The first few events for the new tour are now online and will be open for entry on 13th March. Players can add these events to their watch list.
In this first year we are looking to try and get between 5 and 8 players per event per month but would certainly accept more.
The links below has the rules of the tour and links to each event.
D&G Red2Yellow Tour Rules 2018
Red2Yellow Tennis Tour April 8s, 9s & 10s events
D&G Red2Yellow Tennis Tour – April boys & girls 12s & 14s events
Update, we are having to move the 12s events to 22nd April. The LTA system will be updated shortly.
Another great turnout and some excellent play from the 27 players at Annan.
We has 6 girls and 21 boys playing some 80 matches in the four hours at the rather chilly Annan Sports hall.
The big surprise of the day was that none of the top 4 at the Dumfries event made the final today as the rest of the pack picked up their game to make their mark on the leaderboard. After some exiting matches in the group stages the quarter finals got under way. First up say Harry Brown (Moffat) bt Logan McCluskey (Dumfries) 10-6, while Dumfries winner Declan Agnew (Carlisle) bt Thomas McCleary (Annan). In the other 2 quarters Brodie Little (Annan) edged past Rex Castillo (Carlisle) 10-6 and Lewis Hutchings (Dumfries) bt Jake Irving (Carlisle) 10-9 in a very good match. Both semi finals went to the wire as Harry produced a big win as he edged past Declan 10-9 and Lewis won by the same score against Brodie. Declan bt Brodie 10-9 to claim 3rd place whilst an all D&G final saw Harry’s good play and experience give him the edge as he completed the victory against Lewis 10-7. In the consolation final Cameron Hunter (Dumfries) used all his previous tournament experience to take that final 7-0 against Annan’s Alistair Mitchell.
In the girls event we had a 6 player round robin with the finalists from the Dumfries event at the top again. All six girls had some great points throughout the event with Eilidh Topping (Dumfries) coming 3rd, Lauren Gourley (Moffat) played some great tennis as she was just edged into 2nd by the overall winner Autumn Hodgins (Dumfries).
This leaves Declan still top of the boys leaderboard from Harry in second. In the girls Lauren and Autumn share tops spot which is the first time in the 3 years of the tour that 2 different girls have won an event is the same tour.
The results and leaderboard standings can be viewed using the links below.
D&G Mini Red Tour Girls Results
D&G Mini Red Tour Boys Results
D&G Mini Red Tour Leaderboard 2018
The final event is on Sunday 25th March in Moffat, 2pm start.
Why the Red2Yellow Tour!
The tour was the idea of Tony McCluskey after his son entered a similar event in the East. The aim of this Tour is to give opportunities for Red, Orange, Green and Yellow ball Dumfries & Galloway kids to compete on a regular basis throughout the summer season in Dumfries & Galloway and also create a pathway so that each year they can step up to the next age group.
D&G Red2Yellow Tour Rules 2018
The region has witnessed a growth in Red ball tennis over the first 2 years of the D&G Mini Red Tour and to make sure these players don’t lose out or stop playing due to the lack of opportunities, then the Red2Yellow tour will aim keep them playing as much tennis as they want throughout the summer months in D&G and for years to come.
The Red2Yellow tour will aim to deliver a competition in as many of our D&G clubs as possible to ensure all players get the chance to enjoy tennis in their own courts and with a leaderboard for each event and a shield for each leaderboard winner each year it is hoped we can encourage more kids to travel between venues.
We will aim to have 28 events making up the new Dumfries & Galloway Red2Yellow Tour.
The first 5 events will still go ahead and are;
The events are also easy to search for, using this link just type in “Red2Yellow” and all the events will be listed https://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Search/
Let’s play tennis…
Annan Tennis Club are running a fun doubles competition on Sunday 25th February.
All are welcome to come along and enjoy some tennis on their new courts. To register just contact the ladies, the details are on the poster
Great start to the 2018 D&G Mini Red tour!
The venue was the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries with the biggest entry ever for the Tour which this year is sponsored by Horizon Windows in Dumfries, big thanks to Alan and Alex for there support. There were 19 boys and 9 girls entered and we completed 78 matches in just over 3.5 hours. What a team..
The parents and spectators were treated to some great tennis and effort from all the kids. In the girls event Lauren Gourley (Beechgrove Tennis Club) overturned her loss to Autumn Hodgins (Dumfries Tennis Club) in the round robin to take the final 10-3 as both girls played some brilliant points. In the 3rd & 4th Play-off Kathryn Wilson just edge past fellow Beechgrove player Grace Palmer 10-8. In the consolation girls final Eilidh Topping (Dumfries) bt Erin McKenna (Annan) 10-3 in a match which was closer than the score show.
In the large boys event we had 4 round robin groups followed by knock events. The 2 main semi finals had Dumfries Duo Logan McCluskey and Cameron Hunter taking on Carlisle pair of Declan Agnew and Jake Irving. Both matches had exhausting rallies as these matches ebbed and flow before the experienced Carlisle pair marched into the final. In the 3rd and 4th play-off Logan edge past Cameron 10-5. In the final, which was a re-run of the West Cumbria Mini Red Tour final on Saturday 27th, we had a reversal in fortunes as Declan overturned the Saturday defeat to take the match and tournament 10-5.
In a great consolation final we had Brodie Little (Annan Tennis Club) against Oliver McKnight (Beechgrove). These 2 boys in could quite easily be playing in the final next time as they produced a fast paced game which flowed from end to end. Brodie took the early advantage by going 3-1 up before Oliver edged past to go 6-5 before Brodie sealed it 8-6.
What a great event and to have 28 kids from D&G and Cumbria was great for tennis in this region.
D&G Mini Tennis Results
D&G Mini Red Tour Leaderboard 2018
The next event is on Saturday 24th February in Annan
Coming in Summer 2018;
28 events, multiple venues across D&G.
More to follow..
Still a week or so to sign up for the upcoming level 1 tennis coaching assistant course. See below for details.
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 parents who have a child who attends coaching. For further details and fees please see link.
Sports Scotland do offer a subsidy for this course subject to you applying before you start and then completing and passing the course.
SportsScotland Coach Funding