Selkirk juniors serve up weekend of quality finals

Selkirk tennis. (U16 Boys L to R Gregor Nichol (2nd) Josh Thomson (1st))
Selkirk tennis. (U16 Boys L to R Gregor Nichol (2nd) Josh Thomson (1st))

Selkirk Tennis Club held its annual Junior Championships last weekend and the crowds were treated to a fantastic quality of tennis, from 41 entries, over two days.

On day one, it was the turn of the youngest participants in the mini tennis categories.

Competing in their first tournament, the under-eights section was played in a sporting manner, with Oliver McClymont beating James Dalrymple in the final.

The under-nines section was a very hard-fought category and contained some very promising players.

After 18 round robin matches and two very high-quality semi-finals Ivan Burt Smith and Ruaridgh Woodland Broome contested the final, with the former emerging as the winner.

The under-10s category followed a similar pattern to the under-nines with the ultimate winner being Ivan Burt Smith, closely followed by Daniel Main.

The club runs an under-12s special category for players who haven’t won a club trophy in the past, named The Starter Cup, and this year’s section was played in a very sporting manner and resulted in a family showdown in the final, with Fraser Cullen playing younger brother Blake – the older sibling just edging it in the final.

With day one completed, it was time for the older junior members to take their turn on court.

This brought more high quality tennis on view and there were some fantastically close matches during the day.

Building on his success in the Starter Cup, Fraser Cullen reached the final of the Under-12 boys and played against Cameron Welsh. In what was potentially the match of the day, the assembled crowd were treated to a very close game which had to be split by a championship tie-break, with Welsh emerging as this year’s champion.

And making it a real family affair, Cameron’s elder sister Anna Welsh became under-16 girls’ champion for the second year running.

In the final category, the under-16 boys contested the Club Championship in a very entertaining manner. In the end, a fantastic final ended the weekend in style with Josh Thomson getting the edge over Gregor Nichol in a championship tie-break.

Selkirk Tennis Club wish to thank everyone who made the weekend the success it was and invite anyone who would like to give the game a try to get involved with the club’s structured coaching programme, along with free coaching for all junior members.

Contact Ian Main on selkirkjuniortennis@yahoo.com for more information.