South of Scotland Tennis Championship 2018

The historic South of Scotland Tennis Championship got under way on Sunday 29th July on the new tennis courts at Moffat. There were 23 scheduled events over the week with over 250 entries in this year’s championship. New for 2018 we ran our first 9s and under boys and girls events and Ladies 40+ singles and doubles. The SoS committee would like to thank various funders, Magnox chapelcross site, D&G Council, SSE Clyde (D&G) Community Fund, Claudio’s restaurant Moffat, Annandale Estates, Beechgrove Tennis Club and the good people of Moffat, it is with their support and funding which allows this great event to keep going for the past 130 years, thank you all.

Play started on the Sunday and in true tradition it rained, which gave the organisers their first problem as they had to relocate the 8s and under boys and girls into the old sports barn which is now “the gym at Moffat”. Thanks to Robert and Paula for helping out with this. The girl’s event produced the first D&G winner of the week as Grace Palmer (Beechgrove Tennis Club) came out on top of the girls 8s and under round robin to take the trophy with Dumfries Autumn Hodgins coming 3rd. In the boys event Carlisle Jake Irving bt Finlay Jones from Yorkshire 10-4 in the final with Logan McCluskey winning the Dumfries battle for third against hitting partner Jack Wearing 10-6.

Play continued on the outside courts despite the rain, as the new courts coped with the constant drizzle. The next trophy won on the Sunday was a match between 2 West of Scotland girls as No1 seed Anna McKnight edge past the No 2 seed Lauryn O’Brien 5-4, 4-2 to claim the 10s and under girl’s title.

SoS Tennis Championship 2018 results

Monday brought some better weather for several more finals, in the girls 12s final Sophia Jenkins Howard from Herefordshire produce a great comeback in the rain to edge past the Borders Ailsa Clark 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 and in the boys 12s final the no 1 seed Alexander English from Perth showed to much strength to beat the Borders Adam Clunie 6-1, 6-0. Alexander claimed his second title with partner Leo Watt as they took the boys 12s doubles 6-4, 6-4 against Carlisle duo of Cameron Cowan and Archie Agnew. The boys 10s final was won by Joseph McLaughlin from Heversham 4-1, 4-1 against Ayrshires Harrison Crann. Elisa Gibson from Strathgryffe Tennis club won the inaugural 9 and under girl’s event with Harry Sangster from Glasgow edging Carlisle Jake Irving 9-7, 2-7, 7-5. Also a special mention to the D&G boys in this event, Harry Brown (Moffat), Brodie Little (Kettleholm) & Grant Kerr (Dumfries) who played some great tennis but lost out in the group stages and to Logan McCluskey and Cameron Hunter from Dumfries Tennis Club who both got to the quarter finals of this event.

Through-out the week the conditions were changing by the hour, damp for long periods with sunshine creeping in now and again but play went on. On Thursday the open events started with the vets on Friday with players coming from all over Scotland, Cumbria, Essex and Lancashire descending into the town of Moffat. Final’s Saturday came with warm dry weather and a busy schedule with local interest in 4 finals. The first title of the day went to Lucia Rizza and Harry Mouratidis who won the Mixed Doubles title with a 6-3, 6-4 score line against Zoe Moffat and Daniel Gunn. In the men’s open singles Reuben Henry got his name on the old trophy for the 2nd time having won it back in 2015 as he beat Samuel MacLeod 6-0, 6-2. In the ladies open event last year’s sensation Lucia Rizza couldn’t hold onto her title as she lost to Zoe Moffat from Surrey 6-0, 7-6. In its 4th year, the 45+ gent’s title went to Paul Boardman from Dalbeattie Tennis Club who completed his hatrick of wins as he beat Dumfries Lister McKiddie 6-4, 4-6 10-5. The ladies 40+ singles, which was being played for the first time, Dumfries’s Fiona McCartney bt Kirkcudbrights Debbie McColm 6-1, 6-2. In the doubles Fiona and partner Nancy Gillies edge out the Kirkcudbright duo of Lily Judge and Debbie McColm 6-4, 6-1. Callum Warwick staged a great comeback in the Gent’s handicap final as he recovered from 8-1 down to beat the Borders Colin Green 9-8. The last final of the championship saw Dalbeattie pair of Paul Boardman and Stevie White take on Moffat’s Mike McMillin and Dumfries Lister McKiddie. The first set went the way of Lister and Mike with some clinical doubles play and they took early advantage in the next before the Dalbeattie duo staged the comeback to take the 2nd set on the tie-break. It all came down to the championship tie break with Paul and Stevie holding their nerve to complete the victory 3-6, 7-6(4) & 10-4.

Great to see the new courts in action and on a sunny final day for the championship, we had 40 local players in the event from 5 yrs old Adam Hunter through to our title winning veterans. Follow us on facebook @SoStennischampionship


BSW Timber Trophy

DALBEATTIE TENNIS CLUB are hosting a mixed doubles on Sunday 5th August, see blow for further details.


(Open Competition – All Welcome)

Mixed Doubles – Draw for Partner


Names by Friday the 3rd of August at 6pm to




D&G Ladies & Gent’s Leagues

Finally, the Ladies and both gents league’s have come to a conclusion. In the ladies league defending champions Stewartry CSC claimed the title for the fourth year in a row with 7 wins and 1 draw. In the gents league it came down to the last match of the season with Dumfries A needing not to lose to claim their 8th title in a row against Beechgrove who needed to win to avoid relegation. Unfortunately after several attempts to rearrange this match it was eventually conceded by Beechgrove which handed Dumfries A the title and condemned the Moffat club to division 2. Dumfries A won 8, with 1 defeat and 1 walkover. In the new division 2 Annan Seaforth won their first title since their mixed league championship back in 1998 and are promoted to the top division. Their record was 4 wins, 1 walkover, a draw and 3 losses. Well done to Stewartry CSC, Annan Seaforth and Dumfries A.

D&G Senior Doubles Leagues Results

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.


LTA 12U County Cup 2018 – Girls Group G Results


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