D&G Mini Red Tour 2020

The 2020 D&G Mini Red Tour got under way at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries. Now in it’s 5th year we had 9 players from Dumfries, 4 from Annan and 1 each from Stewartry CSC and Carlisle making up the field of 10 boys and 5 girls.

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In the girls event we had 5 young ladies from Dumfries battling it out for top spot with a round robin, so 4 matches each. We had a good display from all 5 girls with Caitlin Topping taking top spot with 4 wins out of 4 and in her 3rd year of the tour Stella Hodgins managed 3 wins out of 4 to take the runner-up spot. Ruby Gordon (3rd), Nevaeh Harris (4th) with Bethany Mann completing the line-up with a nervous display but from the matches I watched she was the most consistent server of the girls.

In the boys event we had 2 groups of 5 with the top 2 from each group going into the semi’s and the rest going into the consolation. In group A Fergus Smith (Annan) won 3 out of 4 to join Adam Hunter (Dumfries) in the semi as he won 4 out of 4 and was also appearing in his 3rd Tour. They were joined in the semi finals by group B winner Eamon McFarlane (Stewartry CSC) who managed 4 out of 4, with Nathan Zaoral (Dumfries) claiming the final spot with 3 out of 4.

In the consolation final Lewis Hannah bt fellow Annandale player Angus McCleary 10-4.

In the semi finals Adam bt hitting partner Nathan 10-4 with Eamon enjoying a 10-0 victory over Fergus. Nathan took third place beating Fergus 10-2.

In the final Eamon took early control as he raced into a 3-0 lead before Adam fought back to tie it at 4-4. It was then nip and tuck up to 8-8 before Adam’s patience paid off to take the final 10-8 and secure the winners medal.

D&G Mini Red Tour Dumfries Results

Also well played to Jack Docherty (Carlisle), Joe McLatchie (Annan) and Dumfries youngsters Sam Scade and Ben Gilmour-Graham who made up the remaining players.

Big thanks to Tony, Colin, Chris and Cath for helping with the scoring. A vital part of the team.

D&G Mini Red Tour Leaderboard 2020

 

Walk with Judy!

March for The Judy Murray Foundation and you will be entered into a draw to win one of these fabulous prizes!

JMF Kiltwalk Poster (1)

  • Afternoon tea for 4 at Cromlix
    A JMF session at a club or school of choice
    4 Tickets to the Murray Trophy Event (Glasgow, Sep 2020) plus a meet & greet with Judy and Jamie Murray

We want to ask for your help in supporting The Judy Murray Foundation fundraising efforts at the 2020 Kiltwalks across Scotland. The motto of the Foundation is:

Everyone for Tennis, Everywhere for Tennis and our goal is to take tennis into rural and deprived areas of Scotland.

Our aim is to build community-based workforces whilst improving health, well-being and a sense of belonging. Through increasing the pool of effective motivators and providing sustained, accessible and stimulating tennis programmes in collaboration with others our aim is not to produce the best player in the world (done that!) but to extract the best from everyone that comes to a JMF session whether they be a grandparent, a mum or dad, an aspiring young coach or simply a child who wants to try tennis.

Already we are working with communities in Inverclyde, rural Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Maryhill and the East End of Glasgow and have engaged with over 1700 people since April 2019. More people delivering tennis means more opportunities for others to play tennis.

The Kiltwalk is a fantastic way to raise funds for charity and an event that everyone can take part in, as you can choose to walk 6, 15 or 23 miles. One of the amazing things about the Kiltwalk is that The Tom Hunter Foundation adds 40 % onto every fundraiser’s final total. So, every £100 you raise becomes £140 for The Judy Murray Foundation. Last year we raised over £26,000, which is enough to cover the direct costs of almost 3 projects for one year.

So………what next?
Promote the attached poster
Register to walk at one (or more!) of the 4 Kiltwalks available all over Scotland: Glasgow 26 April, Aberdeen 7June, Dundee – 16 August, Edinburgh 13 September 2020 – https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk
Make sure you choose The Judy Murray Foundation when prompted to choose a charity and encourage your friends and family to sponsor you
Why not “create a team” and invite fellow tennis players, family and friends to join you on the journey
All participants will receive a FREE Judy Murray Foundation T-shirt to wear during the walk

We hope we can persuade you to form a group from your tennis club and “walk the walk”. It’s a real fun day out and your support would really help us to grow tennis in Scotland whilst making a serious difference!

