Mini tennis proves just ace

From left, Mhairi Buchanan (Melrose), Tilly Lucas (Lennel), Kirsty Falconer (Earlston), Jessica Damerell (Earlston).
From left, Mhairi Buchanan (Melrose), Tilly Lucas (Lennel), Kirsty Falconer (Earlston), Jessica Damerell (Earlston).
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Boys and girls from across the region had a smashing time at the annual Borders Mini Tennis tournament, held at the Queen’s Centre in Galashiels.

Children aged eight and under competed for the prizes and in the boys competition 24 youngsters were involved.

From left:  Alexander Hart (St Boswells), Dylan Cockburn (Earlston), Adam Clunie (West Linton), Drew Lobb (Innerleithen).

From left: Alexander Hart (St Boswells), Dylan Cockburn (Earlston), Adam Clunie (West Linton), Drew Lobb (Innerleithen).

After the round robin stages and quarter-finals, the four boys through to the semi-finals were: Dylan Cockburn (Earlston), Adam Clunie (West Linton), Drew Lobb (Innerleithen) and Alexander Hart (St Boswells).

Some really good play took place in the semis, but Adam beat Drew, with Dylan taking the other final place following his match against Alexander.

The final was a tense affair with a good crowd of players and parents waiting to see the outcome. The title and trophy went to Earlston with Dylan, although Adam played well throughout the whole tournament.

In the girls’ competition, 12 took part. The semi-finalists were: Jessica Damerell (Earlston), Tilly Lucas (Lennel), Mhairi Buchanan (Melrose) and Kirsty Falconer (Earlston).

After the semis, Kirsty and Tilly met in the final. Both girls showed their skill on court, with end-to-end play. However, the gold medal and trophy went to Tilly Lucas to take home to Lennel.

Trophies and medals were presented by Ian Reilly, committee member of the Junior Management Committee for Border Tennis.

It is hoped all the competitors will continue to play at the scheduled challenge events throughout the summer session at a number of clubs in the region. Contact your local club for more information.

The Borders Schools mini tennis competition which was cancelled in March will take place on Sunday, May 11, at the Queen’s Centre.

Contact your school or club for more information.