Udny hosts Buchan League awards

Winners at the Buchan Tennis League Association awards in Udny.
Winners at the Buchan Tennis League Association awards in Udny.

Udny Tennis Club hosted the annual awards and ceilidh for the Buchan Tennis League Association.

The league includes clubs from across the rural North-east - including Oldmeldrum, Ellon, Longside, Cullen and Udny.

The final event of the year was held in Pitmedden Village Hall.

Playing in the Buchan league involves clubs in tennis matches during the summer on Sunday afternoons with mixed teams of two ladies and two men. There are other competitions and tournaments at the end of the season.

Members of the various clubs brought ‘pot luck dishes’ to the buffet table while Jim Reilly and Kenny Sim provided the ceilidh music.

The winner of the league was Ellon Tennis Club, while Longside won the Challenge Cup. The Junior Trophy was presented to the Longside junior players.

In the Ladies’ doubles, Val Leeming and Colette Penny (Ellon TC) collected the shield while Karen Norval and Nienke Attema (Udny TC) were runners-up.

Richard Tallon and Ross McKinstry (Ellon TC) won the men’s doubles trophy and Ross Jagger and John Rex (Cullen TC) were runners-up.

The mixed doubles tournament was won by Carol Hunter and Ross Jagger (Cullen TC) with Longside players, Brenda and Graham Sutherland runners-up.

Sheila Reid (Udny) was the winner of the ladies’ singles and Morag Pirie (Udny) was runner-up.

Ross McKinstry (Ellon) won the men’s singles and Cullen player Ross Jagger was runner up.

Junior players were also involved in several tournaments with the following results: Junior U16 and boy’s singles was won by Caleb Black (Udny) while Aidan Dunn from Longside TC was runner-up. Junior U12 girls’ singles winner was Emma Irvine (Longside) with runners-up Isla Overton (Udny), Morgan Creighton (Udny) Rebecca Irvine (Longside) and Brodie Creighton (Udny).

Winners of the Junior U12 girls’ doubles were Longside twins, Emma and Rebecca Irvine, and runners-up were

Udny juniors, Isla Overton and Morgan Creighton.

The Buchan Tennis League will start the 2016 season with the AGM in March.

The League is always hopeful that more clubs are able to join, especially those who have played in the past but been unable to field teams over the past year.

There is no doubt that through organising teams, match play, competitions and coaching that tennis clubs

can offer opportunities to young and older players alike and enjoy a sport played throughout the world.