Best wishes and many thanks for your help,

#TeamJMF

Men’s Singles Comp

Lochmaben Tennis Club are running a men’s singles competition on Sunday 26th January. Entries are open to the first 8 players with a waiting list thereafter in case someone withdraws.

Contact and entry detail can be viewed below.

Rabbie Burns tennis tournament

 

D&G Mini Red Tour 2020

We are celebrating the D&G Mini Red Tours 5th year in 2020. Below are the first 2 winners back in January 2016, with Rose Brown from Moffat who went on to win the girls tour that year and Dumfries’s Euan Sharp who is the only player to win an event in 2 different years (2016 & 2017).

Previous Leaderboards

Mini Tour Dumfries

Some stats;

83 – The number of kids who have played over the previous 4 years,

72 – the number of D&G kids to take to the courts over this time,

24 – The number of D&G girls to take part,

48 – The number of D&G boys to take part,

Euan Sharp – The only player to win an event in 2 different years,

Logan McCluskey – The only player to play in all 4 years,

27 – the number of boys from the tour who played in a tennis competition this year,

12 – the number of girls from the tour who played in a tennis competition this year,

Carlisle, Kilmarnock, Northumberland, Prestwick, Huddersfield and the Scottish Borders are the other areas we have attracted kids from to our event.

D&G Mini Red Tour 2020 – Entry Link

The tour is open to any red ball child throughout the UK but only D&G kids can win the Leaderboard plate.

Let’s play tennis..

Dumfries Double at the 1st Indoor Reds event of the winter

The first indoor Red event of the 2019 winter season saw 10 Dumfries players, 2 from Annan, 1 each from Carlisle & Glasgow taking to the courts.

The 5 Dumfries girls completed a round robin with Stella Hodgins just edging past Caitlin Topping to take first prize with Ruby Gordon, Ailsa Goldie and in her first ever event Nevaeh Harris completing the places.

Ailsa, Ruby, Stella, Nevaeh & Caitlin. The Dumfries Girls

In the boys event we had 2 groups with Cumbria’s Daniel Sellers and Dumfries’s Adam Hunter progressing into the semi finals at the expense of  Annan’s Fergus Smith and debutant Ben Gilmour-Graham from Dumfries. In group B it was a tighter groups with only game points separating the top 3 as Harry Taylor from Glasgow and Dumfries’s Nathan Zaoral just squeezing past Lewis Hannah from Annan. Sam Scade and another debutant and his hitting partner Jack Coupar making up the group.

Fergus, Lewis, Daniel, Harry, Sam, Adam, Nathan, Ben & missing is Jack.

Lewis and Fergus played out the consolation final as Lewis overcame his friend and hitting partner 10-6.

In the semi finals Nathan took on Daniel and Adam played Harry. Despite Nathan good play Daniel controlled the match to make the final with a 10-5 win. In the other semi Adam and Harry were nip and tuck up to 7-7 before Adam took the next 3 points to set up a rematch of last months outdoor final at Nunholm. Nathan took 3rd place 10-9 from Harry in a very good match before Adam and Daniel played out the final. Daniel won the last 2 matches against Adam but this time Adam was looking to reverse this and made good start as he raced into a 5-2 lead before taking the next 5 points to claim the win and the gold medal.

2nd Daniel, Winner Adam, 3rd Nathan, Consolation winner Lewis and Consolation R-Up Fergus.

Great days play, with some excellent tennis from all the kids and a big WELL done to Nevaeh, Ben and Jack who all made the debuts today.

Results can be viewed using the link below once updated.

https://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-L2A3UCU

 

D&G Junior Leagues

Well done to Dumfries on taking the rain effected 10s event as Cameron edged the match v Eilidh 4-1, which meant due to other teams not being available Dumfries won 5 out of 5 rubbers.

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10s Eilidh, Cameron, Grant with Autumn & Logan missing.

In the 14s event we had 4 clubs represented by 3 Dumfries teams, 2 Moffat teams and 1 each from Annan and Stewartry CSC at Dumfries on the 16th Nov. We had 2 round robin groups of 4 and 3 teams.

D&G Junior Leagues 2019 – Results

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Eve, Fergus, Jacob & Flynn

In group A Dumfries played 5 rubbers and won them all with Stewartry Duo Stewart & William edging past Lewis and Tessa from Moffat.

Group B was a slightly tougher group with Dumfries taking this with 6 rubbers for and 1 against. Beechgrove edge out the other Dumfries team into 2nd with Annan making up the fourth team.

