Liam is Tambourelli champ

The World Tambourelli Tournament was a great success last Saturday with a fantastic competition held in the area where the game was invented.

Although there were 50 competitors from seven countries, Scotland faired particularly well with three Scottish Tambourelli world champions being crowned at the weekend-long event.

With fast and furious play the younger generation from the Scottish Tambourelli clubs made their mark.

Andy Priestman almost retained his title in the doubles partnered with Bazil Hughes (both from the Newton Stewart club) but in a nail-biting finish, Jack Higginson (Newton Stewart Club) and Saul Woollacott (Devon Tambourelli) both 18 years old, pipped them at the post to win.

Local player, Stacey Duff, who at 16 was competing in her first world championships did well in the competitions.

After a gruelling semi final, Stacey went on to compete in the final against reigning female singles world champion, Indy Priestman who had come all the way from Sweden to retain her title.

After a cracking final the title was retained by Indy who first started playing at home in Galloway.

Liam Campbell, the under 16s world champion played against the former world champion (2008) Ezra Cohen in a spectacular final.

Liam has been playing every week at the Newton Stewart Club since he was eight years old, and all this practice has been justified as he is now the men's singles world Tambourelli champion aged 16.

Everyone who took part, and many of the spectators, agreed that it was a fantastic tournament.

All the winners worked hard to earn their titles with stiff competition from players who made the effort to come to Scotland and make this truly a world championship competition.

If you would like to find out where you can play Tambourelli around Galloway and possiblly be a future world champion please contact Scottish Tambourelli's Chloe Bruce on 01671 830390 or have a look on the club's pages at www.scottishtambourelli.blogspot.com.