The 4th D&G Mini Red Tour kicked off at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries on Sunday 27th January. The first of 3 event started with 12 girls and 8 boys competing for the top prize on the day and to make a mark on the leaderboard early on.
The girls event started with 3 round robin groups with the top 2 in each group going into the last 8 knock-out event and they would be joined by the best 2 third placed girls in the 3 groups. After some great matches we had Clara Lebeque (Huddersfield Tennis Club), Stella Hodgins (Dumfries Tennis Club), Ava Rimmington (Northumberland Tennis Club), Eilidh Tait (Kilmarnock TC), Evie McAllister (Prestwick TC) and Lara Abdrabbo (Tennis Borders) all qualify automatically and they were joined by Dumfries Caitlin Topping and Erin McKenna from Annan Seaforth TC. In the last 8 Ava bt Erin 10-7, Evie bt Stella 10-2, Lara bt Eilidh 10-3 and Clara completed the draw with a 10-4 win over Caitlin. In the semi’s Evie edged past Ava 10-4 before Clara and Lara played a sublime match with Clara just getting over the line with a 10-8 victory. Lara came 3rd overall with a win over Ava 10-5 before Clara again had another epic match against Evie which saw both girls play some outstanding tennis, however Clara kept her nerve to complete the win 10-7. In the girls consolation event 4 Dumfries girls battled it out before Abigail Warren overcame Lucy Scade 10-6 to take the medal. In the final match for the girls older sister Hannah Goldie edge past her younger sister Ailsa 10-3. Great to see so many girls playing and more importantly enjoying the experience.
D&G Mini Red Tour Leaderboard 2019
D&G Mini Red Tour DK Results
In the boys event is was slightly disappointing to only see 8 competing but great to see 2 boys from the Stewartry competing in their 1st and 2nd Red ball event. The 2 groups were keenly contested with the top 2 in each going into the semi finals of the main draw and the other four boys going back into a consolation draw. Group A saw hitting partners Dominik Czopek and Jack Wearing (Both Dumfries Tennis Club) qualify for the semis and they were joined another Dumfries pair in Ethan Leyman and Logan McCluskey who has play in all four tours over the 4 years and he is still only 8yrs. In the first semi Jack eased passed Ethan 10-1 although the match was closer than the score suggests. In the other semi Dominik, who was fresh from a victory on Saturday at a Cumbrian event, took on Logan for a place in the final. Logan started strongly and after that the boys went toe-toe but Domink just couldn’t catch him as Logan completed the win 10-7. Dominik edge past Ethan 10-8 in the 3rd/4th pay-off before Logan held his nerve to win the final against Jack with a 10-5 scoreline.
In the consolation event Eamon McFarlane (Stewartry CSC) and Isaac Sharp (DTC) edge past Angus McCleary (Annan Seaforth TC) and Samuel Donnelly (Dalbeattie Tennis Club) respectively before Eamon won the Consolation final with a 10-7 win over Isaac.
Well done to all the kids who all showed great sportsmanship and throughly enjoyed the day. The next event is scheduled for Saturday 16th at Annan Sports Hall.
Tennis Scotland are running a level 1 course in March at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries
The LTA Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification is the first step on the LTA Coaching Pathway. It is aimed at people looking to work as a coaching assistant at a club or other tennis venue, such as a park or a school. The qualification is an assessed course.
Upon successful completion candidates will be able to work as an assistant coach alongside a minimum of a Level 2 Accredited Coach in a beginner coaching session.
The course is 3 days in duration, split over a minimum period of 4 weeks and will cover areas such as Mini Tennis, technique, tactics, communication, organisation, demonstrations, safeguarding, running competitive events and organising activity sessions. Additionally, the course requires candidates to complete a portfolio and gain a minimum of three hours experience assisting an LTA Accredited or Accredited+ coach between the second and third day of the course.
Coaches who hold a Level 1 Coach Assistant Qualification are not qualified to coach independently, but will be able to lead parts of a coaching session on an adjacent court to a Level 2 or above coach. They can also run a tennis activity session that has been set up by the Head Coach (Level 3 or above). A tennis activity session refers to organised play or competition facilitated by a coach through organising equipment, allocating space, and suggesting some ideas for activities. The key distinction between a coaching session and activity session is that no formal coaching instructions (for example technical instruction) are given.
Level 1 coaching course
Coaches will qualify for the following subsidy amounts:
Level 1: 40% of full course cost with a maximum value of £75
Sports Scotland funding
Be a minimum of 16 years old on the first day of the course.
