stevenson and Abigail Warren both from Dumfries taking 3rd and 4th.
In the 8s and under mixed event we had 12 players from all over the region taking part with many competing for the first time. After the group stages we were left with Jack Wearing from Dumfries TC, Sam Donnelly from Dalbeattie TC, Archie Brown from Beechgrove TC and Eamon McFarlane from Stewartry CSC. Sam edged past Archie 10-3 in the first semi, whilst Jack completed a 10-4 win again Eamon who went on to win the 3rd place play off against Archie 10-6. In the final Sam went into the match eyeing a double after he had beaten Jack 11-9 in the group stages but this time Jack got some early points to settle him as he raced into a 5-2 lead which became 9-2 before completing the win 10-4 with both boys playing some great Red ball tennis.
In the 9s boys event it was as tight as can be, with 3 of the 5 boys completing 2 wins each with Logan McCluskey (Dumfries TC) edging into 2nd place by a mere point over Grant Kerr (Dumfries TC) with Dominik Czopek (Dumfries TC) coming 4th with Thomas McCleary coming 5th win no wins but taking 3 of his 4 matches to 3 tie-break matches. The winner on the day with 4 wins out of 4 was Ethan Leyman (Dumfries TC).
This left the afternoon to the yellow ball events with Eve Crombie completing the double as again she finished her 12s match again Rose Brown on a championship tie-break taking the match 4-2, 2-4, 12-10. Both girls played some great tennis in the hottest part of the day.
In the 10s and under boys event we had 3 players taking part with Harry Brown from Beechgrove TC taking the titles with 2 wins against Oliver Bryant (Dumfries TC) 4-1 and Clark Bryson (Dalbeattie TC) 4-0, with Oliver taking 2nd.
In the boys 16s event Adam Maxwell (Dalbeattie TC) continued on from last years success in the 14s event as he beat Fergus Cubbon (Dumfries TC) 4-2, 4-0 and Stewart Laye (Stewartry CSC) 4-0, 4-1 with Fergus taking 2nd with a 4-1, 5-3 win over Stewart.
In the 12s and 14s boys event it was an outstanding display from 11 yr old Daniel McKenna (Annan) as he dominated both events on the way to winning both events and only dropping 2 games in the process as he beat Fergus Reynolds-Lewis (Dumfries TC) in both finals 4-1, 4-0 and 4-0 & 4-0. Jacob Holden (Dumfries TC) came third in both events with Flynn Dalgliesh (Annan) winning both consolation events.
A tremendous days tennis with some great performances on the day.
8s & under Mixed – Jack Wearing – Dumfries,
9s & under boys – Ethan Leyman – Dumfries,
9s & under girls – Autumn Hodgins – Dumfries,
10s & under boys – Harry Brown – Beechgrove – Moffat,
12s & under boys – Daniel McKenna – Annan Seaforth,
12s & under girls – Eve Crombie – Dumfries,
14s & under boys – Daniel McKenna – Annan Seaforth,
14s & under girls – Eve Crombie – Dumfries,
16s & under boys – Adam Maxwell – Dalbeattie.