County Cup appearance for a local girl

The South of Scotland’s 12s and under girls team travelled down to Carlisle to play in the qualifying round of the County Cup against Cumbria, Yorkshire, Durham and Cleveland and the West of Scotland at the weekend.

The South of Scotland team is selected from players who play in Ayrshire, The Borders and Dumfries & Galloway with local girl Heather Keal from Moffat, who recently won the Dumfries & Galloway under 14s championship, being selected for the 2 days. The team didn’t manage any wins over the weekend but had a good battling draw against their neighbours from Cumbria on the first day with the girls working hard throughout the two days. Heather follows in the footsteps of previous team members from D&G, Sophie Robinson and Rhona Park.

Well done to Heather as this is a great reward for all her hard work.

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LTA 12U County Cup 2018 – Girls Group G Results

 

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Red2Yellow Tour Red & Green at Moffat

Yet another great warm day for tennis as we welcomed Beechgrove Tennis Club into the Red2Yellow tour as they staged their first competition on their new tennis courts.

We has 16 Red (8s & under) ball players and 9 Green (10s & under) ball players taking to the courts on a very hot day. The Reds kicked off at 11am with 14 D&G kids and one each from the west of Scotland and the east of Scotland. With a very strong field the experience kids came through the 4 round robin groups without much difficulty. This gave us a 6 Dumfries kids in the main knock-out stage and the guests from East and West of Scotland. The quarter finals saw Cameron Hunter bt Nikemi Olafare (west) 10-4, Rory MacKenzie (east) bt Dominik Czopek 10-4, Grant Kerr edge past fellow Dumfries player Autumn Hodgins 10-8 with Logan McCluskey bt Jack Wearing 10-1. The draw kept the 2 favourites Logan and Rory apart as Logan bt Grant 10-3 and in the other match Dumfries’s Cameron Hunter played some excellent tennis to beat the joint favourite Rory MacKenzie 10-5 and set up a reply of last weeks D&G Junior championship final against hitting partner Logan. However this time Cameron revered the outcome as he completed the match with a 10-7 victory over Logan as he claimed his first Red2Yellow Tour gold medal. In the consolation final Cameron’s younger brother was just edge out a tight match as he lost to Moffat’s Kathryn Wilson 10-8. These results still leaves Cumbria’s Jake Irving top of the leaderboard with Logan into second and Cameron third.

Red Results  & Red Leaderboard

In the green event we had 8 local D&G kids and Rory’s big sister Ruby MacKenzie taking part. After the round robin stages Ben Rogerson (Moffat) bt Ruby Mackenzie (East) 4-1 to book a place in the final. In the other semi Daniel Palmer (Moffat) bt Annan’s Devon Jones 4-0 to set up a final again fellow club player Ben. Ruby managed to match her brothers achievement of finishing 3rd in the event after she beat Devon 4-0, in the final Ben held on to beat Daniel 4-1 to claim his first win in the Red2Yellow Tour. In the consolation final Dumfries pair of Jacob Holden and Eve Crombie played out a tight match which Jacob won 4-1. This leaves Danny McKenna to of the leaderboard with Jacob second and Daniel third.

Green results  & Green Leaderboard

 

 

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.

D&G Junior Confined

Dumfries Tennis Club hosted the 2018 Dumfries & Galloway Junior Confined Championship on Saturday 23rd June. The had 34 player from Dumfries TC, Beechgrove TC (Moffat), Dalbeattie TC, Gatehouse of Fleet TC, Annan Seaforth TC and St Mungo’s TC playing today as we completed 85 matches. We started at 10.30am with the 8s and under red and 10s and under green players and we finished with the 12 and under mixed final at 7pm.

Winners on the day Logan McCluskey (Dumfries) who complete a double by winning the 8s and 9s age groups, Daniel McKenna (Annan) won the 10s and under boys, Eve Crombie (Dumfries) won the 10s and under girls, Fergus Reynolds-Lewis won the 12s and under event with Heather Keal winning the 14s and under girls and Adam Maxwell (Dalbeattie) winning the 14 and under boys in his first LTA tennis competition.

D&G Junior Confined Results

Great to see so many of D&G’s junior talent playing their best tennis on the big stage. Well done to all 34 kids. The next mini event is the D&G Red2Yellow Tour Green and Red event at Moffat on Saturday 30th June.

D&G Doubles Leagues

The date was the 22nd May 2013, that was the last time that Dumfries A lost a match in the D&G Men’s doubles league and back then it was against Stewartry CSC. Almost 5 years on and it happened again but this time it was Stewartry neighbours Dalbeattie who stopped the run. On an extremely difficult night for tennis where high winds and rain showers played there part, Dalbeattie Tennis Club and Beechgrove Tennis Club were the guests at Dumfries against Dumfries A and C. Dumfries A v Dalbeattie was a top of the table clash and in the other match Dumfries C v Beechgrove was a relegation battle. All four teams found the conditions extremely challenging and on paper Dumfries C were slight favourites against Beechgrove who have played all their matches away from Moffat this year as their courts are re-laid. Dumfries C took the first 2 rubbers as they managed the conditions better before Beechgrove found their rhythm. Dumfries took the first set in each of the 2nd round matches before Beechgrove secured the next set in each match, this took the result down to two match tie-breaks which in that wind could go anyway. However Dumfries C kept their nerve to secure both match tie-breaks and the match 4-0.

On the other 2 courts the first 2 matches were shared as both teams took a rubbers each with match tie-breaks. Dumfries A’s record was on the line and the match was going to the wire as Graeme Cross & Richie Cunningham took the first set 6-1 before Darren Cassidy and Paul Boardman levelled by taking the 2nd set 7-6 to take the rubber into the match tie-break. In the other match Oscar Alberigo and Stevie White took the first set 7-6 against Lister McKiddie and Chris Topping before completing the win by taking the second set 6-4. This brought the match down to the championship tie-break which went to the wire before Dalbeattie took it and the match 10-8 to secure a valuable win which takes them to the top of the league with one match remaining. Dalbeattie sit on 14 points after 9 matches with Dumfries A on 12 points after 7 matches. Dumfries A still remain favourites with their next match away to Stewartry CSC before a double header against bottom of the table Beechgrove.

D&G Mens Doubles Leagues Results