Tambourelli springs a surprise

Double's finalists Andrew Cannon, Malchy Wright & Jodie Salfenmoser, Barnaby Williams
Double's finalists Andrew Cannon, Malchy Wright & Jodie Salfenmoser, Barnaby Williams

Plenty of youngsters turned up to test their skills against players from different clubs and places at the Scottish Tambourelli Under-16s Championship.

The standard of play was exceptionally high. The original club run at the Merrick Leisure Centre, Newton Stewart, is still turning out exemplary players.

The volunteers were happy to referee games all day. All the children were kept busy by playing everyone else in their group and then doubles games with a random partner from a different age group.

Malachy Wight and Andrew Cannon, two players from the Wigtown club, showed their ability by winning the mixed doubles against Barnaby Williams and Jodie Salfenmoser. The under-9s girl winner was Vanessa Ho, the mixed under-9s winner was Rory Mann, who played Charlie Cantlin in a quality final. The 9-11 girls winner was Jodie Salfenmoser, beating Bethany Proudfoot.

The 9-11 boys was the biggest class. The final was both Newton players playing very well. Ruairi Beattie managed to retain his title playing Aiden Brock. The girls 12-15 winner was Sheree Johnston playing Lindsey Barr. The 12-15 mixed group was won by Rowan Appleton-Wickens from South London Tambourelli against Fraser Dawson, Newton Stewart. This was a great match going to three games and five deuces before Rowan claimed the victory.

All the entrants received a tambourelli T-shirt. Chloe Bruce was thanked for organising the event and gratefully received a T-shirt from Wigtown Tambourelli Club.

The volunteers wish to thank the players for coming along and congratulations to the regulars whose commitment to the game has enabled some quality play.