The final match was a play-off between Dumfries Volleyers and Dumfries Smashers. Fergus Reynolds-Lewis edge a close match as he beat Flynn Dalgliesh 4-3, 4-1 before Jacob Holden clawed the match level with a 4-0, 4-1 win over Eve Crombie.

On the Sunday the 4 kids were back to complete the final. Fergus and Eve took a commanding lead to go 3-0 up before Jacob and Flynn levelled at 3-3 before Fergus and Eve took the tie-break. The 2nd set also ended up in a tie-break with Fergus and Eve racing into a 4-1 lead before Jacob and Flynn fought back to take it 7-4 and level the match. The championship tie-break ebbed and flowed as Jacob & Flynn took and early lead before Fergus & Eve fought back from 8-4 down to 8-7 but Jacob and Flynn took the final 2 points to clinch the title for Dumfries Tennis Club.

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Dumfries and Moffat players – 14s & Under

Great to see 5 of our clubs taking part over 6 leagues with 4 clubs getting a title. We had 46 players competing over the 2 weekends with 3 venues being used. Well played to all players and thanks to the parents and clubs for supporting this event.

Champions;

8s Under – Annan Seaforth, 9s Under – Stewartry CSC, 10s Under – Dumfries, 12s Under – Annan Seaforth, – 14s Under – Dumfries and 16s Under – Beechgrove.

 

D&G Junior Leagues

Congratulation to Annan Seaforth TC for winning their 2nd D&G Junior League title of 2019 as the 8s and under team played 3 fixtures with the team having a 100% record.

Pictured below are Fergus Smith, Angus Mccleary (both Annan) Stella Hodgins and Sam Scade (Dumfries) and Lewis Hannah (Annan). Missing is Joe McLatchie.

8s Under Annan

Standings of 8U Mixed Singles – Group A

Points Played Rubbers
1 Annan Lobs                          6           3         6 – 0
2 Annan Aces                          5           4         5 – 3
3 Beechgrove Baseliners      2           3          2 – 4
3 Dumfries Smashers            2           3         2 – 4
5 Dumfries Drop Shotters    1            3        1 – 5

D&G Junior League 2019 – 8s and under results

 

D&G Junior Leagues

Three venues, with 36 players representing 5 clubs at 5 age groups with the hope of completing all these matches on one Saturday afternoon. I was never going to be easy and the weather made sure of that.

Thanks should go to Annan Seaforth, Dalbeattie TC and Dumfries TC for offering their court time and facilities, thanks also to Colin and Tony for overseeing the events on the day and of course thanks to all the kids and parents for giving up their time, without them then this doesn’t happen.

Onto the tennis and congratulations go to all the winners of the completed leagues. 9s and under winners were Stewartry CSC with brother and sister duo of Eamon and Isla McFarlane winning 5 out of the 6 rubbers they played at Annan.

Played at Dalbeattie, the 12s and under went to Annan Seaforth with Flynn Dalgliesh and Danny McKenna also winning 5 out of their 6 rubbers to add this title to their previous 10s triumph from 2017.

16s and under went Moffat with Brandon Smith and Lewis Lindsay securing the title down at Dalbeattie.

Unfortunately the weather caused issues at Dumfries before either the 8s or 10s leagues could be completed with 2 Annan teams at the top of the 8s league and 2 Dumfries teams at the top of the 10s league. Hopefully these can be completed soon.

D&G Junior League Results

Annan Players

9& under league – Erin, Joseph, Eamon, Isla, Lucy & Jack

Dalbeattie Players (2)

12 & under League – Fergus, Jacob, Danny, Flynn, Kyle & Daniel. 16s & under League – Adam, Lewis, Brandon, Tessa & Catie.

South of Scotland Tennis Championship

The 2019 Championship recent took place at the Beechgrove Tennis Club in Moffat in great conditions for tennis and we would like to thank Beechgrove Tennis Club for allowing us access to the courts for the 7 days, SSE Clyde (D&G) Community funding for supporting the event again this year along with Tennis Scotland and their Open Tour.

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We had a another good entry of 261 with ages from 6yrs through to our vets and as usual play started bright and early with the 10s events, 12s and 8s. The first winner of the 2019 event was Kieran McGuire from Prestwick who edge a good final against Dumfries’s Jack Wearing 10-6. Dominik Czopek from Dumfries came third in another tight match against Natalia Augustynska 10-7. Natalia came first out of the girls with Maisie Murray 2nd and Stella Hodgins 3rd. Adam Hunter from Dumfries won the consolation with a 10-8 win over Dalbeatties Sam Donnelly. With Jack Docherty from Carlisle playing some good tennis in the event also. Sunshine all the way with some excellent Red ball tennis.