Have a signed letter of deployment from the club where coaching experience will be undertaken or request a letter of deployment from the Course Provider.
Candidates must attend all the sessions of the course at the same venue and pass all elements of assessment to be successful.
The David Keswick Centre in Dumfries hosted the final D&G tennis competition of the year.
We had a great day of play with some excellent tennis from all the 8s and under.
The event had 2 new D&G players talking part, Eamon McFarlane from the Stewartry Community Sports Club & Caitlin Topping from Dumfries Tennis Club. We also had some players playing in only their 2nd or 3rd events, Lucy Scade & Stella Hodgins from Dumfries Tennis Club and Angus McCreary from Eaglesfield.
The format had 2 groups of players with Jack Wearing, Dominik Czopek, Ethan Leyman all Dumfries and Eamon all qualifying for the semi finals with Adam Hunter, Isaac Sharp, Stella Hodgins again all Dumfries being joined by Ava Rimmington from Tyne & Wear in the consolation event.
In the main semi-final draw Jack edged a tight battle against club mate Ethan to win 10-9, whilst Dominik used all his experience to beat Eamon who was playing in his first event 10-4. Ethan claimed third spot by beating Eamon 10-1, then Jack defeated another club mate in Dominik to win 10-3 and claim the win.
In the consolation event Adam and Isaac progressed to the final before Adam secured the victory 10-5.
Great to see all these young players competing.
Dumfries Mini Red Matchplay Results
The forthcoming District AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.15pm at the Ice Bowl , Dumfries.
The committee would appreciate there being at least one representative from each club in attendance at the AGM where possible.
If there are any motions /resolutions /nominations for Committee positions or any other matter these should be intimated to Lister McKiddie 7 days in advance of the AGM.
We would be grateful if office bearers would prepare their reports for the meeting.
We expect a representative from the Council with an update on the proposed indoor centre and Andrew Raitt from Tennis Scotland is expected to attend.
We look forward to seeing a large turnout at the meeting.
Despite the poor weather we managed to complete the Red ball event by transferring it indoors.
We had 5 Dumfries players and 3 from Carlisle taking part with some fantastic tennis from all players on the day. Jack Wearing, Dominik Czopek, both Dumfries, Rex Castillo and Toby Irving, both Carlisle came out the groups into the semi-finals. Jack made a good comeback to edge past Toby in the first semi 10-8 and Dominik played some good long rallies to frustrate Rex 10-4. Toby won the 3rd/4th play-off 10-3 against Rex. Jack secure a fine victory but not before Dominik drag himself back into the match from 4-8 down to draw level at 9-9 before losing 10-9. Jack completed the day with 5 wins out of 5.
In the consolation final Ethan Leyman (Dumfries), who was playing his first ever event, started very strong against last months winner Adam Hunter (Dumfries) as he held of Adam’s comeback to win the consolation final 10-7. In the play-off Erin Charnock (Carlisle) beat Isaac Sharp (Dumfries) 10-6.
D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour Red Leaderboard
D&G Red2Yellow Winter Tour Red Results
On a horrible windy day, 9 fantastic orange players went on court with big smiles and plenty of laughter as they completed 29 matches. The tennis was as good as the weather would allow and every player managed a win on the day. The 2 favourites, Oliver Clark (Edinburgh) and Logan McCluskey (Dumfries) eased their way through the 2 groups winning all their matches and were joined in the semi finals by Logan’s training partners Grant Kerr and Lewis Hutchings (both Dumfries).
Red2Yellow Winter Tour Orange Results
In the first semi Logan won a very tight match against Lewis 10-8 as both boys struggled with the wind. In the second semi Oliver’s experience gave him the edge over Grant as he won the match 10-7 to set up another match against Logan.
In the 3rd and 4th play-off Grant came out on top as he edged it by beating Lewis 10-6. In the final Oliver got of to a good start which left Logan playing catch up and despite his best efforts he was unable to catch Oliver who claimed the win 10-7.
The other 5 players all enjoyed victories with Thomas McCleary (Annan), Autumn Hodgins (Dumfries), Toby Irving, Rex Castillo and Charlotte Hall (Carlisle) all playing some great tennis when the weather allowed and well done to Charlotte for edging the girls match as she edge past Autumn 10-8.
This leaves Oliver and Autumn top of each leaderboard. Orange Winter Leaderboard
Next Orange event is in February with the next tour events being Red and Green on the 3rd of November.