This year’s Scottish Inter District Championships were played again at Kilgraston School in Perthshire, with nine Districts competing over four days of blue skies and sunshine, in 3 age groups – 12U, 15U and 18U. Tayside fielded a strong team throughout the age groups, supporting each other on and off the court and creating a very fun atmosphere within the team, bringing the best out of all the players.
Tayside Teams (Team Captain : Steve Birrell)
12U 15U 18U
Ben Hudson Christopher Horgan Scott Hamilton
Marcus McLaren Ruari McLennan Cameron Hay
Niamh Grogan Alexa Manganiello Arietta Manganiello
Lexie Macmillan Rosie Morris Kirsty Robertson (with Rebecca Dye filling in on the final day)
The 12U team had a very strong start in their group stage beating Ayrshire 6-0 and Borders 5-1. This put them into the 1st / 3rd place play off. For their age group the final play offs consisted of a boys doubles and girls doubles against each team. All three teams finished at 1-1 after both doubles matches resulting in a shootout against each other – a tie break of first to 10 points – to decide each tie. The Tayside team were extremely close in both shoot-outs but just lost out to West and Central, finishing third.
In the 15U event, Tayside also came second in their group beating Ayrshire and Central 5-1 and losing to East who went on to win the 15U competition. In the 3rd / 4th play off, Tayside came up against West. After some very hard fought matches and multiple match points saved, the Tayside team beat West 4-2, finishing third.
In the 18U event, Tayside came second in their group with very good wins against West and Borders but losing to a very strong North East team, who were the eventual winners of the 18U competition. Tayside played Central in the 3rd / 4th play off and after winning two very close match tie breaks in the doubles, the Tayside 18U team won 4-2 to finish 3rd.
After a massive effort from the Tayside team, they finished joint second overall with North East winning the title.
Overall final standings:
1st North East 23 points
2nd Tayside 21 points
2nd East of Scotland 21 points
4th Central 20 points
5th West of Scotland 19 points
6th Borders 11 points
7th Highlands 9 points
8th Ayrshire 8 points
9th Dumfries & Galloway 1 point