Monday proved a busy day also as we concluded the 10s events, the 9s and the 12s doubles. Cumbria’s Jake Irving edge a marathon match against Hamish Wyper 8-6, 6-8 & 8-6 to claim the 9s boys event with Dumfries’s Ethan Leyman edging another marathon against his Dumfries hitting partner Cameron Hunter 4-7, 7-4, 7-4. In the girls event Hanna Augustynska beat Becky MacLeod 7-1, 7-2 to claim that title with Dumfries’s Autumn Hodgins winning the consolation round robin event. Other winners on the day were Elisa Gibson who won the 10s girls, Angus Jones won the 10s boys, Freya Blundell won the 12s girls with Archie Agnew and Annan’s Danny McKenna taking the 12s boys doubles 6-3, 7-5 against Louis Kirkpatrick and Rowan Speed.

In the 12s boys event Archie Agnew came from a set down to edge the final in the champ tie-break against Jonathan Morgan 1-6, 6-4, 10-5 with Dumfries’s Fergus Reynolds Lewis taking the consolation prize against hitting partner Flynn Dalgliesh. The 14s boys went to Liam O’Brien, 16s boys to Ross Young and 18s boys Gregor Stott. The 14s girls winner was Teodora Prisadnikova and the 18s girls winner was Annemiek Sterk. The 16s Boys doubles winners Robert Cowley and Matthew Nice.

In the senior events Philip Blythe beat Gregor Stott 6-4, 6-1, open doubles went to Philip and Matthew Grieve 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 against Joshua Kean and Jamie Martin. Local favourite Sergio Meola claimed a double by winning the Men’s 8.1 to 10.2 events and the men’s handicap singles. Ellen Sloss won the Women’s 8.1 to 10.2 singles with Castle Douglas duo Liz Baines and Susan Nugent winning the 40+ doubles. In the 45+ Men’s events, local coach Colin Dunbar made an impressive debut buy beating 3 times champions Paul Boardman 6-0, 6-2 in the singles final and with doubles partner claimed the that title against Brian Litster and Fraser Patterson 3-6, 7-6(4) 10-0. With Diane Fung claiming the 40+ ladies singles to complete a great championship in a perfect week of weather.

 

 

 

 

Border Cups

The 2019 Border Cups were completed on the weekend of the 17th & 18th August. The singles was on Saturday and conditions proved very tricky with high winds affecting play. A smaller field than usual saw only 6 brave the winds to try and land their name on the trophy. In the 2 quarter final matches there was a routine win for Richie Cunningham over Michael Goldie 6-1-6-0 and defending champion Dan McKiddie negotiated a win over Kyle Singh 6-4, 6-3 to set up a semi-final against Paul Boardman. Dan took the first set 6-2 before Paul got going taking the 2nd set into a tie-break which Dan held on to take 7-6 (7-4) and clinch a final spot. In the other semi a returning Colin Dunbar was looking to get his name back on the trophy he last won in 2015 and he and Richie battled through the wind. Richie managed the conditions best in the first set taking it 7-6 before Colin levelled the match by taking the 2nd set 6-3. The tie-break 3rd set ebbed and flowed before Richie came out on top to take it 10-7 and set up a final with Dan.

The final proved to be a cagey affair with just the narrowest of margins seperating the players as Dan regained his title with a 7-5, 6-3 win.

The doubles on Sunday was again played in windy conditions with the threat of rain hanging over the 4 pairs. In the first semi defending champions Colin Dunbar and Johnny Short just kept Dumfries duo of Kyle Singh and Richie Cunningham at bay to record a 6-3, 6-4 win. Last years beaten finalist Dan & Lister McKiddie had to work very hard to edge past experanced Dalbeattie pair of Paul Boardman and Stevie White 7-5, 7-5. Paul and Stevie secure the 3rd spot by beating Kyle and Richie 6-3, 7-5. The final was evenly contested as it reached a tie-break which Colin and Johnny controlled to take the first set 7-6 (2). The 2nd set totally changed as the heavens open up and the rain lashed down and with that it washed away Lister and Dan’s chances and Colin and Johnny went on to take the 2nd set 6-0 and secure their 7th Borders win.

Border Cups Results 2019