New trophy cabinet required in McQuarrie household as siblings record double win

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IT was a double celebration for the McQuarrie family at the Hastings & Co Borders Under-14 Tennis Tournament at Kelso last Saturday.

Duns’ Gavin McQuarrie clinched the boys’ title and sister Catherine lifted the girls’ trophy after a competitive competition in cool weather conditions.

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Twenty entrants started the day, playing in five round-robin sections.

The girls final saw defending champion Catherine take on Lynsey Robertson of Selkirk/Earlston.

Lynsey played some brilliant backhand and forehand ground strokes, but could not cope with Catherine’s agility as she triumphed 5-3 4-0.

In the boys’ semi-finals, Gavin defeated Kelso’s Nik Stingl 10-4 in the tie-break game after both players won a set each, while Thomas Otton also made it into the final via a tie-break 10-5 win against Josh Thomson of Selkirk.

The final between Gavin and Thomas was well contested despite the score suggesting otherwise, with both players hitting long rallies and placing their shots superbly.

Gavin, however, did have that edge in precision and quality play, beating a gallant Thomas 4-1 4-2.

David Laing, one of the organisers, thanked: sponsors Hastings and Co, his wife Ella, coach Lesley Thomas for their help running the tournament, Kate Bull, Sally Thomas and Isobel Scott, Kelso High’s head janitor Richard Robertson and the parents and supporters who braved the cold.